Pokemon Go – Trainer Battles Finally Arriving!!


The feature Pokemon Go fans have been waiting for will finally be coming to the popular app. Yes, we are talking about trainer battles! So, without wasting any more time, lets dive into this exciting new feature.

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When will trainer battles be released?

If rumors are to be believed, then players can expect Niantic to release the update for Pokemon Go on Tuesday 11th December 2018. However, it is worth noting that Niantic have yet to confirm this.

A more realistic approach will be players gradually seeing the update introduced, rather than one bulk update for all.

It has been reported that a Beta test will be released to players who are currently level 40. This is to ensure that the new features run smooth and to avoid any unintended bugs before a full roll out of the update is released.

How will Pokemon Go Trainer Battles work?

According to Nintendo Life’s recent post, trainer battles can be started with relative ease.  Once the game is loaded all you will have to do is hit the button below the research task icon. From there players will be able to choose the ‘Battle’ tab that appears on screen. You will then be able to find nearby Pokemon Go players to battle.

To initiate the battle get your opponent to scan your QR code, from this point on the battle will start! However, if you are already Ultra or Best friends with your opponent then you won’t even have to be near them to battle. Just another perk to building your friends list. 

If you don’t feel confident battling other players Niantic have you covered too! Players will also be able to battle their group leaders from Team Valor, Mystic or Instinct. This will give you some practice before venturing off into the world of Pokemon.

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What Happens In Battle?

Trainer battles will be different to Gym and Raid battles in Pokemon Go.  You will be able to choose up to 3 Pokemon to battle with, which you can switch between at any given point during the match. 

You will still need to repeatedly tap the screen just like Gym or Raid battles to build up your charged move. However, unlike in Gym and Raid battles you will now have 2 charged moves to choose from! This will allow players to have more freedom with battle styles and moves. The 2nd Charged move will cost candies to unlock. How many candies you will need have yet to be seen, so make sure to stock up.

Another new feature not seen before is the protective shield. This will allow you to defend against moves and you can deploy this at anytime during the battle. However, there is a limit to how many times you can use the shield, so players will have to be strategic when using it.

Last but not least all battles will be timed. When the clock hits zero, the player with the most Pokemon left wins. If both trainers have equal Pokemon remaining, the Pokemon with the highest HP will take the win. 

Battle Leagues

Trainer battles will also follow a league structure too. The tiers will be broken up into Great, Ultra and Master leagues. Each league will have a CP cap. So players will have to be smart when choosing Pokemon, as you won’t be able to enter with your strongest CP Pokemon and just take out everyone. (As fun as that sounds.) 

Here are the Caps for each league.

  • Great League: 1,500 CP
  • Ultra League: 2,500 CP
  • Master League: No Cap
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Players will also be able to gain rewards from PVP battles in Pokemon Go. Whether you win or lose, players can expect to receive Stardust and get a chance at an evolution item or Sinnoh stone for their hard work! 

Rewards for PvP will only be available 3 times per day and rewards for battling group leaders are only available once per day.

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