A reddit user reported that new gym scaling update has been introduced in his area (Kansas City, Missouri). If you’re not aware, Niantic announced that Gym Level scaling is coming (but only when training a friendly gym).

By the looks of it, the public testing is in progress and Kansas City is one of the lucky places to get the scaling first. We’re the first ones to report on this, so share this news with your friends! 🙂

New Gym Scaling update is being deployed

As per reports, Combat Power of the Pokemon inside the gym are lowered to a value near the attacking Trainer’s level. No indication that a CP change is applied is visible, but Trainers have figured out a way to track it.

The original report mentions receiving lower than expected Prestige levels while training, indicating that the defending Pokemon CP is lowered.

If you attack a gym with a Pokemon whose Level is higher than yours, that Pokemon’s Level is reduced to somewhere around your Level, making it much easier to train friendly gyms.

How does Gym Scaling Update work?

As per trainer reports, the new values seem to fall in line with adjusting the defender CP to the attacking trainer’s level.

One of the comments on the original reddit thread sums it up pretty nice:

“Thanks for the info. This could indicate that defender pokemon during training is in fact scaled down by trainer level rather than the CP of training pokemon. It appears the slowbro was of a higher level and was scaled down to match your trainer level. A level 24 slowbro with perfect IV’s has a max CP of 1781. This is consistent with your battles:

  • 1626 Exegg < 1781 Slowbro = 500 Prestige
  • 1863 Exegg > 1781 Slowbro = 250 Prestige
  • 1791 Snorlax > 1781 Slowbro = 250 Prestige

Admittedly only one example before actual implementation is not enough to draw any real conclusions, but at least it is interesting. I do wonder how multiple attackers/trainers will be calculated.” – source