Pokémon Go is set to receive its biggest update yet as developers Niantic introduces the ability to take part in a cooperative gameplay and new features to gyms.
A feature called ‘Raid Battle’ will enable players to work with up to 20 others to defeat a powerful Pokémon called the Raid Boss. Before a battle begins, all Pokémon assigned to the gym to return to their trainers and a large egg appears above the gym from which the boss will be revealed. Players will need a Raid Pass to battle a boss. For beating a boss, players are rewarded with rare candies, golden razz berries, and items to permanently teach a Pokémon a new fast or charged attack.
In addition to the cooperative feature, players will soon be able to spin the photo disk at gyms to get items, the same as at Pokéstops. Furthermore, gyms will no longer be based on prestige and training rather they will feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon. There will also be a change to how players interact with gyms with the introduction of a motivation meter for Pokémon assigned to gyms. The pocket monsters lose motivation, and see CP decrease, when they are defeated in battle.
On top of that, players will now be able to earn gym badges as mementos for their in-game successes.
In order to put the changes in place, Niantic will be temporarily disabling all gyms until the updates have rolled out across the world. Raid Battles will be rolled out over the next few weeks, starting in beta before slowly being rolled out to all players.