Pokemon GO Special Raid Weekend Promises Big Candy XL Boosts in June

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This weekend, players over level 40 in Pokemon GO can catch and raid to their heart's content knowing they have a boosted chance to receive Candy XL for catching some powerful Pokemon. It's all part of the June Raid Weekend, and there's something for everyone. Here's how to make the most of it.

Pokemon Go June Raid Weekend Times and Bonuses

Between Saturday, Jun. 12 at 10 AM to Sunday, Jun. 13, 8 PM, XL Candy drop rates will be boosted by 3x when catching critters.


This isn't tied to just raids, either. Catching Pokemon out in the wild will award XL Candy more frequently for eligible players (Level 40+) while anyone and everyone will benefit from 2x Catch Candy across the board.

Timed perfectly around the A Very Slow Discovery event, this weekend will be a great time to get enough Slowpoke Candy to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowbro.

Raid Roster During June Raid Weekend

Galarian Slowbro will be easier to get during the June Raid Weekend.

Although there's a big focus on boosting candy rates around catches, this month's Special Raid weekend hasn't forgotten its roots. The June Raid weekend has plenty of reasons for players of any level to get outside and fight some big beasts.

Raids of any level will be popping up more frequently over the course of the weekend, giving people not only additional chances to raid for this month's legendary Pokemon and a bunch of other interesting critters.


Mega Slowbro, Regice, Registeel, and Regirock will be the main focus for some, but with only Gulpin appearing in the wild to help evolve Galarian Slowpoke, raiding for Poison-types like Toxicroak and Alolan Grimer should be prioritized as well.

Here's the complete raid roster for the June Special Raid Weekend:

  • Mega Raids:
    • Mega Slowbro
  • Five-Star Raids:
    • Regirock
    • Regice
    • Registeel
  • Three-Star Raids:
    • Snorlax
    • Slowking
    • Slaking
    • Toxicroak
  • One-Star Raids
    • Galarian Slowpoke
    • Alolan Grimer
    • Shellder
    • Shinx
    • Timburr

What is XL Candy in Pokemon GO?

XL Candy (or Candy XL in-game) is a special kind of candy used to increase a Pokemon's CP above the old Level 40 cap.


There are many ways to get it, but it's notably harder to obtain than regular candy, making this month's Special Raid Weekend event a great time for veterans to get out and catch some Pokemon.

You can read more about XL Candy (including potential drop rates) in our XL Candy guide.