GO Battle League

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Promotional artwork for GO Battle League

The GO Battle League (Japanese: GOバトルリーグ GO Battle League) is a feature in Pokémon GO for competitive, online Trainer Battles. It was first introduced on January 28, 2020.[1] Due to an exploit that allowed players to cheat, the GO Battle League was taken down indefinitely on June 12, 2020 until a fix could be patched into the game.[2] It was restored on June 23, 2020.

Rules and mechanics

Official rules for the GO Battle League were first announced on December 11, 2019.[3]. They are as follows:

  • A season is a predetermined period of time during which players can battle to increase their rank and rating. At the start of a season, all players start from Rank 1 and can work their way up to Rank 10. A rating is assigned once the player reaches Rank 7, and it is recalculated upon finishing a set of five battles.
  • GO Battle League matches take place in all three leagues: Great, Ultra, and Master Leagues. Only one league is available during a period of time, and the leagues will rotate throughout the season.
  • Winning a match increases a Trainer's rating, and losing a match lowers it; currently, a tie counts as a loss. If the timer expires, the Trainer having the most remaining cumulative HP among their remaining Pokémon wins. Once a Trainer's rank moves up, it will not drop down for the remainder of the season.
  • Teams with multiple Pokémon of the same species are not allowed. As with other Trainer Battles, Ditto and Shedinja are also ineligible to participate.
  • Players can unlock a set of five GO Battle League matches by walking 3 km* or immediately by spending PokéCoins. After unlocking a set, any additional distance traveled will be rolled over towards unlocking the next set. A player can only participate in at most five sets (or 25 GO Battle League matches) per day, but afterward, can still accumulate distance for the next day's set.
    • The PokéCoin cost to immediately unlock the next set depends on how much distance left is needed to be walked:
      •  200 if at least 2 km remaining
      •  100 if at least 1 km remaining
      •  50 if less than 1 km remaining
    • Since March 13, 2020, the walking requirement has been temporarily waived amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]
  • In the Premier Cup, all Legendary and Mythical Pokémon (including Meltan and Melmetal) are ineligible to participate in it. The Premier Cup for the Master League was introduced in GO Battle League Season 2 and for the Ultra League in Season 3.

Ranks

The following lists the requirements to move up in each rank. All listed requirements are non-cumulative, so the counters restart upon reaching a new rank.

Rank Unlock requirement
  1 Start
2 Battle 5 times
3 Win 2 additional battles
  4 Win 4 additional battles
5 Win 8 additional battles
6 Win 10 additional battles
  7 Win 14 additional battles
8 Achieve a rating of 2000+
9 Achieve a rating of 2500+
  10 Achieve a rating of 3000+

Rewards

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Reason: Exact amounts of Stardust awarded for finishing a set
 
Selecting the reward tier in GO Battle League

Trainers can earn up to five reward bundles per set for winning in the GO Battle League. Before starting a set of battles, the Trainer can choose either basic or premium reward track. A Premium Battle Pass is required for the premium reward track, which has better rewards than that of the basic. And upon finishing a set of five matches, the player will earn Stardust based on how many matches were won. The available rewards for both tracks improve as the player moves up in rank.

Tier Wins
1 2 3 4 5
Basic        
×3*
 
 
Premium
       
×6*
 
×5

Stardust

The amount of Stardust awarded increases linearly with the player's rank.

Rank Basic Premium
1 win 5 wins 3 wins
1  300  600  900
2  350  700  1,100
3  400  800  1,300
4  450  900  1,500
5  500  1,000  1,700
6  550  1,100  1,900
7  600  1,200  2,100
8  650  1,300  2,300
9  700  1,400  2,500
10  750  1,500  2,700

Random items

The following lists the possible random item that may be awarded in the GO Battle League. The items do not appear to differ between reward tiers and rank.

 
  Fast TM
  Charged TM
  Sinnoh Stone
  Silver Pinap Berry

Wild encounters

The possible wild Pokémon encounters as rewards vary depending on the Rank. They are caught at Power Up level 20 and have a guaranteed 10 IVs per stat. Currently, the wild encounter rewards are the same between the basic and premium reward tracks.

Usually, the awarded Pokémon is randomly selected from a pool that expands as the player increases in rank. However, reaching certain ranks will guarantee a specific Pokémon encounter for the first time only. If the player reaches another higher rank, that also has a guaranteed encounter, before being awarded the previous one, then the next wild encounter will be from the lower Rank first, and the higher rank's encounter will be queued for the next wild encounter that is earned.

From March 3 to April 21, 2020, it was also possible to encounter the current level 5 Raid Boss from these wild encounters at any rank. This feature was brought back on November 9, 2020, at the start of Season 5 of the GO Battle League.

Rank  
Random First-time guaranteed
 
Rank 1

         

 

 
Rank 4

     

 

 
Rank 7

       

 

 
Rank 8

 

 

 
Rank 9

 

 

 
Rank 10

 

Seasons

Preseason
  • Great League: January 28 - February 10, 2020; March 9 - May 1, 2020
  • Ultra League: February 10 - February 24, 2020
  • Master League: February 24 - March 5, 2020
  • All 3 Leagues: March 5 - March 13, 2020
Season 1
  • Great League: March 13 - March 27, 2020
  • Ultra League: March 27 - April 10, 2020
  • Master League: April 10 - April 24, 2020
  • All 3 Leagues: April 24 - May 1, 2020
Season 2
  • Great League: May 1 - June 1, 2020
  • Ultra League: June 1 - June 15, 2020
  • Master League and Premier Cup: June 15 - June 29, 2020
  • All 3 Leagues and Premier Cup: June 29 - July 6, 2020
Season 3
  • Great League: July 27 - August 10, 2020
  • Ultra League and Premier Cup: August 10 - August 24, 2020
  • Master League and Premier Cup: August 24 - September 7, 2020
  • All 3 Leagues and Premier Cup: September 7 - September 14, 2020
Season 4
  • Great League: September 14 - September 28, 2020
  • Ultra League and Premier Cup: September 28 - October 12, 2020
  • Master League and Premier Cup: October 12 - October 26, 2020
  • Halloween Cup: October 26 - November 3, 2020
  • All 3 Leagues and Premier Cup: November 3 - November 9, 2020
Season 5
  • Little Cup: November 9 - November 16, 2020
  • Kanto Cup: November 16 - November 23, 2020
  • Catch Cup: November 23 - November 30, 2020

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese GO對戰聯盟 GO Deuijin Lyùhnmàhng
Mandarin GO對戰聯盟 GO Duìzhàn Liánméng
  French Ligue de Combat GO
  German GO-Kampfliga
  Italian Lega Lotte GO
  Korean GO배틀리그 GO Battle League
  Brazilian Portuguese Liga de Batalha GO
  Spanish Liga Combates GO
  Thai โกแบตเทิลลีก GO Battle League


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