We’re entering into Year Two of Pokémon Go, and developer Niantic has some big changes coming to the game. In future updates to the smash hit title, there will be major changes to the game-play involved in Pokémon Go Gyms and Gym battles. Those aspects of the game will become more advanced, and players will be able to get more out of them.
Before now, PokéStops provided you with exclusive items and badges, while Gyms were only for battling. You could only find PokéBalls and potions at a PokéStop, but all of that is changing. With an update coming soon, players will be able to interact with Pokémon Go Gyms the same way as PokéStops. You’l be able to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to get PokéBalls and Potions, but that’s not all.
What’s Changing With Pokémon Gyms?
Gyms won’t be based on Prestige and training anymore. They’ll have permanent slots, six of them, that can be filled by a controlling team’s Pokémon. Each slot will need to be filled with a unique Pokémon, so you can’t have more than one Blissey assigned to a gym at a time. Players will also be able to get Gym Badges when they’re traveling the Pokémon world, even leveling up those mementos.
A new motivation system will also be implemented, changing how players interact with gyms. When a Pokémon is assigned to a gym, a motivation meter will show up. As said Pokémon loses motivation, it will become easier to defeat, at least temporarily. This means players will have to tend to their Pokémon, since they can treat them to Berries to restore motivation. If a Pokémon loses all of its motivation, it will leave the Gym and return to its trainer the next time it loses a battle.
Work With Others to Succeed at Raid Boss Battles
Through Raid Boss Battles, another new feature coming with the update, players will also be able to get even more exclusive items. These include “Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines — Fast and Charged,” according to the developers.
Until the update rolls out to all players throughout the world, Pokémon Gyms have been temporarily disabled. Once the update is live everywhere, Gyms will return and you’ll be able to interact with them again. Raid Battles will be rolled out slowly, first as a beta. More information will be released soon, so stay tuned.