Gyms are now available! Visit your nearest Gym and collect your first Gym Badge.

Gyms are now available! Visit your nearest Gym and collect your first Gym Badge.

The Gyms are now live.

Pokemon Go gyms are open again and offer a bunch of new and changed features. When approaching an open gym, you’ll still have the same goal: battling Pokemon so your team can control the gym.

However, the latest update has revamped the whole Pokemon Go gym experience, and new players and old players alike should like the changes.

Use the following guides to Capture them fast.

Pokemon Go new gyms live: Prestige is gone, and defender slots are set

The way gyms used to work in Pokémon Go was that defending Pokemon would generate prestige, and attacking Pokémon would wear it down. Gyms with less prestige had fewer slots for gym defender Pokemon, and that made them easier to capture.

With the new Pokémon Go gym update, each gym only has six defender slots for Pokemon. Instead of prestige being an indicator of strength, motivation is now the key to taking or taking down gyms. Motivation decreases steadily over time and also decreases when a gym loses a defender. Trainers can restore motivation by feeding defender Pokemon berries. This system should make it a little harder for groups to take over gyms and hold them forever and will switch up the gym defending metagame significantly.

Pokémon Go New Gyms Live: Only one Pokémon per species can defend gyms

In the new gym system, there can only be one of a certain Pokémon species defending at a time. That means all six Pokémon will be different. This should add a more even rotation to gyms and encourage players to develop new strategies.

Pokémon Go Gym Badges and Items: New features added to gyms

With the new update, you will be able to get items from gyms in Pokémon Go. Gyms now have a photo disc like PokéStops do, and you can collect items from them every five minutes. Raid Passes, an essential item for the new raid system, will be able to be obtained once a day at gyms.

Gym badges are a new reward for using the new gym system. Each gym will have a different badge which players can level up at that gym. Niantic wants players to participate in their new gym system, and badges will be a great incentive.

Go out and enjoy.

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