For those playing Pokemon Go tonight, there’s been some new developments.
First of all, a new Pokemon Go update has been launched that everyone must download to continue playing the game. This means that Trainers are pulled out the game and have to proceed to either the Android or Apple app stores before they can get back to catching Pocket Monsters.
The other big announcement from today is that following this update, Trainers have found themselves beginning to be invited to the game’s first Pokemon Go Exclusive Raids. And this can mean only one thing.
Niantic are about to launch the very first wave of public Pokemon Go Mewtwo Raids. Trainers have been finding new Ex-Raid Passes appearing in their Pokemon Journals, along with the message that they are invited to a nearby Raid.
The first wave of Mewtwo battles will be occurring in California and Washington States, with several Trainers posting pictures of their official invites. From the information posted, it appears that Ex-Raids will run for around two hours, with Trainers given a couple of days notice before it begins.
It’s likely that more Exclusive Raid passes will start popping up in other parts of North America and Europe soon. Unlike existing raids, Trainers get invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle after successfully completing a Raid at the Gym where the Ex-Raid will be taking place.
The invitations will include advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, with Mewtwo being the first Pokemon that Trainers will be able to face. Niantic have promised that in the future, other powerful Pokemon will also start to hatch from the Raid Eggs found at Exclusive Raid Battles.
This is expected to happen over the coming weeks, although the development team have yet to confirm which Monsters might be included.
Niantic promised that the first invites would be sent out around September 6, telling fans earlier in August: “While these Legendary Pokémon are traveling the world, we’ll also begin an EX Raid Battle (formerly Exclusive Raid Battle) field-testing phase at select Gyms before the feature is made available globally.
“We have collected some valuable early feedback on the new EX Raid Battle feature and will look to further test and hone the experience through the feedback of the dedicated global Trainer community.
“During the field test, we’ll be making periodic adjustments to EX Raid eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations with the goal of making the EX Raid Battle feature engaging, rewarding, and most importantly, fun for Trainers who regularly participate in Raid Battles.
“The first EX Raid Passes will be sent out soon, and those invited will have an opportunity to try out the new system as early as September 6.”