Pokemon GO Raid Invites Finally Debut Following Delay

Developer
Niantic
Publisher
Niantic
Release Date
July 6, 2016
Platforms
Android, IOS
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Friends Who Raid Together, Stay Together

Pokemon GO Raid Invites have finally made their debut following a weeks-long delay. This brand-new feature in Niantic's AR Pokemon game for mobile devices will let you invite friends to your Raids... as long as you're level 40.

If you haven't quite been keeping up with Pokemon GO, Raids are the big boy battles that can feature unique or legendary Pokemon. These battles are not for the faint of heart, however, and are best played with a bunch of other people to help in the fight — especially if it's one of the higher tier challenges.

 
 

However, the last few months of the pandemic lockdown have put a serious damper on raiding; after all, not everyone is keen on meeting up in public in some places. That's why Niantic enabled the ability to play raids remotely, but there still wasn't a great way to get together with your friends.

Pokemon GO Raid Invites: From Delay to Debut

Pokemon GO Raid Invites were originally planned to launch last month, but they ended up getting delayed.

Now, Pokemon GO Raid Invites will let you bring in your friends to play raids with you, even from the comfort from your home. The announcement was well-received on Twitter, although people are still asking for increases in their Pokemon Storage as usual.

Niantic, however, has restricted this new feature to players Level 40 and above, a practice that it has done for some time to ensure a smaller pool of testers before opening it up to a wider audience. On the upside, Redditors are reporting that there is no limitation on the distance — if you start a raid near you, you could invite a friend who lives halfway around the world.

Pokemon Go Raid Invites debut slice

Pokemon GO Fest Premieres Print-At-Home Kits

The debut of raid invites isn't the only good news today — the Pokemon GO Fest is giving us access to some goodies to have fun at home. These free printable products include:

  • decorations
  • activities
  • papercraft
  • life-sized models of notable characters

You can get the Pokemon GO Fest Print at Home kit on the convention's official website and print out all sorts of cool decorations for your home. On the off chance you haven't yet downloaded this cool augmented reality game, you can play Pokemon GO for free on Android via Google Play or on iOS via the App Store.

What do you think of Pokemon GO Raid Invites finally arriving? Are you looking forward to using these with your friends? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!