Since the feature was launched, EX Raid Battles in Pokemon GO have been the cause of a lot of complaints. The only way to get hold of the legendary Pokemon Mewtwo, EX Raiding is a process that has up until this point been buggy and relatively disorganized, but new changes from developer Niantic should be working to improve the system for all players. On top of this, regular Raid Battles are about to get a whole lot more rewarding.
In a blog post on the Pokemon GO website, Niantic responded to player feedback regarding the EX Raids, thanking those who have reported the issues with the system up until this point. The developer then promised to implement a series of updates to the EX Raiding experience that will come to the popular mobile game in the near future.
First of all, EX Raids will take place most commonly at Gyms found in parks as well as sponsored locations, in an effort to give both players and the public a little more space. Getting an invite to an EX Raid will also be easier for players with high-level Gym Badges at the participating Gyms, so Pokemon GO fans looking for an invite should begin Raiding at parks as much as possible.
Those trainers who have already completed a high number of regular Raid Battles are also more likely to be invited to an EX Raid, as a thank you for their dedication. And the special battles will now start at a time where the hosting Gym usually sees the most activity. In the event of an EX Raid getting canceled before it begins, trainers will no longer be heading home empty-handed, as Niantic will make up for the time wasted with Stardust and Premium Raid Passes after notifying the users regarding the cancellation.
In an effort to ensure that regular Raid Battles are just as rewarding for players, the developer is significantly buffing the system to encourage users to continue working together and battling powerful creatures. One of the biggest changes made to defeating a Gym boss is the addition of Golden Razz Berries to the prize pool, making sure all trainers have enough of the consumable item to help them capture Mewtwo once invited to an EX Raid.
The number of Potions and Revives awarded to trainers will decrease slightly, but the quality of the Potions will increase, ensuring that players no longer feel like they need to conserve healing items after raids. In addition, Fast and Charged Technical Machines will now drop at an increased rates when players defeat a Tier 3 (or higher) battle, and Stardust will be granted to all participants whether the Raid Battle was successfully completed or not.
Finally, fan-favorite Magikarp will be making “a triumphant return” to Tier 1 Raid Battles, allowing trainers to once again go head to head against the ultimate Water-Type Pokemon in a Raid environment. All things considered, it’s clear that Niantic has listened to its player-base this time and these new changes have significantly improved the Raiding system across all levels of play. The system has become more rewarding, better optimized, and less punishing for trainers all over the globe, which is a big incentive for fans to return to the game once again.
Pokemon GO is out now for Android and iOS devices.