While Pokémon Go players are currently doing their best to catch as many of the new Generation III Pokémon recently released in the game, there’s still one Generation I entry that many have never encountered. Mewtwo, the Legendary Psychic Pokémon, is one of the most iconic creatures from the Pokédex, but Niantic went a different route for how to find and capture it. The EX raid system, which is an invite-only battle at select Gyms, was launched in summer 2017 to house Mewtwo and make its encounter a limited experience, which has been true for many players. However, the system has frustrated trainers since its launch, and even after Niantic supposedly updated the system, one YouTuber is calling out the developer over the system.
While the Pokémon Go community is massive, there are well-known players made famous through YouTube channels. Reversal is one of the more prominent, as his Pokémon Go-themed channel currently has over 300,000 subscribers. For someone who plays the game on a daily basis, one would assume Reversal would have received an EX raid pass by now, but he still hasn’t. Recently, the YouTuber took to Twitter to vent his frustrations, and ultimately, take a break from the game over the flawed pass distribution.
You know what? I’m done with this EX-Raid Pass System. Way to kill my motivation on this game. Taking a indefinite break from #PokemonGO
— Reversal (@ReversalYouTube) January 7, 2018
The tipping point for the player was not receiving an EX pass to a Gym where he holds a gold badge. Each time a trainer battles, raids, or spins the PokéStop attached to a Gym, a badge is awarded that can grow in power over time from bronze to gold. A large source of Reversal’s frustration comes down to Niantic’s recent attempt to change the system by looking at trainers’ badge levels.
After the months of frustration from trainers, Niantic stated changes were made to the EX raid pass distribution to help trainers more easily earn one. The team stated players would have a higher chance of receiving a pass by participating in raids at Gyms to increase the badge level.. Essentially, Niantic was telling players that if they went for gold at Gyms, then their chance of getting an EX raid pass would be much higher than just randomly raiding at different Gyms around their area. However, that still doesn’t seem to be the case.
Adding more weight to Reversal’s anger is the fact that many top Pokémon Go players were also left in the dark, despite playing every day. Another high-profile Pokémon Go YouTuber, Nick Oyzon aka Trainer Tips, did finally receive an EX raid pass recently, but how he obtained his is odd. Interestingly, in the video explaining his pass, Nick showed his Long Beach raid location is for a Gym where he holds a low-level silver badge. According to the supposed tweaks Niantic made recently, it would have been highly unlikely for Nick to receive a pass to a Gym site that he rarely visits. In turn, it’s another example that Niantic’s system is still more randomized than tailored to players who show initiative.
Of course, Reversal and Trainer Tips’ experiences with the game don’t reflect the entire community, but players across the globe have still been echoing the same frustrations on Reddit, Twitter, and Discord. Overall, it’s likely Niantic will receive, even more, pushback from players if the EX system continues to move forward as is. For now, trainers will have to continue to test their luck by battling at Gyms as often as possible.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant