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Niantic finally add much-wanted Pokemon Go Raid Battle feature

Published: 15/Jul/2020 4:09

by Paul Cot

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Are you tired of wasting Pokemon Go Raid Passes on empty lobbies? Well, all trainers can now rejoice, as Niantic have finally added a new feature to Raid Battles which will fix this.

There has long been complaints within the Pokemon Go community about wasting Raid Passes. Previously Raid Passes, be it a Premium Battle Pass or Remote Raid Pass, would be consumed upon entering the Raid Battle lobby.

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This was particularly frustrating in four and five-star Raids where, often, there wouldn’t be enough trainers join to have a realistic chance of defeating the Raid Boss. This meant you could lose your Raid Pass with no possibility of victory.

Massive change to Raid Battles

Now though, the Raid Pass will be consumed when the Raid itself starts. This was confirmed on the Niantic Twitter account: “The [Raid] pass will now be consumed when the Raid Battle begins instead of when you join the lobby.”

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This is a massive and much needed change to Pokemon Go Raid Battles. Instead of wasting Raid Passes and even sitting in lobbies for nearly an hour at a time without even a battle, Raid Battles will now be far more populated.

Trainers will be able indicate their interest in participating in a Raid without risking a hard-earned Raid Pass. The result of this will be more Raids and less waiting! Relatively, it’s a small change, but in terms of trainer satisfaction it is huge.

The next step is some form of indicator that shows trainer interest in a particular Raid as opposed to having to check each individual lobby. That being said, most Raids depending on your location will now be populated.

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Due to this change there could even be a scenario where Raids become too easy to win. Who knows, Niantic may even have to make them harder to compensate for this.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.