Pokemon GO Update Features Training At Gyms, Real-Time Combat Instead Of Turn-Based



The Pokémon GO version being used in the ongoing field test was recently updated, adding a few new features to the app, including the ability to train at gyms. [Thanks, Nintendo Everything.]


Additionally, information leaked from the test indicates that Pokémon GO features real-time combat as opposed to the turn-based battles found in the series.


Here is some more information from reddit on the updated field test:


  • 3 teams: red, blue, yellow


  • Asked to join one of these three teams


  • Train at friendly gyms


  • Players are paired with random “Computer Player” Pokémon to fight


  • They attack and and you attack back in real time


  • Training is not turn based – it’s an all out brawl


  • In wild encounters, the color of the shrinking circle indicates the difficulty of the catch


  • Starts off as red and then approaches green


  • Green is a higher probability of catch


  • Use the ring to make it more green by feeding the Pokémon berries (allowed only once per encounter) and using a higher level PokeBall


  • Pokémon can become “injured” after training


  • Heal them with a “health spray” (likely a “potion”)


  • Can see each Pokémon’s HP in a bar while battling


  • Hyper Potions and Max Revives are showing up at PokeStops


  • The Gym Leader’s avatar is displayed (large) behind his/her Pokémon at the Gym


  • Other players will see the Gym Leader’s username and their Pokémon/CP when approaching a friendly Gym to train


  • It’s assumed non-friendly Gyms will see the same


  • There is a ‘crown’ for the Gym Leader


  • When you claim a Gym, you select your Pokémon to defend it


  • To Train, you fight that Pokémon with another one of your own Pokémon


  • When starting a training session, a random Pokémon in your team is selected to fight with


  • Can change this by tapping on it in the screen before combat begins


  • In training combat, the opponent’s attacks are shown ‘targeting’ with a red crosshair that closes in on your Pokémon


  • This appears to be so you can decide to ‘dodge’ or take the hit


  • Dodge by swiping left or right


  • Can dodge all the way behind an opponents back if you’re quick enough


  • Attack by tapping (quick attack) or pressing and holding (for the charge attack)


  • There’s a stamina bar of sorts that is broken in two halfs, underneath your HP bar


  • It refills about 20% per second, and appears to be boosted forward when you are hit to refill faster


  • When executing a charge move, it appears to use up 50% of your stamina


  • Types affect damage


  • Ex: “It’s not very effective” message above attacks when water vs. water


  • “It’s super effective” shows when using a type advantage


Pokemon GO is scheduled to release sometime this year for iOS and Android devices.