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Niantic Introduces New Challenges to Party Play in Pokémon GO, But Players Face Locking Screen Issue, Is There a Fix?

Trainers, you’re probably aware that Pokémon GO is always looking for ways to keep the game exciting. One of those ways is through Party Play, a feature that allows up to four players to team up and tackle challenges together once they’ve reached level 15. Now, the word on the street is that Niantic and Pokémon GO wanted to crank up the heat by making Party Play challenges even more, you guessed it, challenging. Sounds like a blast, right? Well, not so fast, because you might end up getting stuck on the Party Play Challenges screen for an hour.

See, not everything is going according to plan. Players are reporting that they’re getting stuck on a Party Play challenge screen, and they can’t do anything until the party wraps up. So, you’re essentially frozen in limbo, which is a total mood-killer when you’re trying to catch ’em all. Now, what are these new challenges, and are they worth your time?

Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Catch 30 different species of Pokémon: 2 Max Potions
  • Walk 5km: 4 Razz Berry
  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon: 3 Razz Berry
  • Battle 8 TGR Grunts: 10 Mega Pidgeot Energy
  • Make 25 Nice Throws: 3 Razz Berry
  • Catch 50 Pokémon: 6 Razz Berry
  • Catch 25 Pokémon in Ultra Balls: 5 Mega Pidgeot Energy
  • Battle 8 TGR Grunts: 10 Mega Venusaur Energy
  • Catch 50 Pokémon: 5 Pinap Berry
  • Win 3 Raids: 20 Mega Venusaur Energy
  • Catch 75 Pokémon in Ultra Balls: 15 Mega Blastoise Energy
  • Make 45 Nice Throws: 5 Pinap Berry

We understand that Niantic intends to increase the stakes, but these rewards aren’t exactly screaming “worth it.”

Adding insult to injury, there’s a bug that’s literally breaking the game. Players find themselves stuck on a ‘Challenge Screen,’ unable to interact with the game in any way. And before you ask, yes, people have tried everything, from restarting the game and force-stopping the app to clearing cache and even rebooting their phones. Nothing seems to work. Players even tested going further apart in case that would break the lock, but no dice.

While the intentions behind updating Party Play were good, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The challenges are harder, sure, but the rewards aren’t scaling up to make it worth the effort. And let’s not forget the elephant in the room: the screen lock issue that’s been frustrating players left and right. We’re all hoping Niantic will swoop in with some fixes ASAP because, as it stands, these issues are making Party Play anything but a party.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hey there, I'm Dejan! Let me take you through my life, where family, gaming, and CrossFit play prominent roles. Since day one, I've been surrounded by the love and support of my family. Growing up, every moment spent with my parents and siblings was filled with warmth and laughter, creating memories I hold dear. As a parent now, I've experienced a whole new level of love and responsibility. My two wonderful kids bring endless joy and a sense of purpose to my life. In the digital realm, I found my passion - gaming. Whether I'm conquering the world of Apex Legends or embarking on adventures in Pokemon Go, gaming fuels my sense of adventure and competition. Beyond the virtual world, I discovered the exhilaration of CrossFit. The challenging workouts, camaraderie with fellow fitness enthusiasts, and constant drive to push my limits have become an integral part of my life. Balancing family time, gaming, and CrossFit has been a journey of self-discovery. Each passion complements the other, bringing fulfillment and joy to my daily routine.

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