Specifics about the way the upcoming augmented reality game Pokémon Go handles the series’ iconic gyms have been released from an unnamed field tester on The Silph Road Network, a subreddit focused on the game.
According to the report, players will be able to claim gyms as their own by dropping off one of their Pokémon. Friendly trainers can level up their Pokémon at the gym, though no details were given about how the game’s friend system will work. Gym leaders will be marked with a crown on their avatar.
Referencing an unreleased video of the game, the Reddit post says that gym training is not turn-based and features animations, as well as varied attacks, like “quick” and “charge” moves.
Gyms will be able to level up using prestige points. It’s unclear how a gym can earn prestige, but when a gym’s leader loses a match, the gym’s prestige reduces. When a gym’s prestige is dropped to zero, the gym becomes neutral, and can presumably be claimed by another player.
John Hanke, the CEO of Pokémon Go developer Niantic, has already talked about the gym system, saying that gym locations will be harder to find than wild Pokémon.
“Gyms will be a bit more rare. You want to find gyms so you can level up your Pokémon and battle there, so it will take a little more effort to get there,” Hanke, told VentureBeat late last year.
Pokémon Go is due out sometime this year for iOS and Android.
Source: The Silph Road Network on Reddit