Pokémon Go’s PvP Trainer Battles Will Officially Commence Later This Month

Pokemon Go PvP Trainer Battles: How They Work, How To Start, And More

The Pokemon Go blog has been updated with the big news that Trainer Battles are finally coming to the game. Players have been clamouring for the feature since day one, hoping to beat each other's cute little creatures into a bloody pulp, so it's a welcome addition to the game.

Back on November 30, 2018, we got our first look at Pokemon GO PvP. You're allowed three Pokemon per party, rather than the traditional six; Niantic representatives said that six-Pokemon battles dragged on far too long for an on-the-go game.

When it launches later this month, Trainer Battles will be exclusive to players at level 40 - the current maximum. So, starting December, you'll be able to challenge a friend or another trainer to do battle while on the move. To start the battle, one should use a Battle Code, start assembling a team of three Pokemon, and battle. When players complete a battle, both parties will be rewarded with items, including rare evolutionary items. "Whether you're battling with a Caterpie or a Mewtwo, the cleverer and more strategic Trainer will have an advantage".

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Another important thing worth mentioning is that Trainers usually have to be nearby to initiate a Trainer Battle, while Ultra Friends and Best Friends can challenge each other from any distance.

As previously announced, there are three "leagues" to help make Trainer Battles accessible to all levels of player. The announcement says battles are "fast-paced and real-time, so don't expect to wait your turn". You get your Fast and Charged Attacks, and items like stardust and candy can be used before the battle. There's no dodging; instead, before your opponent uses a charge attack, you'll have the option to use a Protect shield to block it. Also, please keep in mind that the Shields have their limitations and not all of the time, your Pokemon can hide behind the shield. Trainer Battles also have a current time limit of 240 seconds to avoid overlong matches. Even if you're on the other side of the planet, you'll always be close enough to do battle with your closest friends. But there's an exemption to that.

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