Okay, I'm level 5, I have Pokemon that aren't currently defending a gym that are stronger than one of the Pokemon in a gym, but not another, do I have to defeat both for my Pokemon to be eligible to defend the gym? The gym is owned by my team.

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    Wait, how is this a duplicate? This question is about gym levels, the other question is about damaged Pokemon. The question titles might be similar, but answers are completely different.
    – Ellesedil
    Jul 11, 2016 at 23:29
  • @Ellesedil that's what /I/ thought!
    – Throsby
    Jul 12, 2016 at 2:20

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If a gym belongs to your own team it can hold one defending Pokemon for each gym level. So a level 1 gym can hold 1 defender, level 2 can hold 2 defenders, etc. The spots are basically on a first come first serve basis. To level up the gym you can do "training" battles with the Pokemon that are in the gym by clicking the boxing glove icon on the bottom right.

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    Oh, okay so I need to level up the gym
    – Throsby
    Jul 10, 2016 at 3:34

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