Gold Gym Badge In-depth Analysis

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USER SUBMITTED GUIDE | written by the one and only ChaterangaThe “Gym Rework” confused, challenged, and overall changed players opinions on battling over gyms. In the aftermath of the rework many players have been so consumed with the changes that they have not focused on the addition of Gym Badges.

This page helps clarify the benefits of having a golden Gym Badge.Leveling up your local gym now creates a dedicated stop for bonus items, as well as increasing your chance for more rewards from Raids.

Trainers have reported receiving up to 30 items from a gym on their seven day streak because they obtained their Gold badge. While others are reporting that Raids conducted at gyms with Gold badges are giving more Rare Candies or TM’s.

This guide will attempt to break down the features and criteria for unlocking the Gold badge at your local gym, and discuss some of the in game resources to help you better understand the Gym Badges.

By the Numbers

The game master file provides information on how Badge XP (BXP) is earned, and was discussed previously on Go HUB.

However, recent Reddit posts have had conflicting results and opinions about what affects or helps more with regards to gaining BXP.

Multiple comments and posts refer to factors like Victories, Time Defending, or Berries fed, but most arguments come from the game files showing Raids as the best way to achieve experience.

Through my research the only sure way to guarantee you unlock your Gold badge is to defend a gym for 16 days. Whether it is a bug in the code, or Niantic isnt implementing the BXP correctly, in my focus group Victories and Raids had no effect in the overall increase in BXP. Feeding your defender, specifically the Pokemon you own in a gym, does add some experience, but feeding other players defenders does not add to their BXP.

Holding a gym for one day should net you 1440 BXP and a Raid should give you 1000XP, however in two controlled gyms (See picture below) the Raids had no change to the experience bar. The main factor that determined any real increase in unlocking the Gold badge was “Time Defended”.

Understanding the Time Defended

A common misunderstanding with regards to “Time Defended” is that the total time defended is not added from a defender until they are returned to you. Similar to players who think that a defender in a gym for 24 hours will net them 50 coins, the new gym system does not calculate rewards until your Pokemon is returned to you.

A majority of players are organizing, or cross team collaborating, to knock each other out of gyms each day for the coin rewards so it is important to understand that the time you lose outside of the gym is reducing your ability to unlock the Gold badge faster. If you have a gym close to your house or residence and can stay in it longer you will unlock the benefits from the badge more quickly.

This is especially important for Raids at your local gym. In some cases you may share a local gym with a rival team and in that case use the in game feature that shows how long you have been in a gym to coordinate better, like giving each other a day at a time in the gym.

The Value of Gold

New players may not remember, but a past event gave six or more items to players during a colder time of year, and a lot of players enjoyed the fact that they could play the game quickly without grinding Pokestops. The new gym badge feature allows you to build up the gyms close to you, ultimately providing the same affect all year.

During the days of Summer no one minds taking long walks and gathering resources but when the weather changes having a gym that gives you 6-7 items, or multiple gyms that give you many items, will be a benefit to the players who earn these badges.

Niantic has used Pokestops in the past five major events, it is most likely that with future events the “Gymstops” will also give rewards as well, having a Gold badge on a gym could greatly help during these events.

Hopefully this guide has helped demonstrate the importance and advantage of Gold Badges, while highlighting the most important factors to unlocking it. Go for the Gold!

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  1. “…in my focus group Victories and Raids had no effect in the overall increase in BXP. ”

    When I participate in a raid at a Gym that I have never been to before, the badge is bronze afterwards without any attacking, defending or feeding.

    Also I have experienced Gym badges turning from bronze to silver while battling.

    So for me the BXP reward for those actions seems to work.

    “Through my research the only sure way to guarantee you unlock your Gold badge is to defend a gym for 16 days.”

    For me it was necessary to defend for at least 20 days to reach gold. This goes along with 30000 BXP being needed to reach gold, at least according to the game code.

    16 times 1440 BXP makes 23040 BXP so you will probably have earned the rest through raids and battles.

