When Pokemon GO first came out, it was hinted that the game could get raid-like battles where groups of players could gather together to defeat enemies. But since the launch of the game, it has been mostly a single-player experience except for players fighting at gyms and trying to take them over or defend them. So fans have been waiting.
Well, in an announcement on the Pokemon GO website, Niantic says that the game will be getting a new Raid Battle feature. Much to the delight of fans everywhere.
“All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss.”
To do a Raid Battle, players will have to own a Raid Pass, which you can get free by visiting a Gym but is limited to one per day. Players can only hold one at a time though. There are also Premium Raid Passes available from the game shop, but that will cost you money. Each Raid Battle will allow a maximum of 20 other Trainers to take part in and give players a chance to catch extra powerful Pokemon. So there is incentive to raid.
These changes will arrive in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime all Gyms will be temporarily disabled while the changes are being made. Great news for Pokemon fans.