Trainers, the Party Play feature is now available worldwide, and there’s some key information you’re going to want to know, especially about the time limit. As reported by Pokémon GO players who got a head start thanks to their time zones, Party Play sessions are capped at one hour. After that, you’re free to form another party with the same members, but you’ll have to start from square one. Given that our idea of a “party” usually goes well beyond 60 minutes, it seems likely that Niantic might adjust this time frame in an upcoming update.
Let’s talk more about what you can do during that hour. If you’re at level 15 or above, you can join or create a party with up to three other Trainers. Your friends’ avatars will be visible on your in-game map, offering a more communal gameplay experience. Once the party forms, a pop-up appears, letting you choose a Party Challenge. These challenges range from spinning PokéStops to raid battles and catching Pokémon.
A significant feature to note during your one-hour Party Play is the “Party Power” bonus. This bonus doubles the damage of your next Charged Attack in raid battles. The more party members you have, the quicker your Party Power accumulates, making those battles a bit easier to tackle.
For the nitty-gritty details of your party’s accomplishments, check out the Party tab in your Trainer profile. Here, you’ll find an Activity Summary divided into categories like Pokémon caught, Throws made, and other in-game metrics.
Now, let’s talk logistics. If you complete a task or tasks, within 50 minutes, you’ll have an option to pick a new task. However, you’ll need to complete it within the remaining 10 minutes. The time crunch adds an extra layer of challenge, but it also feels like a future update could improve the timing structure here.
So, Trainers, considering the one-hour cap, do you think Party Play needs a longer session time? We’re eager to hear your thoughts, so drop your opinions in the comments below.