The biggest update from developer Niantic is a new item called the Remote Raid Pass, which is now available in Pokémon Go‘s in-game shop. This will allow trainers to join nearby raids without being at the physical location. The restriction of 20 people per raid still applies, and users will only be able to hold an unspecified limited number of the one-use passes at once.
Remote Raid Passes are now available in the in-game shop! With a Remote Raid Pass, you’ll be able to join any Raid Battles you can see on the Nearby screen or tap on the map! Learn more: https://t.co/yNGqNxaupL #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/vZj8ObH54a
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) April 27, 2020
This Remote Raid Pass will remain in Pokémon Go after the coronavirus pandemic ends, but Niantic is planning to change how it operates in future months. Remote trainers currently have the same attack power as those at the raid location, but this will eventually change so that those physically there will have an advantage. The developer is also working to add in the ability to invite remote friends to the same raid.
A new bundle featuring three Remote Raid Passes is now available for one PokéCoin. Additional Remote Raid Passes cost 100 PokéCoins each, and further bundles of three cost 250 PokéCoins. It currently costs $1 to receive 100 PokéCoins.
Players also will not have to travel to PokéStops as often. Each night, users with an open Field Research slot will get a new task without having to spin at a PokéStop. Unlike regular Field Research activities, gamers will be able to complete these unique tasks from any location. Trainers’ buddy Pokémon will automatically go to nearby locations to fetch gifts so people can stay in touch with friends and share items.
Powering up Pokémon in Pokémon Go will also become less time consuming as players will be able to feed Pokémon all of the candy and Stardust needed at once. This quality of life change arrives alongside the ability to stack the effects of Star Pieces, Lucky Eggs, and Incense, which normally need to be manually triggered every 30 minutes.
Other improvements include a cleaner battle interface that will alter how health bars appear and will show Pokémon types. The in-game shop icon will also show a notification when boxes and items receive updates.