Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Update Makes Pokémon GO Training At The Gym Sooo Much Easier!!!

Training Pokémon at the gym just got a whole lot easier! 
One of the problems with the current gym experience has been that you could only bring one Pokémon to battle. Even with a Pokémon with a sky-high HP, like a Snorlax, training at a gym could get to be very heavy going, very quickly. Basically one battle and you were done, making it very difficult to rank up in your own team's gym and, leaving you with the feeling that it wasn't really worth the time or effort.
A new update aims to rectify that! As Niantic Labs have just announced on their website:
"As we continue to make improvements to Pokémon GO, we have made an enhancement to the Gym experience for Trainers of all levels. In an upcoming version of Pokémon GO, when training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities."

As Paul Tassi, one of my fave Pokémon contributors, elaborates in his article for Forbes, "The core idea of this is to help make it easier for lower-level players to help friendly gyms. Right now, if you’re level 15 and the lowest rung of your gym is a level 28’s 2400 CP Snorlax, your 1100 Tauros just isn’t going to cut it. By allowing you to bring six Pokémon to battle and have CP downscale to closer match your own team, that should mean that friendly gyms are more of safe havens for new players to do just that…train, as opposed to brick walls that serve no real purpose."
Paul isn't too sure if the new update will make the gym experience better or worse due to the preponderance of that he describes as "7-10 level fortresses full of the same four or five crazily high CP Pokémon" in his area. 

I have those fortresses in my area too, but since I'm in the 'burbs where some kind of travel is required to get to the nearest gym, I can usually find a level 6. I agree with Paul though, limiting levels to a max of 6 would make for a lot more fun!

Time will tell whether the new update will make the experience better or worse for trainers. My first impression is that it will make things better, and I'm looking forward to being able to try for myself. Fingers crossed for a rapid roll out that allows for some weekend play!

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