‘Pokemon Go’ Prestige Update: What’s The New Formula?


‘Pokemon Go’ is available for iOS and Android devices. (Niantic)

Niantic has once again altered the amount of prestige Pokemon Go players gain while training in friendly gyms.

In Pokemon Go, training in a gym that is claimed for your team increases its “prestige,” therefore leveling it up with the maximum level being 10. The way it originally worked was that when battling in your friendly gym, you could gain a maximum of 1000 prestige per battle. But Niantic later decreased the maximum to 500 prestige, therefore making it much easier to take down an enemy gym than it was to defend your own gym.

This created a situation where players would just wait for their gym to be taken over so they could claim it back, as doing this would actually be easier than training there and leveling it up. Naturally, players complained to the game’s creators, saying they felt this change was a poor decision and was ruining the dynamic of gym battles. It turns out the developer heard those complaints.

On December 5th, Niantic announced that it will be bringing back the old prestige system where 1000 prestige is the maximum that can be gained through defending. 1000 prestige is also the maximum that can be gained through attacking, so now defenders and attackers are once again on equal footing.

After December 5th, then, this is the formula for figuring out how much prestige you will gain from a battle:

  • When your attacker has a lower CP than the defender: 500 * (Defender CP / Attacker CP)
  • When your attacker has a higher CP than the defender: 310 * (Defender CP / Attacker CP) – 55

That’s the same formula as when the game was first released, and so Niantic is simply reverting things back to the way they initially were and therefore undoing its recent alterations. This actually began to roll out a few days ago, but only now is Niantic making the news official.

Across Pokemon Go online communities, fans celebrated this change, especially because it showed that the game’s developer was listening to what they had to say.

“I think this is a great sign,” one user wrote in the Pokemon Go subreddit. “Not only are they reading feedback but they’re acting upon it!”

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