Pokemon Go unveiled Moltres will be taking to the skies once again on Moltres Day, September 8, 2018.

However, there are a few things trainers across the globe will have to accomplish in order to unlock Moltres Day. Trainers must compete in the final Professor Willow’s Global Challenge of the summer which will take place on September 1st and 2nd in Yokosuka, Japan. However, there will be geographic specific targets for trainers across the globe.

In order to unlock Moltres Day, participants in Yokosuka, Japan will need to complete 100,000 Research Tasks.

Trainers in Europe, Middle East, and Africa must complete a combined 5,000,000 research tasks.

Trainers in North and South America must also complete 5,000,000 research tasks.

Finally, trainers in the Asia-Pacific Region must also complete 5,000,000 research tasks.

Pokemon Go Professor Willow's Global Challenge

If this criteria is met, not only will trainers unlock Moltres Day, but they will also receive bonus Stardust for catching and hatching Pokémon. Not only that but 3,000 stardust will be rewarded for every raid completed beginning on September 3 at 1:00 PM PDT. This bonus stardust from raids is expected to last until September 10 at 1:00 PM PDT. Trainers will also be able to get their hands on bonus Star Pieces that will last an hour instead of the normal half hour. If you are looking to stock up on stardust in order to trade with your friends or power up your best Pokemon this will be a fantastic time to do so!

Moltres Day

If the challenge is completed and all of the regions meet their goals, trainers will unlock Moltres Day for September 8, 2018.

Moltres will appear in Raid Battles for a three-hour period on September 8th. If you are lucky enough to capture this special Moltres it will know the Flying-type move Sky Attack.

There are also expected to be Shiny Moltres available for capture!

In order for trainers to have the best chance at catching Moltres, trainers worldwide will receive up to five free Raid Passes. Unfortunately, these are not Premium Raid Passes and will not stack in your inventory. You will have to spin a gym each time you go to battle Moltres in order to get a new one!

Here’s a look at what the shiny Moltres looks like:

Shiny Moltres Pokemon Go

Fighting Moltres

To get you prepared for Moltres Day, you will want to build a strong team in order to exploit Moltres’ weaknesses. Those weaknesses are Water and Rock and here’s some of the best Pokemon you will want to use to take him down. Rock type attacks will be almost double effective with water attacks being 1.4x effective.


With Moltres especially weak to rock type attacks, Tyranitar will be a prime option in order to take the legendary fire bird down. If you were lucky enough to get a Community Day Tyranitar you should use Smack Down as your fast move, if not bite is a strong secondary option. Your charge move should be Stone Edge to really exploit the rock type attack.


Golem is another strong rock Pokemon who will excel at taking down Moltres. You should equip your Golem with Rock Throw for a fast attack and either Stone Edge or Rock Blast for your charge attack.


Omastar is a unique Pokemon in that it is both a rock and water type, both of which can exploit Moltres’ weaknesses. With a Max CP of 2688, your Omastar should be using Rock Throw as its quick attack and Rock Slide or Rock Blast for its charge attack to maximize your damage against Moltres.


After the most recent Community Day, a strong Eevee and its water evolution into Vaporeon should be in your repertoire. Vaporeon’s strong water attacks will be extremely effective against Moltres’ fire. To maximize your effectiveness, your Vaporeon should be using Water Gun as a fast attack with Hydro Pump as your charge move. With a max CP of 3157, your Vaporeon should do quite a bit of damage to Moltres.


Finally, if you are lucky enough to have captured a Kyogre while it’s legendary raids were available you should use the water Pokemon’s Waterfall as a fast attack and Hydro Pump as its charge move.

Other Strong Pokemon

If you don’t have any of the five Pokemon above other strong Pokemon to use against Moltres include Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydropump, Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge, and Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Ancient Power or Outrage.

If you are looking for burst damage, that won’t survive for very long you can use Sudowoodo with Rock Throw and Stone Edge or Rock Slide, Zapdos with Thunder Shock or Charge Beam and Thunderbolt or Thunder, and Sharpedo with Waterfall and Hydro Pump.

Moltres Attacks

Moltres will deploy a number of different attacks in raid battles. For the most part the legendary fire bird will use fire attacks, however with Moltres Day you can also see the Pokemon use Sky Attack, which is a Flying type attack.

Here’s the five different types of attacks you will face against Moltres: Fire Spin, Fire Blast, Sky Attack, Overheat, Heat Wave.

Good luck on completing your research tasks and here’s to hoping we will be able to unlock Moltres Day and get our hands on the legendary fire bird with Sky Attack!

If you’d like to friend me on Pokemon Go, my trainer code is 2316 2506 7845. I look forward to seeing you in game!

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