Niantic introduced a new feature in “Pokemon GO” called Raid Battles, which is the multiplayer function of the game. It allows players to work alongside others in order to defeat bosses and earn in-game rewards. While it is still a work in progress, players are somehow satisfied with the system.

In its most organic form, Raid Battles in “Pokemon GO” enables trainers to work as a group and eliminate the aforementioned bosses. In order to participate, there are two factors required: a raid pass and a level that is either 25 or above. Once met, players can then find raids and join.

Introducing the bosses

There are basically a handful of raid bosses in the game, but not everyone knows what these are exactly. Fortunately, the people at The Silph Road have managed to accumulate all the known bosses in the new feature. It should be noted, though, that these are loosely based on the encounters of other players. So, in a sense, they are yet to be completed.

For the Tier 1: these are Croconaw, Bayleaf, Magikarp and Quilava. For the Tier 2: these are Electabuzz, Magmar, Exeggutor, Weezing and Muk. For the Tier 3: these are Arcanine, Alakazam, Machamp, Flareon and Vaporeon. Lastly, for the Tier 4: these are Tyranitar, Venosaur, Blastoise, Lapras, Charizard and Ryhdon.

A possible fifth tier

As of this writing, “Pokemon GO” enthusiasts can confirm that there are currently four tiers in Raid Battles. Although Niantic did not comment or deny it, this still remains to be the current state of the game. However, there are some who believe that a Tier 5 actually exists, or perhaps it will come to full circle in the future.

Interestingly, this is rumored to be the very tier of the highly anticipated Legendary creatures.

It is worth noting that the studio already confirmed the forthcoming arrival of legendary pocket monsters in “Pokemon GO.” Although there was no exact date provided, the company iterated a summer timeline. If this is really true, then it is possible for Tier 5 to offer the special beasts.

As a matter fact, a popular theory in the community is that Niantic purposely delayed the release of these special Pokemon because they wanted to introduce the Raid Battles system first. After all, this is the only feature or area in the mobile game where the Legendary creatures can exist. Introducing them at gyms, for instance, will only promote imbalance. Since this remains to be unseen in the game, it is best to take it with a grain of salt.