Does New Niantic Update Have Long-Term Appeal?

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POKEMON Go fans of nearly all levels can try Raids, but are these group events worth your time?

Pokemon Go Raids are now open to all players at level 5 and above, which brings them in line with teams and Gyms.

Raids are timed in-game events that give Trainers the chance to team up with other players to defeat powerful and in some cases, not so powerful bosses.

We’ve had seasonal events and new Pokemon updates in the past, but Raids feel like the biggest addition to Pokemon Go since launch.

They’re also the best excuse to load up the app and get outdoors.

Up to 20 of you can tackle a Raid, earn rewards and potentially nab a powerful Pokemon in the process… or maybe just another Magikarp.

The only real drawback to Raids is that you need a pass to participate, but you can only receive and carry one a day, unless you buy more.

It’s a shrewd business move by Niantic, and you can’t blame them for wanting to generate more income, but £0.79 for a single Raid pass mean that few people are likely to make a day of it.

You can check out Pokemon Go Raid gameplay screenshots below…

Once you spend a pass, you’ll notice that Raids are kind of like regular Gym battles, so you’ll need to have plenty of Potions and Revives at the ready, not to mention your best six Pokemon.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that you can’t possibly expect to defeat Tier 3 and Tier 4 Pocket Monsters by yourself, and we imagine those Legendary Pokemon are going to need a full team of 20.

And this is why Raids have thus far been so successful.

Raids don’t make Pokemon Go a better game on a mechanical level, but they have greatly improved the experience, particularly in the social sense.

This is important, because ever since the launch hype died down, catching, hatching and battling Pokemon has very much been a solo pursuit.

Raids are literally bringing players together, and have gone some way towards recapturing the buzz you felt in the early days.

The biggest concern right now is how long this newfound sense of community lasts.

What happens when the buzz dies down and casual fans stop playing again? What if there’s nobody else around for that Tier 4 Raid you want to try? What if you’ve caught all the Raid bosses and there are no new Pokemon in sight?

Provided Niantic keeps the updates coming, rotates the Raid bosses – which they’ve said they will – and continues to introduce new Pokemon, then we could be looking at a new dawn for Pokemon Go.

And is Niantic doesn’t? Well right now we’re having too much fun to care.

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