One of the most enjoyable changes that came with the recent Pokémon GO update is not one that was explicitly mentioned like the raids or the gym badge opportunities, but it’s a side effect that players seem to really be enjoying.
With the way the new gyms have been remodeled, players can now work together to build a themed gym, just like you’d see in traditional Pokémon games.
Pictures of these organized gyms have been popping up online since the update as players are figuring out that creating a themed gym is both entertaining and an entirely plausible strategy with the new motivation system in place.
One of the most sensible themed gym options, shown above, is an Eevee evolution gym. Seeing Eevee and its various final forms standing side-by-side is a welcome change from checking in on a gym only to find it absolutely stacked to the brim with Blissey and Dragonite, something that was all too common before the update that limited how many of each could be charged with defending the gym. Putting a limit of six fighters also adds to the theme appeal and makes it seem much more like you’re battling a traditional gym.
Eevee gyms may be one of the more popular options, but other themes are beginning to show up as well, such as a nursery gym posted on TheSilphRoad featuring a bunch of tiny defenders who now have a chance since they can be kept around by being fed berries.