Niantic has truly delivered on its promise to make summer 2017 legendary for Pokemon GO players. The last month has been one of the most active for the game's playerbase with the introduction of Battle Raids and the opportunity to capture the legendary birds. As the event winds down to a close, it looks like the most exciting reveal is just now being shared.
Niantic is introducing a new form of battles to Pokemon GO, called Exclusive Raids. These events will reward players for participating in Battle Raids by giving them a special invite to battle and catch a rare Pokemon, like Mewtwo, in the near future. Exclusive raids are meant to be a a special prize for active players and will give users enough time to plan ahead for intense raids in the near future.
Here are the details...
Exclusive Raid Battles are similar to existing Raid Battles, with a few notable differences. Exclusive raids will periodically appear at Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers will be invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle. To receive an invitation to participate in an Exclusive Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place. The invitations will include advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.
This change is likely going to further anger the rural playerbase, who feel like they have no shot at catching the Legendaries without them appearing randomly in the wild, but Battle Raids are very popular in cities and those Raid Passes are making a ton of money for the company.
Players get one free Raid Pass per day (which don't stack), so lots of players end up spending coins (or real dollars) on the Premium Raid Passes. They're only about a dollar a piece, but that definitely adds up when a playerbase of this size are chasing down legendaries day after day.
We look forward to seeing how the exclusive raids go and how long it takes before players outside of Japan are bragging about their Mewtwo. Check back soon for updates, trailers!
Pokemon GO is available now in select regions on Android and iOS devices.