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Trainer Battles

Trainer Battles

Trainer Battles are a feature in Pokémon GO that lets Trainers battle against each other.[1] Trainers will need to choose a league before going into a Trainer Battle, with each league having different maximum Pokémon CP limits.[2] Trainers can challenge one another using a Battle Code, assemble a team of three Pokémon, and see who comes out on top. When Trainer Battles are completed, both participants will receive great rewards, including a chance at rare, coveted Evolution Items.[3]

Battle Leagues

Battle League

Battle Leagues

There are three Battle Leagues to choose from: Great League, Ultra League, and Master League.[4] Great League & Ultra League will need to be unlocked by both trainers with the minimum requirements to battle in. Each Trainer are only allowed to assign three Pokémon to a Battle League party.[5]

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Locked League

Battles are fast-paced and real-time and a Trainer's selected team of Pokémon will be able to execute both their Fast Attack and Charged Attack moves. In preparation for battle, Trainers will even be able to use Stardust and Candy to unlock a bonus Charged Attack for their Pokémon. Two Protect Shields may be deployed to save Pokémon from critical damage, running out of them the Pokémon will be left defenseless.[3] If the battle's time limit has been reached, the victor will be decided by whomever has the most knock-outs.[6] Tie battles are also possible when both Trainers lose are possible.

Trainers will usually have find other Trainers on their nearby tab to initiate a Trainer Battle, but Ultra and Best Friends can challenge each other from any distance.[3] Battling against another Trainer adds a new option for increasing your friendship, similar to participating in a Raid Battle together or exchanging Gifts.[7]

Protection Shield Button

Protect Shield

At the end of a battle, both Trainers will receive prizes regardless of whether they win or lose. Rewards can be rewarded up to three times per day by battling other Trainers, but progress toward medals will continue after that. The end of a battle will also give Trainers an option to propose a rematch, or to send them a Friend Request if they're not already friends.[7]

League Icon Minimum Requirements to Unlock Constraints
Great Battle League Great No Minimum Requirement Max CP per Pokémon: 1,500
Ultra Battle League Ultra 3 Pokémon with 1,500 CP or Higher Max CP per Pokémon: 2,500
Master Battle League Master 3 Pokémon with 2,500 CP or Higher No Limit

Banned Pokémon

Ditto and Shedinja are banned in Trainer Battles.[7]

Team Leader Battles

AceTrainer Gold

Ace Trainer

Team Leaders Spark, Candela, and Blanche will be available to battle. Trainers can earn rewards once per day when training with a team leader. Finally, you can work toward earning an Ace Trainer medal once again.[3]

Each Team Leader will always have the same defined set of Pokemon (with a different team for each League), much like battling Gym Leaders in the main series games.[7]

The Pokémon in the teams are comprised of Fire-types for Candela, Water- and Ice-types for Blanche, and Electric-types for Spark. The last Pokémon in each leader's Great League team is always a Starter Pokémon, the first Pokémon in each leader's Ultra League team is always an Alolan-form Pokémon, and the last Pokémon in each leader's Master League team is always a member of Legendary Bird Trio.

