Mega Raid is a raid battle in which you fight against a Mega Evolved boss. In addition to the normal Raid Rewards, you can get Mega Energy for that Pokémon.
The amount of Mega Energy you can obtain depends on how quickly you beat the boss. In the case of the three Mega Kanto starters that have appeared since day one, it seems to be around 30 to 50.
This means that while you can earn the basic amount even if you're just barely within the time limit, you'll gain more in raids where there are many trainers, raids with many strong trainers, and raids where you participate with friends.
It's a system that tests the speed with which you can complete a raid, or the overall strength of participating trainers and Pokémon, which has never been particularly important, but the rules are increasingly advantageous in densely populated areas.
Regular raids are organized into three tiers
Along with the addition of Mega Raids, the traditional Raid system has been updated as well. The first and biggest change is the elimination of Tier 2 and 4 (2-star and 4-star) raids.
The former 2-star raids have been replaced by 1-star raids, and 4-star raids have been absorbed by 3-star raids. After the change, 1-star raids will still have the same difficulty and will get the rewards of 2-star raids, while 3-star raids will get the rewards of 4-star raids.
With this change, the new raid tiers will be 1-star, 3-star, 5-star (legendary), and Mega Raids.
In addition, a speed bonus has been added to the regular raids, with the faster you beat them, the more premier balls (white balls) you gain.
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.