Ever since the latest Pokemon Go update was released, players have found themselves needing to adjust their play style dramatically, especially when it comes to defending gyms. Keeping in mind the new way coins are given out, what’s the best strategy for getting the most coins possible?
Weirdly, you don’t really want to position your absolute most powerful Pokemon at gyms, at least not if your main goal is getting coins. After all, you now only receive coins when the Pokemon is kicked out of the gym, and depending on how busy your area is, it could take quite a while for this to happen and for any coins to be given out at all.
There also isn’t much of a benefit to having a Pokemon remain in a gym for a long time. You’re only allowed to collect 50 coins per day maximum, so if a Pokemon returns home after being in a gym for weeks, you don’t collect hundreds of coins, as would have been amassed in that time. Instead, you just get 50.
The way the game currently works, it seems that you earn one coin for roughly every 10 minutes that your Pokemon is in the gym. This means that the ideal length for your Pokemon to stay in a gym is about 8 hours and 20 minutes. If it’s in the gym for any less time than that, it won’t earn the full 50 coins. If it’s in the gym any more time than that, it will earn more coins than the game will actually end up giving you.
Therefore, the best strategy is to put in gyms Pokemon that are not quite the strongest in your inventory and not quite the weakest. You want Pokemon with sort of middle-of-the-road CP who are okay at defense so they will be able to hold their own for about eight hours but won’t be Pokemon that players struggle to defeat for a long time.
One Reddit user shared their own experience this week by saying that for them, the sweet spot is about 1500 CP.
“They usually don’t often get flipped before getting several hours, but do get turned over at least daily,” user bulksalty wrote. “You want something that a fairly new player walking by will want to challenge or an experienced player can defeat while spending minimal resources, ideally just a few potions, to clear the gym and get their daily coins.”
The strategy does depend a bit on how busy your area is, though; if there simply are not that many people playing the game around you, you may want to throw a pretty weak Pokemon in the gyms to ensure that it gets kicked out soon.
Some have argued that the best strategy is actually to place Pokemon with more than 3,000 CP in gyms, the logic being that if the Pokemon is over 3,000 CP, it loses motivation at a much higher rate than a weaker Pokemon does. While this is true, the only issue is that members of your team will be much more likely to feed these high CP Pokemon berries, therefore keeping it alive for longer than you would like.
This may all change in a future Pokemon Go update. Players have suggested that Niantic implement a way to recall Pokemon, and if that feature gets added, this whole strategy will become outdated. But for now, as long as the only way to get Pokemon back is to have them be defeated, and the only way to get coins is to have your Pokemon get kicked out of gyms, your best strategy would be to place in gyms defenders that will probably get kicked out in less than a day.