Kartana has made a surprise appearance in Pokemon Go Gyms near you for a limited-time appearance in five-star raid battles. This Ultra Beast appeared in the Northern Hemisphere without announcement from Niantic on September 13. Its main series game counterpart, Celesteela, is taking its place in five-star raids in the Southern Hemisphere. This is Kartana’s first time being available in Pokemon Go, so players old and new alike can look forward to adding a new entry in their Alola Pokedexes.
Kartana Raid Schedule
Kartana is appearing as the sole five-star raid boss in the Northern Hemisphere from 10 AM local time on September 13, 2022 and will remain available to challenge in raids until the same time on September 27. Raids do not generally follow a set schedule, and Kartana raids will appear randomly at Gyms around the world during this time period, but you will receive a notification from the game when a raid is about to begin nearby. You’ll be able to easily identify a Kartana raid that is about to begin by the Ultra Wormhole taking the place of the usual raid egg on top of the Gym.
Your best chance to find a Kartana raid (or a lot of them!) is during the two Raid Hours in which the Drawn Sword Pokemon will be featured. Every Wednesday from 6 PM to 7 PM local time, the majority of Gyms host five-star raids for Trainers to work together to take down. The two Raid Hours that will occur during Kartana’s residency in five-star raids will be September 14 and 21. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll need your free daily Raid Pass or a Premium Battle Pass to join a raid in person, or a Remote Raid Pass to join a raid remotely. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, there won’t be any Kartana raids appearing near you to join in person, so you’ll have no choice but to use a Remote Raid Pass.
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Author: Patrick Tierney