Pokémon GO is undergoing a number of changes in the near future, partly thanks to the comeback of pre-COVID features detailed earlier this week, and also thanks to a number of new tweaks coming to Raid Battles.
Raid Battles have already evolved somewhat since their introduction in 2020, most notably with last year's addition of Remote Raid Passes which allow players to invite friends and take part in Raids from anywhere across the world. Now, Raids should offer even more entertainment, as detailed below:
Updates to Raid Battles rolling out this summer
Raid Battles will see the following updates.
- Trainer Achievements: Complete certain actions during a raid and you may be featured afterwards!
- Art and user experience updates: Raids will look better than ever.
- Various quality-of-life updates will be implemented.
Trainer Achievements are designed to celebrate Trainers of all levels for taking part in a raid. For example, at the conclusion of a raid, Trainers who dealt the most damage or used a Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be showcased for being valuable participants in the battle.
Here’s a list of some feats that can earn you a Trainer Achievement after a raid.
- Delivering the final attack
- Dealing the most damage overall
- Keeping a single Pokémon in battle for the longest time of all participants
- Using the tallest Pokémon among all participants in battle
- Joining the raid from furthest distance
- Using a Mega-Evolved Pokémon during the battle
- Changing your avatar’s clothing or pose
- Using the most Charged Attacks of all participants
The first time you earn a Trainer Achievement, you’ll receive a medal that you can level up from bronze, to silver, and finally to gold. You can even download your Trainer Achievement Card featuring your avatar to share with your friends on social media and more.
Art and UX updates are also coming to raids, and the way Raid Battles look will be getting a makeover ahead of the summer. The stadium where Raid Battles take place will have a whole new look, and there will be other visual updates as well.
Alongside the update news, developer Niantic has confirmed that Regigigas – a monster that was previously available exclusively in EX Raids and as a Special Research story encounter – will be available to encounter in five-star raids until Thursday, 1st July at 10am local time.
Do you enjoy taking part in Pokémon GO Battle Raids? Do these new Trainer Achievements sound like something you'll look forward to? Let us know in the comments.