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Kanto-themed Raid Day!

Pokémon Day weekend is February 26th through the 28th, and Pokémon GO is closing out the weekend by having a special Kanto-themed Raid Day!

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be joining the party, and Giovanni is supposed to show up as well, bringing his Grunts along with him. Let’s take a look at what the day entails.

Sun. Feb. 28th, 2021,
from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time


5-STAR RAIDS: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
GIOVANNI: Returns with a new Shadow Pokémon
FREE RAID PASSES: Spin Gyms to get up to 5 Free Raid Passes.
TM FRUSTRATION: TM away Frustration from Shadow Pokémon during the event.
GRUNTS: Will appear more frequently at PokéStops and in Balloons.


Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be appearing more frequently in 5-Star Raids during Kanto Raid Day. If you don’t yet have da burds in their shiny form, now is the time!

The legendary birds of the Kanto Region will also know their Exclusive Moves during Raid Day!

  • Articuno – Hurricane
  • Zapdos – Thunder Shock
  • Moltres – Sky Attack

There will be a free bundle of three Remote Raid Passes in the shop from Saturday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time to Monday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Also, during Kanto Raid Day, you can receive up to 5 Free Raid Passes by spinning Gyms!

Note: These are REGULAR Raid Passes, NOT Remote Raid Passes.


During Raid Day hours you will be able to TM away Frustration from your Shadow Pokémon! Wondering which ones are worthy of a TM? We have you covered in this great article by AlexoftheNine which can read by clicking here.

Giovanni & Team GO Rocket


Giovanni makes his return to the world of Pokémon GO, and this time he is bringing a new Shadow Pokémon to fight us. We don’t know what it will be yet, but once we do be assured we will put out a new Giovanni Battle Guide to help you take down the Team GO Rocket Bossman.


Team GO Rocket Grunts will be appearing more frequently at PokéStops and in the air via Balloons during the event. If you need to grind out some Grunts and Leaders, this event will be a prime opportunity to do so. 


A personal view on Kanto Raid Day. The Birds in Raids is nice. More Legendary Pokémon availability is never something I will argue with. Even if I don’t need them, new players are picking up the game every day and they most certainly do. 

The real crown jewel here in my eyes is the ability to TM away Frustration again. Battlers are always wanting this, and we don’t have to wait months and months for it this time. 

Giovanni coming back is also very nice. We will have to wait and see what new Shadow Pokémon he brings with him, but the possibilities are exciting, to say the least.

As always, remember to obey your local health and safety mandates, and stay socially distanced! Stay safe, Fam!

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