Some refer to Pokemon GO as Ingress 2.0. Some call Ingress Pokemon GO Beta. But what we can all agree on is that Pokemon GO has not really been the same since its original release, when teenagers and adults took to their local sidewalks to catch em all. Now, Niantac has released plans to "overhaul their flagging gym system."
What does that mean?
Gyms have been shutting down over the last couple of days in preparation for the major change. The new gyms are supposed to be more engaging and interactive for everyone.
Gyms will no longer be sorted by prestige. This means that anyone can pile onto a gym so long as they are on the same team. But there will only be six slots available, so teammates should plan their takeovers carefully.
The order of Pokemon within a gym will no longer be determined by their CP, but by when they were posted. This means that users who battle at the gym will face a random opponent every time instead of in a decreasing CP order.
We can finally get items from the gyms!
Can't make it to the PokeStop a block and a half away? No problem! Gyms will now also allow you to spin for items. While we don't know if users will be able to put lures on them, we can still stock up on extra pokeballs and potions.
New motivation stats!
Each Pokemon will have motivation, and the lower their motivation, the more likely they will be beaten in gym battles. According to Comic Book, users "can boost a Pokemon's motivation by feeding them berries. Any player can feed any Pokemon berries (provided they're on the same team) so this feature won't force players to visit gyms that their Pokemon are stationed at on a daily basis."
When a Pokemon's motivation reaches zero, it will vacate the gym the next time it loses a battle.
Gym badges and raids have arrived!
Users will be able to earn badges for battling, defending, and maintaining gyms by feeding the Pokemon stationed there! Badges can be leveled up for "completing certain tasks over and over."
But what fans will probably love the most about these new updates is the raid system:
"In raids, gyms will temporarily be taken over by super-powerful Pokemon called Raid Bosses. Up to 20 players from any team can battle a Raid Boss at a time, working together to wear it down and re-take the gym in a five minute time limit. If the Raid Boss is defeated, players will have a chance to catch the Raid Boss for their own collectiog."
Users will only be able to take part in raids with Raid Passes, which can be obtained by visiting gyms. Raid passes can only be held one at a time, with one free pass oer day.
But don't take our word for it! Log back into your Pokemon GO app and take a look!