As we reported yesterday, all gyms in Pokémon GO will be disabled starting later today. This is to prepare for a sizable update, one whose details have been revealed!
Buckle down and ready yourselves trainers, for a lot of new and exciting content is headed your way — gym motivation, badges and badge levels, raid bosses, and more.
Base Gym Changes
Once the update goes live, trainers will find that gyms have changed quite significantly:
✧ A gym's photo disc will be able to be spun to acquire items in passing
✧ Gyms will have six permanent slots
✧ Each Pokémon in the gym must be unique
✧ Pokémon will be battled by the opposition in the order they were assigned
Pokémon assigned to gyms will gain a motivation meter. This meter is depleted each time the Pokémon is defeated, lowering its CP temporarily; and if the motivation meter reaches zero, it will leave the gym and return to its trainer.
Players will be able to help keep a gym team's motivation up by feeding them berries.
Gym badges are to be obtainable by interacting with the various gyms around the world.
These mementos may be leveled up by giving berries to gym Pokémon, battling, and spinning a gym's photo disc. On that last point, the higher one's gym badge level, the better rewards one may receive from spinning.
Cooperative Raid Battles
A cooperative gameplay experience will be coming after the gym update: raid battles!
(To clarify, they will be slowly introduced to different areas over the coming weeks after the update. More news on that soon.)
Occasionally an egg, like the one shown to the right, will appear above a gym. When this occurs, all Pokémon stationed there will return to their trainers and a counter will begin. Once it reaches zero, a powerful raid boss will appear and all trainers in the area with a Raid Pass — obtainable by spinning a gym's photo disc — may challenge it (up to 20).
If the raid boss is defeated within the time limit, trainers will have a chance to capture a very powerful Pokémon!
New Items Obtainable From Raids
Upon a raid boss's defeat, items will be given to those that contributed. Some of these items are new and may only be obtained by defeating a raid boss:
|New Raid Boss Exclusive Drops
|Rare Candy —
||When used on a Pokémon, it will turn into its respective candy
|Golden Razz Berry —
||✧ Greatly improves capture rate of a wild encounter OR
✧ Fully restore a gym Pokémon's motivation meter
|"Fast" and "Charged" Technical Machines —
||Used to teach Pokémon a Fast Attack or Charged Attack
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