I've seen a few gyms that have, as well as the spots and crown icons that indicate the Pokémon in the gym, have a vertical line between some of the spots, as in the image below.

What does this line indicate?

Screenshot showing a gym with six spots and a crown, with a vertical line between the fifth and sixth spot, highlighted by an arrow

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    There can be several lines or even just one for a lvl 9 gym.... Or 3 in a level 5 gym I feel this is not solved
    – user159510
    Jul 31, 2016 at 23:18
  • Not posting as an answer because it's speculative, but I believe the bars are related to gym fights ending because the attacker runs out of Pokemon. Some Pokemon in a gym show a message along the lines of "x battles won" (I'm using a non-English version, so I don't know the actual English term), which relates to the battles that ended with this Pokemon standing. Based on my limited observations, the bars could play a similar role and denote Pokemon where battles have recently ended with the attacker's complete defeat.
    – scenia
    Oct 4, 2016 at 15:44

3 Answers 3


That line indicates that the gym is above level 5.

It exists so that, at a glance, you can quickly tell the level of a gym just from the dots. Each dot represents a level and the crown represents one more. A filled dot is a Pokémon on the gym and the crown is the gym leader's Pokémon.

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    No, you can quickly tell the level of the gym by reading number to the right of level. It's useful to count how many Pokemon are in the gym should it not be full. Jul 28, 2016 at 21:45
  • Or they could simply use a number, not some silly dots or bars. They managed to do it right with the gym level after all :D
    – 0x0000eWan
    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:36
  • While that is true, that doesn't change the fact that it's the bar's only purpose. Even if the dots are unfilled, the bar is still in the same spot. UIs aren't required to only show a value in one format.
    – KOVIKO
    Jul 29, 2016 at 17:58
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    Yeah, but when you have to ask a question about purpose of such simple UI element then something is wrong...
    – 0x0000eWan
    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:21
  • I think the bar makes it cleaner. A blank space would accomplish the same effect, however.
    – KOVIKO
    Jul 30, 2016 at 18:26

This line is a grouping line to show sets of 5. It is to make it easier to count the number of pokemon in a gym, because counting lots of little dots can be difficult on tiny screens in the glaring sun. If you see a bar, you know there are five pokemon to the left of it, so you only have to count the number of bars and the dots to the right.

Number of pokemon in gym = (number of bars * 5) + dots/crown to the right of the last bar.

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    A slight correction: "Number of pokemon in gym = (number of bars * 5) + dots/crown to the right of *the last bar" (or 'rightmost' bar)
    – pay
    Jul 28, 2016 at 13:48
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    When you say there are 5 Pokemon do you mean five slots? or will the bar shift if there is an unfilled spot?
    – Aequitas
    Jul 28, 2016 at 14:56
  • @Aequitas I'm not actually sure. I'd guess it would actually be five slots instead of five pokemon, but I don't think I've ever seen a gym over level 5 with an empty slot in it.
    – Kadima
    Jul 28, 2016 at 15:12
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    @DasBeasto Which makes the whole 'you can glance at the bar when it's sunny' thing pointless because you could just read the gym level lol
    – Insane
    Jul 28, 2016 at 20:38
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    @MarioGarcia You don't have to eliminate every single pokémon in the gym. Even beating just few of them lowers the gym's prestige which will eventually lead to level decrease of the gym and kicking the weakest pokémon out.
    – 0x0000eWan
    Jul 29, 2016 at 12:39

The bar means that you only fight the first 5 as well as the most powerful as you can't fight more than 6 pokemon at a time.

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