When you finally hit Level 5, you can start to access Gyms. Before you can, you are told to join one of three teams. Joining the team will determine what colour you go for and allow for you to team up with other local players against the other teams.
Team Instinct Team Mystic Team Valor Picture Legendary Mascot Zapdos Articuno Moltres Colour Yellow Blue Red Leader Spark Blanche Candela Gyms
Despite Pokémon GO being vastly different to the main games, it does have a recurring feature. These are gyms and are located in a variety of locations around the world. These locations are all set on the servers and can be seen by all. If you see a gym which is silver, then that means it is currently uninhabited and can be taken for your team. You can select a Pokémon to look after the gym.
Each Gym can have up to six Pokémon in it, with there being a restriction on the amount of Pokémon of the same species.
No longer is the gym system controlled by Prestige, but this time all Gyms can hold up to 6 Pokémon within and the Pokémon are removed after their motivation has gone down. For each battle a Pokémon loses, their Motivation drops and their CP temporarily drops to tie in with it. Once their Motivation has dropped to 0, then they are removed from the Gym. However, there is a way to increase motivation. You can feed berries to your Pokémon to gradually improve the motivation, with the Golden Razz Berry increasing the motivation straight up to the top. With each Berry you use, you will gain 20 Stardust, but each successive use of a Berry will result in lower increases of Motivation. After a certain amount, you will receive a Candy of the Pokémon you are feeding.
You can now also spin the Gyms like a Poké Stop. This allows for you to get many Items. You will get more items from the Gym if you have the Gym Badge, or your team currently runs the Gym. However, spinning the Gym for items is the only way to get a Raid Pass which is used in Raid Battles.
You Pokémon will accrue 1 Coin for every 10 minutes it stays defending in the gym which you then receive when the Pokémon is removed from the gym. This is capped at 50 Coins earned a day.
If a Gym is being held by another team, then you can battle it. The battles are relatively simple, with the moves being automatic. If you tap the opponent Pokémon, then your Pokémon will attack. As the Pokémon attack and Hit Points are lowered, a second attack is charged up. When that attack is fully charged it unleashes with a more powerful move. You can also dodge your opponent's attacks by swiping left or right.
When you challenge the gym, you can select up to 6 Pokémon of your to take it on. This gives you a bigger chance at taking on a gym and winning.
If other players in your team or the team not owning a gym join in battle, it allows for stronger gyms to be more easily taken out as they appear in the battle and attack the opponent.
A new addition to Gyms is the ability to obtain Gym Badges. For each Gym you defeat and/or control, you will have a badge.
There are four different level of Gym Badge: Standard, Bronze, Silver and Gold. As you do various things with the Gym, the rank of the Gym will gradually increase. These activities are:
- Victories at the Gym - When you defeat opposing Pokémon at the Gym, it will help raise the level of your badge
- Time Defended - The length that one of your Pokémon defends the gym helps increase the level after the Pokémon is removed from the gym
- Berries Fed - The level also increases every time you feed a Pokémon a Berry
For each of the additional three stages for the gym, you will get an extra item.