GO Battle League

GO Battle League is a feature in Pokémon GO that allows trainers to battle opponents around the globe in online Trainer Battles. The feature is released on January 29th, 2020.[1] It is only available to Trainers level 10 and up. Only one Pokémon of a single species can be assigned to a Battle Party.

Since April 10th, 2020, the GO Battle League leaderboard was introduced to show the top five hundred Trainers in the world.[2] It is temporarily disabled.

It is currently at Season 2. The formats are:

  • Battle League Great Great League: May 11th, 2020 to June 1st, 2020
  • Battle League Ultra Ultra League: June 1st, 2020 to July 6th, 2020
  • Battle League Master Master League: July 6th, 2020 to July 20th, 2020
  • GO Battle League All three Leagues and Premier Cup: July 20th, 2020 to July 27th, 2020

Entering GO Battle League

To access GO Battle League in game:

  1. in Map View touch Main Menu button Button Main Menu
  2. touch Battle button

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trainers now do not require walking or PokéCoins to unlock battle sets in GO Battle League.[3]

Participation in GO Battle League requires unlocking a GO Battle League set, which grants you access to play a series of 5 matches. Your first set is free, and you can unlock future sets by walking 3 km.

If you do not want to walk, a "Battle Now" button will appear, giving you the option to unlock one set by spending PokeCoin 200, PokeCoin 100 or PokeCoin 50 if at least 2 km, 1 km or less than 1 km remaining respectively.

You can view your progress towards earning a set on the Battle page, plus you'll receive an in-app notification and see a red dot on the Main Menu's Battle button when you’ve unlocked a set. Trainers can only unlock a maximum of 5 (6 in Season 2) sets per day, but can still accumulate distance for the future's set.

If one loses all 5 matches in a set, they can continue playing in that same set until scoring a win for up to 15 losses, after which they will move to the next set.

Ranks and Ratings

Rank is a measure how many matches you've played and/or won. Once you attain a new rank, you cannot drop below it for the rest of the season. Reaching rank 7 can see your rating. Losses do not affect rank but lower matchmaking rating. Ending a season with a higher rank results in better end-of-season rewards.

Only playing the GO Battle League global matching system influences the GO Battle League Rank.

Rank Requirement
Rank 1 Start
Rank 2 Complete 5 Battles
Rank 3 Win 2 Battles (after reaching rank 2)
Rank 4 Win 4 more Battles
Rank 5 Win 8 more Battles
Rank 6 Win 10 more Battles
Rank 7 Win 14 more Battles
Rank 8 Reach rating of 2000+
Rank 9 Reach rating of 2500+
Rank 10 Reach rating of 3000+


Before beginning a set, pick the type of rewards you wish to receive (Basic Rewards or Premium Rewards) before searching for a match. You must exchange a Premium Battle Pass to receive Premium Rewards. Winning a match unlocks one reward.


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Stardust RT-Icon Item-Reward RT-Icon Encounter Rare Candy Stardust


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
RT-Icon Encounter RT-Icon Item-Reward Stardust Charged TM Rare Candy

The random items include:

Reaching rank 10 can earn avatar items and an avatar pose inspired by Steven.


Higher ranks include Pokémon rewarded in lower ranks. The Pokémon are set at level 20 with IV floor of 10/10/10. Stunfisk is the first encounter in rank 4. Rufflet is the first encounter in rank 8. Scraggy is the first encounter in rank 9. Pikachu Libre is the first encounter in rank 10, one only.

Unlock Rank Possible Pokémon Encounters
Rank 1 Metagross Snivy Tepig Oshawott
Rank 4 Skarmory Beldum Stunfisk
Rank 7 Lapras Larvitar Shieldon Litwick Deino
Rank 8 Rufflet
Rank 9 Scraggy
Rank 10 Pikachu female libre

End-of-season rewards


According to Niantic, battling has been a core part of the Pokémon universe since the very beginning. This feature would build upon Trainer Battles, then-current form of player vs. player battling that exists within Pokémon GO. Like many Pokémon GO features, GO Battle League would encourage players to get out and explore the world with Pokémon. Trainers would be able to walk in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League, then battle opponents from around the globe through an online matching system and rise in the ranks of the league. This feature should make the Pokémon GO battling experience more competitive and accessible to more Trainers.[4]

With different seasons of GO Battle League, there were significant changes to this feature including Pokémon rewards pool and moving Pokémon encounter reward into third place in the free set. After Season 1 has concluded, Legendary and Mythical Pokémon ceased to appear in rewards pool.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the walking-distance requirement was temporarily removed from the GO Battle League feature and players can access 5 sets of this battles each day.


  • January 29th, 2020 - GO Battle League was open being available for players level 40
  • Two hours later - GO Battle League was made available for players level 37 and above 
  • One hour later - GO Battle League was made available for players level 35 and above
  • January 30th, 2020 - GO Battle League was made available for players level 33 and above
  • Two hours later - GO Battle League was made available for players level 30 and above
  • January 31st, 2020 - GO Battle League was made available for players level 10 and above


Pokémon GO Dev Insights GO Battle League

Pokémon GO Dev Insights GO Battle League



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