Pokemon GO is finally adding trainer battles


In Pokemon Go, battles have generally been more akin to an action RPG with little input from users.

Player-versus-player battles (better known as PvP), a feature originally teased when Pokemon Go was announced in 2015, appears to be coming to the game in the near future, as spotted by TechCrunch. "#GOBattle". The tweet sparked a flurry of discussion and speculation on the much-anticipated feature for the game.

The announcement came alongside a screenshot of how battles will look in game. In Pokemon GO however, players for the most part can only capture Pokemon.

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Before entering into a battle, players will select the Great League, the Ultra League, or the Master League. CP limits will be in place for each tier, beginning with a 1,500 CP limit for Pokemon used in the Great League. However, Pokemon Go, up until now, has only allowed trainer battles for PVP. Or, perhaps the image is meant to signify Niantic is overhauling the battle system yet again to make battles more tactical.

No official release date has been posted as of now, but Niantic says the feature will be coming "soon" and encourages players to look through their Pokedexes and start building teams for when the feature drops. While we wait for additional details from Niantic, we'll be daydreaming about encountering other Pokemon GO players and challenging them to a battle.