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Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go, has added a feature to the game allowing players to save and name their battle parties across devices, making it much less of a hassle to switch phones. While this a very welcome quality of life feature, what makes this addition truly special is that this was originally announced over five years ago.

In a blog post on December 7, 2017, Niantic announced: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’re also rolling out the first iteration of battle parties. [...] Once the feature is fully launched, your battle parties will carry over to each device you log in with.”

It’s unclear if Niantic simply forgot about this functionality for five years or if it actually took them this long to implement it into the game. Dataminers have in the past commented that Pokémon Go’s code is incredibly hard to navigate and not very well organized, referring to it as spaghetti code – so it might be possible to attribute this staggering delay to that.

Of course, it’s also possible that the function may simply have been very low on the list of priorities. In any case, the days of having to take pictures of your battle parties are finally over.

This has actually been a bigger issue for many players than it sounds, because it doesn’t just make switching to a new phone easier. Players have to delete the app from their devices a lot more often than you’d think, because faulty updates and caching issues pop up quite a lot. This new feature also helps out users in those kinds of situations, as deleting the app or even logging out would delete any pre-formed battle parties.

A battle party to fight current raid boss Tapu Lele should contain Pokémon from our best Tapu Lele counters guide. You should also update your battle parties for fights against Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, and Giovanni, as their rosters recently got refreshed.