Trainers can now invite friends to raid with them in Pokémon GO. Here's everything you need to know about the new feature.
Niantic has done and continues to roll out features on Pokémon GO that allow players to easily play the game during the ongoing pandemic. Whether that be via the addition of Remote Raid Passes, waiving the walking requirement to compete in the GO Battle League, or halving the distance needed to walk in order to hatch eggs.
The latest feature to be added to Pokémon GO is one promised to players a while ago. The ability to invite players to raids no matter where they might be in the world. Finding players to raid with was hard enough before the pandemic. Even now that people can raid remotely, it has become almost impossible. Raid invitations look to alleviate that issue.
So how exactly do these invitations work? Well, as is usually the case with new features in Pokémon GO, this one is only available to players who have reached a certain level. On the bright side, in the few days that raiding with friends has been a part of Pokémon GO, Niantic has dropped the level needed already. First, it was level 40, then that was dropped to level 37, and as it stands, anyone level 32 and above can raid with friends.
To bring friends into the fray, trainers need to join a raid and then hit the "plus players" icon. The host trainer can invite as many as five friends. If six of you can't take down the Pokémon in the raid, chances are some or all of you shouldn't be raiding at all. There's also a chance that friends don't respond to the invites too, of course. Might want to set up a WhatsApp group so your Pokémon GO buddies can get their ducks in a row before the invites are sent out.
Invited trainers don't need to be anywhere near the gym where the raid is taking place, but the host will be, of course. Everyone will need a Remote Raid Pass, though. Thanks to the latest update by Niantic, the raid pass will not be used until the battle begins, and not when players join the lobby as used to be the case. If everyone in the squad faints, players can try again without needing to use another pass, providing time hasn't expired.