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Pokemon GO brings the strongest forms of Kyogre and Groudon tomorrow – but not for everyone

Starting tomorrow, February 18, 2023, there are two powerful new forms in Pokemon GO. But if you don’t have a ticket for the Hoenn tour in Las Vegas, you have to be patient.

What are these shapes? Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre are making their Pokemon GO debut at the Hoenn Tour in Las Vegas.


They are obtained through “Protomorphosis,” which effectively works like Mega Evolution.

  • You collect “proto-energy” from so-called proto-raids or special field research
  • If you have enough, you can evolve Kyogre or Groudon into proto form
  • It then lasts eight hours until the monster transforms back
  • The more often you perform Protomorphosis, the less energy you need next time
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How strong are the two forms? Both proto-forms are the strongest attackers of their respective types – especially since they can also get special attacks.

  • Kyogre from Proto-Raids has mastered the Charged Attack Origin Surge
  • Groudon from Proto-Raids masters Abyssal Blade

In addition, they also bring bonuses for your other raid attackers, similar to mega developments. Both proto-forms boost attackers of multiple types, and also grant you additional candies and XP of those types while active.

  • For Primal Kyogre, those are Water, Electro, and Bugs
  • For Primal Groudon, it’s Fire, Grass, and Ground

However, not all of these monsters can secure themselves this weekend.

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When will everyone get Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon?

Then they come for the first time: Proto-Raids make their debut at GO Tour: Hoenn in Las Vegas. It starts on Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. local time, i.e. at 7:00 p.m. German time.

However, Niantic has already made it clear that for the time being only trainers with a ticket for the GO Tour in Las Vegas can also get the proto bonuses.

Until the Hoenn Worldwide Tour, only Las Vegas-ticketed coaches can:

  • Get Proto Energy rewards from Proto Raids
  • Protomorphize Kyogre and Groudon
  • Get proto-energy from research
  • Get the exclusive attacks
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When does everyone get the proto bonuses? A week later, namely for the global Hoenn tour. At the global event, the two monsters will appear again in proto-raids, then everywhere.

The Hoenn Global Tour runs Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, you should use this time to get enough proto-energy. Because when the monsters will return again is currently uncertain.

Basically, there are a few differences between the version in Las Vegas and the worldwide Hoenn tour – we show you here.