Pokémon GO Announces Mewtwo Release And New "Exclusive Raid" Battles

by Japan Yay! Staff on Aug 14 2017 |

Niantic has announced Mewtwo will be available to all players soon! And the four legendary birds already released will be in raid battles again until the end of August.

While this news is exciting for Mewtwo fans, and for anyone who didn't get the other legendaries the first time around, these exclusive raids may not be all they're cracked up to be.

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.
One obvious problem is that Niantic didn't define what qualifies as "recent." Is it a few days? A few weeks? It seems like pretty vital information was left out of this announcement.

Also, players without many gyms nearby have already had trouble organizing normal raids. With these new exclusive raids their difficulties will only grow. Trainers will need to stay organized to make sure everyone is qualified for each possible gym, otherwise they may not have enough people to defeat Mewtwo.

Even in a big city like Chicago, some neighborhoods don't have many active players, forcing many to go downtown where there is pretty much a guarantee of having enough people to complete legendary raids. For some this means a long train or car ride. Is it worth it just to complete measly raids and stay qualified for the downtown gyms? And with all the gyms a big city has to offer, players will have to guess at where the exclusive raids will be.

Mewtwo has been a longtime Pokémon fan favorite since the original movie, so hopefully these issues get clarified soon. Either way, this seems like a way to get people to pay for more premium raid passes. Because how many gyms should trainers stay qualified for?