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GO Battle League is a feature in Pokémon GO that allows trainers to battle opponents around the globe in online Trainer Battles. The feature was 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.

To access GO Battle League in-game, from Map View, Trainers need to tap the Main Menu button Button Main Menu.png and tap the Battle button White Button Battle.png. GO Battle League is split into sets of five matches each. Trainers can only play a maximum of 5 sets per day (a total of 25 matches). During GO Battle Nights, Trainers can do up to 20 sets in the duration of the event (a total of 100 matches).

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

Current Season

GO Battle League is currently at Season 9. The formats are:

Formats Start Date End Date
Battle League Great.png Great League
Battle League Great.png Great League Remix
August 30th, 2021 September 13th, 2021
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra League
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra League Remix
September 13th, 2021 September 27th, 2021
Battle League Master.png Master League
Battle League Master.png Master League Classic
Premier Ball.png Little Jungle Cup
September 27th, 2021 October 11th, 2021
Battle League Great.png Great League October 11th, 2021 October 25th, 2021
Battle Cup Halloween.png Halloween Cup October 15th, 2021 November 2nd, 2021
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra League
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra Premier Classic
October 25th, 2021 November 8th, 2021
Battle League Master.png Master League
Battle League Master.png Master Premier Classic
Premier Ball.png Special Cup: Players' Choice (TBD)
November 8th, 2021 November 22nd, 2021
Battle League Great.png Great League
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra League
Battle League Master.png Master League
November 22nd, 2021 November 29th, 2021

Battle Leagues

For the leagues and cups in the current season, see Season 9 → Formats.

GO Battle League uses a similar Battle Leagues mechanic as seen in normal Trainer Battles. The Leagues have the Remix and Classic variants. Remix bans the most popular Pokémon decided by officials. Classic only allows the Pokémon that have not been powered up by Candy XL. Special Battle Leagues, called Cups, are also featured at certain times.

The following is a list of all leagues and cups featured in the GO Battle League:

League Icon Minimum Requirements to Unlock Constraints
Great League Battle League Great.png No Minimum Requirement Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Ultra League Battle League Ultra.png 3 Pokémon with 1,500 CP or Higher Max CP per Pokémon: 2,500
Master League Battle League Master.png 3 Pokémon with 2,500 CP or Higher No limit
Cups
Premier Cup Premier Cup CP limit dependent on the current League
Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are banned
Flying Cup Flying Cup Only Flying-type Pokémon allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Halloween Cup Halloween Cup Only Poison-, Ghost-, Bug-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon allowed, excluding Legendary and Mythical ones
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Little Cup Little Cup Only Pokémon that are able to evolve and have not evolved even once allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 500
Kanto Cup Kanto Cup Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number between #001 and #151 allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Catch Cup Catch Cup Only Pokémon caught during the ongoing Season allowed, excluding Mythical ones
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Holiday Cup Holiday Cup Only Normal-, Grass-, Electric-, Ice-, Flying- and Ghost-type Pokémon allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Love Cup Love Cup See Season 6 for Pokémon allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Retro Cup Retro Cup Dark-, Steel- and Fairy-type Pokémon banned
Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Element Cup Element Cup Only Fire-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon that are able to evolve and have not evolved even once allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 500
Bidoof Cup Bidoof Cup Only Bidoof allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 500
Little Jungle Cup Little Jungle Cup Only Normal-, Grass-, Electric-, Poison-, Ground-, Flying-, Bug and Dark-types Pokémon allowed
Max CP per Pokémon: 500

Ranks and Ratings

For the ranks and ratings in the current season, see Season 9 → Ranks and Ratings.

A Trainer's rank is a measure of their progress in the current GO Battle League season. The requirements to reach the next rank depend on the Trainer's current rank but usually involve completing or winning a total number of matches. Once a Trainer reaches a new rank, they cannot drop below it for the rest of the season; losing matches does not lower a Trainer's rank. Ending a season with a higher rank results in a higher amount of Stardust at the end of the season, and certain rewards are locked behind the highest ranks.

A Trainer's rating is a measure of their battle performance. This is used to match Trainers in battles with other Trainers of similar skill. Winning matches will increase a Trainer's rating, while losing matches will decrease the rating. Trainers cannot see what their rating is until they reach a specific rank in the season.

Ranks and ratings are only affected by playing the GO Battle League. Battling friends or NPCs will not influence a Trainer's GO Battle League rank or rating.

Rewards

For the rewards in the current season, see Season 9 → Rewards.

At the start of each set of matches, Trainers need to pick the rewards they'll receive from that set: Basic Rewards, which are free, or Premium Rewards, which require exchanging a Premium Battle Pass. The next match reward in the set is only granted if the Trainer wins the next match. These rewards include Pokémon encounters, Stardust, Rare Candy, and a random item which awards one of the following:

The exact specifics on rewards are different for each season. The amount of Stardust and Rare Candy, and the order of the rewards, depends on which reward set the Trainer chose and the Trainer's rank. Reaching the highest rank often rewards Trainers with other exclusive items such as avatar items and poses. At the end of each season, Trainers receive Stardust and, if their rank was high enough, an Elite Fast TM and/or an Elite Charged TM.

Mienfoo and Pikachu Libre are the only Pokémon currently exclusive to GO Battle League encounter rewards. Scraggy, Rufflet, and Frillish were also exclusive to these encounter rewards when they were introduced.

Development

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. Niantic hoped this feature "will make the Pokémon GO battling experience more competitive and accessible to more Trainers."[3]

Until March 13th, 2020, entering the GO Battle League required unlocking each set. The first set was free, but following sets had to be unlocked by walking 3 km for each set. If a Trainer did not want to walk, a Battle Now button was displayed which allowed Trainers to unlock the next set by spending PokeCoin.png 200, PokeCoin.png 100 or PokeCoin.png 50 if the walking distance remaining was greater than 2 km, greater than 1 km, or less than 1 km, respectively. Progress was displayed on the Battle page, and Trainers could accumulate distance for a future set after playing the maximum five sets. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the walking distance requirement was removed to allow Trainers to participate in the GO Battle League without having to go outside.[4] The removal was intended to be temporary. A week before Season 7 began, Niantic announced the removal would be permanent and the walking requirement would not return.[5]

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. Legendary and Mythical Pokémon may sometimes appear in rewards pool.

Starting from Season 6, the GO Battle League has expanded from 10 to 24 ranks, with the top four ranks called Ace, Veteran, Expert and Legend. Rewards are tied to the theme of the Season as well.

History

Feature launch

  • January 29th, 2020 – GO Battle League was made available for players level 40
  • January 30th, 2020 – GO Battle League was made available for players level 33 and above
  • January 31st, 2020 – GO Battle League was made available for players level 10 and above

Seasons

  • Preseason – January 29th to March 13th, 2020
  • Season 1 – March 13th to May 11th, 2020
  • Season 2 – May 11th to July 27th, 2020
  • Season 3 – July 27th to September 14th, 2020
  • Season 4 – September 14th to November 9th, 2020
  • Season 5 – November 9th to 30th, 2020
  • Season 6 – November 30th, 2020 to March 1st, 2021
  • Season 7 – March 1st to May 31st, 2021
  • Season 8 – May 31st to August 30th, 2021
  • Season 9 – August 30th to November 29th, 2021

Events

Gallery

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