Trainers. Niantic and Pokémon GO have introduced noteworthy updates to the Party Play feature. Participants in Party Play now have the opportunity to acquire special bonus items at PokéStops. Additionally, Trainers can now employ Protect Shields to block Charged Attacks from Raid Bosses during Raids.
Party Play is a gameplay mode accessible to Trainers who have reached Level 15 or higher. In this mode, Trainers can collaborate to complete tasks, earn exclusive bonuses, and receive rewards. A Party consists of between two to four Trainers, including the host.
To engage in Party Play, proximity between all party members is a requisite. All participants must be sufficiently close to each other to initiate and maintain the Party. If a Trainer moves beyond the designated proximity range, they will be either removed from the Party or will be unable to join it. During the duration of the Party, Trainer avatars will be displayed on the respective Map Views of each participant. The location of each Trainer will be updated in real-time as they navigate through the physical world.
The recent updates to Party Play have further enriched the gameplay experience. The inclusion of special bonus items at PokéStops for participants adds another layer of incentive to this mode. Moreover, the introduction of Protect Shields enables Trainers to block Charged Attacks from Raid Bosses, thereby adding a strategic element to Raid encounters.
It’s important to note that Trainers using child accounts through Pokémon Trainer Club or Niantic Kids will not have their avatar displayed on the Map View of other participants. Likewise, they will not be able to see other Trainers on their own Map View.
While the enhancements to Party Play are certainly noteworthy, one aspect still begs for refinement: the interplay between Party Play and Routes. At present, Trainers who join a Party find themselves unable to engage with Routes, a feature that is fully accessible in single-player mode. Given the significant rewards Routes offer, including the chance to collect coveted items like Zygarde cells, this restriction is something that deserves prompt attention from the developers.
What special bonus items do you anticipate being available at PokéStops during Party Play? Your input is valuable, and we encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below.