As you probably know already, a new gym update was released for Pokemon GO just a few days ago. This update changed the way gyms work in Pokemon GO and added a new Raid Battle feature, as well as some new items.
As you read above, the gym system has been updated with new features and new rules on the Pokemon that can be entered into the gym. First off, only 6 Pokemon can be entered at a time, and none of them can be the same Pokemon. This stops those “all Blissey gyms” and such. Also, the Pokemon’s CP is no longer the same throughout the duration it is in the gym. Instead of being a static variable it is now based on the Pokemon’s motivation to battle. This is indicated with a heart above the Pokemon’s head and shows how motivated the Pokemon is. If the Pokemon is not fully motivated, you can feed it a berry to help motivate it more. The more motivation a Pokemon has, the higher CP it has. Once a Pokemon’s motivation reaches 0 it is knocked out of the gym. This replaces the old system of prestige.
You must be within range of a gym in order to feed the Pokemon berries, but you can feed any of the Pokemon in the gym, not just your own. Feeding Pokemon berries has some small rewards. First, players receive about 20 stardust per feeding. It is not much, but can add up over time. Also, players have reported being given a candy of the Pokemon they fed. This is a seemingly rare occurrence and does not happen often. Each berry restores the same amount of motivation (amount is reduced the more berries you use), except the new Golden Razz Berry, which restores the Pokemon’s motivation to full. Unfortunately the battling style is the same as before, but with only 6 Pokemon allowed in, with no duplicates, we are seeing much more diverse gyms with more unique Pokemon to battle against.
New Poke coin reward system
Instead of receiving 10 Poke coins for entering a Pokemon into a gym, the amount of Poke coins received is now time based and will auto collect when the Pokemon is knocked out of the gym. For every 10 minutes, your Pokemon receives 1 Poke coin. Each day you can collect a maximum of 50 coins (which is equivalent to 500 minutes or 8 hours and 20 minutes). Again, these coins will be automatically collected when the Pokemon is knocked out of the gym.
Every gym now has a built-in Pokestop. If you click the button in the bottom-right of the screen whilst in a gym, you will be taken to the top of the gym where a spinner like a Pokestop is located. At this time, you can receive all the same items from these Gym stops as normal Pokestops, except you can only receive a raid pass from a Gym stop and not a normal Pokestop. This does count for your daily streak for Pokestops, but be careful as they have been reported to not give as big of a reward as a Pokestop.
For all you long-time Pokemon fans, you know that no gym is complete without it’s own badge. Every gym you defeat and/or control you will be given a badge with the picture associated with that gym. There are four ranks of these badges: Standard, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. You can raise the level of your badge by doing different activities with the gym like feeding berries, victories at that gym, and the time it takes to defeat the gym. For each level your badge goes up, you will get one extra item.
Raid Battles are a way for players to work together, regardless of teams, to defeat a super powerful boss Pokemon with much higher CP then normal. You can have up to 20 people from different teams battling in one raid battle. You can also start private raids so if you and your friends are in a busy area then you can start a battle with them that nobody else can join, unless they know the combination.
In order to participate in a raid, you must have a raid pass. One raid pass is available per day by spinning a gym stop. You can only obtain one raid pass per day and only hold one raid pass in your inventory. Alternatively you can purchase a premium raid pass, each premium raid pass costs 100 Poke coins and can be used only once, but you can buy multiple in one day. Only trainers level 20 and above can participate in raid battles.
After you defeat the boss Pokemon, you are given some items. The higher tier of the raid, the more items, and rarer items, you will receive. A survey was conducted on Reddit for the new raid battle with much more information (NOTE: this survey is not ours, and is not screened, view at your own discretion). Here is a list of the possible items you can receive from a raid battles:
- Rare Candy – Common
- Golden Razz Berry – Common
- Fast TM – (Tier 1 & 2) – Rare (Tier 3 & 4) – Uncommon
- Charged TM – (Tier 1 & 2) – Rare (Tier 3 & 4) – Uncommon
- Revive – Guaranteed
- 3000 XP – Guaranteed
Rewards aside, now it is time to catch the boss Pokemon. Before you catch the Pokemon you have to receive Premier balls. The boss Pokemon can only be caught with premier balls, which are given to you after the raid battle depending on how well you do. There are four different ways to earn Premier balls during the raid, and you lose all of them after either successfully catching the Pokemon, or using all of them. They do not stack over multiple battles. Here are the different ways to earn Premier balls:
- Defeat Boss -> +5
- Damage (the more damage you do the more you get) -> +0-3
- Gym Control (if you currently have a Pokemon in the gym) -> +2
- Contribution by team (if your team contributed the most) -> +3
Catching the Boss
These boss Pokemon have a higher chance to have high IV’s then normal Pokemon in the wild, as well as have a high CP, but not the highest, and it can be different for every player participating. Premier balls seem to have a similar chance to catch Pokemon as a normal Pokeball, which lines up with what the chances are in the mainstream Pokemon games. It is currently unknown if the Magikarp boss can be shiny or not. There are five different rarities that the raid battle can be and these are measured with stars/monster heads. Here is a list of all the different Pokemon you can find from the five levels of rarity:
These Bosses haven’t been confirmed if they are still in the game or if they were removed. If you have seen or battled any of these raid bosses comment below so we can update the list.
You may have noticed at the end of the list of raid bosses that most of the legendary Pokemon appear. These Pokemon are not currently available, but they were found in the code. In order to battle them you need a special Legendary Raid Pass. These will most likely be given out at events only so that only people who purchased tickets are able to battle the legendary boss. Mew and Celebi are the only two legendaries found, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be distributed this way. There is even a new “Legendary Pokemon” medal you can earn. 1 for bronze, 5 for silver, and 10 for gold. Legendaries will come before the end of the summer (as stated by John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic Labs).
This update included seven new items in it, all of which are only available through the new gym raid battles.
Two of the most anticipated items in the new update are the Fast TM and the Charged TM. If you have ever played a mainstream Pokemon game then you know that TMs are used to teach Pokemon new moves that they are able to learn. This is also what the TMs do in Pokemon GO. When you use a TM (either one) you select a Pokemon. It will then “re-roll” that Pokemon’s move corresponding to the TM used (Fast TM for normal moves, and Charged TM for charge attacks). It will NEVER give you the same move you had before using it. Either you get a different move, or if the Pokemon can’t learn another move in that category it will not allow you to use the TM on that Pokemon. All learnable moves have an equal chance of being taught by the machine (e.g. if the Pokemon can only learn one other move then it is guaranteed to learn that move, but if it can learn two other moves then the chance is 50/50).