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Pokemon Go Combat Mechanism and Gym Battle Guide

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With the official launch in some selected counties, Pokemon Go has already taken the world by storm. Event the servers went down gamers still kept posting interesting picture and gifs on social media. In Pokemon Go, you can not only catch, train and evolve your Pokemons, but also do the battle at Gym. Gym battle is a core feature in this game and it offers interesting PVP content and interactive gameplay. Today we will show you the mechanism behind the Gym battle, and I hope it will help you become the top-tied trainer in the world.

Gym Introduction



Now the Pokemon battles could only take place in Gyms. If a Gym is white, that means no team currently owns it so you can give it a Pokemon and instantly take control. That Pokemon will live in that gym until it is defeated by an enemy trainer, at which point it will return to your collection to be used again. If the Gym is controlled by your allies, that means you can only do the practice matches.

Most of time a Gym will usually house one or more Pokemon, depending on how many trainers have combined to take control of a gym for their team. As a gym levels up, more Pokemon can be added to defend it from outside attack. Every player can choose one Pokemon to control the gym and the Pokemon with highest CP will be the head of the Gym.  

Pokemon Go's Battles are Not Turn Based



Contrary to most Pokemon games, Gym Battles in Pokemon Go are not turn based. Players have 120 seconds to beat the Pokemon in the gym. Every time a Pokemon is beaten, another comes out, and the timer restarts.

To attack, simply tap the screen as fast as possible, you can to perform rapid basic attacks. To dodge, swipe to the sides before the attack hits. To deal a special attack, you will need to hold down on the screen and release. In order to perform a special attack, you will need to charge the meter below a Pokemon's health until a bar is full - different special attacks have different meters. 



Pokemon Effectiveness Systems

The Pokemon Go also features effectiveness system, where an element is strong against on but weak to another. Such as fire trumps grass, water trumps fire, etc. When you and your allies defend the Gym, you can choose some Pokemons with complementary element to finish the Gym’s lineup. It will be much harder for opponents to conquer. When you are doing the practice matchs, you can just use same element Pokemons to let your teammate to use Pokemons with stronger element to finish off the game quickly since it will level up the Gym fast. However what can we do if the opponents take the Gym when you are doing the practice match? Just look around, find them and ask for a real person duel haha.
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