Niantic explains why Pokémon GO Trainer Battles will initially be exclusive to level 40 players

Soon you’ll be able to challenge another Trainer at any time in Pokémon GO. With Trainer Battles, you can match up against another Trainer using a Battle Code, then face off using teams of three Pokémon. When the match is over, both participants will receive great rewards, including a chance at rare Evolution items. To make sure the battle is even, Trainers must compete in the same Trainer Battle League, which determines the highest CP permitted for the participating Pokémon. The fast-paced battles take place in real time, and your Pokémon will be able to use both their Fast Attack and Charged Attack moves. You’ll also be able to use Stardust and Candy prior to battle to unlock a bonus Charged Attack for your Pokémon. Battles aren’t just about who has the toughest Pokémon and the strongest moves.

Timing is important, too. If you keep an eye on your opponent’s moves, you may be able to deploy a Protect Shield to save your Pokémon from taking critical damage. But you only have a limited number of Protect Shields before your Pokémon will be left defenseless against big attacks. Your opponent will usually have to be nearby for you to initiate a Trainer Battle. But you can challenge Trainers you’re Ultra Friends or Best Friends with from any distance. If you’re looking to improve your Trainer Battle skills, take on team leaders Spark, Candela, and Blanche! You can earn daily rewards when training with a team leader, including Stardust to help power up your Pokémon. You’ll also be working toward earning the Ace Trainer medal.

With Trainer Battles right around the corner, Niantic is giving you an even closer look at all the Trainer Battle features it previewed in its recent Trainer Battle blog—starting with the basics. Each Trainer Battle requires Trainers to choose three Pokémon to battle with, so be strategic when selecting the Pokémon for your battle party. If you don’t knock out all of your opponent’s Pokémon before a battle’s time limit is reached, the victor will be decided by whoever has the most KO’s. While Trainers will usually have to be nearby in order to initiate a Trainer Battle, Ultra and Best Friends can challenge each other from any distance. With the launch of Trainer Battles, Trainers will be able to permanently unlock one additional Charged Attack move for each Pokémon. With an additional Charged Attack, Trainers have the opportunity to think strategically when approaching each battle. Use your extra move to surprise opponents or cover your weaknesses.

When Trainer Battles launch, Trainers will be able to practice battling against team leaders Spark, Candela and Blanche. Team leaders Spark, Candela and Blanche are available at any time of the day, and Trainers who battle against them can change the degree of difficulty of their practice Trainer Battle by selecting different Battle Leagues. While improving your battle skills is its own reward, Trainers who practice battling against one of the team leaders can also earn rewards, such as Stardust or Sinnoh Stones, once per day. Battle wins gained through this training mode also count toward earning an Ace Trainer medal. When Niantic releases Pokémon GO Trainer Battles, it will be rolling out the feature in stages, starting with level 40 Trainers. Niantic says it does this so that it can confirm the feature is running smoothly before it begins to release the feature out to more Trainers. While this means that Trainers of lower levels will have to wait before they can access this feature, Niantic says it follows this process to ensure that there are no major disruptions during your GO Battle experience.

Source: @PokemonGoApp


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