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Pokemon Go: raid rewards, motivation and gym badges explained

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Even before you try your hand at Raid Battles, you can enjoy the new additions brought about by the latest Pokemon Go update. In this article, we go over raid battle rewards, gym badges, motivation and PokeCoins.

Pokemon Go's latest update brought Raid Battles, new Gyms and some special new items. Yesterday we talked about the Battles and all the new stuff that has to do with them.

Today, we will talk about the new slots placed in each Gym and your Pokemon's motivation to defend a Gym they've been assigned to, gym badges that boost the number of items you get when spinning a Photo Disc and raid battle rewards.

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First, let's take a closer look-see at those Raid battle rewards

Golden Razz Berry is a stronger version of the commonly available Razz Berry. This version makes capturing a Pokemon in the wild even more easy than using an ordinary Razz Berry. Golden Razz Berries can also restore a Pokemon's motivation completely. The Pokemon doesn't even have to be yours. You can feed random Pokemon assigned to a Gym in order to restore their motivation, and you'll receive a reward for your trouble.

Rare Candy is a special kind of Candy that is applicable to any Pokemon. Rare Candy enables you to power up any Pokemon, no matter which Species it is. That means that Rare Candy will turn into a Candy suitable for a Pokemon you're giving it to. 

Technical Machines are these neat new items that enable move re-rolling. They come in two variants:

Fast Technical Machine – for re-rolling a Quick (Fast) Move on a Pokemon Charged Technical Machine – for re-rolling a Charged Move on a Pokemon.

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Next up, Gym Badges. The badges are a new collectible that you can level up. They encourage players to return to specific Gyms by giving them more rewards and highlighting their efforts. Each Gym you visit gives you a Basic badge when you spin the photo disc located there. 

Your badges are visible in your Trainer Profile. They come in Basic, Bronze, Silver and Gold. As the value of the metal associated with a badge's name goes up, same happens to the rewards you get when spinning the Photo Disc.

You get one additional reward for every tier your badge is on, and an additional item if your Team is holding the Gym. The benefits may even pour over into Raid Battles as well.

You level your badges up by increasing Motivation of the Pokemon inside a certain Gym or by actively battling and holding creatures there. Here's a detailed look at the activities that boost your badge:

  • Adding Pokemon to the Gym (+ 100 Badge XP)
  • Holding a creature at the Gym (+1 Badge XP per minute)
  • Defeating a defending Pokemon (CP of Pokemon defeated divided by 10)
  • Winning a Raid battle (+ 1000 Badge XP)
  • Giving Berries to Pokemon held at the Gym (+ 10 Badge XP, as well as 20 Stardust and a possibility of Candy)

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The additional experience points are given as follows:

  • Bronze: additional: 500 XP; total: 500 XP
  • Silver: additional: 3500; XP total: 4000 XP
  • Gold: additional: 26,000; XP total: 30,000 XP

Each Gym now has six slots that can house one defending Pokemon each. Prestige has been replaced by Motivation. Every Pokemon in a Gym now has a motivation meter. Motivation is a new measurement of the Pokemon’s desire to defend a location. They lose motivation over time and by losing battles against opposing team members. 

As a Pokemon is losing its motivation, its combat power will temporarily decrease. When the motivation meter reaches zero, the Pokemon leaves the Gym and returns to its Trainer the next time it loses a battle.

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You can keep the motivation high by giving treats to the monsters at your Gym. Treats such as Berries increase motivation. Golden Razz Berries, Razz Berries, Nanab Berries, and Pinap Berries are all acceptable and, in fact, welcome. Also, all Berries provide the same increase in motivation, with the exception of the Golden Razz Berry, which fully restores it.

You’ll earn Stardust and XP for giving Berries to Pokemon defending Gyms. 

You can earn PokeCoins by keeping your Pokemon at the Gyms. The longer it's there, the more Coins you'll receive. When the Pokemon leaves a Gym, it will return to your collection, bringing back PokeCoins with it. The Coins are only redeemable after the Pokemon is back in your collection.

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Photo Discs can now also be found at Gyms. The higher tier your Gym Badge is, the better items from the Photo Discs you can obtain. When collecting items at Gyms, the probability of getting items that aid in battle such as Potions and Revives is higher.

Also, the level cap for participating in a Raid Battle is 20, at the time of writing.