- 07 Apr 2017 20:53
They are competitive gyms, meaning that the Pokemon are made to counter the usual opponents. If you bring a full team of Wartortle, then you can expect to be beaten - it is about strategy, and actually training your Pokemon. Electric moves make great counter for Water type Pokemon, and that is why the Fire gym has them.
Considering you can get TMs pretty much by endless means (buying from players, awarded at gyms, through TMtrade, boss drops, pokeloot, NPC shops), there is no reason why we would restrict gyms to non-TM moves.
As for starting area, unless you really are keen to learn, you will miss on many cues we do give, through /kit books, our spawn, our staff, and well, quests.