- A Pokemon GO player’s Tyranitar has been defending the same Gym for over 54 years, which is an absurdly long time.
- The glitch causing Pokemon to get stuck in Gyms is a common occurrence among Pokemon GO players.
- Players have suggested improvements for Gyms in Pokemon GO, but there is no indication yet that adjustments will be made.
A Pokemon GO player has revealed that their Tyranitar has been defending the same Gym for over 54 years. When a Pokemon GO player reaches level 5, they unlock Gym battles, which are part of the PvP experience in Niantic’s game.
Pokemon GO‘s Gym battles work differently from the mainline games and allow players to take command of Gyms in their area. Once a player becomes a Gym leader, they must assemble up to six Pokemon to defend it. Meanwhile, Pokemon GO players who attack a defended Gym and succeed will take control of it. Battling Gyms is a consistent way of securing XP and coins, so players seek to control Gyms for as long as possible. But to the surprise of one Pokemon GO player, they discovered that one of their critters was defending a Gym for an absurd amount of time.
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Reddit user ItsDanaMarie13 discovered that their Tyranitar has been defending the same Gym for over 54 years. In the screenshot, Tyranitar appears defending a Gym for more than 19730 hours. Despite the confusing situation, the player took it with good humor and received humorous reactions from other Redditors. Pokemon GO has Gym badges and medals that players earn by defending a Gym for a certain period of time. Despite this, the OP replied that the glitch didn’t change their Gym defense medal, signifying that the error was only visual and had no impact on gameplay such as better rewards.
In the comments, players reported having experienced the same situation as ItsDanaMarie13, although not for the same amount of time. Pokemon getting stuck in Gyms has become a fairly common occurrence among Pokemon GO players. A notable case happened in 2017 when a glitch trapped players’ Pokemon as Gym defenders even though they were empty, preventing trainers from receiving rewards. In Tyranitar’s case, a Redditor explained that the glitch makes Pokemon GO count the date the Pokemon is defending the Gym from January 1, 1970, resulting in an incorrect display of time.
Pokemon GO‘s Gym battles are an exciting and engaging part of the gameplay for attacking and defending trainers. While this feature is quite popular, players have already offered ideas for Pokemon GO to improve Gyms and optimize gameplay. Niantic hasn’t yet indicated that it plans to make adjustments of this nature, but as Pokemon GO is always testing new features, trainers wait for the day that Gyms finally get an overhaul.
After a test run via an April Fools’ joke on Google Maps, Pokemon GO was released to the public in the summer of 2016. The AR mobile app saw unparalleled success and continues to be one of the largest mobile games in the world, pulling in billions for developer Niantic.