Remember the debut Pokémon GO trailer from forever ago? The conclusion features a whole city square packed with players taking on a massive Mewtwo in a battle unlike anything we’d see in the actual game.
Allow me to jog your memory.
This is finally happening, it sounds like. At an event in Japan, Niantic allowed thousands of trainers to battle and catch a Mewtwo at the Pokémon GO Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan. Soon, Mewtwo will be up for battling and catching around the world.
Here’s the thing, though. Getting the chance to take Mewtwo on and catch him will be tough. He’ll be available in Exclusive Raid Battles. Here’s the exact word from Niantic on how this will work.
Exclusive Raid Battles are similar to existing Raid Battles, with a few notable differences. Exclusive raids will periodically appear at Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers will be invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle. To receive an invitation to participate in an Exclusive Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place. The invitations will include advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.
More Pokémon will take part in these Exclusive Raid Battles down the line, too, so expect that soon.
For all those trainers out there: do you have a group of friends both large enough and active in Pokémon GO in order to take Mewtwo down? I know I don’t.