Pokémon GO is currently undergoing field tests in Japan, and news continues to filter out. The folks over at the Silph Road subreddit have put together a very handy infographic, so that those of you not playing the beta (which is probably almost all of you) can understand how combat works in Pokémon GO. Have a look at it below.


Regular battles in the game will continue to be turn-based, but gym battles will, interestingly, be in real-time. You have to dodge attacks by swiping. When an attack is about to hit, a red crosshair appears, which warns you to time your swipe just right. When you need to attack, you can choose to make either a weak but quick attack, or a strong but slow attack. Quick attacks require merely tapping on the screen.

You get 120 seconds to beat the Pokémon in the gym. If you succeed and the Pokémon is beaten, the timer restarts. Gyms can also be used to train in, which provides benefits to that gym, levelling it up. Players can have their own gyms in the game, so it’s fairly important to level them up.

Pokémon GO does not have a release date yet, but is expected to arrive some time later this year. According to The Pokémon Company, the game will first be released in Japan, North America and Europe, followed by a wider release in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East and South America.

What do you think about real-time gym battles in Pokémon GO? Let us know in the comments below.


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