The Pokemon GO Gym update went live last week and was met by huge enthusiasm from fans. That enthusiasm is running so high that some are even taking it upon themselves to make themed Gyms, just like in the main Pokemon games.
The most popular Pokemon GO Gym “theme” seems to be based on Eeevee. Players have put together Eeevee, Espeon, Umbreon, Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon to make a squad of Eeeveelution Gym defenders. Some have also spotted Gyms with ridiculously cute Pokemon such as a “nursery” Gym including Pichu, Togepi, and Clefairy, while others have put together Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, and Igglybuff for a tooth-achingly sweet defensive squad. They are so adorable that some suggested that they wouldn’t be able to fight them.
Fans have already come up with the brilliant “Ditto sweeping” strategy to beat Gyms, but could cute defender squads and teams of Eeveelutions be the best way to defend Gyms? It’s unclear whether these particular defender combos are the best possible choices but it’s interesting to see players test out the meta.
— Will Hutter (@WHutter) June 24, 2017
Due to problems with GPS spoofing as well as issues with GPS drifting, many Pokemon GO players chose to avoid the game’s Gyms. With cheaters taking advantage of technical weaknesses, plenty of honest players decided that Gyms just weren’t worth their time. Meanwhile, drifting meant that even those who had access to Gyms that weren’t overrun with cheaters struggled to use the feature properly.
However, these changes and the enthusiasm surrounding themed Gyms and the new Gym strategies could bring these lost players back into the fold. The early response from distant fans seems to be that developer Niantic has done a good job of listening to their concerns about Gyms and cheaters (including branding cheaters with a mark of shame.)
Niantic has also introduced Raids to the game. Although Raids aren’t perfect, with the new feature seeming to suffer from its fair share of technical teething problems, many players are enthusiastic about this too. Combined with the Gym update, people have every reason to come back and play Pokemon GO again.
The popular mobile title may have lost a few devoted players since it took over the world last summer, but with these vital changes and updates, it may not be long until the game is getting back up to its peak levels once more.
Pokemon GO is available on iOS and Android.