Mewtwo Raids in Pokémon GO announced

Mewtwo Raids started in Yokohama and will be gradually released around the world in special exclusive Raids. Find out the details here!

Update: Worldwide details have been announced. Some details remain vague and require more elaboration however.

Earlier today, Trainers battled against the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo at the Pokémon GO Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan. Thousands of Trainers in attendance were able to successfully catch Mewtwo and add it to their Pokédexes. In the coming weeks, you, too, will have the opportunity to battle and catch Mewtwo with the new Exclusive Raid Battle feature.

Exclusive Raid Battles are similar to existing Raid Battles, with a few notable differences. Exclusive raids will periodically appear at Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers will be invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle. To receive an invitation to participate in an Exclusive Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place. The invitations will include advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.

Mewtwo is the first Pokémon that Trainers will be able to face in Exclusive Raid Battles, but other powerful Pokémon may also start to hatch from the Raid Eggs found at Exclusive Raid Battles over the next several weeks. Make sure you’re prepared to battle Mewtwo by powering up your Pokémon and battling in raids at Gyms near you!

Raid Eggs may be making a return given they were mentioned.

We’ll update as details of these Exclusive Raids release for around the world. What is your take on this implementation?

Meanwhile, Lugia, Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos will all reappear and remain until the end of the month.

Over the past three weeks, thousands of Legendary Pokémon have been defeated in Raid Battles around the world. In celebration of this achievement and to give Trainers another chance to catch Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia, all four of these Legendary Pokémon can be battled in Raid Battles from August 14 through August 31. Be on the lookout for these Legendary Pokémon at a raid near you!

Original article: Mewtwo Raids have begun in the Yokohama Pokémon GO STADIUM event! While they are not live worldwide yet, there is a good chance we’ll all get to battle Mewtwo when Zapdos Raids end in the coming day. Reportedly, Mewtwo is only showing up at three Gyms in Yokohama for around 10 hours, and players can only attempt one Mewtwo raid there. Check out the video below!

Trainers in Japan currently have a 100% chance to catch Mewtwo if successful in defeating it, and are granted 50 Premier Balls. This suggests that when they release worldwide, Mewtwo may be quite hard to catch. This however assumes that everyone will get 50 Premier Balls for the worldwide Raids.

How to beat Mewtwo

Mewtwo is a Psychic type, but is able to have both Shadow Ball and Focus Blast in its movepool. This means that while Tyranitar is likely the best choice, it will fall faster if Mewtwo carries the Fighting-type Focus Blast attack. Other Dark types (e.g. Houndoom) are ideal or Dark-type attacks like Bite and Crunch (e.g. Gyarados) should also be considered, and Psychic types (e.g. Lugia) if Mewtwo does not have Shadow Ball (ideally not with Psychic-type attacks of their own). Bug-type attacks from Pokémon such as Pinsir or Scizor are also recommended. Ghost-type attacks from the likes of Gengar will help too, but note that it is weak to Shadow Ball and all Psychic-type attacks Mewtwo will have.

Raids should be done in large numbers; upward of six ideally, and the more the better (especially if your group has lower-levelled trainers). Focus on doing as much damage as possible, rather than dodging. Mewtwo has one of the highest (if not the highest) attack of any Raid Boss and so will wipe out most Pokémon with a Charged attack. We do not recommend using Blissey!

For more Raid Battle advice, check out our guide below.

UPDATED: How to beat Legendary Raids in Pokémon GO

Are you excited to fight Mewtwo and eager for official news about its worldwide release?