A new Legendary Pokemon has arrived in Raid Battles.
Pokemon Go‘s Halloween 2019 celebration is officially underway. Not only does the event bring costume-wearing starter Pokemon and Shiny Yamask to the game, but it also introduces a new Legendary Pokemon to Raid Battles: Darkrai. As usual, however, the Legendary won’t be around for very long.
Darkrai will appear in five-star Raid Battles until the end of the Halloween event, on November 1, so you’ll have until then to add one to your collection. Before you can catch one, however, you’ll need to defeat it in battle. Darkrai is a pure Dark-type, which means it has very few weaknesses. Your best bet when challenging it will be to bring along Fighting, Bug, and Fairy Pokemon such as Machamp, Heracross, Scizor, and Gardevoir.
Darkrai isn’t the only special Pokemon you can encounter right now. Costume-wearing versions of Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle are also available in lower-tier Raids, while Pikachu wearing a Mimikyu costume can be found in the wild. As previously mentioned, you also now have a chance to encounter Shiny Yamask, and Ghost and Dark Pokemon like Gastly and Murkrow will spawn more frequently throughout the event.
Niantic has a number of other events lined up for Pokemon Go soon. Once the Halloween festivities end, the Regi trio–Regirock, Regice, and Registeel–will return to Raids until November 4, and this time you’ll have a chance to encounter their Shiny forms. Shortly after that, Regigigas will debut in EX Raids, but you’ll be able to catch it early through a Special Research story event called “A Colossal Discovery”–but you’ll need to buy a virtual ticket to participate in that event.
Pokemon Go’s November Community Day, meanwhile, is set for November 16–the day after Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch. The featured Pokemon this month will be Chimchar, the Fire-type starter from Diamond and Pearl. You’ll have your first chance to catch a Shiny Chimchar during the event, and eggs will hatch at a quarter of the distance they normally require.