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UPDATE: The cap has now been lowered to level 25.

ORIGINAL STORY: Pokémon GO has just been updated with one of its most significant overhauls yet - the introduction of Raid Battles which take place at gyms all over the world.

Raid Battles close to your current location can be tracked by tapping the "nearby" panel on the main screen and then selection "Raid". However, before you rush out of the door in the hope of taking down a powerful monster and bagging some exclusive items, there's a catch - you have to be at least level 35 to take part in Raids.

Given that we've been playing Pokémon GO solidly here in the Nintendo Life office since launch (using both the Pokémon GO Plus and the unofficial Go-tcha) and we're still only level 30, it means that there will be a lot of players out there who can't participate in this exciting new feature. 

The incentive to boost your level is obvious, but that could take quite some time for players who gave up on the game months ago. With Niantic also shaming those who have used third-party tracking apps with this new update, there's a danger that it could put off many other players from even bothering.

Are you already at level 35? Will this news spur you on to level up your character, or can you simply not be bothered with the game anymore? As ever, we want to hear your opinion.