A long-awaited feature is coming to Pokemon Go, potentially changing the way that we raid forever! Oh, and we're getting stickers, too.
Remote raiding is about to see its full potential realized! In a future update, it's been announced that players will be able to invite up to five players on their friend list to join via remote raid pass regardless of location!
This update is huge, and very exciting to say the least! Players who know each other across long distances will soon be able to join together to battle! This feature will shift the importance of the Pokemon Go friend list, and make adding players a bit more strategic than it has been in the past. Either way, this is exciting and makes us wonder what's coming next!
We still don't know how much of an attack drop remote raiders will take in the future, nor do we know what friendship level will be needed to activate this feature. We do know that this feature will debut after Reshiram leaves the raid scene, meaning Zekrom will likely be a very interesting prospect!
We also have an announcement that we'll soon be able to attach stickers to gifts that we send to other players, giving them a more personal touch. Five stickers are slated for launch, with more coming later, including via the shop. No word as to if this system will have any effect on the contents of gifts yet.
More exciting changes will be coming to Pokémon GO in the coming months, and we wanted to share an early update on a couple features you can expect this summer. One is a feature that was previously announced: the ability to invite friends to remotely join you in Raid Battles! The other is a new update that’ll allow you to personalize the Gifts you send to your friends with in-game stickers!
Make your friends smile with a Gift sticker
Sending Gifts to friends just got more personalized! Want to show a friend how much you appreciate them? Soon you’ll be able to add a special sticker to the Gifts you send!
When the feature is rolled out, you’ll get a set of stickers for free! Right before you send a Gift to a friend, tap ADD STICKER and pick a sticker to attach. At launch, there will be five stickers available. You can use a sticker only once, so be sure to stock up on more by opening Gifts. In the future, you’ll be able to purchase some designs from the shop.
Invite friends to raids regardless of their location
As we continue to make changes to Pokémon GO that further adapt gameplay to individual settings, we’re excited to announce that the ability to invite friends to raids will be rolling out soon!
When this feature is available, you’ll see a + button in both public and private raid lobbies that you’ve joined in person. After tapping the + button, you’ll be able to invite up to five friends to join you. Your friends will be able to see raid invitations on their Nearby screen or in push notifications. These invitations will allow them to enter the raid lobby. Your friends will use a pass only once the battle starts, not when they join the lobby.
While the feature will be released after the highly anticipated Legendary Pokémon Reshiram has already left raids, fret not! The Vast White Pokémon will be back in raids in the future, so you’ll have another chance to face off against it and test your resolve for truth.
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—The Pokémon GO team