With Pokémon Go recently introducing players to the Field Research quest system, the latest minor update to the mobile game has understandably gone unnoticed. However, within the patch was a highly-requested feature for raid battles.
The small update, which is now live for iOS and Android, contained two quality of life improvements, one of which will help forgetful trainers. Now, the item menu in a raid lobby will allow players to use Lucky Eggs and Star Pieces. Previously, trainers could only heal Pokémon while waiting for a raid to begin, forcing those that didn’t activate a Lucky Egg for extra experience or Star Piece for extra Stardust to back out of the raid to use the items.
The other main improvement involves the new Field Research system. Moving forward, trainers will see a small checkmark on PokéStops if they have already completed its provided quest. Since only one quest can be completed each day at a particular PokéStop, this will help players from having to manually enter the PokéStop’s screen, spin its disc, and see whether or not a quest was already done there.
While the PokéStop indicators will be helpful in the long run, the change to the raid item menu is something that trainers have been requesting for months. While Stardust, which is the material used to power up a Pokémon’s overall stats, has become an easier item to find recently, finding ways to gain extra experience is still vital.
Completing a raid and catching the raid boss Pokémon offers a significant amount of experience points already, so adding in a Lucky Egg, which doubles the experience earned by the player, is a great way to raise your avatar’s level. Currently, the max level for players is 40, but getting there is no easy task. For example, moving from level 38 to 39 requires three million experience points. With an average Pokémon capture only offering 100 experience, reaching three million takes a lot of grinding.
Thankfully, the Field Research system has given players new ways to earn more helpful items, including experience points. The most exciting feature is the Legendary Pokémon encounter, which can be earned by trainers that complete tasks for seven consecutive days. Niantic also recently revealed the former prize, Moltres, will be replaced soon by another Legendary bird.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: r/TheSilphRoad on Reddit