While Pokémon GO usually rewards you for getting out and about, these new tweaks will allow you to take part in Raid Battles and train up your favourite Pokémon just like you would under normal circumstances. Here's an overview of the upcoming changes:
- With a Remote Raid Pass, you can access Raid Battles you can see on the Nearby screen from wherever you are.
- You’ll receive a bonus Field Research task daily without having to spin a PokéStop.
- As you run low on Gifts, your Buddy Pokémon will venture to nearby PokéStops and bring some Gifts back for you to send out to your friends.
- You’ll be able to power up your Pokémon to the desired CP by using all the required Candies and Stardust at once.
- After using a Star Piece, Lucky Egg, or Incense, you’ll be able to use more of the same item to extend the item’s effect beyond the usual 30-minute limit. No more waiting for an item effect to expire before you can use another one!
- Look out for other updates, including improved battle-screen design.
The Remote Raid Pass is a particularly interesting addition; with it, you’ll be able to join any Raid Battle you can see on the app's 'Nearby' screen, or any that you can tap on the map. You'll need one Pass to join one Raid, with 20 players in total being allowed to join the same Raid Battle.
Interestingly, all Trainers regardless of location will have equal opportunities at launch, but as the world situation evolves, Trainers still using the feature remotely will have reduced attack power compared to those who make their way to the Raid Battle's true location. Changes like this will be announced through Pokémon GO's official channels as and when they go live.
You can find more details on each of the other changes listed above on Niantic's website if you're interested.
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