Pokémon Raids: what you need to know

Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch Pokémon characters within an interactive map so that you can grow your collection. The map is based on your location in real life, showing users exactly which Pokémon characters are in front of them.

The app has introduced a new feature called ‘Pokémon Raids’. Pokémon Raids are battles where up to 20 Pokémon Trainers meet up in one real-life location, to defeat more powerful Pokémon called Raid Bosses, in order to win rewards. This means that players, who do not necessarily know each other and may not be the same age, will be brought together to battle.

Players receive a notification of Raid Battles happening nearby and can also use the ‘Nearby’ feature to find Raids happening around them. You can choose to be automatically matched with other players or join an existing group privately by clicking ‘Join Privately’ and providing a group code.

It’s important to think about your child’s safety when they are playing Pokémon GOSome of the risks to be aware of are:

  • Meeting people they don't know face-to-face – the Raids feature makes this more likely
  • Not being aware of their surroundings or area - it can be easy to lose track of where you’re going when trying to find Pokémon
  • In-app purchases – Pokémon Trainers get one Raid pass per day and must pay 79p per pass if they would like more
  • Sharing personal information - Pokémon GO asks for personal information such as email address and a date of birth, which players are asked to manually enter or share through their social media accounts. This is so they can verify a child’s age, or parental consent if under the age of 13

You can read Pokémon GO’s safety FAQs page, request a removal of a Pokéstop or gym and report inappropriate game playing on this site.

Here are our TEAM tips to help keep your children safe when using Pokémon GO:

  • Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and the risks of meeting up with strangers whilst using this app. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen.
  • Explore the game with your child. This game can be fun for everyone to play. Why not find Pokémon together?
  • Agree rules together as a family.For example, you could agree that the child will stay with friends or that your child will let you know where they are going.
  • Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe on Pokémon GO. You may want to turn off in-app purchases and set privacy settings. Visit our Pokémon GO guide to find out how to do this.

For more information on Pokémon GO, and for any help adjusting your settings, you can speak to an expert advisor at our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002.

For information on other sites, apps and games, visit our Net Aware home page or download the app on the Apple Store or Google Play. 

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