Gym Badge Experience

Pokémon GO Gym Badges

Gym Badge experience is a metric of your reputation with a Pokémon GO gym. You need 500XP for Bronze, 4000XP for Silver and 30000XP for Gold variants of Badges.

This page details how to gain Gym Badge experience using several different methods.

Gym Badge Experience Pokémon GO
Badge XP Requirement
Bronze 500
Silver 4000
Gold 30000

Actions that reward Gym Badge Experience

Action Reward Multiplier
Defending a Gym 1XP reward * minutes defending
Feeding a Berry 10XP /
Deploying a Defender 100XP /
Winning a Raid 1000XP /
Winning a Battle 0.01XP reward * defender CP
Lose a Battle 5XP /

One redditor named DrThod created a table that shows how these rewards compare to simply defending a Gym:

Task BXP Equivalent days defending How often needed to equal full day defence
Defending 1 day 1440 1 1
Raid 1000 0.694 1.44
Gym with 6 defenders / 2500 CP each + placing Pokémon 435 0.302 3.3
Placing Pokémon 100 0.069 14.4

Gym Badge Experience farming

The tables above suggest the following:

  • Attend Raids! Raids are overall the best mechanism to farm Badge XP, as it’s required to do 30 raids at a single Gym to gain a Golden Badge. This may seem like a lengthy process, and it surely is, but it’s still much faster than relying on Berry feeding alone
  • Placing defenders in stagnant Gyms is an excellent strategy to gain Gym Badge XP, but your Coin gain will suffer, as you will likely amass more than 2-3 days worth of Time defending
  • Attack Gyms, but do be aware that you will burn through your resources fast. Revives are your best friend for this option
  • Deploy Pokémon, as it gives a solid 100XP
  • Be vary of feeding, as it promotes stagnant Gyms and is the slowest overall method of leveling up your Gym badge. Berries are very slow and very inefficient, but they are an acceptable method in Gyms where you can’t place or which can’t be attacked.