Pokémon Go developer Niantic has recently stepped forward to address frustration over the game’s most confusing system: EX raid battles. The developer claims an accident caused a random distribution of the latest invitations to the exclusive Mewtwo fight. However, the team already has plans on how to avoid the problem moving forward.
According to a recent blog post from Niantic, many EX raid passes from the latest batch were given to players due to “a bug.” The team believes the glitch occurred after changes were implemented “to improve trainer and Gym selection.” The issue at hand began on February 6th, after the Pokémon Go community reported on Reddit that a new batch of EX passes was out for Gyms outside of the already vague distribution rules. Typically, players can count on possibly getting a pass from parks or sponsored Gyms that were visited recently and often by the player. However, many trainers reported their passes were for Gyms they had either visited once or hadn’t been to in several months.
Moving forward, the developer has a plan to keep players from experiencing the confusion:
First, we’ve made changes to the ways Gyms are selected. While EX raid battles will continue to take place in parks and at sponsored locations, the number of Gyms that meet the necessary criteria for an EX raid battle will increase. Additionally, the average number of trainers invited per Gym will also rise, as we’ve made a few tweaks to the way they are selected. Thanks to these two changes, more trainers will have the opportunity to engage with the EX raid battle feature.
Niantic also provided more tools to get the chance to battle Mewtwo. Trainers can now expect a better chance of getting the coveted pass by having a high-level badge for a Gym, which can be increased by battling and spinning the Pokéstop at the location. Also, Gyms that are selected to house an EX raid will offer passes more easily to trainers that have fought in them a week before the event occurs.
The initial thought behind the random distribution of passes tied in with lore from the mainline games. February 6th marks Mewtwo’s birthday in the fiction of the series, which left many players believing Niantic was celebrating its arrival into the world with more passes than ever before. However, it seems that was just an odd coincidence.
While the trainers who received the random passes are still able to participate, it’s good to see Niantic acknowledge the collective fear from the community that the pass distribution was becoming, even more, confusing. The game’s EX system has been ridiculed ever since it debuted in summer 2017, with the major complaint being a lack of transparency from Niantic on how to get a pass.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.