I am fighting in the second Gym, against Lenora's Herdier, who keeps using Take Down against my Pokemon. It tends to kill or almost kill my Pokemon.
I would really like to beat this Gym - is there anything that I can do to keep from dying?
Herdier has quite a high base Attack stat for a Pokémon early in the game (80 base Attack), and Take Down is a strong move as well (90 base power). Since Herdier is a Normal type, the same as Take Down, it deals 1.5x the damage, resulting in a 135 base power attack from a Pokémon with a fairly high Attack stat – a force to be reckoned with. There are a couple ways of approaching this: