Need a buddy to help you out in a raid while playing Pokémon Go? You will be able to send out an invite to any of your Pokémon Go friends who can help you out in a raid. Your friends will need a raid pass to participate, but now you won’t have to wait around for other trainers to see you’re about to do a raid to help you out. The raid invitation should make it a much easier experience to take down some of the more powerful Pokémon in the game.
When you want to raid with a friend, you need first to start the raid on your side. When the raid lobby is ready, you will see a new ‘+’ icon for the public and private lobbies. Click on the plus icon, and you can choose five friends from your friend’s list to invite to help you out. Those trainers should see the notification and have the option to help you if they have a raid pass available to assist.
With the assistance of the maximum group of five friends, you should take on more challenging foes, such as legendary Pokémon featured in the five-star raids. Most of these Pokémon require a full group of five to six trainers, but some teams can optimize themselves only to need a total of three trainers to take it down. Regardless, the feature should make it easier for trainers to locate five-star gyms and invite friends to assist them. Everyone who participates should have a chance to attempt to capture the legendary Pokémon after the battle.
We don’t know if this feature is being rolled out to make it easier for players under quarantine for COVID-19 to play together, or if this is becoming a permanent feature. For those who receive an invite to join to raid, you may need a remote raid pass to participate, but Niantic was not specific about what raid pass you will need to use. It only said that invited trainers would need a raid pass. We’ll update this article if we learn more specifics about the feature.