Pokemon Go: One infuriating Raid Battle feature that needs changing

Published: 5/May/2020 2:10 Updated: 5/May/2020 2:36

by Paul Cot


Niantic have added the Remote Raid Pass to Pokemon Go but even this hasn’t stopped one incredibly annoying part of Raid Battles.

The Remote Raid Pass allows trainers to participate in Raid Battles from the comfort of their own home. This was added in response to the current global health crisis.

Niantic is trying to do as much as they can to discourage Pokemon Go players from playing in the traditional method of walking about. However, despite their efforts, one infuriating feature remains.

Raid Battle Zero PlayersEntering a Raid Battle can end up being a game of cat and mouse…

No getting back your Raid Pass

Anytime you enter a Raid Battle you’ll need to use some form of Raid Pass. Two of the three types of Raid Pass there are – Premium Battle Pass and Remote Raid Pass – are rare items and if you’re not willing to pay for them, are few and far between.

That is why it’s so annoying to waste one on a Raid you can’t win. A lot of Pokemon Go players don’t have many friends to play locally with and it is very difficult to organize a Raid with strangers.

For easier Raid Battles this is no issue – after all, they can easily be taken by yourself. It is the five-star Legendary Pokemon that cause the problem.

Take Darkrai for example. It has a huge CP of 53,623 which requires a bare minimum of three trainers to beat. Now, you may see a Darkrai Raid across town and want to try and take it down.

So, you enter the gym to see how many players are waiting – zero. You can’t enter it yourself because firstly you’d be relying on at least two other players to join in the two-minute pre-lobby period and secondly, once you enter you can’t your Raid Pass back.

Theoretically, you could have several trainers wanting to battle but none of which are willing to risk their pass. Another scenario is a trainer is already waiting and you then take a chance and wait too. If nobody else joins before it starts, you guessed it, you’ve wasted another pass.

Darkrai has a very high CP in Raid Battles…

How to fix this

The best way to fix this would seem to be to make Raid Passes returnable. On the surface this sounds reasonable but there are some issues with this as well.

Niantic may want to encourage trainers to team up with specific people and if you were able to enter Raid Battles whenever you want, then this would take this away. There’s also the scenario of three or four players waiting and one or two decide to back out last second. This would then waste the Raid Pass of the two trainers that decided to stick around.

One solution could be to make Raid Passes returnable but only in the first 90 seconds of waiting. When the clock hits 30 or less, trainers are locked in.

It is an awkward situation but the current system isn’t working. Raid Passes are too hard to come by to waste on Raid Battles you simply can’t win! This may not be changed anytime soon, however, as they have been non-returnable ever since Raid Battles were introduced.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.