One of the most powerful Pokemon from the original games has finally shown up in Pokemon Go, the popular (although not as popular as it was at first) augmented reality mobile game. The legendary psychic monster Mewtwo was just unveiled at a Pokemon Go Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan.
Trainers who were lucky enough to be in attendance were able to catch a Mewtwo after defeating it in a raid battle (with a bonus 100% catch rate!). For everyone else around the world, Mewtwo will soon start appearing in Raid Battles across the globe — with one small catch.
You have to be invited.
In a blog post, Niantic detailed how the Mewtwo raids will work, as they are a bit different from the standard Legendary raids that trainers have been working on for the last three weeks or so. The game will introduce a new “Exclusive Raid Battle” that will send out invites to select trainers.
Exclusive Raid Battles are similar to existing Raid Battles, with a few notable differences. Exclusive raids will periodically appear at Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers will be invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle. To receive an invitation to participate in an Exclusive Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place. The invitations will include advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.
So basically, you have to keep raiding in hopes of getting lucky and having a Mewtwo spawn in one of the gyms you “recently” took down a raid boss. What does “recently” mean? A couple hours? A few days? Since the legendary birds were released? Who knows! Niantic is famous for keeping important information to themselves.
The game still has no communication functionality, so anyone trying to coordinate with the other 12-to-15 trainers needed to beat Mewtwo will still have to rely on things like makeshift Facebook groups or Discord servers.
In other news, the legendary bird of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will remain spawning in gyms until August 31. The original announcement had those raids ending sometime on August 14.