Let’s Speak about Shadow Raids (Group and Private opinion)

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Shadow Raids have been round for over 4 months now. These are the place you combat a Shadow Pokémon boss, a Pokémon left by Staff GO Rocket members to defend a Gymnasium. Personally, I see them popping up round my city just about taunting me by displaying the Shadow Pokémon that's unobtainable on account of low raid foyer sizes. I wish to talk about a number of the highs and lows of the Shadow Raid system, and herald a few of your opinions too!

What are Shadow Raids?

Shadow Raid Bosses will develop enraged as you battle them, boosting their assault and defence. Whereas the boss is enraged, it turns into harder to defeat.

Shadow Shards will be cast collectively to create Purified Gems, which is able to make it easier to defeat enraged Shadow Raid bosses. Utilizing a Purified Gem will calm the Shadow Raid Boss from its enraged state.

Shadow Raids have a 6/6/6 IV flooring, not 10/10/10 as it's with common Raids. Tier 5 shadow raids at the moment solely hatch on the weekend. Lastly, Shadow Raids are in-person solely, so there isn't any Distant Raiding for you Shadow Raiders on the market.

Because the introduction of shadow raids, we've seen the three Legendary Birds alongside Mewtwo in Tier 5 raids. These shadow bosses all had shiny eligibility, and being shadow Pokémon, additionally they have the potential to be high attackers for Gymnasium and Raid battles. Nevertheless, as they're solely in-person this has induced plenty of restrictions and folks not managing to gather these Shadow ‘Mon not to mention shiny hunt them.

Group Opinion

I hopped over to Twitter to get an concept of what you guys take into consideration Shadow Raids. Love them or hate them, I needed your suggestions!

The suggestions I obtained was very a lot alongside the traces of my expertise with shadow raids to this point. The final consensus is that it looks like an awesome characteristic in concept, however in software, it merely hasn't labored for smaller communities, and people with out lively Raid Teams.

In Individual Solely is Too Limiting

Let's speak in regards to the elephant within the room – these raids can solely be accomplished in particular person. It looks like finishing these raids is almost inconceivable except you're residing in a extremely lively metropolis. Even in London at Victoria Station, I couldn't discover anybody to hitch me in a Tier 5 Shadow Raid foyer. To efficiently full these raids, gamers have to be in extremely populated or touristy areas or require coordination by communication apps like Campfire. The pre-planning required for these raids, regardless of not realizing the particular location or timeframe forward of time, makes them much less spontaneous and may scale back motivation to take part.

Tier 5 Shadow raids must both be Distant Raidable, or executed as a 3-hour occasion, there isn’t sufficient in-person curiosity right here to assemble a bunch for one-offs. – @WendyLou69_TL50

Not likely a user-friendly characteristic, far too arduous to take down in smaller communities if you happen to don’t have the gems. Both permit distant raids or enhance the rewards. – @pogo_central

I get their idea of attempting to get us out & to make associates with locals, however it's simply not possible for lots of the participant base. Accomplished 0 shadow zap raids, even tho I attempted. – @Bionox96

For those who reside in a small city you're out of luck. – @arm20_20

Purified Gems to Raid Tier ratio

Tier 1 Shadow Bosses don't get enraged. Nevertheless, Tier 3 and Tier 5 Shadow Raids each require eight Purified Gems to subdue the Raid Boss. Trainers can solely use 5 Purified Gems per Shadow raid battle, which means to finish a 3-star raid, you should have at the least 2 Trainers within the raid foyer – except, after all, you've received some critically robust Pokémon that may assault by the enraged state. That is extraordinarily limiting to rural gamers who often can solo a Tier 3 Boss and don't have somebody that they'll raid with.

0 purpose why T3 are similar quantity of gems to subdue as a T5. If I wish to solo a T3 then let me use my 5 gems to subdue. All in all cool characteristic however large rework must be executed. – @BreaksMik

Purified Pokémon Rework

Purifying a Shadow Pokémon will enhance their appraisal and scale back the quantity of Stardust and Sweet required for them to Energy Up, Evolve, or be taught a brand new assault. When Purified, a Shadow Pokémon will neglect Frustration and be taught Return, a Charged Assault that's unique to Purified Pokémon. Nevertheless, some Trainers assume that this technique wants a rework.

