The Remote Raid Pass feature has gone live in Pokemon GO, giving trainers a new way to access nearby Raid Battles.
Earlier this month, Niantic revealed the Remote Raid Pass for Pokemon GO. This new feature/item, which went live today, gives players the ability to join Raid Battles that they can seen on the Nearby screen or tap on the map without having to travel to the physical location. So if the weather sucks or you’re social distancing, this is a good way to continue playing Pokemon GO.
In order to participate in Remote Raids, you need to use something called a Remote Raid Pass. You can purchase these with PokeCoins via the in-game shop. There’s currently a one-time offer to get three Remote Raid Passes for one PokeCoin, but typically it’ll cost 100 PokeCoins for one Remote Raid Pass. You can also buy a pack of three for 250 PokeCoins.
With the Remote Raid Pass in hand, use the Nearby tab to search for active Raids. Once you select the raid you want to join, you’ll be presented with the option to use a Remote Raid Pass (a big pink button). Tap that and you’re in. Select your team, battle the raid boss and try and win — just like any other normal raid.
Up to 20 Trainers can join a Raid Battle but only 10 players can join remotely. If the max is reached, any additional players trying to join remotely will be placed into a new lobby. Niantic has said that the limit for Remote Raid Pass users will eventually go down to five, but we don’t know when.
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Currently, Remote Raid Pass users will have the same attack power as those who are in the actual Raid location; however, Niantic has already stated that the attack power for Trainers battling remotely will be reduced in the future. This will give Trainers at the raid location higher attack power than those battling remotely.
Niantic will continue to tweak and tune this feature, including adding the ability to invite friends to raids regardless of their location. In celebration of Remote Raid Pass going live, three familiar faces have returned to five-star raids:
"From Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Darkrai will be available in five-star raids.From Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Altered Forme Giratina will be available in five-star raids.From Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Virizion will be available in five-star raids."
Have you used a Remote Raid Pass in Pokemon GO yet? Share your experience in the comments below!