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Today was a big day in the Pokemon Go world. Tons of new information regarding upcoming changes to the gym combat scene! Niantic themselves said themselves in their announcement post:

The biggest update to Pokémon GO is nearly here! Very soon, Trainers around the world will be able to participate in a revamped Gym gameplay experience, including the opportunity to join together with others to battle against powerful Pokémon in the new Raid Battle feature!

New Raid Battle Feature: All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, there are going to be some very large targets out there and Pokebattler is first on the scene once again with an update to the simulator to cover the changes.

The only change to the simulator is an update to the level and cpm formulas that drive the entire site. The change simply extrapolates the cpm formula to infinity.


// lvl 40 cpm = 0.79030001
// cpm per level > 30 = 0.00445946079
double level = ((desiredCpM - 0.79030001) / 0.00445946079) + 40.0;
int doubleLevel = (int) Math.round(level * 2.0); 
return Integer.toString(doubleLevel/2) + (doubleLevel%2 == 1?".5":"")

Thats it. Each pokemon is then created with perfect 15 attack, defense and stamina IVs. How well did it work?



First glance seems to be pretty reasonable. A machamp with good dodging and perfect movesets puts a significant dent into this bad boy but I don’t think many people will be soloing any time soon.

Lets double check the numbers with the other example


This seems like a great fit. Jolteon is not a good attacker against Allakazam even a level 39 Jolteon that you can’t get in the game anymore. Or can you… I’m sure level 40 players will be thrilled if this particular bug is fixed.

And of course analysis would not be complete without using the pokebattler counter feature. Lets swap around the attacker and leave everything else the same


Looks reasonable to me! Definitely need a group even if you have 6 perfect pokemon. I suspect very large beasts will be out there to be found. Let this be a warning to you, don’t take on a big blissey without a kick ass team



I’m quite happy with the announcements Niantic made today. Hopefully it will breath new life into this game. I’m thrilled they are killing prestige. It was a very poor game mechanic that didn’t make much sense. Hopefully there are more unannounced changes for balancing or perhaps they will wait for Gen 3. Regardless, I give the changes a 9/10 based on what we know now.

Sorry for the short article but it’s getting late and I figure people want to see the simulator already so pushing out the release now!