Once you hit level five in Pokémon Go, you can now join a team and pit your Pokémon against other people’s Pokémon at the nearest Pokémon Gym. To win, of course, means a lot: redemption from walking a lot, bragging rights (mostly by posting in-game screenshots in your social media page), and Pokécoins without cashing out. But how do you go about getting to a gym, fighting, and winning? Here’s the deal.
Stockpile Recovery Items
Pokémon GO gyms don’t go down just easily, even if you can conquer a gym once, you’ll only lower its prestige. That goes more for high prestige gyms. The higher their prestige is, the longer it’ll take to bring them down. At levels when you’re strong enough to take on gyms, potions and super potions won’t cut it. It’s better to have 50 hyper potions and revives on hand if you’re on a conquering spree.
Learn Type Matchups
Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander already taught us the elemental rock, paper, scissors that’s core to the Pokémon gameplay. Did you know that fire is not weak to only water, but to ground and rock as well? Right now, there are 18 Pokémon types and it’s a complex web of weaknesses and resistances, and you should know that double weaknesses exists. Pokémon with 2 types can be doubly weak (or resistant) to a move that works against both their types, for example, a water/flying Gyarados is doubly weak against electric-type moves.
Pokémon can also learn moves that are not of its type, but Pokémon using moves with typings that are the same as theirs will power-up the move by 1.25x. This is known as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus). Here is a link to a type effectiveness chart in Pokémon GO by the SilphRoad community. If you use Pokémon with type advantages, you can easily defeat enemies with higher CPs than your Pokémon.
Dodge, Dodge, Dodge
In a battle, attacking is not the only important thing. You can also swipe to the left or right and with good timing, you can dodge the attacks of the enemy Pokémon. If you’re going to be conquering high prestige gyms, dodging is a vital strategy that you’ll have to employ.
Know When to Retreat
Battles don’t always go as planned and there will certainly be situations where you know you’ll lose. You need to accept that you won’t be wining all the time and learn to press that Run Away button. Retreating cuts your losses and let’s some of your Pokémon get away uninjured. By learning when to retreat, you will save a lot of Hyper Potions and Revives.