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I went to one of my Teams gyms and there were a few slots still open so I clicked on add and I backed out real quick because I wanted to level up my Pokémon a little more. When i did i went to go put it back in but the button had disappeared but there were still two slots open. So I went to another one of my Teams gyms but just like the last gym there were slots open but the add button was no longer there. I understand the whole leveling up thing. But I should be able to add my Pokémon if there are still slots open just like how I was gonna do before I decided to level him up first. I tried restarting the game and my phone in hopes that was the issue but it wasn't. So now none of the gyms that my Team has I can put any Pokémon in even when there's slots open to put them in there which is kinda making me upset considering thats 1/3 of the game...so if someone can explain to me why even though there are open slots why can't I make my Pokémon join them anymore and what can I do to fix the issue? Like I said I was able to join them earlier until I backed out real quick to level my Pokémon CP up a few more digits. Go to go back in not even a minute later and now no gym for my Team will let me join them. Join button is completely gone now.

  • How are you working out "open slots" for the gym? Please refer to this answer gaming.stackexchange.com/a/273438/140518 for some info about gym levels and Pokemon spaces available. – Theyna Aug 18 '16 at 23:48
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    It might help if you can post a screenshot? It sounds like those slots have been taken by the time you come back. – Tim Malone Sep 20 '16 at 19:08
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This happened to me a few days ago. I was with 4 friends and only one space in the gym (we're all in the same team) and only one of us could put a pokemon in the gym. It turned out to be, that the game I think has a bug that only enables the first person who entered the gym to add pokemon and so on.

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    In fact, it's probably a feature. It lock the gym to prevent other players too add pokemon in the slot while you are adding one. – Jouramie Aug 19 '16 at 15:57
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    Yeah, it could be that aswell. I think its a good think actually you dont lose your spot to other players. – Juan Carlos Aug 19 '16 at 16:06
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A gym, when totally defeated, never loses its initial level. If you and a team of 3 took down a level 2 gym, then only 2 Pokémon could go into that gym until you guys level it more. Similarly, if you and 2 friends took down a level 5 gym, you could put three Pokémon on it. Though the gym only shows one empty spot, it actually has 2 more open until other team members fill it or a rival team takes it down.

Edit: Source: Personal experience.

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    This is confusing, but if I understand what you're saying, it's incorrect. When a team completely takes down a rival gym, it starts with no team. The 1st person to take it by adding a Pokemon immediately levels it up to level 2, because adding a Pokemon to a gym adds 2,000 prestige, which is the threshold for level 2. This opens another spot for their team. The next threshold is 4,000, which means the next Pokemon that is added takes it up to level 3, opening another slot. After that slot is filled, the prestige will be on 6,000, requiring some training to level it again (level 4 is 8k). – Tim Malone Sep 20 '16 at 19:05
  • @TimMalone Yeah, that's what I said. Except you added more figures. Bravo-yay, I bet you're so proud of yourself. – ToTheMax Sep 20 '16 at 19:28
  • And it's not confusing, you actually just made my answer more convoluted. – ToTheMax Sep 20 '16 at 19:30
  • Actually, Tim's answer is way more clear than yours is. The way you described it sounds like the gym level carries over at the point it was when you defeated it, which is wrong. – Frank Sep 20 '16 at 19:35
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    I don't think that's correct at all. What proof do you have of that? – Frank Sep 20 '16 at 20:24

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