'Pokemon Go' Raid Battles Undergoes A Radical Overhaul

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Pokemon Go developer Niantic has given Raid battles and Ex Raids a complete overhaul.

So it's good news that raid rewards - which recently became rather swamped by the introduction of Potion items - are being improved further. "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". Those with high-level gym badges will be the only ones invited, as well as trainers who have completed many EX Raid Battles.

Niantic has also made clear the guidelines for future EX Raids, with the key takeaway being a focus on EX Raids taking place at sponsored locations - battles will most commonly happen here and at gyms found in parks. When an EX Raid Battle is canceled, "Pokemon GO" players will receive an in-game notification. All in all, that makes for a solid improvement to Pokemon GO. EX Raid Battle start times will now take into account the popular Raid Battle times at specific Gyms.

Trainers will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is cancelled. "When the feature first entered field-testing, the system randomly selected a set of Trainers who were eligible for the EX Raid Battle", Niantic said.

We think each of these changes will have a positive impact on Trainers around the world.

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Trainers will now be able to receive Golden Razz Berries when they complete a Raid Battle. Meanwhile, the more widely available standard-issue Raid Battles are also receiving updates. These changes are created to level the playing field for trainers at all levels, as the current system - particularly EX Raids - has been the target of complaints because of the way it seems to favor certain players and locations.

We also wanted to address some feedback we received about the timing and locations of EX Raid Battles.

For more information about the EX battle changes at "Pokemon Go", read their official blog post here.

The prevalence of potions and revives will be decreased and the Potions which are offered will be higher strength. The latest update added moves that weren't introduced to the franchise until Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, so it seems as though Niantic is on track to add more third generation Pokemon in December as previously announced. But more importantly, Water-type Pokemon Magikarp is slated to make a glorious come back to tier 1 raid battles. Win or lose, trainers who participate in a Raid Battle will always receive Stardust.

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