In an effort to make Pokemon Go as playable as possible during this uncertain times, Niantic have revealed the Remote Raid Pass which will let you participate in Raid Battles from home.
Eagle-eyed trainers will have expected this as a previous datamine showed the Remote Raid Pass was in the works. Details beyond its introduction to the game weren't shared though, but now we have more information.
Players were unsure whether the Remote Raid Pass will let you play any Raid Battle or just ones near you. "With a Remote Raid Pass, you can access Raid Battles you can see on the Nearby screen from wherever you are," the Pokemon Go blog revealed.
Can't play with all friends just yet
This means you won't be able to participate in any Raid Battle you want - so no, it won't be the same as spoofing. It also means you won't be able to play with friends who live far away – at least at the moment.
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Niantic revealed they will be making adjustments to the feature over time including "the ability to invite friends to raids regardless of their location."
Remote will be as effective as local
It had been suggested that remote players' Pokemon wouldn't be as strong as those playing locally. This seemed to be Niantic's way of making trainers not rely on the new remote feature.
However, it has been confirmed both remote and local players' Pokemon will have the same attack power, though this will be reversed at a later date. Perhaps this suggests the Remote Raid Pass feature will stay even a few months down the line.
Remote Raid Pass cost
The launch date is yet to be confirmed, but when it does, Remote Raid Passes will be available at a special discounted price of 100 PokeCoins. This suggests the standard price will be 150 or more.
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You will, though, be able to get your hands on one for the small price of just one PokeCoin. It will be included in the rotating bundles Niantic are offering as part of helping trainers out during the lockdown period.
Now it has been announced, we can expect the ability to play Raid Battles from home to be added very soon.