While not everyone has yet, it looks like Pokemon Go Remote Raid Invites for Friends will be available to a lot of top tier players today.
Niantic has confirmed on Social Media that the ability to invite people from your Friends List to Raid is now available to players who are Level 37 and over.
As usual, you can expect this level barrier to drop over the coming hours and days on Android and iOS.
This doesn’t guarantee that everyone will have access today but it does mean that the new feature will be available to everyone very soon.
Normally, only Trainers battling in-person at a Raid Battle are able to invite friends to join them.
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However, at launch and during future specified periods, both Trainers battling in-person and remotely will be able to invite friends.
Niantic has confirmed that the maximum number of Trainers joining Raid Battles remotely is normally 5, but currently, the maximum has been boosted to 10.
Trainers who join a Raid Battle in-person can invite up to 5 friends to the Raid Battle, regardless of their friends’ locations.
However, invited Trainers can’t invite their own friends to the same lobby, and the limit for the maximum number of Trainers who can join a raid remotely still applies across all Trainers in the lobby, including any invited friends.
Niantic has also provided a clear guide on how to invite friends to Pokemon Go Raids and you can find it listed below:
How To invite a friend to a Pokemon Go Raid Battle:
- Join a public or private Raid Lobby.
- Tap the Invite Friends button on the right side of the screen.
- Select the friends you would like to invite to the raid (up to 5), then tap “Invite Friends.” Keep in mind that there is a limit to how many Trainers can join a Raid Battle remotely, and this limit applies to invited friends as well. While you can only invite up to 5 friends at a time, after a short cooldown period you can invite more friends to the same lobby if you’d like.
- Once you’ve sent your invitations, recipients will receive a notification that they’ve been invited to a Raid Battle. Invited friends can join the Raid Battle even if you have to leave the lobby yourself. However, if you are the only Trainer in the Raid Lobby and you leave the lobby before anyone else joins (invited friend or otherwise), invited friends will no longer be able to join the lobby with your invitation.
Niantic also confirmed what to do when you’re the Trainer who has been invited to the Pokemon Go Raid, telling fans:
“When invited to a Raid Battle, you’ll either receive an in-game notification (if you have the app open) or push notification (if the app is running in the background or closed). However, you’ll only receive push notifications if the “Raid Invitations” setting is toggled on in your Settings menu.
“You can tap the in-game notification to directly access the Raid Battle to which you’re invited. Tapping a push notification will open the Pokémon GO app, after which you can tap the active raid invitation from the “Nearby” menu.
“Once you’ve accessed the Raid screen, you can join the lobby by tapping the “Battle” button. You’ll need to use a Remote Raid Pass if you are not within an interactable distance of the Gym or a Battle Pass if you are within an interactable distance.”
“if you successfully start the Raid Battle through an invitation but encounter an error and are unable to complete the battle, the invitation will remain in the “Nearby” menu, allowing you to rejoin as long as the Raid Battle is ongoing and up to a few minutes after the Raid Battle is over so you can still encounter and catch the Raid Boss.”
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