I don't get why purified pokemon [are] doing the identical/much less injury than common or shadow pokemon? Isn't the bond [between] us & our pokemon value a injury increase? I'm nonetheless hoping for a lift to purified pokemon, and I really feel like Niantic may have improved purified pokemon for shadow raids. – @PB48855256

IV Ground

Common raids have an IV flooring of 10-10-10, that means that the Pokémon that may be captured is prone to be 3 Star and due to this fact a really robust attacker. It appears that evidently the compromise for Shadow Pokémon having boosted stats is that its Raid encounter IV flooring is decrease. This, nevertheless, is just not serving to with the dearth of motivation in direction of these raids.

Ground IV of 6-6-6 doesn't give sufficient incentive to raid. – @WendyLou69_TL50

Honorable Mentions

Typically, the group vibe appears to be that Shadow Raids want a rework. Purified Gems aren't working how they had been initially described, purified Pokémon appear to be all however forgotten and shadow raids merely will not be working.

Large rework must be put in place, make it so that you get a purified model of the raid boss in case you are distant raiding. Make purified gems work like how they described them (not unenraging however total making them weaker). Perhaps catch at a better stage than regular raids. – @The_real_n1n

Private Opinion

Shadow Mewtwo by kittypokemonsalot

Shortly after the debut of shadow raids, the Rising Shadows occasion allowed trainers to get their fingers on a shiny shadow Mewtwo. A fellow GO Hub author Kitty did a evaluation of her expertise of Shadow Mewtwo Raid Weekend, make sure to test it out!

I used to be in London throughout Shadow Mewtwo Raid Weekend and regardless of operating (sure, actually) throughout what felt like the entire of Westminster between raids to get to the subsequent lively raid I had a good time! Lobbies had been filling up shortly and we had been defeating Mewtwo with no drawback. Sadly, I didn't handle to snag the shiny, however luck simply was not on my facet that day. In direction of the top of the day, on the final raid foyer I attempted to hitch, I started to come across what the way forward for Shadow Raiding would really feel like nobody would be part of the foyer.

Since that day, I've solely managed to finish one Tier 5 Raid, Shadow Zapdos, not by lack of attempting. I've been attempting to get an lively raid room throughout a number of cities, even in touristy areas of London. I believed the raid foyer depend characteristic could be tremendous helpful for recognizing raid exercise and hopping right into a raid, however it doesn't appear to draw any gamers. 

Shadow Articuno by kittypokemonsalot

In my city, it simply doesn't work. There will not be sufficient gamers round on a mean weekend, and lighting flares on Campfire doesn't achieve any traction.  The one likelihood is on a group day when a neighborhood group tends to fulfill up and play collectively taking some raids as they go. I used to be fortunate to stumble upon this group on Grubbin Group Day and did my first aforementioned shadow Zapdos raid.

That being stated, having the ability to seize shadow raid bosses with (probably) good IVs and having the prospect to be shiny is unquestionably one thing I might be in on if it was extra accessible. A doable answer to assist Trainers with small communities could be to permit them to ask one greatest or extremely buddy. This could nonetheless require a bodily presence of in-person raiders however not such an enormous group that it could be inconceivable to assemble. It could additionally encourage folks to work on and keep their in-game friendships.

If Shadow Raids are going to stay in-person solely, there needs to be a set time (just like elite raids or Shadow Mewtwo day) when they'll hatch so that individuals can plan to take part. Presently, Tier 5 raids spawn at any time and wherever over the weekend, making it very tough to assemble sufficient folks at any given time, except you've an lively raiding group.

I feel Shadow Raids 100% have the likelihood to be a extremely cool and thrilling addition to the present raid schedule. Nevertheless, the best way they've been pushed wants a rethink.  Communities nonetheless aren't what they had been pre-COVID, I don't assume any quantity of pushing in-person-only options and nerfing distant raids goes to convey that again.


We'd love to listen to extra from you. What has your expertise been of Shadow Raids to this point? 

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