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New Rules for PokemonGo Gym Battles and Gym Prestige

November 10th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

With the most recent update (November 2016) it became harder to build up the gym prestige, and easier to take it down. This means that established gyms are now at a higher risk of being taken down, and they will need to spend much more time to rebuild their gym prestige back up.

Victreebel wins against Vaporeon in PokemonGo Gym BattleVictreebel CP 1385 wins against Vaporeon CP 2285. This is because Victreebel is of grass type and is a good choice for battling against water type pokemon such as Vaporeon.

According to the new formula, when you fight in a rival gym, the gym’s prestige level goes down by 1000 for every pokemon battle you win, and there is an extra 1000 decrease for taking down the gym leader. A level 10 gym can be taken down in about half an hour. Still quite some time, but far easier than before.

On the flip side, when you battle for your own team, the gym prestige only gets half the points that we used to get before. The exact amount depends on the squad you choose for your battle. If you choose pokemon that have lower CP than the opponent (ideally twice as low), you get more points, and you can raise the gym prestige faster. The maximum amount you can get is 500 points per battle.

Grey ‘No Team’ Gym Lock Down

grey-gymOnce you’ve taken down a rival gym, it is now locked for a brief period, to give you time to put your pokemon in. This prevents other trainers, conveniently and completely accidentally hiding in the bushes nearby, from claiming the gym that they didn’t even attack.


What are your current strategies with regards to gym battles? Do you have many pokemon defending gyms? Do you battle often? Tell us more on Pokemon151 Forums.

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