What’s changing in Pokémon GO?

What’s changing in Pokémon GO?

Note: The features discussed in this article are gradually being rolled out and might not be available just yet.

Some big changes are coming to Pokémon GO, focused primarily on the way Trainers battle and interact with Gyms. Here’s an overview of everything that’s changing…

Raid Battles

Raid Battles are unique battle experiences in which Trainers from all teams work together to defeat a Raid Boss – an extremely powerful Pokémon.  If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss, you’ll be rewarded with special items and a chance at catching the Boss Pokémon.

Raid Battles aren’t your typical Gym Battle; your opponent is more difficult to defeat than most other Pokémon. You cannot do it alone; you’ll need to work with fellow Trainers to defeat the Boss.

Learn more about Raid Battles

New Items

We’re releasing four new items that can only be unlocked by participating in Raids: Golden Razz Berry, Fast TM, Charged TM, and Rare Candy.

Golden Razz Berry Feed this to a wild Pokémon to make it much easier to catch. Feed this to a Pokémon on a Gym to fully restore its motivation.
Fast TM This Technical Machine item is used to teach your Pokémon a new Fast Attack. Your Pokémon will acquire a new Fast Attack and forget their old Fast Attack.
Charged TM This item works like the Fast TM but it teaches the Charged Attack instead of a Fast Attack. Remember, the Charged Attack is performed by pressing and holding during battle.
Rare Candy The Rare Candy can transform into Candy for any Pokémon. For example:  when used on a Pikachu, one Rare Candy turns into one Pikachu Candy.

Unique PokéStop visits

unvisited PokeStop

To help you explore new places in the real world, you’ll be able to see which PokéStops you’ve visited in Map View. PokéStops you haven’t previously visited will appear with a ring on the map.

Although unvisited Gyms won’t have this visual marker, we’re now introducing Gym Badges – a different way of indicating which Gym locations you’ve frequented. We’ll discuss Gym Badges in more detail in the “Gym Badges” section below.

Collect Items from Gyms as well as PokéStops

spin Photo Disc

Gyms will now share some functionality with PokéStops. Like PokéStops, you can spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to earn XP and collect inventory items. When you collect items at Gyms, there is a greater likelihood to find items that aid in battle – like Potions and Revives. As recognition for your team’s effort, you’ll earn bonus items and more XP when visiting Gyms controlled by your team.

Note that while Gyms function similarly to PokéStops, they don’t have all the same functionality. Lure Modules, for instance, cannot be applied to Gyms.

Learn more about getting items from Gyms

Gyms and Battling

Previously, Gyms had up to 10 Levels and could hold up to 10 Pokémon. Now, teams will be able to assign up to a maximum of 6 Pokémon per Gym. Also, only one Pokémon of a single species can be assigned to a Gym at one time. Just as before, a single Trainer can only assign one Pokémon to a Gym – so you’ll need your teammates’ help to fill up the Gym.

We’re also making some changes to the way Trainers battle. You now battle Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym; the Pokémon on the Gym for the longest time will battle first. Additionally, you no longer have to battle every Pokémon on the Gym. After each round you win, you have the option to continue to the next round or end the battle.

Giving Pokémon treats and motivation

Trainers now battle to reduce their opponent Pokémon’s motivation. Pokémon will gradually lose motivation over time and when they lose battles against opposing team members. As a Pokémon loses motivation, its CP will decrease too, making it weaker in battle.

To help balance different Pokémon strengths and abilities, stronger Pokémon generally lose motivation more quickly than those that are not as strong.

If a Pokémon’s motivation is completely depleted in battle, it leaves the Gym and returns to its owner the next time it is defeated. Once all the Pokémon have left the Gym, the Gym becomes unclaimed and another team can control the Gym by placing their Pokémon on the Gym.

To increase a Pokémon’s motivation, you can give Berries to any Pokémon on Gyms controlled by your team. You can give any kind of Berry to Pokémon – Golden Razz Berries, Razz Berries, Nanab Berries, and Pinap Berries. All Berries provide the same increase in motivation with the exception of the Golden Razz Berry, which fully restores motivation.

Learn more about motivation

Defender Bonus

Previously, Trainers earned the Defender Bonus for each Pokémon they had on a Gym each day. Pokémon will still earn PokéCoins for their Trainer, but the way the bonus is earned is changing slightly. Trainers will now earn the Defender Bonus for the amount of time the Pokémon is able to remain on the Gym. The longer the Pokémon stays on the Gym, the more PokéCoins you earn.

You no longer have to visit the Shop and touch the Defender Bonus button to claim your PokéCoins. When your Pokémon return from the Gym, they will automatically bring back PokéCoins with them. The maximum bonus limit of 100 PokéCoins per day still remains. You’ll receive a notification with the amount of PokéCoins earned when your Pokémon returns to you.

Learn more about the Defender Bonus

Gym Badges

As you interact with a Gym –  through battling in the Gym, defending the Gym for certain periods of time, or by giving Pokémon treats – you’ll receive recognition in the form of a Badge. Badges have four tiers: Basic, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  You’ll unlock new tiers as you interact more with the Gyms. As a reward for your frequent interactions with a Gym, your badges will earn you bonus items when spinning the Photo Disc.

Learn more about Gym Badges



We’re also adding a new push notification for when your Pokémon has returned from a Gym. You can configure this notification in the Settings menu.

What’s going away

A few elements are retiring to accommodate the set of new features added to Pokémon GO.

  • Gym Levels and Prestige: The Gym Levels and Prestige system is retiring and will be replaced with the new motivation system.
  • Training: Since Gym Levels and Prestige are going away, there is no longer a need to train at Gyms controlled by your team to raise the prestige. Instead, Trainers will now feed Berries to the Pokémon on Gyms controlled by their team.
  • Ace Medal: This achievement is also retiring. You’ll still keep the Medal but, since you can no longer train at Gyms, you won’t be able to make further progress on it.
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