Article edited with new information regarding Leagues.
Pokemon Go Teases PvP on Twitter
In a series of cryptic posts on Twitter, Niantic and The Pokemon Company seem to be hinting that PvP is coming to Pokemon Go soon. The first image was an exclamation point and the last was a video of a female trainer throwing a ball and the words “Are you ready?”
What We Know
Well, that’s all we know. At this time there’s no information on when PvP will be released or how it will work. We’re keeping an eye on the tweets to see if any more information gets released. It’s confirmed, it’s happening, and it’s soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 30, 2018
A Much Anticipated and Uncertain Update
Battling gyms is all well and fun, but battling trainers is a huge chunk of Pokemon that we haven’t yet seen in Pokemon Go. Along with trading, it’s the most sought after update to the game.
However, there is concern that the current battling mechanic won’t translate very well to PvP. As the game stands now, lag is still a big issue. Attacking and dodging is often mistimed because of it. Not to mention how it takes considerably less skill to battle. Turning the tides in battle is reduced to farming experience and lucking upon good pokemon.
What Will Trainer Battles Look Like?
It’s also unclear whether this update will actually bring us PvP or NPC battling. I’m personally hoping that both will turn up eventually. NPCs could be placed in specific locations, and like Pokestops, reward players with items for beating them. Or perhaps they could spawn and despawn in random places like Pokemon.
But if this brings us real PvP battling with other random people, be prepared to see parks and landmarks flooding with people like when the game first went online.
But as always, be aware of your surroundings. Don’t battle with people that look dangerous or sketchy. Try not to be alone and always bring a battle buddy! Stay safe out there, trainer!
EDIT 11/30/18 4PM:
Introducing Pokemon Go Leagues
Later in the day, @PokemonGoApp tweeted more information about trainer battles.
To combat the concern about people that lucked into awesome pokemon and those that haven’t been so lucky, they split PvP into leagues. The leagues are Great, Ultra, and Master, respectively, named after the pokeballs.
The way the leagues will work is that they will have CP caps to make it more fair. The CP caps are as follows:
- Great League: 1,500 CP limit per Pokémon
- Ultra League: 2,500 CP limit per Pokémon
- Master League: No CP limit per Pokémon
They tweeted the following statement: “When designing Trainer Battles, we wanted to create an experience that everyone can enjoy and ensure that different kinds of Pokemon can show their strengths! With Leagues in Trainer Battles, we hope to create a system that’s accessible to many Trainers.”
What Does It Mean?
The introduction of leagues almost looks there will be remote PvP where you don’t have to go out and find someone to battle. That’s a sigh of relief for me, who lives in a rural area miles away from the nearest gym/Pokestop.
I might just have a reason to pick up the game again. What about you?