The latest Pokemon Go update radically changes the way gym training works.
In Niantic’s new update, Version 0.41.2 for iOS and 1.11.2 for Android, players can now take up to six Pokemon into friendly gyms for training. Before now, it was only possible to bring a single Pokemon in with you. According to The Silph Road, the prestige you gain during training is based on the highest CP of your six Pokemon.
Those who have gotten their hands on the update find that this addition speeds up gym training overall, although one annoyance is that you have to select your team of six every single time you go to train in a gym. The game does not currently remember your team of Pokemon from the last encounter.
The Pokemon Go update is not available in the app stores for the majority of players quite yet, but it should be rolling out within the next 24 to 48 hours. For now, here are some screenshots of what the new gym system looks like:
As a more minor change, the “battles won” text on gyms has also been moved slightly so that it’s more visible than it was before.
Outside of the gym changes, there are also a few other alterations in the new update. For one, a new catch bonus will now be given out when players receive medals related to Pokemon types. If you get the medal for catching a lot of fire Pokemon, for example, you’ll be rewarded with a little bonus that increases the likelihood of catching fire Pokemon. Here are some screenshots of what that looks like:
Finally, the evolution animation time has also been decreased. Not only does this mean you’ll have less time to wait when evolving Pokemon, but it also means that if you plan to get a lot of XP by evolving all your low-leveled Pokemon in a Lucky Egg session, thanks to the decreased animation time, you can get about 15 or so more Pokemon evolved during the half-hour allotted.
The Pokemon Go update is currently beginning to roll out, and you should see it pop up in the app stores soon.