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Pokémon GO: Gym Battle Guide to Win Battles

Defeating other trainers in opposing gyms allows you to overtake their gym for your team. Free Pokécoins are earned daily for holding and defending a gym. This guide offers several tips to help players prepare for gym battles in Pokémon Go. 


The initial phase of Pokémon Go primarily consists of catching Pokémon and earning XP to increase one's Trainer Level. You must be at least Level 5 to participate in gym battles. Upon reaching Level 5, players must pledge allegiance to a team of their choice. There are three teams to choose from: Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Valor (red). The team you choose will be the team you represent for the rest of the game, and will determine which gyms you can join or battle. 


The below steps will help you to win the gym battles.


Defending a Gym

When you find a gym, you'll see the main trainer and the Pokémon they have stationed at the gym. Tap the gym and swipe to see its members, and if there are any available spaces for you to join. If you see an open circle beside the crown in the upper left, that means there is room for another Pokémon. Grey gyms are unclaimed, meaning you can move in right away. Unclaimed gyms are a rare find at this point. Once you have joined a gym, you must assign one of your Pokémon to defend the gym and make sure you have one of your stronger Pokémon stationed in your gym to defend it from usurpers.


Charging a Gym

If there aren't any friendly gyms available for you to join, you may need to take over an occupied gym instead. As it requires the trainer to have strong, battle-ready Pokémon who can survive the onslaught of multiple defenders from an opposing gym. 


Power up and Evolve Your Pokémon

Before even considering gym battles, you first need to power up and evolve several of your Pokémon with enough candy and stardust to ensure they are strong enough to compete. Your Pokémon's strength is based on its CP, or Combat Points. You can Power Up a Pokémon to improve its stats even further. An evolved Pokémon will have better stats than its previous form, but it will likely take on a completely new move set. If you intend to evolve a particular Pokémon, you should do this first before powering them up, just so you can see the stats you have to work with. 


Size Up Your Competition

Once you have several strong Pokémon at the ready, it's time to go out and find a gym to take over. When you find a gym held by an opposing team, click on the gym to view the CP of the Pokémon defending that gym. Compare the CP of the defenders to the CP of the Pokémon you intend to use in battle. If your Pokémon stack up against the opposition, then proceed to challenge the gym and begin battle.


Battle Maneuvers

Battles mostly come down to incessant tapping and landing your special attack. When it comes time to battle an opponent, there are only a couple of attacks to keep in mind. To perform a basic attack, simply tap on your opponent's Pokémon. As you continue to tap and attack, a blue bar will begin to fill up beside your Pokémon's CP. When the blue bar is fully charged, tap and hold to unleash your special attack. Keep an eye on the enemy Pokémon and prepare to swipe left or right to dodge incoming attacks as well. 


When a gym's prestige reaches zero, you can claim the gym and take control of it for your team. You'll earn additional Pokécoins each day you hold a gym, which is a nice incentive for supporting your team. 


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