New Round of EX Raid Passes: April 22/23 2018

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As trainers express their disappointment with the Kanto Celebration and the recent shadowban waves, Niantic jumps in as expected with a new wave of EX Raid passes has rolled out, targeting an EX Raid on April 22nd or 23rd depending on your timezone! We certainly hope that some of you will rejoice knowing that Niantic seemingly has a well defined pattern now in place for EX Raids.

PS: Please make sure to complete our EX Raid survey!
(We know we promised a juicy analysis, but turns out we need a bit more data before we can confirm what we hope to confirm, so please make sure to complete the survey above)

EX Raids Pass distributions are no longer curious, but certainly are still a pleasure to receive, even though some trainers have now well over 10 Mewtwos. Does that mean that everyone has yet been able to put their hands on one? No, but the number of trainers without a Mewtwo certainly has been decreasing every week. This wave is the seventh weekly EX Raid Pass distribution in a row!

Credits to CoupleOfGaming

Considering that it has been nearly two months since we have seen weekly EX Raid Pass distributions, seeing trainers with two EX Raid passes is almost getting tiring to some trainers (not for us, we promise). Could we potentially get a new EX Raid Boss? Niantic would first have to allow rural trainers with an alternative way of getting one for themselves.

This is the eight invitation wave after Niantic’s [more or less] recent acknowledgement that the invitation system should work differently now. Although a pattern is clearly drawing itself, we once again urge all of our readers to take part in our EX Raid survey and share it afterwards, especially to players who did not get an invitation.

A few observations based on the reports that we are receiving for this EX Raid Pass wave:

  • Reports are coming in much smaller numbers than in the past few weeks, but this could come from that fact that every week, less and less trainers are left without a Mewtwo;
  • The system uses S2 L13 cells for the invitations, so we strongly suggest that you coordinate and trigger EX Raids accordingly;
  • Some people are claiming “getting tired of Mewtwo”. Worry not, we have throw a curse on all of those who said so thus far;
  • In case you can’t attend an EX raid, reach out to Niantic’s Customer support.

In any case, check out our Mewtwo raid guide: counters, weather, capture chances, IVs and CPs, power up your Tyranitars and be prepared.

Also, make sure to join the discussion on our Discord server and be sure to report any research you find during your travels!


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