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Pokémon Go’s new Raid Battles are live, but only for the best of the best (update)

The rest of us have to keep waiting

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You can now check out Raid Battles, Pokémon Go’s cooperative multiplayer feature — but only if you’re good enough. Players level 35 and up can start taking down super-strong Pokémon together, with lower-leveled trainers getting their chance in the coming days.

Niantic announced that level 35 trainers can check out Raid Battles “at select gyms around the world” on the game’s Twitter account yesterday, which prompted a mix of responses. While most are excited for some co-op play, level 35 is high up there — the game’s level cap is 40. (We at Polygon aren’t able to check out Raid Battles quite yet, for instance, because we’re just a lowly level 18.)

This is just a temporary restriction, so anxious Pokémon Go players should keep that in mind. Once Raid Battles are available to everyone worldwide, they won’t come with any level caps, and any mix of players can work together to take on some overpowered foes. It wouldn’t hurt for those of us trailing behind the level 35-plus set to start working on our Pokémon Go game in the meantime, though.

Update: Players level 31 and up can now try Raid Battles as of 12:30 p.m. ET today, June 23.

Update 2: Players level 20 and up can start playing Raid Battles as of 1:30 p.m. ET on June 26.

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