• Teams

    When you finally hit Level 5, you can start to access Gyms. Before you can, you are told to join one of three teams. Joining the team will determine what colour you go for and allow for you to team up with other local players against the other teams.

      Team Instinct Team Mystic Team Valor
    Picture Team Instinct Team Mystic Team Valor
    Legendary Mascot Zapdos Articuno Moltres
    Colour Yellow Blue Red
    Leader Spark Blanche Candela
    Gyms

    Despite Pokémon GO being vastly different to the main games, it does have a recurring feature. These are gyms and are located in a variety of locations around the world. These locations are all set on the servers and can be seen by all. If you see a gym which is silver, then that means it is currently uninhabited and can be taken for your team. You can select a Pokémon to look after the gym.

    Each Gym can have up to six Pokémon in it, with there being a restriction on the amount of Pokémon of the same species.

    No longer is the gym system controlled by Prestige, but this time all Gyms can hold up to 6 Pokémon within and the Pokémon are removed after their motivation has gone down. For each battle a Pokémon loses, their Motivation drops and their CP temporarily drops to tie in with it. Once their Motivation has dropped to 0, then they are removed from the Gym. However, there is a way to increase motivation. You can feed berries to your Pokémon to gradually improve the motivation, with the Golden Razz Berry increasing the motivation straight up to the top. With each Berry you use, you will gain 20 Stardust, but each successive use of a Berry will result in lower increases of Motivation. After a certain amount, you will receive a Candy of the Pokémon you are feeding.

    You can now also spin the Gyms like a Poké Stop. This allows for you to get many Items. You will get more items from the Gym if you have the Gym Badge, or your team currently runs the Gym. However, spinning the Gym for items is the only way to get a Raid Pass which is used in Raid Battles.

    You Pokémon will accrue 1 Coin for every 10 minutes it stays defending in the gym which you then receive when the Pokémon is removed from the gym. This is capped at 50 Coins earned a day.

    Gym Battles

    If a Gym is being held by another team, then you can battle it. The battles are relatively simple, with the moves being automatic. If you tap the opponent Pokémon, then your Pokémon will attack. As the Pokémon attack and Hit Points are lowered, a second attack is charged up. When that attack is fully charged it unleashes with a more powerful move. You can also dodge your opponent's attacks by swiping left or right.

    When you challenge the gym, you can select up to 6 Pokémon of your to take it on. This gives you a bigger chance at taking on a gym and winning.

    If other players in your team or the team not owning a gym join in battle, it allows for stronger gyms to be more easily taken out as they appear in the battle and attack the opponent.

    Gym Badges

    A new addition to Gyms is the ability to obtain Gym Badges. For each Gym you defeat and/or control, you will have a badge.

    There are four different level of Gym Badge: Standard, Bronze, Silver and Gold. As you do various things with the Gym, the rank of the Gym will gradually increase. These activities are:

    • Victories at the Gym - When you defeat opposing Pokémon at the Gym, it will help raise the level of your badge
    • Time Defended - The length that one of your Pokémon defends the gym helps increase the level after the Pokémon is removed from the gym
    • Berries Fed - The level also increases every time you feed a Pokémon a Berry

    For each of the additional three stages for the gym, you will get an extra item.

    Team Instinct
  • Teams

    When you finally hit Level 5, you can start to access Gyms. Before you can, you are told to join one of three teams. Joining the team will determine what colour you go for and allow for you to team up with other local players against the other teams.

      Team Instinct Team Mystic Team Valor
    Picture Team Instinct Team Mystic Team Valor
    Legendary Mascot Zapdos Articuno Moltres
    Colour Yellow Blue Red
    Leader Spark Blanche Candela

    At present, there's no evidence of any additional enhancement for each of the teams.

    Gyms

    Despite Pokémon GO being vastly different to the main games, it does have a recurring feature. These are gyms and are located in a variety of locatrions around the world. These locations are all set on the servers and can be seen by all. If you see a gym which is silver, then that means it is currently uninhabited and can be taken for your team. You can select a Pokémon to look after the gym.

