I opened up Pokémon Go to see if there were any raids in my area, and to my surprise there were multiple going on. One of the raids was occurring at a gym controlled by Mystic and the other gym was controlled by Valor.

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As any player of any team can participate in any raid, even ones controlled by other teams, are there any advantages when competing in a raid located at a gym that is controlled by a friendly team?


After defeating the Pokemon, you get a limited number of special poke balls (Premier Balls) to try to catch it. The number of balls you get is based on several factors, including team control of the gym.

So yes, winning a raid battle at a friendly gym gives you more chances to attempt to catch the Pokemon after winning than a gym controlled by another team.

Here are two screenshots after defeating a raid boss solo on a Mystic-controlled gym. The first is by an Instinct player; the second is Mystic.

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  • I've only done one raid so far, so there may be other benefits I missed or am forgetting – yoozer8 Jun 24 '17 at 21:14
  • "Based on several factors, including team control of the gym". Can you provide a source for that? It's not much to go on if you've one done one raid. I've only done one, with it being friendly, and I got 14 premier – Wondercricket Jun 24 '17 at 21:27
  • I've also seen this happen, and I'm sure I've seen it mentioned on The Silph Road, but don't have a source offhand unfortunately – Meindratheal Jun 24 '17 at 23:02
  • I'll try to get a screenshot of the math after my next raid. Or, if anyone else manages to get one, feel free to edit it into the answer – yoozer8 Jun 25 '17 at 13:21
  • @RCaetano Thanks for adding the screenshot. Where did you get the name "Premier Balls"? I didn't notice that mentioned anywhere. – yoozer8 Jun 25 '17 at 14:29

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