When the Pokémon Box is full, you can't catch wild Pokémon or get eggs from Pokestops.

Does this restriction apply to raids as well? Or can I battle and catch a raid boss even if my Pokémon Box is full?

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You can do the raid with the full Pokémon box. You cannot however capture the raid boss afterwards directly; you'll get a message saying your box is full (and if you haven't upgraded to 1000 yet, to upgrade in the shop). Then it will kick you out to the map (unless you click "Go to upgrades" in which case it kicks you to the shop, but either way the raid capture is done for now).

If this happens, you may still be able to capture the boss. You'll have to first transfer a Pokémon or upgrade your storage. You of course can instead ignore the raid boss if you prefer.

Then, assuming the boss hasn't left the gym yet (i.e., the timer hasn't expired), and assuming you're still "in range" of the gym, you can tap on the gym, and it should send you directly into the capture interaction. This does seem to have some bugginess in it; you may or may not be able to know the CP you're getting (there were some bugs there with re-entering showing you the wrong CP - see issue 12 here) and sometimes you get "Error" and can't do it. In my experience I've never had an issue re-entering, but some people have issues regularly.

Note that this only affects the Pokémon storage; the raid items will always be delivered, letting you go well over the maximum item storage.


According to one Reddit, you are forced to transfer a Pokemon from your box before you can capture the Raid pokemon, or you can upgrade your space via purchasing upgrades. You will be exited from the gym, and will have to enter it again to fight the pokemon (as stated in the comments and other answer).

They include a gallery of pictures for proof. So yes, you can do the raid, but will have to transfer a pokemon (or buy more space to hold it).

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    So you can do the raid with a full box, and then you are forced to transfer a Pokemon (after the battle but before catching the raid boss)? Or do you need to transfer a Pokémon before beginning the battle? If the former, are you required to transfer a Pokémon and try to catch the raid boss, or can you opt to keep what you have and leave the raid boss alone?
    – yoozer8
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 21:55
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    @yoozer8 After completing the raid, you are prompted to transfer a Pokemon. Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:06
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    @yoozer8 looking at the screenshots, you fight the raid boss, and after that you have to transfer a pokemon. It looks like your options at this point is to "Go to upgrades" to buy more space or press Ok and transfer.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:43
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    The reddit post actually sounds (and looks) like you just can't enter the Bonus Challenge until you've transferred something and re-enter the gym similarly to when you crash during the raid.
    – scenia
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 6:15

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