No more free pokecoins, I guess.
Looks like we may now have a reason to power up additional Pokemon. I’ve been holding off spending any stardust waiting for this update. The old gym system pretty much punished you for using high CP attackers and forced you into using the highest CP defenders. That prestige calculation is what made Blissey a pain to battle.
I wonder if Pokemon will have varying initial motivation levels. Could see more variety in a gym if some have more motivation to fend off attacks and can stay in a gym longer. I’d like to see the type limitation be based on type not just Pokemon. That normal Snorlax would keep other normals out while a double type blocks both of its types.
Raids may be annoying. I can see several gyms from my desk at work (just can’t go running off at will to battle). 🙂
Gyms do nothing right now. They are under construction. My Pokemon are slowly returning home now.
Definitely lots of gyms being added. I saw several new ones marked under construction where a pokestop used to be. The pokestop has been replaced by a gym in several locations and does nothing right now.
It looks like the poke coins will end permanently. You will get rewards instead?
This is definitely gonna be interesting….
This article has several details that aren’t on Niantic’s official sites:
My main goal now is to figure out how to continue to get 100 coins daily with the minimum amount of effort. If you get 10 coins just for being kicked out of a gym you held for 10 minutes, then doing that multiple times near home/work will be the easiest plan… but only if you can continue to get coins that way from the same gym(s) each day. I only have 2 gyms within walking distance.
Niantic also mentioned increased rewards for spinning gym icons for your team holding gyms longer or for battling certain gyms more (or interacting in general, including feeding berries to defenders). There are no other players on my team who live near me, so it’s not clear that I want to keep battling those gyms that I can never hold. It’s not worth driving to my old stable gyms if they will not be stable, though.
I’m wary of this update and I’m not sure I trust them not to ruin the gym experience. However, I can see why it was necessary. I’m in (was) 12, Lvl 10 gyms to collect my coins and stardust so I could maintain my incubators. Its been a fun ride but with participation rates falling thru the floor, gyms had become stagnant. Only 6 slots per gym is troubling but then again, they’ll be adding more total gyms so hopefully it works out.
For those of us who are still on the grind, we should be okay. The casual trainer will have a tougher time.