New ‘Pokemon GO’ update tweaks Raid Battle system

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A promotional image featuring the four Legendary Pokemon for "Pokemon GO." (Pokemongolive.com)

Players of “Pokemon GO” can now enjoy a much-improved Raid Battle system.

Niantic Labs announced the latest update for the hit mobile game last Wednesday. The said patch changed a few details on the said system. With the update, players can now see “the number of Trainers entered, and preparing, for a Raid Battle before using a Raid Pass.”

Furthermore, players can now “search through their Pokémon’s moves using the @ character” on the Pokemon Collection screen.  Moreover, Trainers now have the ability to “spin the Photo Disc at a Gym using the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.”

In addition to the tweaks, the 0.73.1 update for Android and 1.43.1 update for iOS versions also addresses some bugs. Players will no longer experience the Raid Boss always breaking free from the last Premier Ball. Also, the update also fixed the bug the kept players from “seeing they’d received double XP from Raid Battles when using a Lucky Egg.”

Last week, a Niantic representative confirmed via Reddit that they have suspended the previous “Pokemon GO” update. “We are aware of a latency issue affecting battling in Pokémon GO version 0.71.0,” wrote the rep. “We are currently investigating potential resolutions. Although this issue only affects a small subset of users, we are suspending the rollout of the release while we continue to work towards delivering a better experience,” he added.

The update, which offered bug fixes and a brand new egg incubator, among others, was plagued with issues. Players took to social media to report the lagging and stuttering they experienced during battles, particularly during raids. The delay caused players to miss the timing of their dodges and attacks.

Last month, the “Pokemon GO” Pikachu Outbreak held in Yokohama, Japan, ended up a huge success. The week-long event attracted over two million participants who caught over 120 million Pokemon.

The developers avoided a repeat of the debacle that happened during the “Pokemon GO” Fest in Chicago. The company tapped all of the major providers in the city to ensure that there were no hiccups regarding the flow of data.