What we’ve learned over the past few hours is that while most everyone will be able to join in on this Pokémon GO update, not all players will be able to take part in every single RAID Battle.
The most high-level of these battles might not even be available to people who only joined the game in the past several months.
Levels of Egg
Niantic suggested this week that several different levels of RAID battles at Pokémon Gym locations will be available. There’ll be several kinds of RAID Battle and several levels within these kinds. The Pokémon GO RAID Eggs that appear in the latest APK file update include the following three levels.
• Easy — Normal – Level 1, Level 2
• Average — Rare – Level 3, Level 4
• Difficult — Legendary – Level 5*
The game currently shows four levels of difficulty, which means that Legendary RAID Battles will be treated differently. Users will find Legendary RAID Battles appearing more like events, while other RAID Battles will appear at any time. Requirements for a Legendary RAID battle will be different than RAID Battles of other sorts.
RAID Battles: When and Wear
These three eggs will appear at the head of the Pokémon GO Gym at which the RAID will take place. Once the RAID has begun, the RAID BOSS will appear at the head of the Gym. If the user enters the RAID Battle before the battle has begun, they’ll see the RAID EGG hatching, as shown here!
Above is the RAID EGG hatching – this takes place at the start of a RAID Battle. Below is the RAID BOSS appearing at the head of a Pokémon Gym. This is what it looks like to get to a RAID Battle late – don’t be late for supper!
Each RAID Egg is announced with a 30-minute countdown meter – after that, the RAID Battle is open for business. Each RAID Battle is open for 1-hour. In that time, the user has the ability to join in on a RAID Battle whenever they wish. Each RAID Battle lasts 5 minutes.
There is no level requirement for participation in a RAID Battle other than that of the Gym Entry level. That means Player Level 5, which isn’t incredibly difficult to attain – a few Pokémon caught and a couple of Pokémon evolved and it’s ready to roll. Regardless of the message that’s already in the game regarding player level, RAID Battles won’t require a player level of anything higher than 5.
“Sorry, but Raid Battles are not yet available for your level. Please try again later.” – Pay no attention to this message. Once the RAID Battle is made live for all players, the level requirement will be lifted.
In addition to level requirements – which are slim – each RAID Battle will require a RAID pass. These passes can be attained from a Pokémon Gym in advance of a RAID. They can also be purchased from the in-game store.