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Pokémon Go FAQ: The beginner's guide on how to catch 'em all

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Aug. 3, 2016
Not sure which team to join? Don't know the difference between a regular Poké Ball and a Great Ball? And where do these Pokémon hang out? This guide is here to help.

How can I train my Pokémon at a friendly gym?

You can “train” your Pokémon at a friendly gym (a gym owned by your team) by fighting against the Pokémon defending it. To do this, walk up to the gym, tap it, and tap the train icon in the lower right corner. You can only take one Pokémon into battle when you train.

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Every time you win a battle against a friendly gym, that gym’s prestige raises. If you lose a battle at a friendly gym, its prestige is not affected.

Does training hurt my Pokémon?

Yes. When you train your Pokémon at a friendly gym, your Pokémon will take damage—whether they win or lose the battle. You will need to heal your Pokémon before you can use it in another battle or place it in a gym. The defending Pokémon (the Pokémon in the gym that you are training against) will not be injured after a training session.

How can I drop my Pokémon at a friendly gym?

If you encounter a friendly gym with an empty slot, you can drop one of your Pokémon there to help defend it. To do this, walk up to the gym, tap it, and tap the assign button in the lower left corner. When you drop a Pokémon at a defending gym, you will lose the ability to level it up or evolve it until it’s defeated and comes back to you. You will not get a notification if your Pokémon faints or is injured in battle and the gym is taken over by another team, but it will show up in your roster to be healed.

assign button

If the friendly gym does not have an empty slot, you will need to train (win against the gym) until its level raises and a slot opens up.

What do I get for being a gym leader?

Gym leaders and gym defenders get Stardust and PokeCoins every 21 hours. If you are controlling or helping to defend a gym at the 21st hour, you will get these benefits by going to the Shop and tapping the shield icon in the upper right corner. The highest CP Pokémon defending a gym determines the gym leader.

Additional resources

Ready for more tips and tricks? Check out our other guides and articles for more Pokémon strategies:

Have any other pressing Pokémon questions? Sound off in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

 

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