I am sorry if this question has been asked already, but I am super confused! Today I saw a gym that had been taken over by team mystic, which I am as well. It was a level 3 gym with only 2 Pokemon in it. I placed my highest Pokemon in there and actually became the gym leader. About a half hour later I was looking at my phone and noticed it was being attacked. I figured it was going to be taken over by one of the other teams. It turned grey and stayed that way for about 5 minutes which was odd. Then It went right back to blue and stayed at a level 3 gym with 3 Pokemon in there. Although I got kicked out! I looked to see what level everyone else's Pokemon were and there was only one that was higher than me. I thought when it was a "friendly" battle that it would just take the prestige points up and open up another slot for another blue team member. Why did I get kicked out?

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    Most likely several members of your team were close to the gym when it was defeated, and one of them put their pokemon into it before anyone from another team, recapturing it for your team. – yoozer8 Aug 4 '16 at 19:53
  • I have no source so I won't add this as an answer but what I'm guessing happened is that in those 5 minutes that it stayed gray it was actually retaken by your team and then the 3 Pokemon were added. You were not kicked out technically, your team was defeated and then sneaked back in before the enemy team could "capture" it. – Virusbomb Aug 4 '16 at 19:57

You got kicked out because the gym was defeated and reduced to level 0. All the pokemon in there were knocked out, one by one. Some of your teammates then "sniped" the gym before whoever defeated it could claim the gym for their own team, and it was fully repopulated with new pokemon.

The attack you noticed was not friendly training, and the gym going grey was the game showing all the old pokemon leaving the gym. If you check usernames, you'll probably see that none of the trainers are the same ones you joined when you defended the gym, and all the pokemon placed there changed too.

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  • This is untrue i was just kicked out of a level 8 gym and all the pokemon above me are still there – user165835 Sep 9 '16 at 17:36
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    @James if "the pokemon above you" are still there, then I would assume the gym was attacked to the point where you were kicked out. Then the attackers gave up/could not continue. People on your team may have then boosted the prestige back up. – Trent Hawkins Sep 9 '16 at 23:36
  • Defenders get kicked out from the lowest CP first. Every level drop will immediately kick one defender out. – Nelson Sep 28 '16 at 2:02

Anyone can take over a Gym after the team that was controlling it has been kicked out.

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