Pokémon Go remote raids are coming to the game, according to a recent data mine. Here's everything you need to know about the raid battles from afar.
Pokémon GO Remote Raids: Everything You Need to Know
In the leak from the PokeMiners, there will be a new item in Pokémon GO called a Remote Raid Pass which, by its name, will allow players to fight in Raid Battles remotely. This information comes amid the crisis surrounding COVID-19 with numerous countries and states asking people to stay home and limit travel as much as possible.
Niantic has confirmed that it's been working on a way to keep the community aspect of Pokémon GO while trying to do their part in flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections, but they have not specifically confirmed the inclusion of the Remote Raid Pass in the future.
Based on early information from the leak, Remote Raid Passes will function similarly to a Premium Raid Pass. That means players may have to spend 100 Poke Coins to purchase them from the shop. The Remote Raid Pass will most likely be required to participate in a Raid battle if you're not near a gym and there will be a limit to how many remote players can participate in a raid in proportion to local players.
There also appears to be a friends system in the new Remote Raid Battles, with friends able to invite one another to raids and send messages indicating that they're looking to do a raid. This could mean that there's a huge radius for remote raids, with players potentially able to do raids with friends in another continent.