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Gyms and Battle

Gym overview

Gyms are special points of interest found throughout the world. You can capture a Gym for your Team and battle the Pokémon of rival Teams there. Gyms can be challenged by multiple Trainers at the same time.

A Gym’s level is determined by its prestige. As a Gym earns prestige, it increases in level. The higher a Gym’s level, the more Pokémon can be assigned to it, which makes it harder for rival Teams to capture. A Gym’s prestige increases when you assign a trained Pokémon to it, and also when teammates assign additional Pokémon.

Gyms appear as towering structures in the Map View

Claim an open Gym for your team

To capture an open Gym for your team:

  1. Walk up to a gray-colored Gym.
  2. Touch the Gym to enter it.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, touch Add Pokémon
  4. Select a Pokémon to add to the Gym.

You can only add one Pokémon per Gym. Your Pokémon won't be returned to your collection until it's knocked off the Gym, so choose carefully!

 

Claim a Gym from a rival team

A Gym controlled by a rival team can be claimed by defeating the other team’s Pokémon inside the Gym. Select up to six Pokémon to use in the battle. Each rival Pokémon you defeat reduces the Gym’s Prestige and potentially lowers the Gym’s level. Defeating the rival Gym Leader reduces Prestige by a significant amount. Reduce the Gym’s Prestige to zero to claim the Gym for your team. Gyms can be challenged by multiple Trainers at the same time.

To battle Pokémon at rival Gyms:

  1. Walk up to a Gym controlled by an opposing team.
  2. Touch the Gym to enter it.
  3. Select up to six Pokémon to use in battle.
  4. To start the battle, touch Battle 

Once in the battle, you can perform one of three different actions:

  • Fast Attack
    • Tap your Pokémon to perform a fast attack
    • Fast attacks charge your special attack meter.
  • Dodge attacks
    • Swipe left or right to dodge attacks.
  • Special Attack
    • Once your Special Attack meter is charged, long-press your Pokémon to perform a special attack.
    • Special Attacks cause large amounts of damage.

Each Pokémon has Hit Points (HP) that can be depleted during battles. Pokémon faint after all their HP has depleted. Your battle is over once all of your Pokémon have fainted.

Gym battles also help you expand your Pokédex. Pokémon you've battled but haven't previously caught appear as silhouettes in your Pokédex. 

Reinforce a friendly Gym for your team

Gyms that match your Trainer’s team color are controlled by your teammates and are known as friendly Gyms. Reinforcing a friendly Gym adds prestige and increases the Gym’s level, making it harder for rival teams to capture. Each Trainer on your team can add one Pokémon per Gym. Each Gym can hold between 1 and 10 Pokémon, depending on its prestige. 

To reinforce a friendly Gym:

  1. Walk up to a friendly Gym.
  2. Touch the Gym to enter it.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, touch Add Pokémon 
  4. Select a Pokémon to add to the Gym.

You can only add one Pokémon per Gym. Your Pokémon won't be returned to your collection until it's knocked off the Gym, so choose carefully!

Train your Pokémon at friendly Gyms

Gyms that match your Trainer’s team are controlled by your teammates and are known as friendly Gyms. Earn XP and increase the Prestige of friendly Gyms by training your Pokémon. The more you train, the more Prestige you can earn for your team’s Gym.

Training your Pokémon at a friendly Gym is similar to battling the Pokémon of rival teams with one exception - the CP of the opponent Pokémon is adjusted to match your Trainer level. Pokémon that faint during friendly battles need to be revived, just as when they faint during battles with Pokémon in rival Gyms.