Pokémon Go Party Play Feature, Team Up with Friends to Catch Pokémon and Battle Raids
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The new Pokémon Go Party Play feature lets you team up with friends to catch Pokémon and battle raid bosses together.
You can have up to four players in a party, and everyone will be able to see each other’s avatars on their screen. This is a great way to play with friends and family, and it also makes it easier to take on challenging raids.
When you’re at a party, you’ll get a new damage multiplier called Party Power. Party Power builds up as you battle raid bosses, and the more people in your party, the faster it charges. This means that you can take down raid bosses more easily with Party Play, even if you don’t have the strongest Pokémon.
Niantic, the mastermind behind Pokémon Go, has consistently portrayed its mobile Pokémon adventure as a social endeavor. However, once you immerse yourself in the game, it’s a solitary journey with your trainer navigating the virtual realm of Pokémon Go, striving to capture ’em all.
This status quo is in for a transformation with the introduction of a novel feature termed Party Play. It’s nothing short of a “fully immersive in-game escapade” that facilitates players forming groups to venture together, hunt Pokémon collectively, and engage in raids as a unified force, all the while having their adventures reflected on every participant’s screen.
The most thrilling aspect is the opportunity to embark on raids as a party. This joint effort garners your team Party Power, a novel damage-boosting element that intensifies as you confront raid bosses.
Party Power will amplify the impact of Charged Attacks during raids and increases with each Fast Attack executed by party members. As elaborated by Niantic in a blog post dedicated to Party Play, a larger party translates to quicker Party Power accumulation.
In a live demonstration of Party Play, the Pokémon Go creators showcased a triumvirate effortlessly overcoming a Mega Gardevoir. (Such an achievement is possible under typical circumstances with a trio of seasoned trainers, but the addition of Party Power appears to make raids with smaller groups far more manageable.)
Pokémon Go Party Play extends its reach to a fresh addition known as Party Challenges. After uniting as a party, the group will be greeted with an in-game menu that proposes various challenges: spinning PokéStops, engaging in raids, or collecting Pokémon.
Party Play is set to be accessible directly from the players’ Trainer profile page, introducing a brand-new Party tab. Here, players can initiate a party, and they’ll receive either a numerical code or a QR code, which can be shared with a maximum of three nearby Trainers.
Niantic specifies that these parties can encompass a range of two to four players, with a prerequisite that everyone in the group must be at level 15 or higher to partake. Interestingly, players won’t need to be in each other’s in-game friends list to join a party. This is likely to foster collaboration, especially during events like Community Days or large gatherings such as Pokémon Go Fest, where players can easily team up and embark on adventures.
It’s worth noting that remote party joining isn’t an option. To join a party, players will need to be in close proximity to one another. The approximate range is expected to be similar to the distance at which one can interact with a PokéStop or gym, according to the developer’s statement.
How do you make a Pokémon party in Pokemon Go?
To create a Pokémon party in Pokémon Go, follow these steps:
- Access Your Trainer Profile: Open the Pokémon Go app and tap on your Trainer profile picture in the bottom left corner of the screen.
- Navigate to the Party Tab: In your Trainer profile, you’ll now see a new tab called “Party.” Tap on it to access the Party Play feature.
- Create a Party: Once you’re in the Party tab, tap the “Create Party” option. This will initiate the process of forming a party for your adventure.
- Share the Party Code: After creating the party, you’ll receive a unique numerical code or a QR code. Share this code with up to three nearby Trainers whom you want to join your party.
- Party Size and Requirements: Parties can consist of two to four players. Keep in mind that all participants in the group need to be at level 15 or higher to join the party.
- Joining Without Being In-Game Friends: The great news is that you don’t need to be in each other’s in-game friends list to join a party. This flexibility encourages players to collaborate during special events like Community Days or larger gatherings, such as Pokémon Go Fest.
- Proximity Matters: It’s important to note that you can’t join a party remotely. To team up, players must be in relatively close proximity to each other. The range is usually about the distance at which you can interact with a PokéStop or gym.
How do you play with friends on Pokémon Go?
Playing with friends in Pokémon Go is a great way to enhance your gaming experience and collaborate on various in-game activities. Here’s how you can play with friends in Pokémon Go:
- Friendship Feature: First, you need to establish a connection with your friends in the game. To do this, both you and your friend need to have your Trainer profiles set up and should be at least level 10.
- Adding Friends: To add friends, go to your Trainer profile and find the “Friends” tab. You can either share your Trainer code with your friends or use their Trainer code to send a friend request. Once they accept, you’ll be connected in the game.
- Interacting with Friends: Once you’re friends in the game, you can see their activity on your friends list. This includes when they catch Pokémon, send gifts, or participate in raids or battles.
- Sending Gifts: You can exchange gifts with friends by spinning PokéStops and Gyms to collect items and then sending these items as gifts to your friends. They can do the same, and this helps in increasing your friendship level.
- Raiding Together: One of the most exciting aspects of playing with friends is teaming up for raids. You can invite friends to join your raid group, and together you can take on powerful raid bosses. This is a great way to earn rare Pokémon.
- Battling: You can also battle your friends in Trainer Battles. To initiate a Trainer Battle, you need to be near your friend or use the QR code scanning feature.
- Remote Raids: Pokémon Go introduced remote raiding, which allows you to join raids even if you’re not physically at the raid location. You can invite your friends to join remote raids, increasing your chances of success.
- Gift Trading: As your friendship level grows, you’ll unlock more benefits, including the ability to trade Pokémon from a distance. This is a fantastic way to complete your Pokédex and acquire Pokémon from different regions.
- Special Events: Keep an eye out for special in-game events and Community Days. These events often encourage players to meet up and play together.