Yesterday Niantic announced some clear changes and explanations surrounding the EX Raid system in Pokémon GO as well as changes to the regular raid system. You can see the official announcement here.
This shouldn’t be a big deal, however, Niantic is constantly extremely vague with information surrounding every aspect of the game.
While I would still prefer that the EX Raid system goes away it is encouraging to have some sort of insight as to how it actually works. They are responding to a very common complaint with the game and one can only hope that they listen to the other valid complaints that many of us have.
From that announcement:
EX Raid Battle changes
- EX Raid Battles will take place most commonly at Gyms found in parks and sponsored locations.
- Trainers with a high-level Gym Badge are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles taking place at that Gym.
- Trainers who have completed a larger number of Raid Battles are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles.
- EX Raid Battle start times now take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym.
- Trainers invited to EX Raid Battles will receive an in-game notification if the EX Raid Battle is canceled.
- Trainers will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is canceled.
Raid Battle changes
- Trainers will now receive Golden Razz Berries for completing Raid Battles.
- The numbers of Potions and Revives awarded to Trainers for completing a Raid Battle will decrease slightly, but the quality of Potions will increase.
- The likelihood of receiving Fast and Charged Technical Machines for completing a Tier 3 or higher Raid Battle has increased.
- Trainers will now receive Stardust for participating in a Raid Battle, whether they win or lose.
- Magikarp will make a triumphant return to Tier 1 Raid Battles.
One can hope that this is the beginning of what will be much more clear communication from Niantic about updates and changes being made to the game. The real test will be seeing if having access to this information improves anyone’s chances of actually getting the elusive EX Raid pass.
It would be nice to get my hands on a Mewtwo before they do some sort of mass release and we start catching it with Santa hats in another month.
Pokémon GO players have eagerly been awaiting the announcement of a Thanksgiving event. Earlier today Niantic announced the Pokémon GO Travel and the Global Catch Challenge. In true Niantic fashion they’re a little short on details such as the actual start date and time or giving us a ballpark of how hard it will be to catch 3 billion Pokémon. I don’t have any sense for how many are caught in an average week and I’m sure most players also do not have access to that information. Nevertheless it looks to offer some potentially interesting rewards.
I don’t know what the likelihood of all of us hitting the 3 billion mark is but I suspect that no matter what it will happen. I can’t imagine anything that would take the wind out of our nearly windless sails more than the potential for unlocking a regional exclusive and then not delivering.
Catching my first Farfetch’d would be pretty cool but the double XP and double stardust is even more appealing as I lumber slowly toward level 40.
This could keep the game interesting for another week or two but Niantic still has a lot of work to do to make this game at all compelling for most of us who play daily.
For now I’ll just enjoy these small windows of fun and hope for the eventual update that will rekindle the game for us all.
It’s happened, it’s here. Sometime this evening (a few hours ago) I logged onto the game to be greeted with this latest bit of news in the app.
That’s right. With all that Pokémon GO has been missing in the past few months, this is the update that just dropped. We have new clothing for our avatars.
If you are keeping up with the Pokémon GO community there is a very common communication you hear from players. We’re bored. We want something new. We love the game but we don’t feel like there’s any reason to play on a day-to-day basis.
Here’s a list of a few things I can think of that I’ve heard that people want:
- Daily/weekly quests
- A clear path toward obtaining Mewtwo
- Releasing the remaining Gen 1 and Gen 2 legendaries
- Releasing Gen 3
- Dealing with spoofing
- A battle upgrade
I’m sure I’m leaving stuff out. However, you may notice that nowhere in there did I mention that we are looking for new hats.
Forgive me. A new hat. A new hat. Apparently there is exactly this: a new pair of shoes, a new pair of shorts, a new shirt, and a new hat. One version of each for the male avatar, one version of each for the female avatar.
Avatar customization probably wouldn’t rank even in the top fifty things I’d like to see implemented in Pokémon GO. That being said if there were changes to be made, I can think of a lot of things I’d rather see than one of each article of clothing. I’d much rather see facial hair, tattoos, and better customization of body type to name just a few things.
Rumors are circulating that some sort of Thanksgiving event may be on the horizon. Perhaps even the release of Ho-Oh. While that is somewhat interesting it is just yet another legendary raid, a part of the game that was once exciting and is now sufficiently stale.
December is going to see the release of some (or all) of Gen 3. This will give the game a momentary boost but once our Pokédexes are filled again we will all be craving some new content and reason to play. Let’s hope Niantic hears our pleas and doesn’t give us a Slaking T-shirt instead.
As the Pokémon Go Halloween event draws to a close we currently have shiny versions of two of the Pokémon familes available. The running theory is that Shiny Shuppet should should be showing up any moment now in the game. With Sableye being released initially followed by Duskull a few days later, it seems that Shuppet should show up any time now.
This is somewhat exciting as we now have five available shiny Pokémon in the game where we only had two a little over a week ago. However, the release of these shinies makes Pokémon GO even more of a tedious slog than it already is.
One thing last year’s Halloween event didn’t have was shinies. I remember by the end of the event last year being quite happy with never seeing a Cubone, Meowth, or Gastly ever again. This year I feel the same way about Duskull, Shuppet, and Sableye. Unfortunately the lure of a potential shiny keeps me glued to the game in hopes of catching a rare version of even just one of the Gen 3 ghost types.
Shuppet, in particular, annoys me the most. I find there are just some Pokémon that I find I always hate catching. Shuppet falls into that category. Duskull, while getting old, never seems like such a bother.
I can’t complain. I’d rather catch 5,000 more Shuppets than just one single Venonat. Venonats make me wish there was an option to switch to Wolfenstein mode and dispatch of them with a Chain Gun.