So, literally ten minutes before Niantic sent out the press release, we wrote about the developer announcing the closure of Gyms worldwide while they prepare for something special. Now, we know exactly what’s going to happen when Gyms make their return this Summer.
Gyms in Pokémon Go are undergoing a massive upgrade to make ownership much more collaborative and interactive. When Gyms make their return after being closed on June 19, they will now feature six permanent slots that trainers can fill by the controlling team’s Pokémon. Opposing teams will then have to face-off against these Pokémon in the order they were assigned, not by their CP value.
A brand new “Motivation System” will also come into play which will see Pokémon defending a Gym lose their motivation over time and as they’re defeated, this will lower their effective CP and make it easier for opposite teams to attack and take-over the Gym. Fortunately, trainers from the defending team can stop by and give Pokémon Berries to keep them motivated.
What’s more, Gyms will now feature a spinnable Photo Disc, much like PokéStops, that’ll give players unique items each time they check-in. Trainers will also receive Gym Badges as a memento of their adventures which can be levelled up to earn increased rewards and bonuses at Gyms.
Finally, the big update will also introduce Raid Battles, a brand new co-operative social experience that’ll have trainers teaming up with others nearby to work together and defeat insanely powerful Pokémon who act as Raid Bosses.
These Raid Battles are timed in-game events that’ll temporarily take over Gyms allowing trainers from all teams a chance to take part in these battles. Defeating the Raid Boss will potentially earn trainers special new items as well as an opportunity to catch these powerful Pokémon.
If you’re not that much of a fan of teaming up with strangers, Trainers can also create Private Raid groups via a customisable code system that’ll allow them to invite their friends to a speicic Raid group.
So there’s a lot to take in when these features land in Pokémon Go in the weeks ahead. Unfortunately we haven’t got a date exactly when these features arrive, but stay tuned for more information.