Pokémon Go, Ex-Raids, Mewtwo & Ho-Oh: What you need to know!


Ex-Raids and a shot at Mewtwo — and, soon, Ho-Oh — should have been pure win for Pokémon Go. But after a fall of disappointment, could players finally see things set right?

Ex-Raids, or exclusive raids, are invitation-only encounters in Pokémon Go that currently offer players around the world the chance to battle and catch the legendary Mewtwo — and very likely Ho-Oh soon enough. After a debut in Japan, Pokémon Go put Ex-Raids into “field test” mode. That involved seemingly random invitations that frustrated and alienated players.

Now it looks like Pokémon Go wants to make things right:

We greatly appreciate all the feedback you’ve shared with us about the Raid Battle feature over the past few months. We’ve been carefully reviewing your feedback and will be making a few changes to the feature in response. These improvements will not require you to update your app, but they will impact your gameplay. Below are a few notes detailing the changes as well as a few comments from our development team:

EX Raid Battle changes

  • EX Raid Battles will take place most commonly at Gyms found in parks and sponsored locations.
  • Trainers with a high-level Gym Badge are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles taking place at that Gym.
  • Trainers who have completed a larger number of Raid Battles are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles.
  • EX Raid Battle start times now take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym.
  • Trainers invited to EX Raid Battles will receive an in-game notification if the EX Raid Battle is canceled.
  • Trainers will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is canceled.

Developer Comments: Over the course of the EX Raid Battle field test, much of the feedback we received was focused around how Trainers are chosen to participate in EX Raid Battles. When the feature first entered field-testing, the system randomly selected a set of Trainers who were eligible for the EX Raid Battle. By taking Gym Badge level and total Raid Battles completed into account, we’re able to give Trainers who actively engage with the Gym where the EX Raid Battle is taking place and those who have invested more time into the Raid Battle feature a better chance of being invited to participate.

We also wanted to address some feedback we received about the timing and locations of EX Raid Battles. First, we’re taking popular Raid Battle times at the Gyms where the EX Raid Battle is taking place into account to help ensure many of the people who are invited will be able to participate. The reason we decided to have EX Raid Battles primarily take place at Gyms located in parks and at sponsored locations is to ensure the locations are easily accessible to Trainers in the area. Over time, we’ll explore hosting EX Raid Battles at more locations, but we want to first make sure those locations are also easily accessible.

We think each of these changes will have a positive impact on Trainers around the world. With the implementation of these features, we’ll be removing the field-test label and considering this the official launch of the EX Raid Battle feature. While the EX Raid Battle field test is coming to a close, we’ll continue to monitor your feedback and look to make more improvements, as we do with all Pokémon GO features.

Raid Battle changes

  • Trainers will now receive Golden Razz Berries for completing Raid Battles.
  • The numbers of Potions and Revives awarded to Trainers for completing a Raid Battle will decrease slightly, but the quality of Potions will increase.
  • The likelihood of receiving Fast and Charged Technical Machines for completing a Tier 3 or higher Raid Battle has increased.
  • Trainers will now receive Stardust for participating in a Raid Battle, whether they win or lose.
  • Magikarp will make a triumphant return to Tier 1 Raid Battles.

Developer Comments: We want Trainers to walk away from Raid Battles feeling like they’ve earned some amazing rewards, even if the Raid Boss flees. To help make this more of a reality, we’ve made adjustments to the quality of items Trainers receive after defeating a Raid Boss. The addition of Stardust rewards for participating in a Raid Battle will help Trainers continue to power up the Pokémon they need to take on even more powerful Raid Bosses.

How do you beat Mewtwo?

When you get your Ex-Raid invitation and you get ready to battle Mewtwo, here are the Pokémon you want on your team:

  1. Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch (Bite + Stone Edge is also ok.).
  2. Gyarados with Bite + Crunch (Bite + Hydro Pump is also ok.)
  3. Dragonite with Dragontail + Outrage (or anything, really.)
  4. Snorlax with Lick + Hyper Beam.
  5. Lugia with Dragon Tail + Sky Attack.

If you already have a Mewtwo, you can use it against other Mewtwo as well. Anything + Shadow Ball is best.

What’s the best Moveset for Mewtwo?

Once you catch your Mewtwo, if you have the Quick and Charge TMs to spare, here’s the moveset you want:

  • Confusion + Shadow Ball.

How do you beat Ho-Oh?

Rumor has it Ho-Oh will also be appearing in Ex-Raids soon. If you get invited to one, here’s how to beat the leader of the Legendary Beasts:

  1. Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge
  2. Zapdos with Charge Beam + Zap Canon
  3. Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge
  4. Dragonite with Dragon Tail + Outrage (or anything, really)
  5. Vaporeon with Water Gun + Hydro Pump

What’s the best moveset for Ho-Oh?

If you catch your Ho-Oh, and you have the Quick and Charge TMs to spare, here’s the moveset you want:

  • Steel Wing or Extrasensory + Fireblast (Solar Beam is also ok.)

Any Ex-Raid, Mewtwo, or Ho-Oh questions?

We’ll have to wait and see just how well and sincerely Pokémon Go has fixed Ex-Raids and how many dedicated players really get a shot at Mewtwo. In the meantime, if you have any questions, drop them in the comments below!

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