Pokemon GO: Gym Rules explained, stat differences and rumors discussed


In Pokemon GO players can challenge Gyms located in different locations all around their respective cities. Since there’s no proper tutorial for the game, its up to the players to discover the rules and conditions of the game and that includes the Gym and Gym battles.

In Pokemon GO you can challenge a GYM starting from when you’re Level 5. You’ll be also asked to join one of the three teams when you hit Level 5.

Gyms will start showing up after Level 5 in Pokemon GO as mentioned before so don’t be afraid if none show up if you are at a lower level. Gyms will be colored depending on the faction controlling them. Some will be grey which means they’re unoccupied. Since Pokemon GO is new, those will be easy captures.

pokemon go gym

When you challenge a Gym you’ll either be asked to choose 1 or 6 Pokemon to battle with. This is because if the Gym is controller by a player belonging to the same team as you, you will do a 1v1 battle vs their first Pokemon. If you successfully defeat the Gym controlled by your team, the Gym’s prestige level will rise and allow you to leave a Pokemon of yours there. You can get bonuses by capturing Gyms and leaving Pokemon to protect them for your team.

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If the Gym is controlled by a competing team then you’ll be allowed to use 6 Pokemon vs how many different Pokemon stationed there by players from the competing teams (6v6 at a time). When the Pokemon stationed there fall to zero you can leave one of your Pokemon there which makes your team the owners of the Gym.

When challenging a Gym make sure Pokemon you choose have a high enough CP. However having a higher CP will not guarantee you a win as type advantages and Pokemon stats also pay a factor.

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Unlike in the mainline Pokemon games, in Pokemon GO you won’t be able to see detailed stats like Defence, Attack or Speed but they do exist. Till we are able to see them in the game through an update or addition, use your Pokemon knowledge to choose ‘strong’ Pokemon. For example Pokemon like Snorlax and Dragonite tend to be very strong and will defeat Pokemon with same to close CP. Snorlax is know to be a tank and Dragonite a very strong damage dealer with great all round stats.

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Fighting Gym battles is simple. You have two attacks, a normal one accessed by swiping the screen and a special attack usable when the blue bar in the upper left corner fils up and then holding your finger on the screen for a bit. You can find which attacks are the normal attack and which is special on your Pokemon stats page. The first attack is the normal attack and the second is the special.

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If you need more help challenging Gyms or any other aspect of Pokemon GO, feel free to ask in the comments.

Pokemon GO is now out on iOS and Android.

  • Creo Kostelecky

    How do I take a pokemon out of a gym? Thank you.

  • Mr. Dole

    Ok, so, I’m trying to figure this game out. I’m level 4, about to be 5, so gyms are about to be accessed. I live in the rural country and I have no gym’s near me that aren’t a 20 min drive, so I’d like to have them worked out before I hit them up.

    To start off with the inquisition… er… questions *slowly moves the red hot poker and pear of suffering behind his back* (That was nerdy. Sorry.)

    1.Is there a video or article you would suggest as supplemental to this one? Perhaps a shameless plug of some of your other material? I know of /r/slyphroad (may not be actual name, but it’s SLYPH-something) on reddit, but the crap they are talking about is so far beyond me it’s not helpful. Maybe in a week or month, but not now.

    2.Do I get matched against the closest level pokemon out of the gym’s inhabiting pokemon? So, if they had two higher level pokemon and one newbie pokemon stored in 3 slots, do I just fight the first one placed in it, the last one, or the one closest to my power level?

    3.Do I know what pokemon they have stored before I start the fight? So, will it show all 3 of the hypothetical pokemon(s)?

    4.If the gym is my color, do I have to wait for a slot, assuming it’s full? (I’m assuming yes, but it’s worth an ask. You seem to be responding, so I’m gonna lay it all out there)

    5. What’s the deal with the 25% attack bonus for same type attacks? Is that really a thing? I’ve seen it mentioned in other articles but it’s left out of others, which seems like a big thing to leave out if it actually existed, but it might just not be common knowledge.

    6. I have to stay at the gym to fight, but is there a cooldown for attacking? Does it matter if I win or lose? For instance I get one attack per pokemoni, (ok, seriously, what’s the damn plural of pokemon?)(That’s not one of my real questions, don’t answer that.) Or I can attack over and over but maybe I only get a reward the 1st time or something?

    7. What the hell is the white semicircle line with a dot on it above my pokemon’s head for? (After selecting one on the “pokemon I own” list) I read about IV (internal…variation? Variety? Hidden stats.) But it isn’t that hidden if that’s what it means, so I’m at a loss. It’s clearly a reflection of stats, since the dot is on various places, it could be pokemon level, or progression until evolution, I just can’t find a single picture with all the little marks explained. (Just a picture of a pokemon with arrows to each point of info and a little label would probably get about a billion hits, it just doesn’t exist that I can find… after a second of thought, I’ve only checked articles and videos, and not images, so it might exist…)

    Anywho, thanks in advance, I’m sure you have a billion other things you’d rather do. Those questions (with hypotheticals) would probably make a great article if you are so inclined. The hypotheticals would REALLY sell it, because many players(like myself) have 0 pokemon background like our kids do, but we want to have fun exploring with our children. Some of us older people need to see the numbers in action to get it. Thanks again!

  • Jamie Hodgon

    I think your answer was unreliable and have blocked you

  • AnswersOnTheT

    “You teach me and I’ll teach you
    Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all
    Gotta catch ’em all

  • Jamie Hodgon

    My Pokemon was ejected from a gym for an unknown reason but the gym disappeared from my radar . Is that why ? Please get back to me

    • AnswersOnTheT

      You have to stay there, no Pokemo GO and go.

  • Michael Tuholski

    This may be a dumb question, but I feel it must be asked. If I have a Kadabra; that knows “Zen Headbutt” and “Shadow Ball” as its special attack, will it not deal a lot of damage using its normal attack because Kadabra does not have a high attack stat? I understand that the whole Abra line is special attackers. Would a better set up be “Confusion” and “Pyebeam” ?

    • Yeah I think that’s right. Confusion will be better for a Kadabra.

    • Mr. Dole

      Apparently your very question is a huge mystery still to the proffesionals. The general wisdom is take the one with the best regular attack, and not to use specials (unless you really know what you are doing)

      I don’t know why, other than the special supposed to be less damage because it charges and you can get more reliable results (damage) by just spamming your regular attack.

      I am obviously a filthy newb, so I might be totally wrong about that. I might also be totally wrong about your pokemon, because again, I’m a newb.

      Hopefully that at least helps a tad conceptually for you. Apparently your pokemon, Kadabra, has already nailed me with “Confusion”, since this damn game makes me feel like a moron.