PokemonGo Gym Prestige Formula

December 5th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Building up gym prestige became much harder in November 2016, but the values are now reverted back to what they were prior to the November update.

You can raise your friendly gym prestige by up to 1000 points, if your pokemon have half the CP of the gym defenders. This means that raising prestige is doable again, but it also means that smart battles, as opposed to just applying brutal force (CP), makes a big difference. Being able to choose the right pokemon for your squad is becoming a crucial skill.

The formula for gym prestige points is:

  • 500 * (Defender CP / Attacker CP) if your attacker has a lower CP than the defender;
  • 310 * (Defender CP / Attacker CP) – 55 if your attacker has a higher CP than the defender.

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Changes to Combat Power (CP) in an Attempt to Rebalance PokemonGo Gym Battles

November 21st, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Just as you thought you got a hang of it, here comes another update from Niantic with Pokemon CP values considerably changed. Many went up, some went down.

Victreebel which performed really well against Vaporeon and other water-type pokemon, went down in CP. So did Dewgong which was great against Dragonite and other fire-type pokemon. Yet Snorlax, Gyarados and Dragonite which were already very strong and difficult to battle against, went even further up in CP. Kingler went up in CP so much that it is now one of the strongest pokemon for many trainers.

However, here’s the thing. HP values stay unchanged, which may mean that the pokemon with lowered CP will become even stronger when powered up again, due to a better HP:CP ratio. With the double stardust event starting later this week, trainers will have an opportunity to test this hypothesis.

Evolution calculators are based on the old formulas, but it seems that the changes to the CP were triggered by amended base stats, not the formulas, so fingers crossed calculators are still accurate.

CP went up CP went down Same CP
Abra
Aerodactyl
Alakazam
Beedrill
Butterfree
Chansey
Charizard
Cloyster
Dodrio
Dragonite
Electabuzz
Exeggcute
Flareon
Gastly
Gengar
Geodude
Golem
Gyarados
Haunter
Horsea
Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee
Jolteon
Jynx
Kabutops
Kabuto
Kadabra
Kingler
Machamp
Magnemite
Magneton
Mr. Mime
Muk
Omanyte
Omastar
Onix
Pinsir
Primeape
Raticate
Rattata
Rhydon
Rhyhorn
Sandshrew
Sandslash
Scyther
Seadra
Snorlax
Starmie
Tangela
Tauros
Tentacruel
Vaporeon
Venomoth
Arcanine
Blastoise
Clefable
Dewgong
Dragonair
Dratini
Eevee
Ekans
Exeggutor
Farfetch’d
Golbat
Golduck
Hypno
Jigglypuff
Lickitung
Magikarp
Nidoking
Nidoqueen
Parasect
Pidgeot
Pidgey
Pikachu
Poliwrath
Porygon
Raichu
Seel
Slowbro
Victreebel
Vileplume
Wartotle
Weedle
Wigglytuff
Lapras

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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.


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