After a brief waiting period, Pokémon Go‘s latest update has brought the player-versus-player system to trainers. Plus, a Legendary raid weekend will kick off soon to celebrate the new feature.
Niantic pushed out a forced update earlier this week that teased the previously announced PvP feature was on the way. However, it wasn’t until late Wednesday night that level 40 trainers were given access to the battle system. Since then, it has opened to all players level 10 or above.
— Pokémon GO is ready to #GOBattle❗ (@PokemonGoApp) December 13, 2018
Players can now take on others nearby using a new QR code system or challenge Ultra/Best Friends remotely. The mobile game’s team leaders—Blanche, Candela, and Spark—can also be challenged to try out the system and earn credit toward the Ace Trainer badge. Participating in battles will award items to trainers, like Stardust and Sinnoh stones.
The PvP battles implement the same tapping system that players have used in raids and Gyms, but a brand-new block maneuver and a secondary charge attack were also introduced. Players can battle as many times a day as they want, but items will only be awarded three times per day against friends and once per day against a team leader.
As part of the festivities, Niantic has revealed a special raid weekend will be taking place Friday, December 14th at 1 p.m. PT until Monday, December 17th at 1 p.m. PT. During it, trainers will find Lugia and Ho-Oh back in raids, which means lucky players will also encounter their shiny forms.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go on Twitter