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Pokémon GO - An Update on Raid Battles

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Pokémon GO's Raid Battles run at two levels, EX Raid Battles that are by invite only, and the standard Raid Battles that all Trainers can participate in. The Ex Raid Battles have not been a favourite of Trainers, and not only because of its limited participation but also because it had some gameplay problems. Niantic has now changed some of those features, and as of today, they have released the official version.

Standard Raid Battles also received an update to make the experience more rewarding for players. "We want Trainers to walk away from Raid Battles feeling like they’ve earned some amazing rewards, even if the Raid Boss flees," explains Niantic. "To help make this more of a reality, we’ve made adjustments to the quality of items Trainers receive after defeating a Raid Boss. The addition of Stardust rewards for participating in a Raid Battle will help Trainers continue to power up the Pokémon they need to take on even more powerful Raid Bosses."

Pokémon GO: Ex-Raid Battle Changes

  • EX Raid Battles will take place most commonly at Gyms found in parks and sponsored locations.
  • Trainers with a high-level Gym Badge are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles taking place at that Gym.
  • Trainers who have completed a larger number of Raid Battles are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles.
  • EX Raid Battle start times now take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym.
  • Trainers invited to EX Raid Battles will receive an in-game notification if the EX Raid Battle is cancelled.
  • Trainers will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is cancelled.

Pokémon GO: Raid Battle Changes

  • Trainers will now receive Golden Razz Berries for completing Raid Battles.
  • The numbers of Potions and Revives awarded to Trainers for completing a Raid Battle will decrease slightly, but the quality of Potions will increase.
  • The likelihood of receiving Fast and Charged Technical Machines for completing a Tier 3 or higher Raid Battle has increased.
  • Trainers will now receive Stardust for participating in a Raid Battle, whether they win or lose.
  • Magikarp will make a triumphant return to Tier 1 Raid Battles.

In other Pokémon GO news - the Global Catch Challenge is well underway with rewards unlocking very fast. The total number of Pokémon caught as of seven hours ago stood at a massive 777 461 788! A lot caught, but a lot still to go to reach the 3 billion mark.

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