Pokémon Go’s EX Raid Battles are getting an overhaul

Niantic has been taking fan feedback on Pokémon Go’s Raid Battles into consideration over the past few months, and now the developer has decided to roll out some important new changes in a new update that’s coming at some point in the future. There’s no official release date for the update just yet, but Niantic detailed the changes that are still to come on its official blog

EX Raid Battles will be first on the list of changes coming to the game. Previously it was a bit confusing for players to figure out how to be invited to EX Raid Battles. The developer said that, when the feature was first tested, the system was randomly selecting Trainers who were eligible by taking Gym Badge levels and total Raid Battles completed into account. 

As far as the timing and locations go, Niantic will be taking popular Raid Battle times at Gyms where EX Raid Battles are taking place “into account” to make sure more people are able to actually participate. As far as these specific locations, they were chosen to make sure they’re easier to get to. Additional locations will be “explored” in the future. 

After these features launch, Niantic will consider the “field-test label” successfully removed from EX Raid Battles and the system officially launched, though it will continue to make improvements and monitor fan feedback accordingly. 

Niantic has spelled out the new prerequisites a bit more clearly in its EX Raid Battle change list: 

  • EX Raid Battles will take place most commonly at Gyms found in parks and sponsored locations.
  • Trainers with a high-level Gym Badge are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles taking place at that Gym.
  • Trainers who have completed a larger number of Raid Battles are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles.
  • EX Raid Battle start times now take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym.
  • Trainers invited to EX Raid Battles will receive an in-game notification if the EX Raid Battle is canceled.
  • Trainers will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is canceled.

Regular Raid Battles will see changes as well, as Niantic says it wants trainers to “walk away from Raid Battles feeling like they’ve earned some amazing rewards.” 

The changes are as follows:

  • Trainers will now receive Golden Razz Berries for completing Raid Battles.
  • The numbers of Potions and Revives awarded to Trainers for completing a Raid Battle will decrease slightly, but the quality of Potions will increase.
  • The likelihood of receiving Fast and Charged Technical Machines for completing a Tier 3 or higher Raid Battle has increased.
  • Trainers will now receive Stardust for participating in a Raid Battle, whether they win or lose.
  • Magikarp will make a triumphant return to Tier 1 Raid Battles.