Niantic has announced two new playtests coming to Pokémon GO this December:
- Raid Battle Rewards Rebalance Test, active only in the UK and Ireland
- Egg handling tests allowing Trainers to store 3 additional eggs on special occasions, active globally but for selected Trainers
Raid Battle Rewards Trial
Pokémon GO will temporarily test a rebalance in Raid Battle Rewards in the UK and Ireland. These adjustments will be temporary and will begin on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm PST (GMT –8) and will end in early January.
No additional details were shared, but we hope this test will build on the reward changes introduced in August, when Pokémon GO removed Tier 2 and Tier 4 raids from the game.
Egg handling tests
Egg Management tests are held globally, but only randomly selected Trainers will have access to them. These tests come in two variants, but both variants are quite similar.
Both variations of this test will begin on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:00 am PST (GMT –8) and will continue for an indefinite period of time. Based on the results, more instructors will join the tests over time.
Store 3 additional eggs
In both variations, Trainers will be able to store up to three additional Eggs (12 max) from the weekly Adventure Timing rewards and GO Rocket Team Leader battles if they already have nine Eggs in their Egg storage.
Trainers involved in any of the trial variations will also note that newly acquired eggs will not count towards their Pokémon storage limit until the eggs are placed in incubators.
First test variation
In the first variation, all 12 eggs will appear in the same section on the Egg Storage tab.
Second variation of the test
In the second variation, the extra eggs will appear in the “Extra storage” section on the egg storage tab.