New Gyms Are Live

Today the new gyms went live. I’ve not tried the combat system yet, but I have put Pokemon in a couple of gyms and upgraded with Razz Berry’s. I can confirm the following:

  • Niantic seem to have removed the ability to get coins from gyms. It seems like the only way to get coins now is to buy them.
  • You can only upgrade gyms with Razz Berry’s. You can upgrade gyms with any type of berry, you just have to tap on the berry icon to the left of the berry you’re throwing to change it. When you upgrade a gym (or rather, individual Pokemon), that Pokemon’s CP is restored (over time and from battle losses, the CP drops). When you upgrade a gym with Razz Berry’s, you get some kind of progress bar that increases, which is independent of the Pokemon’s health. This progress bar is not displayed in any place, other than immediately after upgrading displayed in the Gym Badges section of your character sheet. I’m yet to find out what happens when that progress bar is full, but I suspect that you will get a chance to catch the pokemon whose silhouette appears on the badges screen for that gym.
  • When you spin a gym, you get either a special item or a standard loot that you’d normally get from spinning a Poke Stop. I’ve spun two gyms and have got one of each. I wonder if the gym that gave the special item (Sun Stone in my case) had it’s Razz Berry progress bar full already? The item you get seems random so far.

I’ve started a thread in the forum to gather stats on what items people get from gyms so we can work out the probability of gym item drops. Please feel free to participate to help gather data.

Alternatively, please leave a comment below if you have anything else to add.

Addendum: It seems that the progress bar for gyms turns the gym badge into a bronze bade, then presumably through the levels silver and gold. After which I suspect you can then catch the Pokemon advertised floating about it on the badge.


User Forums No Longer Available

Today I disabled the creation of forums (Groups) by non admin users. This was because the only people using the feature were spammers and I got sick of deleting them.

If you would like a new forum created, just message me and I can do this for you.

You can still use the site as you have been doing, and can still create new threads / topics / replies, etc. Most people won’t know there’s been a change 😋


Halloween Freebies

Halloween Pokemon UpdateHappy Halloween folks! I hope you are all enjoying the latest Halloween update to Pokemon Go.

I just thought I’d share the fact that Wellington train service will be FREE on the 30th of November 2016 from 5am, which is great for free trips into town to enjoy the Pokemon Go Halloween event (or maybe just a day in town).

Happy Halloween all, and stay safe 🙂

Halloween Candy


Competition: What Happens To Pokemon After They’re Transferred To The Professor?

There’s a lot of speculation about what happens to a Pokémon after it’s transferred to the professor. Some people believe that they are tagged and released, my personal view is that after they’re transferred, they go into a meat grinder and that the professor is actually a giant carnivorous Snorlax who can’t get enough Pokémon meatshake.

Whatever happens after a Pokémon is transferred, we may never know, but I’d like to hear your theories in the comments below. The best theory about what happens to Pokémon after they’re transferred to the professor wins a prize. The prize, as usually is a free beer at the next Pokémon Wellington meetup (apologies to members in Auckland, Canterbury and other parts of the country).



PokedexI’ve started working on a Pokedex for the website. This is a list of all the stats / information about every Pokemon in Pokemon Go, or rather, it will be when I’ve finished. Please feel free to help by adding any relevant information / stats that you are aware of in the comments section of the Pokedex, especially where there are blanks. Particularly I need help filling in the max HP & CP at each level for the Pokemon. Alternatively, if you have WordPress experience and would like to help me compile the Pokedex, please message me and I will upgrade your account on the website 🙂