I leveled a friendly gym to level 8, which in turn opened up a slot for my Pokemon. When I went to add one of my own, the "Defend" button was nowhere to be found. I looked into the gym and it did in fact have a slot open. However, every time I tried to add, there was no button. I walked away and after about 10 minutes later, someone else added their Pokemon. Why is this?

  • Did you have a Pokémon already in said Gym?
    – Auro
    Oct 24, 2016 at 21:58
  • No, I had just trained it up to level 8. After opening up the Pokemon slot, I couldn't add one of my own. I've never had this issue before and it may or may not just be a temporary glitch. I'm just not sure if Niantic changed something. Oct 24, 2016 at 22:04
  • Well, maybe they changed something, there was a patch just now...or just normal desync. Oct 25, 2016 at 9:08

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There may be someone that beat you to adding a pokemon to the gym (or started viewing it before you). It's basically like a waiting list. When that person finishes their action, then it opens up for the next person. This is to prevent people that came to a gym after someone else was already trying to add one from stealing that gym spot.

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