Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Tyler Owen

Niantic Reveals Raid Battles & New Gym Features For 'Pokémon GO'

Niantic Reveals Raid Battles & New Gym Features For 'Pokémon GO'

Raid battles - Pokemon trainers will be able to team and take on very powerful raid boss Pokemon together in new raid battles. It's not too dissimilar to what we've seen in massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft or shared world shooters like Destiny and its sequel Destiny 2.

In order to battle the raid Pokemon, you'll need a raid pass. All players have one free Raid Pass per day but more can be bought from the store for real money. "You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop", explains Niantic in a post. "If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you'll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokemon of your own".

Niantic has put up a message to its players, via their official support page, informing fans that gyms in Pokemon Go will soon be temporarily closed due to remodelling.

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In addition to the overhaul of the gym battling system, Niantic is adding a major Pokemon feature to its mobile game: Gym Badges. Now, these Gyms feature six permanent slots, and each slot must be unique. The Pokemon placed in the gym will be battled in the order they were placed instead of their CP order. Furthermore, the company shed light on the game's new motivation system.

The developer's idea of gifting gamers with codes to the Legendaries after actively using the new gym system is also a pretty great way to get more players to use the new system, and to get back into the game. When a Raid Battle begins, all of the Pokemon assigned to that gym will be returned to their trainers and a big Egg with a countdown timer will appear over the gym. Pokemon will automatically lose motivation over time as well as when they are defeated in battle. The update will also introduce the motivation mechanic: the longer a Pokemon defends a gym, the more its motivation will decrease, and the more a Pokemon's motivation decreases, the lower its CP will drop. But never fear, that's what berries are for: Keep morale high by feeding your team's pocket monsters berries. According to him, as the team is getting ready for updating the entire game, they want to make sure that the Trainers are aware of the fact that Gyms will be soon disabled.

Raids, meanwhile, should be arriving in "the weeks ahead", first to select players as a beta.

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