‘Pokémon Go’ Legendary Raids: Tier 5 raid battles already being tested by Niantic

‘Pokémon Go’ Legendary Raids: Tier 5 raid battles already being tested by Niantic
A man checks a Hypno that’s been placed at a gym in Akihabara in Tokyo
Source: Eugene Hoshiko/AP
A man checks a Hypno that’s been placed at a gym in Akihabara in Tokyo
Source: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Players have waited for legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go for a long time. Now that raids are live, players’ desire to catch Moltres and Zapdos have only intensified. With code showing up for legendaries in a recent data mine and hints of them even appearing in a banner ad on the App Store, it’s safe to say they’re coming, but when?

It might be sooner than you think. A few Pokémon Go players have managed to catch a glimpse of tier five legendary raids appearing in San Francisco. Read on for more info.

Pokémon Go legendary raids: Tier 5 “test raids” appearing with placeholder Pokémon

According to Pokémon Go Hub, several players have spotted “test raids” taking place while searching for raids to participate in. They’re difficult to spot because they’re only available for a limited period of time. Plus, even if you do spot one, you can’t actually do it because they’re hosted on employee-only Niantic servers. You basically have to be in the right place at the right time, but if you are, it’s hard to miss the giant “Test” placeholder text for them that appears in the app’s Nearby tab.

One Silph Road member named flipdrago managed to take a screencap of a tier five raid happening in the Disneyland area. Another user shifted the contrast way up, so you can clearly see the tier five ranking:

It looks supremely ugly, but with the contrast cranked up you can see the five Rhydon heads under the “Test” header that seem to indicate tier five raids are on the way.
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Another user, Scooby1222, captured a screenshot of a test raid two weeks ago as well. They provided their location as Guildford in the U.K., so it’s safe to assume that this raid test took place there as well.

Some players have decried these posts as digitally altered or hoaxes. Other players have confirmed hearing about tier five tests as well, including one in Washington, D.C. One player even quoted Hanlon’s Razor to skeptics, presumably as a subtle dig at Niantic.

Regardless, it seems pretty clear that something is in the works. But until we get explicit confirmation from Niantic, there’s no way to know for sure.

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