Pokémon GO now surprisingly has a new raid feature that trainers have been asking for for years

Pokémon GO now surprisingly has a new raid feature that trainers have been asking for for years

In Pokémon GO, many trainers use raids to secure the legendary monsters. Surprisingly, there is finally a new function that could make this even easier. We at MeinMMO will show you what that is.

What are Raids? In Pokémon GO you can not only catch monsters in the wild, but also compete against various bosses in raids, which you can also secure after a successful fight. The legendary Pokémon from the level 5 raids are particularly popular with the trainers.

Often, however, these cannot be mastered alone and you therefore need a lot of support from other players in the fight. Now, surprisingly, Niantic has introduced a new feature that could make it easier to defeat these bosses in the future.

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New raid function now lets you invite more trainers

Previously, after entering the lobby, you could invite up to 5 of your friends to this raid to get support from them. However, the invited trainers did not always join the fight, so that it could sometimes take several attempts to reach a sufficient number of participants for the raid. But now it should be easier.

What’s different now? As the reddit user JRE47 shows in his video, you can now invite more than 5 people to a raid. Accordingly, he invites 5 friends as usual. After a waiting time of about 30 seconds, the invite button turns green again and he can invite more trainers.

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The previously invited players remain grayed out and can therefore not be selected again. He repeats this process several times. As he writes (via reddit.com): “I can invite friends to the raid every 30 seconds”.

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What some trainers initially consider to be a bug and assume that this could soon be over again seems to be intended by Niantic. With a look at the support help function, you can now find the following information in the explanations for the invite function:

Keep in mind that there is a limit to the number of Trainers that can participate in a Raid, and this limit also applies to invited friends. While you can only invite up to 5 friends at a time, after a short cool-down period, you can invite more friends to the same lobby if you wish.

Niantic via niantic-helpshift.com

That describes pretty well what you can see in the video of JRE47, so it’s safe to assume that the new feature isn’t really a bug.

What does the change mean for coaches? With the new function, trainers finally have the opportunity to invite more players to this raid after a short waiting period. This is especially helpful if you don’t have enough participants to complete the raid easily.

So far, trainers have managed to leave the lobby after inviting the first group, rejoin the raid and reset the invite button to select more friends. Alternatively, some players only jumped out of the lobby shortly before the start because the group size was too small for them to invite again. That always caused frustration.

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Now you can easily invite other players after a few seconds. With a bit of luck you can generate enough participants for the raid. This way, popular monsters also get more trainers a chance to participate in one of these raids, as this means more players get an invitation.

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Coach thinks: ‘It’s a lifesaver for people like me’

The new function is particularly well received in the community, because in recent years some players have repeatedly criticized the fact that each trainer could only invite 5 friends to a raid.

Many trainers therefore see a great advantage in the fact that they finally no longer have to leave the lobby to invite other players, even if this takes a little longer due to the 30-second cooldown.

Since more invitations can be sent, there may also be more players who support the raid. However, some still have concerns that this is just a bug and that it could be gone soon. You can on reddit Read the following:

  • gohanmahesh: “This is a lifesaver for people like me. I hated inviting a second group hoping there wasn’t any lag.”
  • POGOFan808: “Wow! No more leaving and rejoining?! This is huge because exiting and re-entering and then sending the next batch of 5 invites eats up valuable seconds […].”
  • Mason11987: “This is a really significant improvement with no obvious downsides. I am shocked and impressed!”
  • Matty8520: “This is fantastic! No more exiting and re-entering the lobby. […] Well done Niantic. Please, please don’t let this be a bug.”
  • canttaketheskyfrmme: “Is that real?! You no longer have to leave the lobby to invite more friends? Hands down the best possible quality of life update (overdue and basic too) for anyone who raids, but especially for those of us who host!”
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Can more trainers participate via long-distance raid? In the comments, the question arises again and again as to whether the maximum number of participants with long-distance raids has also changed. However, this is not officially known at the moment. Previously, a maximum of 20 trainers could be in the same raid lobby at the same time, of which only up to 10 players could use a remote raid pass.

However, according to individual trainers, there are already reports that players could invite up to 15 friends with long-distance raid passes (via reddit.com). To what extent this is true remains to be seen. If there is any new information, you can find out here on MeinMMO.

How do you like the new Raid feature? Have you already tried them and invited several groups to the raid? Or do you mainly play with a local community? Let us know here on MeinMMO in the comments and exchange ideas with other trainers.

By the way: I tested Poke Genie and will show you how easy it is to take part in long-distance raids.