We have already learnt about exploration, encounters and PokéStops in Pokémon GO, and now The Pokémon Company and Niantic have shared more details about how battles will work in their mobile collaboration.
These will similar to those seen in the mainline series, in that players battle with any Pokémon that they have caught to gain control of a Gym. You will use your Pokémon’s attacks to defeat the defending Pokémon, dodging incoming attacks by swiping left and right on the screen.
Once defeated, the Gym’s Prestige will be reduced and, when it reaches zero, the defending team will lose control of it and the victor’s Pokémon can be selected to defend the Gym. When a team has control of a gym, team members can increase its Prestige and level by training their own Pokémon with others that are defending it.
As the Gym reaches higher levels, the defending team will have the chance to assign more Pokémon to defend it from the trainers that attack it. Players can also team up with their friends, to battle together at a rival Gym to help take down strong Gyms more quickly.
New screenshots have been released but The Pokémon Company International has reiterated that, as Pokémon GO is still in active development, features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not finalised.
Pokémon GO will be released as a free download on the App Store and Google Play.