POKÉMON Go has confirmed that a big controversial change is coming to raids.
Dataminers had already been looking into the code and seeing that there would be upcoming restrictions.
Legendaries and Mega Pokémon are often caught in Remote Raids.
Remote Raids are a way for players to access raids from remote or rural areas.
Those who don’t live close to Pokémon Gyms, often use these raid passes to participate and catch rare ‘mons.
Currently, Remote Raid Passes cost 100 Coins each, or 300 Coins for three.
Players can only earn a maximum of 50 Coins per day, and otherwise have to purchase Coins with real money.
However, from April 6, 2023, the price will increase so that one pass costs 195 Coins, and three will cost 525 Coins.
This almost doubles the price of passes and will make Remote Raids unaffordable for many players.
There will also be a limit on how many Remote Raids players are able to participate in per day.
Currently, there is no limit on Raids or Remote Raids as long as you have enough passes.
After the changes there will be a cap of five Remote Raids per day.
In a statement Niantic discussed the reason for the changes.
It reads: “Since their introduction in 2020, Remote Raid Passes have come to dominate the experience of playing Pokémon Go in a way we never intended.
“Rewarding Trainers with additional Candy XL and adding other new features are two of the ways we hope to further incentivise playing Pokémon Go in person with your friends, family, and community.
“We plan to keep Remote Raid Passes as part of Pokémon Go.
“However, we believe this change is necessary for the long-term health of the game, and we do not make it lightly.
“We feel this is a necessary step toward our goal of preserving and improving the unique experience of playing Pokémon Go—a game we hope you continue to enjoy long into the future.”
Players are calling these changes the “worst in the game’s history” with over 2,500 comments discussing the news.
Written by Marco Wutz and Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.