Currently, a large reason for trainers to take on raids in Pokémon Go is to get an invitation to the new raid system. EX raid battles can only be entered with a special pass awarded to players that have completed a normal raid, giving them a shot at fighting and capturing the Legendary Mewtwo. As Niantic is slowly rolling out this new pass system to unspecified Gyms across the globe, the community has found the current areas where the system is live.
Thanks to Pokémon Go Hub, the major sites for EX raid battles in the U.S. and Japan have been revealed to eager fans. While the specific Gym names have not been listed for the U.S. locations, it has been confirmed they are all at sponsored Sprint stores. U.S. players can search for Sprint store Gyms in the following areas:
- Portland, Oregon
- Chicago, Illinois
- San Diego, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Oxnard, California
- Orange, California
- Burbank, California
- Arlington, Texas
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Pokémon Go Hub reached out to a fellow Pokémon Go site to gather the Japanese locations, which can all be seen on their site. There are 52 locations in total, all at sponsored Gyms like the U.S. For players curious about what it looks like to receive a pass after a normal raid, one user shared their screenshot of the EX pass being awarded.
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Other regions are slowly rolling in, like Taiwan, which seems to work slightly differently than Japan and the U.S. While the exact locations or even areas of Taiwan have not been catalogued, players reported they are not only receiving passes from sponsored Gyms, making them the outlier from the other systems. All in all, if players in any region want a shot at taking on Mewtwo, battling any Gym around is worth the effort.
Pokémon Go is now available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant