I was looking at my Pokemon's stats when I noticed that my Pokemon actually has two moves available.

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However, I could only use the top move in a recent Gym battle. Why is this?

Also, what do the blue bars represent?

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    Does the game not explain any of this stuff? I'm just seeing a lot of questions and self answers from you today and it makes me scared to play because I feel like it's going to be tricky!
    – user11502
    Jul 7, 2016 at 3:34
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    @Ash Some of these things are, some aren't as well explained as they should be. I'm just getting free rep and building up the answers here. ^^
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Jul 7, 2016 at 3:37
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    you will want to be careful, if people think you are just seeding stuff for rep, it's likely to be ill recieved.
    – user11502
    Jul 7, 2016 at 3:49
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    I personally appreciate it. IMO the UX is pretty poor, in that there are a lot of features that are ill explained and unintuitive. The blue bars under the second move is one such thing, to me. I see this screen and can kind of figure out a few things, like the top move is probably the basic attack and has a power of 10, and the second move is a special attack and has a power of 50. But what are those blue bars? Do they represent max power? Crit? Special attack? PP? I have no clue Jul 7, 2016 at 5:54
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    @Ash: I can confirm that the game has rubbish in game help and tutorials are no good. If I didn't have friends playing I'd have had to google how to throw a pokeball. You'd think they'd have at least explained how to catch pokemon well, right? :(
    – Chris
    Jul 8, 2016 at 14:39

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The way you use your charged attack has now changed as of 12/8/2017. Previously, you were required to press and hold on your Pokémon to use your charged attack. In this update, Niantic added a new button dedicate to performing charged attacks

Updated the battle interface to include a dedicated button for performing a Charged Attack.

Using an image from Google images, you can see this new button, along with the charged bars which were once on the top left, on the bottom of your screen.

New charged attack button


Note: This answer has been obsoleted since version 0.85.2 (released 2017-12-08).

Please see wondercricket's answer for the new way of using a charge move.

To use a Pokemon's second move, you must press and hold on the Pokemon during a battle. The screen will "shrink" and gain a letterbox effect, and the Pokemon will use its second attack.

However, the second attack can only be used when it's "charged" by using regular attacks repeatedly. During a Gym battle, you can see how charged the attack is by looking at the blue bars.

As you can see by the screenshot in the question, there are two bars. This represents that you can use the second attack twice, provided both bars are charged.

After depleting the bars by using the second attack, you may re-charge them to re-enable the second attack.

  • This answer is now outdated as of the 12/08/17 update to the game. see this answer
    – Rapitor
    Dec 13, 2017 at 17:34

The bars represent "Charges" of your special move, you can store up charges of special up to the number of bars, with smaller bars filling quicker. Essentially you could have 1 bar dealing 100 damage, or 4 bars dealing 25 damage and they would take the same time to fill up, but you would cast the 100 once and the 25 4 times.

Hold attack to use it when charged.

  • In the case of the OP's screenshot, if you filled 2 bars, and then used Body Slam, would it do 2x 50 dmg? Or would 2 bars do 50dmg, and 1 bar half of that?
    – dcastro
    Jul 20, 2016 at 13:30
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    in other words, is it 50 dmg per bar, or 50 dmg if both bars are filled?
    – dcastro
    Jul 20, 2016 at 15:29

You're inventing new rules. Two bars means you need two bars to perform the attack. Damage will be 50 per attack as always.

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