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Raid Hour in Pokémon GO: Everything You Need to Know

Raid Hour, formerly known as Legendary Raid Hour, is a weekly event in Pokémon GO that allows trainers to easily find and battle 5-Star (Legendary) Raids. This event was initially called Legendary Lunch Hour and was held during lunchtime, but it was later renamed and rescheduled to evenings, typically from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

During Raid Hour, trainers have the opportunity to encounter and battle at least one Legendary or Mythical Pokémon that is currently active in the game. This event has been a regular occurrence in Pokémon GO, with occasional cancellations due to technical issues or other reasons.

One significant cancellation occurred in March 2020 when Raid Hour sessions were canceled in select regions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, Raid Hour returned in May 2020, and trainers were able to participate using the Remote Raid Pass, which allows them to battle in raids remotely from home.

Recently, Niantic imposed certain limitations on the Remote Raid Pass. As of April 6th, 2023, trainers are now limited to using a maximum of 5 Remote Raid Passes per day. Additionally, the price of Remote Raid Passes has increased. Despite these changes, the Remote Raid Pass remains a valuable tool for trainers who cannot physically access a Gym.

To join Raid Hour, trainers need to use a Raid Pass at a Gym with an active Raid. There are three types of Raid Passes available: the daily free Raid Pass, the Premium Battle Pass purchasable with PokéCoins, and the Remote Raid Pass purchasable with PokéCoins.

While there is no limit to the number of Raid Passes you can acquire per day, there are limitations for the Remote Raid Pass. Trainers can only hold up to five Remote Raid Passes at a time, but they can purchase more after using one. Furthermore, trainers are limited to participating in 5 Remote Raids per day.

Raid Hour events usually occur every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time. However, additional Raid Hours may be held during special events, featuring specific Pokémon.

In summary, Raid Hour in Pokémon GO is a weekly event that allows trainers to easily find and battle Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. While there are certain limitations on the use of the Remote Raid Pass, it remains a valuable resource for trainers who cannot physically attend raids at a Gym.

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