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How to buy another ‘free’ set of Remote Raid Passes in Pokemon Go

Published: 5/Sep/2020 20:00

by Paul Cot

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Niantic are kicked off Mega September in style, giving trainers the chance to buy three Pokemon Go Remote Raid Passes for essentially free. An additional three, for one PokeCoin, are also coming soon.

Bundles of three Remote Raid Passes in the mobile game usually cost 250 PokeCoins. Instead, they have cost just one PokeCoin – yes you read that right.

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The bundle will be available to purchase until Wednesday, September 30, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST). However, in order to be eligible for this special one-time offer, you will need to have less than three Remote Raid Passes already.

Since then, Niantic have announced that another three Remote Raid Pass bundle will be coming for one PokeCoin. Presumably, like the previous one, it will only be available if you have less than three Remote Raid Passes.

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How to buy the 3 Remote Raid Passes

Purchasing the special discounted bundle is easy and is the same on both iOS and Android.

  1. Open the Pokemon Go app
  2. Head to the main menu by tapping the PokeBall in the bottom-middle of the screen
  3. Tap Shop
  4. Scroll down to the limited time only section where you will find the 3 Remote Raid Pass bundle
  5. Tap and enjoy your (essentially) free Raid Passes
Three Remote Raid Pass Discount BundleHead to the Pokemon Go Shop as normal and the special bundle will be available in the Limited Time Only section…

What is a Remote Raid Pass?

With the need to make Pokemon Go more play at home friendly, Niantic introduced the new Remote Raid Pass earlier this year. As the name suggests, it allows you participate in any Raid that you can see on your nearby screen.

There are ongoing bonuses for Remote Raid Pass users, too, which last until the end of September. Firstly, those using one will receive the benefit of additional damage during Raid Battles. Secondly, more trainers can actually enter the Raid Battle when using a Remote Raid Pass – this of course means it will far easier to take down that Raid Boss.

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With Mega Evolution now in Pokemon Go, and subsequent ‘Mega Raids’ to compete in, the Remote Raid Pass bundle comes at an excellent time!

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.