Pokémon Go Gym Badges is something new to collect and level up as you battle and train your army of Pocket Monsters.
Revealed as part of the game's wider Gym rework update, these incentivise players to return to and improve specific Gyms, giving them more rewards as well as highlighting their efforts over time.
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How do Pokémon Go Gym Badges work?
Each Gym you interact with will give you a Gym Badge unique to that location. Simply spinning the photo disc will unlock the opening Basic badge.
To view your badges, go to your Trainer Profile, scroll down to Gym Badges, then List. You can also view them all by using the globe icon in the bottom left.
From there, Gym Badges come in Basic, Bronze, Silver and Gold varieties, each offering improved rewards when spinning the Photo Disc, and possibly during Raid encounters.
How to get Bronze, Silver and Gold Gym Badges
- Adding Pokémon to the Gym (+ 100 Badge XP)
- Holding a creature at the Gym (+1 Badge XP per minute)
- Defeating a defending Pokémon (CP of Pokémon defeated divided by 100)
- Winning a Raid battle (+ 1000 Badge XP)
- Giving Berries to Pokémon held at the Gym (+ 10 Badge XP, as well as 20 Stardust and a possibility of Candy)
By performing the above activities, whether you are passive and prefer to increase Motivation as you pass a Gym or are actively battling and holding creatures there, you can easily level up your Badge over time and increase the rewards you receive.
The tier requirements are as follows:
|Badge||Additional XP||Total XP|
|Bronze||500 XP||500 XP|
|Silver||3500 XP||4000 XP|
|Gold||26,000 XP||30,000 XP|
The Season of Heritage continues in 2022, along with the XP Challenge and a refreshed Go Battle League. The Power Plant event is currently running, allowing you to catch a Helioptile and evolve it into a Heliolisk using a Sun Stone. Ongoing are Arlo, Cliff, Sierra counters and Giovanni counters. The major updates in the previous year include a level cap increase, the introduction of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.
What else we know about Gym Badges in Pokémon Go
By levelling up Gym Badges, you will get better rewards when you spin the Gym's photo disc. Every tier adds another item, and you also receive another item if your Team is currently holding it. (Thanks to the Silph Road sub-Reddit for clarifying.)
Looking at the first images for Gym Badges above, Gym Badges also act as a management screen for Gyms, allowing you to see which Pokémon are where for the first time.
Each Gym Badge will also showcase a range of information about the Pokémon that is currently inside the Gym, from the time it's been in there, to number of victories and treats you've provided.
According to the Silph Road, in the slim event a Gym is removed from the game the Badge will remain in your inventory.
Finally, you also receive a small amount of XP for every Gym disc spin, according to The Silph Road. Each tier adds an additional 25XP - so 25XP for the base, through to 100XP for the maxed out Gold tier - with n additional 25% added if your Team owns the Gym.