Team Leader League 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Icon Candela Battle League Great
Slugma
#218
Slugma
Icon Fire
Vulpix
#037
Vulpix
Icon Fire
Charmander
#004
Charmander
Icon Fire
Battle League Ultra
Marowak alolan
#105
Marowak
Icon Fire
Icon Ghost
Houndoom
#229
Houndoom
Icon Dark
Icon Fire
Infernape
#392
Infernape
Icon Fire
Icon Fighting
Battle League Master
Infernape
#392
Infernape
Icon Fire
Icon Fighting
Electivire
#466
Electivire
Icon Electric
Moltres
#146
Moltres
Icon Fire
Icon Flying
Icon Blanche Battle League Great
Magikarp
#129
Magikarp
Icon Water
Feebas
#349
Feebas
Icon Water
Squirtle
#007
Squirtle
Icon Water
Battle League Ultra
Ninetales alolan
#038
Ninetales
Icon Ice
Icon Fairy
Glalie
#362
Glalie
Icon Ice
Lapras
#131
Lapras
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Battle League Master
Lapras
#131
Lapras
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Gliscor
#472
Gliscor
Icon Ground
Icon Flying
Articuno
#144
Articuno
Icon Ice
Icon Flying
Icon Spark Battle League Great
Magnemite
#081
Magnemite
Icon Electric
Icon Steel
Mareep
#179
Mareep
Icon Electric
Pikachu
#025
Pikachu
Icon Electric
Battle League Ultra
Raichu alolan
#026
Raichu
Icon Electric
Icon Psychic
Magneton
#082
Magneton
Icon Electric
Icon Steel
Manectric
#310
Manectric
Icon Electric
Battle League Master
Manectric
#310
Manectric
Icon Electric
Milotic
#350
Milotic
Icon Water
Zapdos
#145
Zapdos
Icon Electric
Icon Flying

Rewards

After finishing each day's first three Trainers Battles and the first Team Leader Battle, trainers receive random combination of the following rewards.

Stardust Sinnoh Stone Rare Candy Technical Machines
500/1000× Stardust 1/2× Sinnoh Stone 1/2× Rare Candy Charged TM Fast TM

Stat boosts

Beginning on February 16, 2019, certain Charged Attacks have a chance to trigger stat boosts during Trainer Battles. These stat boosts persist on the affected Pokémon until they either faint or are switched out of battle.[8]

The moves with impacts include:

  • Acid Spray: 100% to reduce the opponent's Defense by 2 stages
  • Ancient Power: 20% to raise the user’s Attack and Defense by 2 stages
  • Leaf Tornado: 50% to reduce the opponent's Attack by 1 stage
  • Ominous Wind: 20% to raise the user’s Attack and Defense by 2 stages
  • Silver Wind: 20% to raise the user’s Attack and Defense by 2 stages

Development

When designing Trainer Battles, Niantic wanted to create an experience that everyone could enjoy and ensure that different kinds of Pokémon can show their strengths. With Leagues in Trainer Battles, they hope to create a system that's accessible to many Trainers.[9]

Currently, battles have a four minute timer and the time is only displayed during the final 20 seconds of battle, but this could change before release.[7]

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Trivia

  • Trainer Battles became available on December 12th, 2018, following the forced roll-out of update 0.131.1.[10]
  • Rare Candy was added to be a reward on January 9th, 2019.[11]
  • Fast TM and Charged TM were added to be rewards on February 25th, 2019.[12]

References

  1. PokemonGoApp. (2018, November 30). We hear you loud and clear, Trainers! Here's your exclusive sneak peek into Trainer Battles. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-02.
  2. PokemonGoApp. (2018, November 30). Think that CP strength is the only deciding factor in Pokémon GO Trainer Battles?. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 COMING SOON: Show your skills with Pokémon GO Trainer Battles!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-12-04.
  4. PokemonGoApp. (2018, November 30). Here's a breakdown of each Battle League's requirements. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-02.
  5. PokemonGoApp. (2018, November 30). While Pokémon with high CP might be a big advantage. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-02.
  6. PokemonGoApp. (2018, December 5). While in a Trainer Battle, keep your eye on the time. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-05.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Goldfarb, A. (2018, December 4). Pokemon Go PVP Doesn't Reinvent Battles, But Adds Some New Twists. IGN. Retrieved on 2018-12-04.
  8. Community Note: Upcoming Changes to Pokémon GO. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-02-14.
  9. PokemonGoApp. (2018, November 30). Developer note: When designing Trainer Battles, we wanted to create an experience that everyone can enjoy. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-02.
  10. PokemonGoApp. (2018, December 12). Calling all level 40 Trainers. Your time has come to #GOBattle. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-12-12.
  11. Rare Candy from PVP reward.. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-01-09.
  12. Got TM from pvp. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-04-02.
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