Pokémon GO: Raid level requirement lowered

Pokemon GO: A Guide to All Raid Battle Bosses

Niantic is gently permitting more and more players to access raids against all manner of power Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

Earlier this week, many lower-level players cast their eyes downward and wept as Niantic announced that Pokémon GO raids would be limited to players level 35 and above. Given the extreme dedication and effort required to push a player up that high, it seemed that raids would be a pipe dream for many.

But Niantic kept dropping the number over the week and now, raids are open to players level 25 and above.

Will the number keep going down or is this the static place it will stay? We feel torn about this new development–on one hand, raids seem to be deliberately geared toward higher level, more dedicated players and that’s all right, but we also wouldn’t ever want to alienate new folks by showing them things that were hours and hours and hours out of their reach, especially when the majority of those participating have been playing for a year now.

All that aside, raids seem to be mostly rewarding but for one weird problem that Kotaku reported few days ago. Apparently, some Pokémon GO players have found Magikarps in raids instead of strong Pokémon like Charizard and Tyranitar. We just…what? Is Magikarp The Pokémon Company’s new weird obsession?

Even if Magikarp is weak and not worth a whole raid, you should still participate if you encounter one since raid rewards are good regardless of what you fight.