Pokémon GO has a rotation of Raid Bosses monthly where Trainers can test their might against and earn great rewards, including Pokémon, valuable items, and Mega Energy. For the Season of Rising Heroes, the month’s Raid Bosses feature returning Legendary Pokémon, in-game debuts, and more Shiny forms.
With the New Year approaching, you can also expect to see a few debuts and returning Pokémon in upcoming Raids and Raid events for the month. We’ve detailed all the five-star, and Mega Raid encounters to anticipate in Pokémon GO for March 2023.
20th March 2023 Update: We've updated this guide to reflect the Ho-Oh and Mega Medicham Raids are still ongoing, with the Incarnate Forne Thundurus and Mega Venusaur Raids to begin on 21st March 2023. We'll endeavor to provide more updates once more reliable information is available.
All Pokémon GO Five-Star Raids For March 2023:
Niantic has planned a few five-star Raids, which will coincide with various events taking place for the month. There may be an opportunity that Trainers may encounter their Shiny forms if Niantic has specified.
Like with past Raid Battles, this month's five-star Raid Bosses appearing for the month are returning Pokémon, including Ho-Oh and Lugia. Let’s look at all the featured Pokémon you can encounter in five-star Raids for March 2023 in Pokémon GO:
- Incarnate Forne Tornadus: 1st - 8th March 2023 at 10 am local time
- Ho-Oh: 8th - 21st March 2023 at 10 am local time
- Incarnate Forne Thundurus: 21st - 28th March 2023 at 10 am local time
- Lugia: 28th March - 10th April 2023 at 10 am local time
According to the March 2023 Content Update for Pokémon GO, all the five-star Raid Bosses will also receive dedicated Raid Hour events this month. These Raid Hour events will occur for an hour every Tuesday with various Raid bonuses to be active for the event’s duration and possibly sometime after that.
We’ve detailed all the featured Pokémon, dates, and times of Pokémon GO’s Raid Hour events for January 2023:
- Incarnate Forne Tornadus: 1st March 2023 between 6 pm and 7 pm local time
- Ho-Oh: 8th & 15th March 2023 between 6 pm and 7 pm local time
- Incarnate Forne Thundurus: 22nd March 2023 between 6 pm and 7 pm local time
- Lugia: 29th March 2023 between 6 pm and 7 pm local time
All Pokémon GO Mega Raids For March 2023:
In addition to the five-star Raids for the month, several Pokémon are arriving to Pokémon GO in Mega Raids. These raid encounters are much different from the five-star Raids as they will pit you and your Pokémon line-up against a Mega-evolved Pokémon, and defeating it rewards you with Mega Energy.
Below, we’ve listed all the Pokémon who are appearing in Mega Raids for Pokémon GO in March 2023:
- Mega Charizard Y: 1st - 8th March 2023 at 10 am local time
- Mega Medicham: 8th - 21st March 2023 at 10 am local time
- Mega Venusaur: 21st - 28th March 2023 at 10 am local time
- Mega Alakazam: 28th March - 10th April 2023 at 10 am local time
This Mega Energy can be specific for a Pokémon or its evolution line as it can temporarily grant them Mega Evolution status. After successfully Mega evolving a Pokémon the first time, it can be Mega evolved without Mega Energy.
All Pokémon GO One, Three & Other Star Raids For March 2023:
Niantic will add several one and three-star Raid encounters for the Festival of Colors event, which are as follows:
- One-star Raids: Bruxish, Espurr*, Mareanie, and Rockruff*
- Three-star Raids: Aloloan Exeggutor*, Cryogonal, Druddigon* and Exeggutor