  2. i have 5 gold in my town, and ill another 5 in 1-2 weeks, it’s nice getting 7-10 + items per gym gold

  3. I live in a rural area of Brazil. Since the beggining of the game we only have 2 gyms and 2 pokestops (stop1 far away 700m from 2). I get lvl 40 in this conditions and a lot of travels to restock items in citys nearby but with this update I manage to get a ton of items from gyms. 2 weeks ago another gym was added and I get the gold medal in all. I get between 7-9 items for spin and my problem with items is now a thing in the past. I love this new update so much! This time Niantic do the things right!

      • You are both wrong. 16 days is of course not enough. 1 day is 1440 BXP so you’ve got 23,529 BXP (+10 because of the treat + 100 for the Pokémon deployed + some for spinning) but you need 30,000.

        And no, victories do not give a significant amount of BXP but only a small amount. Raids do give more but since it’s unlikely (at least here in a big city) that you do lots of raids at only one gym, it’s also not that important fo the gym badge.

        • Well, I admit that “significant” is a bit of an overstatement. While it is true that having your Pokemon to defend a gym per day gives more BXP than attending a raid or attacking a gym, doing so still adds to the count. I have joined raid 4 times in this gym already, so even I’m a few hours behind with the guy above, I still have a slight edge over him.

          • You’re right, in your situation with 4 raids done at the same gym it is an quite important factor. On the other hand, I have done 30 raids but not more than 2 at the same gym. In addition, those are not the gyms I frequently defend. So for my gyms with most BXP, no BXP comes from raids.

  4. To make it clear and transparent, I wish Niantic should provide us the amount of total BXP earned of each gym in absolute value just like the trainer’s XP.

  5. I got 35 items on my 7 day streak both times I did it from a gold gym. Also, anything that shows a number once you’ve completed a task for a gym gets points for that badge. I tested this out by ONLY raiding a certain gyms (got bronze immediately when completing a raid) and ONLY feeding at certain gyms (I have more experience than gyms I just spin the disc). You do get points for those action.

    • I found this out the other day when I spun the gym disc on an opposing gym for my 7 day streak. Dumb move, because I got a lot less items than I usually do (13 as opposed to 20+), so I can totally see where it would be advantageous to spin on a gold gym for the 7th day!

  6. Minor grammar note: “The new gym badge feature allows you to build up the gyms close to you, ultimately providing the same affect all year.”

    “affect” should be “effect” ☺️

  7. “A common misunderstanding with regards to “Time Defended” is that the
    total time defended is not added from a defender until they are returned
    to you.”

    Actually this is a common misunderstanding and you are wrong!!

    The “Time Defended” will be updated every time you open (tab on) the gym. The pokémon does not have to leave the gym. Of course if the gym is far away and you never come close, the time is updated when your Pokémon is kicked out but if there’s a gym in your neighborhood, the time updates every time you open it.

    • This is false I have been at 996/1000 hours on my gym leader medal for 3 days now, I spin my gym disk several times a day.

      • No, the author was talking about the total time defended shown for gym badges. This time will update everytime you spin while your mon is in the gym.

        You are talking about the medal.

  8. I get my time defended just from spinning the gym… I’ve had a vaporeon in a gym for 21 days and it shows that on both spots because I spin the stop every day

  9. first gold badge i had was a train station. at the time, 500 victories, 4 days defended, about 150 berrys fed and a few extra raids. So for me, the extra stuff besides days defended really helped..

  10. This article is so flawed it isn’t worth the paper it is written on.
    When an article starts by saying, there is a lot of discussion that contradicts each other, and no one knows fully yet….EXCEPT ME, THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE, I HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS WHILE NO ONE ELSE HAS WORKED IT OUT – I am instantly sceptical.
    The 16 days thing you guarantee is false.
    The part where you say Raids have no effect is flawed.
    When you say you don’t get updated time defending until the mon returns home is just plain wrong.

    Seriously, if you are going to start the article with something like “I have all the answers and everyone else is wrong” – then you probably should be more accurate in your information.

    This article is full of inaccurate misinformation….so much so that it does more harm than good.

    If you need screen shots to prove all of these points wrong, I can provide them – not that I am claiming I have done definitve studies that have indisputable results. I am simply saying it is very easy to prove wrong many of the things you claim to be absolute.

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