    Like the player, Gyms have levels but you can't control the level too much. Instead, it is determined by prestige. The gym's prestige is increased and decreased depending upon whether or not a challenge has been defeated or if a challenger has defeated the gym. If the prestige hits 0, then the gym is lost to the team and can be claimed by any other player. As the gym increases in level, more players in your team can place Pokémon there. If you and another player of your team are attacking the same gym, both player's Pokémon appear in the game and will attack the opponent at the same time.

    If the Gym is under the control of someone from your team, then you can also station a Pokémon there in order to try and fortify the gym so prestige is not lost. You can also train other Pokémon there to see if your gym is properly fortified and how your Pokémon work.

    Gym Prestige

    Much like the trainer, gyms have their own levels and rank up accordingly based on how well they do. To boost prestige at a gym you own, you simply have to train at it, or put a Pokémon into it. To lower the prestige of an opposing team's gym, you have to defeat Pokémon in battle. If you defeat all the Pokémon in the gym, the Prestige hit is larger.

    As a gym levels up, it allows for more Pokémon to be placed in the gym, thus making it even harder to take down. However, when that happens, it also loses more prestige if it gets defeated. Should the loss in prestige level down the gym, then the weakest Pokémon will be booted out and returned to the trainer.

    Level Prestige Required Number of Pokémon
    Level 1 0 1 Pokémon
    Level 2 2,000 2 Pokémon
    Level 3 4,000 3 Pokémon
    Level 4 8,000 4 Pokémon
    Level 5 12,000 5 Pokémon
    Level 6 16,000 6 Pokémon
    Level 7 20,000 7 Pokémon
    Level 8 30,000 8 Pokémon
    Level 9 40,000 9 Pokémon
    Level 10 50,000 10 Pokémon

    Players can boost prestige of their gym by Training. This has players use 6 Pokémon against all the Pokémon in the gym, with the CP of the Pokémon dropping down to better match your usable Pokémon. The experience yeild and boost in prestige is smaller than taking a gym, but can boost the gym up so it can survive more attacks. If multiple players attack or train at gyms at the same time, they will each recieve the experience accrued from the battle

    Act Prestige Gain/Drop
    Add a Pokémon to the gym +2000 Prestige
    Defeat a Pokémon in Training +250 * (Their CP / Your CP) Prestige
    Defeat a Pokémon in Training that has higher CP than yours +(155 * (Their CP / Your CP) - 27) Prestige
    Defeat all Pokémon in Training +50 Prestige
    Defeat an opposing Pokémon -1000 Prestige
    Defeat all opponent Pokémon -1000 Prestige

    However, when a gym manages to fend off against attacks, the prestige is increased by small amounts, which are still being calculated.

    Gym Battles

    If a Gym is being held by another team, then you can battle it. The battles are relatively simple, with the moves being automatic. If you tap the opponent Pokémon, then your Pokémon will attack. As the Pokémon attack and Hit Points are lowered, a second attack is charged up. When that attack is fully charged it unleashes with a more powerful move. You can also dodge your opponent's attacks by swiping left or right.

    When you challenge the gym, you can select up to 6 Pokémon of your to take it on. This gives you a bigger chance at taking on a gym and winning. However, if you are just training in a gym owned by your team, you can only bring in one.

    If other players in your team or the team not owning a gym join in battle, it allows for stronger gyms to be more easily taken out as they appear in the battle and attack the opponent.

    Gym Bonus

    There is another perk to holding a gym. Once every 21 hours, if you go to the shop you will be able to get a bonus. The bonus you will receive is dependant on how many gyms you currently have Pokémon within. For each gym you have a Pokémon in, you will get 10 PokéCoins, as well as 500 Stardust. The more gyms you have, the bigger the bonus.

 
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