Pokémon Go Revamping Gyms and Adding Cooperative Play

New Pokémon Go Update Brings Big Changes to Gyms

Niantic Labs have today revealed a new update coming to Pokémon Go moving forward.

The update involves significant changes to how gyms work as well as a new co-operative game mode called Raid Battles.

Gyms will no longer be based on Prestige and training, instead there will be six permanent slots that gym owners can fill with their Pokémon. There cannot be multiples of a certain Pokémon and the challenger must face them in the order they are placed. A Pokémon’s power or CP is now affected by a motivation bar which decreases over time as different players defeat them. To maintain motivation, gym owners can feed their line-up with berries. If a Pokémon loses all motivation it will leave its slot and return to its owner.

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Other features being added to gyms is a Photo Disc just like at Pokéstops to acquire unique items and gym badges which serve as mementos and can be upgraded by interacting with a gym in different ways. The higher the gym badge level the more likely you are to receive better items and rewards.

The changes to gyms are rolling out from today.

Meanwhile, the developer has also detailed a new gameplay feature called Raid Battles. These consist of trainers grouping up to defeat a particularly powerful Pokémon called a Raid Boss. These enemies will appear at gyms, removing the current six slots of Pokémon and returning them to their respective trainer. Up to 21 trainers can take part at once given they have a Raid Pass and if the Pokémon is defeated in under five minutes, players will have a chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon. One free Raid pass a day can be gathered by visiting a gym while a premium pass can be purchased from the in-game shop. There are also several new items that can be obtained from defeating a Raid Boss.

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Niantic Labs have stated they will be temporarily disabling all gyms to roll out these changes. The Raid Battles will roll out slowly over the next few weeks with a small selection of players taking part in a beta.

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