Pokemon Go is bringing back another fan-favorite Legendary for a limited time this weekend. As a reward for completing enough Global Challenges during the recent Pokemon Go Fest event in Yokohama, Japan, Suicune, one of the three Legendary dogs from Pokemon Gold and Silver, is returning to the game for a special Raid Day on Saturday, August 17.
Suicune hasn't appeared in Pokemon Go very often, which makes this weekend's Raid Day a good opportunity to add one to your collection if you've previously missed it. That's not the only reason to be excited for the event; you'll also be able to encounter a Shiny Suicune in Raids. The Legendary will only be around for a brief time, however, so to help you prepare for the event, we've rounded up all the most important details about this weekend's Suicune Raid Day below.
What Time Does Suicune Raid Day Start?
Much like Pokemon Go's monthly Community Days, this weekend's Suicune Raid Day will take place around the world for three hours, from 4-7 PM local time. During that window, the Legendary Pokemon will appear in Gyms as a five-star Raid boss. Once the event ends, Suicune will leave the game again, giving you only a couple of hours to catch it.
Suicune will be a common sight in Gyms during Saturday's event, so you should have no trouble finding a Suicune Raid during the aforementioned hours. Even if you've previously captured Suicune, you'll want to participate in a few Raids, as you may come across a rare Shiny Suicune during the event. This variant sports a blue mane rather than a purple one, making it look even more majestic.
However, the odds of finding a Shiny Legendary in Pokemon Go are quite rare, and there's no definitive way of knowing in advance if a Raid will produce a Shiny Suicune. If you're hoping to snag a Shiny one this weekend, you'll need to be persistent and participate in as many Suicune Raids as you can during the event.
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How To Participate In Raids
Before you can jump into a Raid Battle, you'll first need to have an item called a Raid Pass. Fortunately, you can get one of these for free from the first Photo Disc you spin at a Gym each day. You can typically only carry one of these free Raid Passes at a time, but Niantic will be giving out up to five free Raid Passes during the Suicune Raid Day, so everyone should be able to participate in a few Raids without any trouble.
Once you've gotten a Raid Pass, you'll need to physically head to a Gym where a Suicune Raid is taking place and challenge the Legendary to a battle. Five-star Raid Bosses like Suicune are very powerful, so you'll need to team up with several other players in-person if you're hoping to bring the Legendary down. If your group manages to defeat Suicune, each player who participated in the Raid will receive a handful of Premier Balls along with a chance to catch it.
Tips For Battling Suicune
Suicune is a pure Water-type, which makes putting together a team of counters fairly easy. Water Pokemon are vulnerable to Grass and Electric Pokemon, so you'll want to use as many of those types as possible when challenging the Legendary. Magnezone, Luxray, Electivire, and Leafeon should all prove to be effective against Suicune; however, you'll need to be careful when using Grass-types, as Water Pokemon typically know Ice-type attacks that hit them for super-effective damage.
While Dragon Pokemon don't have a type advantage over Water Pokemon, they do resist Water attacks, which makes them a good option for rounding out your team. However, Fire, Rock, and Ground Pokemon all have a significant disadvantage against Water-types, so you should avoid using those when challenging Suicune.
Other Pokemon Go Bonuses
In addition to the Suicune Raid Day, Niantic has made a few other bonuses available in Pokemon Go as rewards for completing the latest batch of Global Challenges. From August 13-20, you'll earn triple the normal amount of Stardust for each Pokemon you capture or hatch. You'll also receive 3,000 Stardust for participating in Raids, and any Star Pieces you use during the week will last for an hour rather than 30 minutes.