I understand that in order to receive a reward from a gym, I have to leave a Pokemon there. However, the exact requirements to collect a reward are elusive to me.

I left a Pokemon at a gym earlier after defeating the current team, but it was removed shortly afterwards and I have not received any rewards.

Does the Pokemon have to fend off a certain amount of challengers, or be there for a certain amount of time?

I live in a very populated area and the gyms have a turnover time of minutes, sometimes hours. Nobody holds a gym for very long as far as I can tell.

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Since Pokemon Go's launch, Gyms have been majorly overhauled. Here's the updated mechanics:

To receive gym defense awards, you must place Pokémon in allied gyms, where they will remain indefinitely, until knocked out by trainers on opposing teams. You can have up to 20 Pokemon defending gyms at once.

A Pokemon will earn 1 coin for every 10 minutes spent defending the gym, with the coins rewarded when the Pokemon is knocked out. You can earn a maximum of 50 coins per day, so a single Pokemon in a gym will hit the 50 coin cap in about 8 hours and 20 minutes.

If a second Pokemon is also knocked out on the same day, it's coins are forefeit. However, if it is knocked out on a different day, you will receive the 50 coins from it's defense.

So if you are trying to earn coins, it is best to capture multiple gyms in order to maximize your coin yield. You may also have more luck capturing gyms where the Pokemon have been defending it for a while, and where their CP heart is low, as not only will it be easier to defeat the gym, but it also means your Pokemon have more chance of staying on the gym for the full 8 hours.

For more information, see Niantic's help guide: https://niantic.helpshift.com/hc/en/6-pokemon-go/faq/383-earning-the-defender-bonus/


UPDATE: Apparently, Niantic has taken notice of everyone's complaints about the slower rate that coins come in from defending Pokémon. There has now been another change to the rate at which defending Pokémon earn coins. Instead of 1 coin per hour, it is now 1 coin per 10 minutes up to a maximum of 50 per day. From the Silph Road subreddit:

Update: There have now been 2 silent changes to coin accrual in the new system:

Coins are now granted 6x more frequently: in 10 minute increments, rather than hourly

Gym coin earnings are now capped at 50 coins/day

The new limit was confirmed on Niantic's support page, but has since been removed. This is what it originally said:

You redeem your PokéCoins only after your Pokémon returns from the Gym. You can redeem a maximum bonus of 50 PokéCoins per day. If you have more than one Pokémon return from Gyms in a single day, the maximum bonus for the day is still limited to 50 PokéCoins.

Regardless, the maximum is still 50 coins per day, which means that after a Pokémon has been in a gym for 8 hours and 20 minutes, it will no longer earn any coins for you.

As of the recent update that completely overhauled the gym system, the length of time a Pokémon is in a gym determines how many Pokécoins you are rewarded and you are given this reward all at once as soon as the defending Pokémon is returned to you.

Based on the observations of players here, it appears that there is a minimum amount of time a Pokémon needs to be in a gym before it will give any rewards upon being removed from the gym. From the comments there, it looks like the minimum amount of time a Pokémon must be in a gym is 1 hour, at which point, you will be rewarded a varying amount of Pokécoins starting at just 1 Pokécoin when the Pokémon is returned to you.

Having one in for over an hour still results in no coins.

*edit: GOT MY 1 COIN, after crashing/restarting the app. must have been a glitch.

Mine was in the gym for over an hour and I also fed him a berry before being returned. ... just got my 1 coin

My snorlax was kicked out and came back with one coin only

How long approx was it in for?

A little over an hour I think.

  • Are you quoting the pokecoins limit from Niantic's support page? It might have changed; I do not see any reference to a limit.
    – Jerry
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 12:05
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    @Jerry yeah, it was originally on the Niantic support page. They updated the page and removed that passage.
    – Vemonus
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 14:09

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