gym challenge rules
Post an OOC request in the information thread for the gym you intend to challenge and alert the appropriate leader using the @[Firstname Lastname] tagging format. You can find these pinned threads by navigating through the forum or by simply clicking the links in the gym descriptions below. Once you've made a request, the gym leader's player will either give you the go-ahead to post your IC challenge or, if they happen to be swamped, they will add you to a waiting list.
Each gym leader has a total of nine pokémon at their disposal: three at bronze tier, three at silver, and three at gold. The pokémon the challenger uses will directly affect the gym leader's selection of pokémon for the battle.
Each gym leader will use three pokémon during a challenge. Likewise, challengers may use up to three pokémon. One-on-one and two-on-two battles are not permitted. If a character has less than three pokémon in their possession, they are free to make do with what they have. Neither party is required to state their team prior to the battle.
Worthy opponents are expected to defeat the gym leaders, but not every match will end with the challenger winning. Just like in the games and the animated series, sometimes the challenger will have to regroup and train a little more - or devise a new tactic.
If your character is defeated by a gym leader, they are free to try again. However, the waiting period is one calendar week after the final post on the challenge thread.
If the challenger wins, each of their participating pokémon will receive three-times the normal experience towards their next battle-based tier-boost. That is, when claiming the boost for a pokémon, the gym thread can be cited three times instead of once. If the challenger loses the match, the player can still use the battle toward a tier boost, but it must be counted once, as a normal battle would be.
Gym Leader Rewards
Members playing gym leaders are also rewarded for their efforts. Win or lose, they may turn in gym battle threads for two-times the normal experience. However, since gym pokémon cannot increase in tier, this experience may be applied to the character's non-gym pokémon or to pokémon belonging to one of their other characters.
If you would like to battle a gym trainer
prior to challenging the leader, you must contact their player personally. These battles are entirely optional.