Trainers,

two (now three) European shopping malls (all part of Niantic’s Unibail-Rodamco partnership program) are claiming that the Raids Beta will soon go live, however, there is NO CONFIRMATION that this is true.

Update: a French reader called Mr Nightingale shared that another French mall has the same post up, with the following message (translated by Mr Nightingale):

[PokémonGO] Dear trainers: Raids arrive in France! A new gym and Pokestops were created for the occasion at Euralille. Come and play with your friends to defeat the bosses of the central gym. For now only certain beta testers have access to this feature but it will soon spread to all trainers. Get ready to become the best Euralille trainer and face extremely powerful Pokémon! Flag this message Delete this message

So far, Les Quatre Temps (Paris), Centre Commercial – Euralille and Fisketorvet Shopping Center (Copenhagen) are claiming that raids are going live soon, with Quatre Temps going as far as publishing the following statement on their official Facebook fan page (link):

Attention, Pokémon GO Trainers: The Raid Battles, a new collective adventure, have been announced in your Pokémon GO game, and we’re here to help you discover your first raid! You and your friends will soon be able to play together to become the Raidmaster of the gym of Les Quatres Temps.

This feature will only be available to a certain number of players in the testing phase, but more players will be invited to participate in the coming weeks. Stop at Les 4 temps and come fight together to catch a super/rare Pokémon! For more information, visit http://pokemongolive.com/en/post/raids

The quote above was translated by Mr Nightingale, a French GO Hub reader. Much obliged!

Fisketorvet has a similar post up, claiming exactly the same information:

At this point we believe this was not an intentional mistake in their public communication, just weird timing and wording for this post. Judging by the visual assets and logos used, these posts are using official Niantic provided branding and visual identity.

We know that it’s not possible that Raids will go live before Gyms reopen, so this means that Gyms are reopening soon or that both shopping malls have made the same mistake at the same time.

We’re expecting to hear more official news soon.

  • Bjellanda Havro

    Line two translates to this: Soon, you and your friends will be able to join forces and battle against the Raid bosses in gyms at Fisketorvet.

  • Bjellanda Havro

    Line Three: This function will only be available for some players in a beta-Version, but more trainers will later get access to participate in the coming weeks.

    Im Norwegian so this translation should be pretty much 100% accurate.

  • Bjellanda Havro

    4 time arena just means the name of the event-spot in France: “Les Quatre Temps”.

  • Daniele

    French lines should read:

    You and your friends will soon be able to play together to become the Raid Masters of Les Quatre Temps.

    The mall’s name means “four times”. 😉

  • Petar Babaja

    4 times is probably Les quatre temps translated from french.

  • Steven Cruz

    I’m French. “4-time arena” = the gym which is in the shopping malls calls “Les Quatre Temps”.
    BUT THIS IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME, no gym opened, no raid (even for level 40 trainer).

  • Chubbychubby2

    IT is one Company, so easy mistake ?

  • Heydavid17

    Just to translate what Fisketorvet wrote:

    Look here, Pokemon GO-Trainers: Raid Battles, a completely new playing experience, has just been announced in Pokemon GO, and we are here to help you finding your first raid! Soon can you and all your friends get together and take the fight against the Raid Bosses in Gyms at Fisketorvet. This function is only available for a few players in a beta-version, but more players will eventually get access to take part in the coming weeks. Come by Fisketorvet and see if you can fight against these extremely strong Pokemon!

  • Alysson Medeiros

    It makes sense Niantic opening Raid to sponsors first, can you imagine the amount of people drawn to these malls?