Ultra Beast Poipole in Pokemon GO
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Pokémon Go Ultra Wormholes, Explained

They might look special, but they're nothing to be afraid of.

Pokémon Go is always changing and with so many unique features you could be left confused. One thing that you might not be used to seeing is Ultra Wormholes, but you can relax, these unique encounters are extremely simple once you know what they are.

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What Are Ultra Wormholes in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon GO World of Wonders Special Research Poipole Encounter
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Ultra Wormholes are a feature that allows trainers to encounter the Legendary Ultra Beast Pokémon that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to find. They can appear at random and you’ll have a small window to join in before they begin.

Once the timer reaches zero you’ll be transported to a raid battle against an Ultra Beast. As you’d expect, these are five-star raids so you’ll need some help to get it done. For the most part, they will appear like regular raids and should be completed as such.

You won’t always find Ultra Wormholes around the map. Pokémon Go typically only adds them to the game on special occasions, so be on the lookout for upcoming events in your area. There are several Pokémon that can be encountered when interacting with one.

  • Buzzwole
  • Celesteela
  • Guzzlord
  • Kartana
  • Nihilego
  • Pheromosa
  • Poipole
  • Xurkitree

These are all of the available Ultra Beasts right now, but we expect more will be added in the future. 

Surprisingly, Pokémon Go isn’t the first game to get Ultra Wormholes. They actually originate from Pokémon Sun and Moon where the Ultra Beasts were first introduced to the franchise. Engaging with Ultra Wormholes is the only way to catch these Pokémon in both the games and Pokémon Go.

Be warned: Ultra Wormholes are not permanent so if you happen to see one we suggest taking advantage of it while you can. Fortunately, raid content is always changing so if you miss out you should get a chance to catch that particular Pokémon again in the future.


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