July 6th will mark one year since Pokémon took over the world again. It’s rapid success earned it five different Guinness World Records all related to number of downloads, revenue grossed, and more. Although it’s nowhere as popular as when it first released, there are still millions of trainers catching Pokémon in their towns and cities.
These loyal players will be rewarded soon as Niantic prepares a huge shake up to the Gym system that’s been mostly left the same since release. Here’s a quick rundown of all the changes coming soon:
- Trainers will be able to get items from gyms similar to Pokéstops
Gyms will have six permanent slots for the team controlling it.
- There will be species limits applied to gyms, which means no more gyms full of Blisseys and Dragonites.
- Instead of fighting Pokémon from weakest to strongest, you’ll battle them in order of how long they have been at the gym.
- Pokémon left at gyms will have a ‘Motivation’ meter that reflects their battle strength. Motivation is depleted by losing battles and over time, and the Pokémon will return to its trainer if their meter reaches 0%.
- Trainers can replenish their Pokémon’s Motivation by feeding them berries. Doing so will earn you Stardust.
- Trainers will earn badges for taking gyms. The higher the level of the badge, the more items and XP you get when you visit.
The new update will also introdue Raid Bosses— powerful Pokémon that trainers (no matter what team they’re in) can join together to fight. Defeating the boss earns you the opportunity to catch it with Premier Balls.
Although Niantic hasn’t announced when these new changes will become available to everyone (currently only in beta), it’s likely they’ll release before the Pokémon Go Fest happening in Chicago on July 22.