This has been a very good fortnight for Niantic and for Pokemon GO fans. First there was the Halloween event, which was a major success. Then the announcement of the daily rewards and the spawn reduction of Pidgeys, Rattatas, and Zubats, and now there’s a Pokemon GO gym update.
Earlier this morning, Niantic took to their Facebook account (as they have been doing quite a lot recently) and announced that a major Pokemon GO gym update was in the works, and best of all, it’s going to be coming out today (if all goes to plan, that is).
So, what will be changing? This is taken directly from the official Pokemon GO Facebook page:
- You’ll earn bonuses for the first Pokémon catch and PokéStop visit each day. You’ll receive a larger bonus when you do this seven days in a row.
- When you defeat the Gym Leader at a rival Gym, there will be a brief period of time where only you will be able to place a Pokémon in the open Gym.
- The amount of Prestige a rival Gym loses when you defeat a regular Gym member has increased. The amount of Prestige gained by training at a friendly Gym has been lowered.
- Minor text fixes
All minor text jokes aside, if you’ve been keeping up with the Pokemon GO metagame, you’ll know that there are two pretty big issues that plague gyms: other trainers poaching a gym that you’ve worked hard to take down, and the imbalance in difficulty between taking down a rival’s gym, and training up your own friendly gym.
In one fell swoop, Niantic have seemingly solved both issues. Introducing a window of time after defeating a gym in which only you will be able to place a Pokemon should eliminate gym sniping, and making rival gyms easier to defeat (while simultaneously making friendly gyms harder to train) makes it much more fair for attacking players.
And if all goes to plan, we should be getting both gym updates AND daily bonuses in the very next update for Pokemon GO, which, by the way, is being rolled out as we speak. So check the app/play store, grab yourself the update, and start racking up those daily bonuses!
What do you think about the Pokemon GO gym update? Do you think this gym overhaul is a good thing, or will it negatively impact the way you play the game? Also, on a scale of 1 to 10, how hyped are you about the new daily bonuses? Let me know in the comments section below!