The release of cooperative raid battles in Pokemon Go last month is pitting teams of players to take on powerful, limited run Pokemon, such as the legendary birds Teams Mystic, Valor, and Instinct proudly champion.
With Mewtwo set to release globally in the not-too-distant future, the formula will change: For some Pokemon, these battles will be a veritable VIP affair, as Niantic explains:
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.
The emphasis on coordination here is notable: It brings to the fore the initial promise of Pokemon Go being more than a single-player affair.
While Mewtwo is the first such Pokemon announced, Niantic promises both more regular and exclusive raids to come, with new Pokemon expected to join the fray. In the meantime, Articuno, Lugia, Moltres, and Zapdos will appear worldwide for raids over the next two weeks.