Almost nobody is happy with Pokemon Go’s irritating ‘exclusive raid battles’ plan

Pokemon Go players are buzzing today over the release of legendary Pokemon Mewtwo at the Yokohama, Japan, event, which according to Niantic allowed “thousands” of players to grab the critter.

“In the coming weeks, you, too, will have the opportunity to battle and catch Mewtwo with the new Exclusive Raid Battle feature,” Niantic says.

“Exclusive Raid Battles are similar to existing Raid Battles, with a few notable differences. Exclusive raids will periodically appear at Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers will be invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle. To receive an invitation to participate in an Exclusive Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place. The invitations will include advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.”

Players on Reddit, however, aren’t thrilled about the announcement, citing concerns for rural players (who already face serious issues when it comes to finding raid partners outside of big cities), for students whose “home” location isn’t where they actually spend most of their day, and also for people who have this thing called “jobs” and can’t be on call 24-7 for Pokemon raiding invites on an incomprehensible studio-dictated schedule. One Redditor put it into perspective: “This is just a freaking mobile game.”

Moreover, it appears Mewtwo’s stats have been tweaked, causing consternation among players and dataminers alike. I’ll let MOP’s POGO expert Andrew Ross explain:

“Niantic hasn’t targeted any specific, single Pokemon’s base stats before, just rebalanced its overall formula for translating the main series stats into stats that fit this game. Doing this to a traditionally ultra-powerful ‘mon like Mewtwo means Niantic’s changed its core approach to the series, which may have long term ramifications.”

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Brown Jenkin

Yeah… I mean poorly thought out but that’s par for course on PoGo. Hopefully Niantic pulls their collective heads from their rears sometime soon, there are many things to appreciate about PoGo but currently I think lack of competition is what keeps it running.

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MKlwr

Considering I wasn’t able to catch any of the 4 Legendaries because when I got into a raid, I’d get kicked out of the game at the beginning of the battle, I can’t really say I’m impressed.

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Andrew Ross

I had that issue too at first. Make sure your phone is set to use automatic (network provided) time and date

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FVerret

I’ve made peace with the fact I’ll never have a legendary ‘mon in this game.

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kanbe

Yup looks like Rural is still not really a thing for this game. It’s a shame, I might actually enjoy it otherwise.

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It really depends. I was doing a raid maybe 10 minutes driving from my house where there’s a horse-crossing button for traffic and risk of ponies-on-the-loose, but my neighborhood has set up a group. It took a year for us to really meet, but a few people started a group and slowly invited other people in the neighborhood. You can be alone in a city if you don’t meet others, but it does take a much bigger effort than what we deal with in MMOs, especially if (like me) you don’t want to use social media.

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