Battling at Friendly Gyms – New and Improved!

Battling at rival gyms has always been straightforward. You form a team of six Pokémon and go up against the ones you find there. Battling at friendly gyms, however, has not made much sense. Until recently, when fighting at your own team’s gym, you could only take one Pokémon. This was problematic, as the chances of winning were very low. Most players never bothered with training at gyms because it was almost always a waste of time.

With the 0.41.2 Android and 1.11.2 update to Pokémon Go, however, this has all changed for the better! Now, you can take a best team of six Pokémon into your own team’s gym to train!

Why Battle Friendly Gyms?

When you battle a friendly gym, you have the opportunity to get experience points (XP) and gym prestige. Also, if one of your Pokémon is at a gym, you can collect 10 coins in the shop each day. In just 8 days, you could get a Lucky Egg without spending any actual money!

Will it Be a Fair Fight?

In this update’s notes, Niantic says, “The CP of the Pokémon you are battling may be temporarily adjusted lower for your training session.” This is great news for new trainers, because now they have a chance to get in on the fun at gyms, and actually have a chance at winning!

How to Battle/Train at Friendly Gyms

  1. Find a gym that is controlled by your team.
    Blue = Team Mystic
    Red = Team Valor
    Yellow = Team Instinct
  2. Tap on that gym to open it on your screen.
  3. Tap on the glove icon in the bottom right corner.
  4. Select your Pokémon. The game will automatically choose six Pokémon to use in the training battle. If you don’t like the Pokémon suggested, you can tap on the one you want to change and choose a new one from the list.
  5. Tap the go button at the bottom right corner of your screen and battle as usual.

Pokémon Go Pro Tips:

  • Before choosing your team of six Pokémon, look at all the Pokémon in the gym. Take note of their combat points (CP) and type. Choose your six Pokémon carefully. You want them to have similar or higher CP and a type that can be effective against the Pokémon they’ll be battling.

Pokémon Types, Strengths and Weaknesses

Bug Pokémon
Effective Against: Dark, Grass, Psychic
Weak Against: Fire, Flying Rock

Dark Pokémon
Effective Against: Ghost, Psychic
Weak Against: Bug, Fairy, Fighting

Dragon Pokémon
Effective Against: Dragon
Weak Against: Dragon, Fairy, Ice

Fire Pokémon
Effective Against: Bug, Grass, Ice, Steel
Weak Against: Ground, Rock, Water

Grass Pokémon
Effective Against: Ground, Rock, Water
Weak Against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison

Electric Pokémon
Effective Against: Flying, Water
Weak Against: Ground

Fairy Pokémon
Effective Against: Dark, Dragon, Fighting
Weak Against: Poison, Steel

Fighting Pokémon
Effective Against: Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, Steel
Weak Against: Fairy, Flying, Psychic

Flying Pokémon
Effective Against: Bug, Fighting, Grass
Weak Against: Electric, Ice, Rock

Ghost Pokémon
Effective Against: Ghost, Psychic
Weak Against: Dark, Ghost

Grass Pokémon
Effective Against: Ground, Rock, Water
Weak Against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison

Ground Pokémon
Effective Against: Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel
Weak Against: Grass, Ice, Water

Ice Pokémon
Effective Against: Dragon, Flying, Grass, Ground
Weak Against: Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel

Normal Pokémon
Effective Against: none
Weak Against: Fighting

Poison Pokémon
Effective Against: Fairy, Grass
Weak Against: Ground, Psychic

Psychic Pokémon
Effective Against: Fighting, Poison
Weak Against: Bug, Dark, Ghost

Rock Pokémon
Effective Against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice
Weak Against: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water

Water Pokémon
Effective Against: Fire, Ground, Rock
Weak Against: Electric, Grass

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