Over the weekend, Trainers were surprised when new Pokémon started showing up in Pokémon GO Raids. This was welcomed by the community, as fighting the same Pokémon had been getting stale. While everyone was hoping for greater challenges, what happened was the complete opposite.
Tier 1 Raid Changes
Bayleaf, Crocnaw, Quilava, and Magikarp have been replaced by the Gen 1 second evolutions of the starter Pokémon, Charmeleon, Ivysaur, Wartortle, and Metapod. Unless you’re looking for a stronger Blastoise, Charizard, or Venusaur, this could be useful if you weren’t able to get one while they were available during Tier 4 Raids. Metapod is easily avoidable, unless you want a perfect Butterfree.
Tier 2 Raid Changes
This Tier includes some of the most laughable Pokémon you would find in any Raid. When Raids first started, Pokémon like Exegggutor and Electabuzz were useful if you happened to get a good one. The new set in this rotation aren’t useful at all. The list now includes Sandslash, Tentacruel, Magneton, Cloyster, Marowak, and the new Gen 3 Sableye. If you weren’t able to partake in the Halloween Event, Sableye will be a welcomed edition.
Tier 3 Raid Changes
Things do get a little better in this Tier as Machamp and Gengar are still available, but that’s it. If you were hoping to be able to catch Umberon and Espeon, the Gen 2 evolutions of Eevee, abandon ship now, because that’s not going to happen. Instead, you’ll only be able to catch Ninetails, Alakazam, Scyther, Porygon, and Omastar. Machamp and Omastar are probably the only two worth catching, unless you haven’t been able to get your hands on a Porygon
Tier 4 Raid Changes
Remember hoping that we would be able to fight Dragonite or Gyardos in a Tier 4 Raid? Abandon all hope and get ready for the weakest Raid bosses you’ll encounter. The new set includes Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Poliwrath, Victribell, and Golem. You will still be able to catch Lapras, Snorlax, and Tyranitar as they have been left in to give us some sort of challenge. Out of the new Pokémon in is this Tier, Golem is the best addition we could hope for.
Tier 5 Raid Changes
Luckily this Tier is reserved for Legendary Pokémon and no changes were made to it. The only change we’re expecting in this Tier is the addition of new Legendary Pokémon when they’re released.
Hopefully you can find something good out of these new Raids, that Niantic has so graciously given us, and reflect back on how much better they used to be.