PvP Trainer Battles and New Attacks Are Coming to ‘Pokémon Go’ This Month

Pokémon Go trainers, soon you can truly be the best like no ever was. After over two years since the game released on July 6, 2016, the highly anticipated and much requested PvP (player versus player) battles, along with new attacks, will be added to Niantic’s Pokémon Go sometime this month. A solid release date for the update hasn’t been announced yet. As someone who just so happened to get back into Pokémon Go after a year hiatus, I’m ecstatic that PvP battles are coming.

Gotta battle ‘em all

The PvP battles will be referred to as “Trainer Battles”, and they’ll be one-on-one duels where each player brings three Pokémon to battle. Players will be able to set Combat Power (CP) limits for each fight — so no one suffers from losing against an OP (overpowered) team — and fights are broken three leagues (Great, Ultra, and Master), which are set to give all players fun and fair battles. So since I hardly have any Pokémon at all, I’d probably be in the Great league, while my buddy Azario, on the other hand who has hundreds of Pokémon, will likely be in a higher league like Ultra or Master.

Players will be able to initiate Trainer Battles by simply pulling up the game’s Nearby menu, share a Battle Code (QR code) to battle any Pokémon Go player they want, then begin a battle. There’ll also be the option to choose to challenge Ultra or Best Friend players and battle them anywhere and anytime you’d like.

Trainer Battles will happen in real time so players can repeatedly wallop each other till there’s a winner. Instead of having just one attack option, players can unleash fast attacks, charged attacks, and protective shields — and if players want an extra power boost to their attacks, they’ll have the option to spend Stardust and Pokémon candy before battle to perform stronger attacks that pack a serious punch. Regardless of who wins and who loses, both trainers will be gifted with rewards for battling it out.

The other nice feature that’ll be an option for Trainer Battles is the ability to battle AI characters. At launch for the update, players will be able to train and put their skills to the test against Pokémon Go’s three team leaders — Valor’s Candela, Mystic’s Blanche, and Instinct’s Spark. Battling leaders will be a good option for players — like myself — wanting to level up and get rewards quickly.

More fighting power with new attacks

Pokémon will get a second, randomly assigned Charge Attack that needs to be manually unlocked, and it’ll cost players some Stardust and Pokémon candy to unlock. There will be an option to change the attack by using a Charged TM — for those that prefer certain attacks. After unlocking the second Charge Attack, players will then have the ability to unleash it in Trainer Battles, Raids, and when fighting in gyms.  

With the addition of a new, second Charge Attack, there’ll be two Charge Attack buttons, which will fill up and work exactly the same way as Fast Attacks. Once Charge Attacks are charged, players can then pick which one to use to throw a mighty blow to their opponent.

Once the update is live, we’ll be sure to share that news with you all. For now, check out images of the update in action from the Pokémon Go website. 


Author’s Take: Well, I guess it’s time for me to start getting more Pokémon and train before this update rolls out. Azario, Brian, Victor, and whoever else that lives in/near the Bay Area, prepare to battle!


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Brad Crespo

Editor-in-Chief - On a quest to play as many new games as possible while trying to finish an endless backlog.