It's been in the making for a little while, but today Niantic revealed details of the Trainer Battles coming to Pokemon GO very soon.
Pokemon GO's upcoming Trainer Battles are a new social feature where you'll be able to take on other Trainers in fast-paced fights. In-game you'll create a custom Battle Party made up of three Pokemon and you'll get to unlock a new Charge Attack and Protect Shield mechanic for a fresher strategy element.
"The Trainer Battles feature infuses the spirit of Pokemon GO with the classic concept of battling Pokemon, creating an exciting competitive angle for Pokemon GO Battles that also feels familiar to Pokemon GO and main series fans alike," says Product Manager for Pokemon GO at Niantic, Matt Slemon.
According to the official blog post, Trainer Battles will kick off this month. If you're worried about getting paired up with someone way more powerful than you, Trainers need to compete in the same Trainer Battle League and will both receive handsome rewards for their efforts regardless of the victor.
Our own Ric Cowley got his hands on Trainer Battles already and wrote up a dandy ol' feature on his experiences, so be sure to give that a read for more information.