Pokémon Go With New Gym And Raid Battles Revamped Features Announced [Update]

The biggest update to Pokémon Go is nearly here! Trainers around the world will be able to participate in a revamped Gym gameplay experience. Very soon, the Pokemon Go update includes the opportunity to join together with others to battle against powerful Pokémon in the new Raid Battle feature. Here are the details.


In celebration of its anniversary, Pokemon Go is undergoing some major changes. As the official Pokemon Go Fest sells out Grant Park in minutes, now that the tickets are giving for $400. Pokemon Go is celebrating its first anniversary with a real-world festival in Chicago this summer. Planned for July 22nd, which was announced in an email to game players earlier this month. But unfortunately, the new Pokemon Go details were slim except for the event’s time, place and the fact that tickets would go on sale June 19 at noon.

Before you get too excited, no, player-vs-player battles aren’t among them. Gyms, though, are all about to get more accessible, and you’ll be able to team up with friends to go on raids against mega-powerful Pokemon.

Niantic Labs has pushed a post out which will be of huge interest to anyone who still immerse themselves in the augmented world of Pokemon Go. The developers behind the Pokémon Go have revealed that “the biggest update to Pokemon Go is nearly here,” meaning that a significant overhaul is inbound across iOS and Android.

About Gym overhaul, Niantic says it’s only launch for select players today and roll out to everyone else in the coming weeks. Developer team is hoping it’ll turn the feature into something that’s interesting for everone, rather than just players at the tippity top of the food chain.

Here’s how it works: Gyms will soon have six slots that can be filled by one team’s Pokemon, and Pokemon presiding over gyms will have a new stat called “motivation”. Even if you can’t knock a rival team from their throne, their individual Pokemon will lose motivation over time and as a result of defeats, temporarily lowering their CP. So basically you’ll be able to aid in chipping away at them, oif nothing else.

The time is now for Niantic to dramatically overhaul specific parts of the Pokemon Go experience, while the company looking to focus purely on how Trainers interact with Gyms and the underlying joy they get when interacting with the aspect of the revamped game.

To improve that experience Trainers will start to see Gym undergoing a major facelift, which will immediately manifest itself with the ability to spin the Photo Disc at a Gym to instantly receive new goodies for free. The whole is also being updated with a new underlying concept based on a motivation system.

Although the Pokemon assigned to protect a gym will originally lose motivation over time, and therefore become pretty easier to defeat when motivation is visibly low. In order to keep it high, Trainers are encouraged to keep popping in and feeding Berries to the Pokemon assigned to that gym, gain motivation.

However, members of the controlling team can raise Pokemon’s spirits with berries, making both sides of the equation a cooperative effort. For your efforts, you’ll be able to earn Gym Badges, which you can level up to potentially get better items at PokeStops and Gyms. On top of all that, Gyms are getting spinnable “photo discs” (aka PokeStops) to hopefully alleviate some of the problems faced by Trainers in less densely populated locations.

Those earned Gym Badges will also be able to be viewed at any time, and will essentially act as a nostalgic reference to the fact that a Trainer has been to a particular gym. More updates to Gym battles are just around the corner and are no longer based on Prestige and training, though. In addition, opposing teams will battle the Pokemon in the order they were assigned to the Gym. Badges server as mementos of your Pokemon Go advenures and reflect your contribution to a Gyms success. You will be able to level up your Badges by battling, giving Berries to the Pokemon in the Gym and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc, etc.


Speaking of the new Raid Battle feature. All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms, which is as Niantic says, is a co-operative gameplay experience designed to let individuals work with other Trainers to defeat a particularly difficult or strong Gym Boss. Defeating that Raid Boss will also result in a ton of new rewards and items being given to the Trainers. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Battle will be revealed.

Again, before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. There are Premium Raid Passes that you can get in-game shop. So by using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss in the challenge, that too within the five-minutes time limit, then, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokemon of your own.


New items you’ll get after defeating a Raid Boss includes some new things obtained only be defeating a Raid Boss and of course, rewards collection as well. A Raid Boss: Rare Candles, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines – Fast and Charged.

*A Rare Candy is a mysterious candy that, when used on a Pokémon, turns into that Pokémon’s Candy.

* Golden Razz Berries will greatly increase your chances of catching a Pokémon you encounter in the wild and can also be given to a Pokémon assigned to a Gym to fully recover its motivation meter.

* Technical Machines are items you can use to permanently teach a Pokémon a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack.

The bad news is that until the new features are rolled out all Gyms will be temporarily disabled in the augmented world of Pokemon Go. Once this new feature rolls out across the globe, the Gyms functionality will be restored ready to serve up the new features. And The Raid Battle feature will then be rolled out slowly over the next few weeks, starting as a beta, with raids visible only to a subset of players at certain Gym locations.

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