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Preseason.png

Preseason of GO Battle League lasted from January 29th, 2020 to March 13th, 2020.[1] It is succeeded by Season 1.

According to Niantic, Preseason is a period of time before a season of competitive play begins. They will be able to optimize and balance the GO Battle League feature during this time with trainers help. They will also be taking this time to learn about how the GO Battle League is being used in order to determine things like ideal length of seasons, rating thresholds for ranks, and more.

Formats

Formats Start Date End Date
Battle League Great.png Great League January 29th, 2020 February 10th, 2020
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra League February 10th, 2020 February 24th, 2020
Battle League Master.png Master League February 24th, 2020 March 5th, 2020
Battle League Great.png Great League
Battle League Ultra.png Ultra League
Battle League Master.png Master League
March 5th, 2020 March 13th, 2020

Master League was originally planned to end on March 9th and then the format would return to Great League, but this was changed to all three Leagues.[2]

Ranks and Ratings

Rank Requirement
Rank 1 Start
Rank 2 Complete 5 Battles
Rank 3 Complete 5 more Battles
Rank 4 Complete 5 more Battles
Rank 5 Win 5 Battles (after reaching rank 4)
Rank 6 Win 7 more Battles
Rank 7 Win 10 more Battles
Rank 8 Reach rating of 2500+
Rank 9 Reach rating of 3000+
Rank 10 Reach rating of 3500+

Rewards

Before March 3rd, 2020, the Rare Candy given from each set of reward was 1 and 7 respectively.[3]

Basic

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Premium

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Stardust

Rank 1st win (Basic) 5th win (Basic) 3rd win (Premium)
1 300 600 900
2 350 700 1100
3 400 800 1300
4 450 900 1500
5 500 1000 1700
6 550 1100 1900
7 600 1200 2100
8 650 1300 2300
9 700 1400 2500
10 750 1500 2700

The random items included:

Reaching rank 7 could reward avatar items inspired by Pikachu Libre.

Pikachu Libre Top
Pikachu Libre Top
Free + Rank 7
(male)
Pikachu Libre Top
Pikachu Libre Top
Free + Rank 7
(female)
Pikachu Libre Leggings
Pikachu Libre Leggings
Free + Rank 7
(male)
Pikachu Libre Leggings
Pikachu Libre Leggings
Free + Rank 7
(female)
Pikachu Libre Mask
Pikachu Libre Mask
Free + Rank 7
(male)
Pikachu Libre Mask
Pikachu Libre Mask
Free + Rank 7
(female)
Pikachu Libre Boots
Pikachu Libre Boots
Free + Rank 7
(male)
Pikachu Libre Boots
Pikachu Libre Boots
Free + Rank 7
(female)

Pokémon

Snorlax was the first guaranteed encounter and Scraggy was the first encounter in rank 4 if Snorlax had already be encountered.

Since March 2nd, 2020, certain Legendary Pokémon or Mythical Pokémon could be also obtained starting at rank 4 during their time in tier 5 Raid Battle.[4]

The following Pokémon were released with the start of the season:

Scraggy
#559
Dark   Fighting
Scrafty
#560
Dark   Fighting
Unlock Rank Possible Pokémon Encounters
Rank 1
Rank 4
Rank 7

End-of-season rewards

Events

  • Initially, unlocking a set required to walk 5 km and at least 2 km was needed first to unlock via PokéCoins.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GO Battle League had the following amendments in Japan, South Korea and Italy from March 2nd to 19th, 2020:[5][6]
    • without walking or PokéCoins to unlock battle set
    • receive more Rare Candies
    • higher chance to encounter Scraggy and Legendary Pokémon

Maintenance

References

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