Pokemon Go Finally Fixed A Horrible Raid Issue

If you’re an avid Pokemon Go player and you hit any raids as they were about to start this weekend, then you noticed something different: eggs are back. People that have played Pokemon Go when raids first came out remember that the eggs were there before a raid started and hatched to reveal the raid boss when the timer was up. Well, now eggs are back, and I am glad. The developers also decided to fix a problem that made it where you couldn’t choose your own Pokemon in raids – another aspect that I am so happy to see go bye bye.

Let’s Start With Eggs

In July, Pokemon Go decided to axe the raid eggs and replace them with just an instant spawn of the Pokemon raid boss for two hours instead of just one. At first, I thought that was pretty cool, as you could easily see what boss was there and decide if you wanted to go or not. Plus, two hours is awesome! However, as the raids went on, I began to really hate this new change. Here’s why: everyone could see what boss would be there and if they already had that Pokemon, they wouldn’t go. Those of us that didn’t have that boss had to try and figure out getting other people to the raid or just settling for raids that had a lot of people at it. And, even then, with a two-hour window, you were stuck waiting for a bit until enough people got there to do it.

That left me, and thousands of other players, in the same boat: we just quit doing the raids.

Now, Pokemon Go has put the eggs back into the game so you can only see when a raid is going to start – you don’t know what Pokemon will be there. I know that some people are screaming about this and are really mad that now you don’t know what will be there. However, how many raids did you skip because you already knew a Pokemon was there? How many did you skip because you didn’t have anyone with you to help? How many did you skip because you couldn’t wait the two hours for more people to arrive? I’m betting that you skipped a lot and never really thought about it.

I’m also glad that there is only an hour window again versus the two-hour window. I know, I know, you’re sitting there thinking that the two-hour window allowed more people time to get that particular boss. Yes, but if people can’t sit there for two hours or if people are getting there at all different times, then you didn’t get that boss anyway – did you? With just a one hour window and a longer countdown for a raid to start, people can easily plan better on when to meet at a raid. You’ll also start to see that more people will be getting there toward the end of that hour so there will be a larger group that will be around to help you snag that new Pokemon.

I think that this change back to the eggs and the different lengths on the timers is a very good thing and one that others will enjoy as they get used to it.

Choosing Your Raid Pokemon

The next part of this huge change that I think will have a bigger impact on all raids is the ability to choose your own Pokemon in raids. Some players have been just using the auto select for their Pokemon when they are about to head into a raid, thinking ‘hey, the game knows what I need’. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The game mainly chose Pokemon on how high a Pokemon’s stamina was, not their power level. So, you ended up with some of your most powerful Pokemon riding the bench, while you had weaker Pokemon dying in the raid – and you lose.

With the ability to choose your own lineup, you can now determine which Pokemon will do better as far as hit power against the boss. You’ll also be able to put together a better line up of Pokemon types that will do more damage against a boss. For example, you can’t really have a fire Pokemon line up against a water Pokemon boss. Yet, the auto chose didn’t really seem to consider that, so you could end up with several Pokemon who didn’t do crap against a boss and end up costing you the win.

Now that players can pick their own Pokemon raid team, I’m betting there will be a huge increase in the number of wins over raid bosses. Personally, this excites me more than I thought it would and I saw a lot of great results this past weekend when I was able to pick my own raid line up.

Give It Another Try

If you played Pokemon Go when it came out and stopped, or if you never played, I highly recommend that you download it and give it a go. You never know, even if you’re not a Pokemon fan, you may end up loving the game and playing it when you’re out and about. I highly recommend it.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.
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