I have recently defeated a raid boss (Exeggutor) and successfully caught it. When I appraised him, it was in the highest IV rank of my team with one 15 IV stat, so my question is:

Has anyone found anything that states that a raid boss will be a Pokémon with higher IVs or was I just lucky?

I have done some research, but at this point I didn't see my question answered.

  • Specifically asking for developer statements is off-topic for Arqade. – Frank Jun 25 '17 at 14:45
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    @Frank While the specific request for something from the dev may be off topic, I feel like the question as a whole is alright, as it can be answered with anecdotal experience, although it may be a bit early for that at this point. – SaintWacko Jun 25 '17 at 15:37

Currently if you successfully catch a raid boss, the level of the Pokemon is level 20. Like hatching a Pokémon from an egg.

The IVs distribution differentiate between 10 - 15 Points randomly per stat.

Reference: Data from various catches on Silph Road

  • As a senior researcher of the silph road, I can confirm this is right. – manjuu5 Jul 4 '17 at 23:54

Yes, raids produce higher IV pokemons since their stat floors are much higher compared to regular mons. Here are several scenarios:

  • Raids = 10/10/10
  • Lucky Trade = 12/12/12
  • Best friend trade (non-lucky) = 5/5/5
  • Weather boost IV (non legendary, non raid) = 5/5/5
  • Research Breakthrough = ?/?/?
  • For reference: Max IV (100%) = 15/15/15

Weather boost adds 5 levels for all mons. Helpful for Legendaries so you start at level 25 instead of 20 for dust and candy costs. Weather boost does not affect legendary IVs.


Yes correct:

I have competed in many raid battles, and they are all above 92% IV. However, I am not sure whether whether there is a definite lower bound, or it is generated at random like catching regular Pokemon.

My Raid Pokemon include:

  • Bayleef 96
  • Croconaw 94
  • Snorlax 98
  • Tyranitar 93
  • Arcanine 95
  • Magikarp 92

Well, if you are wondering "Wait, if Raids have only been out for a couple of days, how did you get to enter so many gyms?"

My answer is: "Well, I brought them with Pokecoins, as much of a waste as it looks..."

  • I've caught 5 raid pokémon so far and only 2 of them were 82%+. I think that I probably just got very unlucky... – Hulkerman Jun 26 '17 at 7:02
  • Have you misread it? Or am I very lucky? And is it because I'm Level 40? Or maybe the teams? I only posted the answer because I read about personal experience – VortexYT Jun 26 '17 at 17:46
  • I think I was just quite unlucky, a friend of mine (Level 28) also got 5 out of 6 pokémon at 82%+ IV (I am Level 30) – Hulkerman Jun 26 '17 at 17:49

Niantic's blog post on Raids says

If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!

Considering how a raid Pokémon appears as an egg before starting, the Pokémon's IVs are likely derived from the egg hatching mechanism.

  • I don't think the raid boss hatching from an egg really means much in this scenario. – Vemonus Jun 26 '17 at 13:17

I think it depends on your luck; I have very good ones and also sucks ones: Best 3: Tyranitar 100 Snorlax 98 Tyranitar 96

Worst: Tyranitar 70+ can't remember...transferred quite a lot.

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