Pokemon GO has only been around for one year, but what a year it’s been. The game released in a buggy, glitchy state (as is the case with all massive multiplayer games) but has received numerous quality of life updates and bug-squashing patches. What was once a skeleton of a game has blossomed into something that makes gamers feel like Pokemon Trainers far more than any other Pokemon game, and it’s only going to get better from here. Today, Niantic released a new trailer to celebrate the upcoming Pokemon GO Fest, and by Arceus, the trailer is amazing.
We all remember the original announcement trailer, right? It showed people in the real world using their phones to track CG Pokemon and catching them with virtual Pokeballs. The trailer hyped up the game rather well, especially when the video showed off trading and Pokemon battles, even though those two features aren’t in the game yet. And then there was the beautiful scene where Mewtwo was fighting every gamer in Times Square. The new trailer is kind of a rehash of the first one, but this time, it focuses on features actually in the game, such as improved gym battles (and giving berries to tired Pokemon) and raids. Oh, and the trailer really lets loose when it shows off the raids; instead of a bunch of trainers trying to capture one legendary, they’re fighting five. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Ho-Oh, and Lugia — all the legendary birds are in one spot, and players zerg-rush them with almost every Pokemon imaginable. This new trailer hypes up the thrill of fighting (and capturing) a legendary and makes me excited to finally encounter one in Pokemon GO.
Sadly, while the trailer makes legendaries look like the ultimate prize, the official Pokemon GO site provides some sobering news: legendary Pokemon will refuse to defend gyms. In other words, legendaries are only usable in Gym Battles and Raid Battles (and probably regular Pokemon Battles when they’re implemented). I think I understand Niantic’s reasoning. After all, legendary Pokemon are extremely powerful, so a gym filled with six legendaries would be nigh-unbeatable. Still, I’m waiting on pins and needles for July 22nd, because that’s when legendary Pokemon finally land in Pokemon GO, and I have the new trailer to thank for my excitement.