Gyms now have a lot more to offer players who don’t like being in combat. Just like PokéStops, a photo disc will be available at each gym for players to spin and collect items. The number of Pokémon housed at each gym has also been increased to six instead of the original three. However, all six Pokémon have to be unique and will each have a motivation factor in the form of a heart that fills up or depletes over time. Any players can feed the Pokémon berries to keep them happy if the gym belongs to their team — another reason for peace-loving players to visit gyms.
Earlier this year, dataminers found hints that raids would be appearing in Pokémon Go soon. The first cooperative system in Pokémon Go will have a countdown timer appear randomly above gyms and when it goes off, a giant, very strong Pokémon will appear. Approaching it will commence a Raid Battle, which supports up to twenty players at once, all of whom have to work together to defeat the Pokémon. Everyone is given one Raid pass daily while premium passes let players play more than one Raid per day.
The Raid Battle system even has public and private lobbies, so friends who have happened upon a Raid Battle together can work side-by-side, no random trainers allowed. Also, winning against a Raid Boss earns u a badge and the chance to catch the Pokémon you just defeated (you can also get a bunch of items, including some mysterious new TM’s that can be used to make a Pokémon learn a different move to replace one of the 2 that it already knows).
We’re excited to see how this latest evolution of Pokémon Go will play out so remember to keep checking your phone to see if the gym update is live in your area!