UPDATE: According to the latest reports from trainers, raids may now be lasting until 10 or 10:30 p.m. at night, and starting around 8 a.m. local time. Niantic may be expanding raid battles’ hours of operation.
Pokemon Go trainers are noticing one issue about the new gym mechanics that’s bothering them: so far, it doesn’t appear that raid battles happen at night. In some areas, trainers are reporting that gyms aren’t showing any raid battle notifications after 8 or 9 p.m. local time. What’s going on?
Niantic hasn’t yet addressed this question, and we’ll update this story as soon as they do. But it seems that most trainers are experiencing the same problem. After 8 or 9 p.m., or after Pokemon Go switches to night mode in some area, the raids are gone. Here’s a thread on a Reddit here discussing the question. A player in California said there were no raids from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Another trainer hadn’t seen any raids since around 9 p.m. Another heard there were many raids in his area around 7 p.m., but when he was able to look at 11 p.m., all the raids were gone. Redditor DontRushMeNow wrote, “By 8:30PM the raids had completely stopped here. A bunch of us were out because most of the time we have to wait until night to go out. We were hoping for raids but I do think Niantic shuts down raids after dark.”
This is happening all around the country. In this Reddit thread, Turtle_Co noted that in Phoenix, a ton of raids were happening around 5 p.m., but by 9:40 all the raids were gone. Trainers noted the same thing in Virginia, Boston, and other areas.
Some players have noted that they did participate in a raid battle after sunset, but this was because the egg timer actually started while it was still daytime. But once the sun goes down, no more timers are starting, no more eggs are hatching, and more raids are being reported. It seems the cutoff may be around 8:30 or 9 p.m. local time. One Redditor from New Zealand noted that where he was, the raids didn’t end at nighttime, because it gets dark around 5 p.m. But by the time 9:00 rolled around, the raids had stopped.
Many players hope this is just a temporary “curfew.” Because it’s the hottest time of year, many trainers actually prefer to play at night when the weather’s just a little less sweltering. And because many people work during the day, nighttime is the best time to participate in raids.
Whether this is a permanent “curfew” of sorts remains to be seen. Pokemon Go is making a lot of changes fast. At first, raid battles were only available to people at level 35 and up. Now they’re available to trainers at level 25 and up. And at first they were only available at sponsored gyms, and now they’re available at many gyms, sponsored or not. (You may, however, see a glitch where a non-sponsored gym is labeled “sponsored” during the raid battle itself.) So with so many changes happening so quickly, it’s possible that this nighttime “curfew” is just temporary. The raid battles are still in beta until July, so Niantic may just be testing them during the daytime for now and may extend them into nighttime at some point soon. Niantic hasn’t said anything about this yet, as of the time of publication, but it’s a safe guess when looking at how Niantic has handled other gym and raid battle questions so far. (To find out where to find gym raid battles, see Heavy’s story here.)
Have you been able to participate in any raids at night? Let us know in the comments below.