Another wave of EX Raid invites in Pokemon Go have gone out this week, but most players are using this opportunity to highlight the issues that continue to plague Pokemon Go's most exclusive event. Namely, that the byzantine rules that govern who actually receives invites to the raid are still leaving many of the game's most dedicated players out in the cold.
The EX Raid Battles are limited-time events, and are so far the only events that allow players to capture rare Pokemon like Mewtwo. Like other raids, the EX Raid is a co-op event. But unlike common raids, EX Raid participants need a Premium Raid pass to play.
As Polygon notes, the criteria for getting a Premium Raid pass involve objectives like clearing regular Raid battles, but players can increase their chances for a pass by being at a high-level or participating in a lot of Raids. What's strange is that there are reportedly plenty of hardcore Pokemon Go players who meet these criteria but have yet to receive a Premium pass.
What's more, those who receive a pass have other issues to deal with. Since these are limited-time events, EX Raid participants have little notice before a location for an EX Raid—which is usually at a public area or sponsored event—is announced. They must either make their way to the designated location quickly, or risk missing out on an EX Raid entirely.
Reddit user 'dondon151' has a comprehensive breakdown of grievances players seem to have with how EX Raids are handled. Primary among them are the apparent randomness to which Premium passes are awarded, the lack of options when it comes to players who can't actually make the EX Raid, either due to work, school, or other life commitments, and how EX Raids seem to only reward those who have already participated in them previously.
EX Raids as a system was first introduced as a beta feature last summer, and it launched with many of these same complaints. Niantic said previously that it would look into the matter, but players complain that the fixes haven't amounted to much.
We've reached out to Niantic for a statement regarding these player complaints.