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][2] It is only available to Trainers level 10 and up. Only one Pokémon of a single species can be assigned to a Battle Party.

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

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.

When you do not want to walk, a "Battle Now" button will appear, giving you the option to unlock one set by spending 100 PokéCoins. The cost will reduce if as you approach the goal.

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 3 sets per day, but can still accumulate distance for the future's set.


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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.

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.

Higher ranks include Pokémon rewarded in lower ranks. The Pokémon are set at level 20 with IV floor of 10/10/10. Snorlax is the first guaranteed and Scraggy is the first encounter in rank 4.

Rank Possible Pokémon Encounters
Rank 1: Start
Rank 2: Complete 5 Battles
Rank 3: Complete 5 more Battles
Machop Snorlax Snivy Tepig Oshawott
Rank 4: Complete 5 more Battles
Rank 5: Win 5 Battles (after reaching rank 4)
Rank 6: Win 7 more Battles
Skarmory Meditite Scraggy
Rank 7: Win 10 more Battles
Rank 8: Reach rating of 1800+
Rank 9: Reach rating of 2100+
Rank 10: Reach rating of 2700+
Lapras Larvitar Shieldon Litwick Deino



  • Great League: January 29th, 2020 to February 10th, 2020
  • Ultra League: February 10th, 2020 to February 24th, 2020
  • Master League: February 24th, 2020 to March 9th, 2020


Battling has been a core part of the Pokémon universe since the very beginning. This new feature that will build upon Trainer Battles, the current form of player vs. player battling that exists within Pokémon GO. Like many Pokémon GO features, GO Battle League will encourage players to get out and explore the world with Pokémon. Trainers will 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.



A special Dev Insights video will be released shortly.[1]



  • Initially, unlocking a set required to walk 5 km and at least 2 km was needed first to unlock via PokéCoins.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Coming 2020: GO Battle League. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-10-21.
  2. Battle other Trainers globally soon—the GO Battle League has started rolling out!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-01-30.

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