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Trainer Battles in Pokémon GO

Trainer Battles (Japanese: トレーナーバトル Trainer Battle) are a feature in Pokémon GO that allow players to challenge other players to a 3-on-3 battle. This feature was first introduced on December 12, 2018 and received a major update on July 19, 2019. On January 28, 2020, the GO Battle League was launched to introduce competitive, online Trainer Battles.

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Battle Challenge

Players can challenge any player in close proximity by scanning another player's Battle Code from the Battle screen. These Battle Codes are different to the QR codes used to add Friends, with a new one being generated every time the player signs into the game.

Players can also remotely challenge Ultra Friends and Best Friends by sending a Battle Challenge through the Friends List. The Battle Challenge feature can be disabled via the settings page. Battling also counts as a daily activity that may increase Friendship level.

Leagues

Players can choose to battle from three different Leagues:

League Max CP per Pokémon Unlock requirements
Great League GO.png
Great League
1,500 None
Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League
2,500 3 Pokémon with 1,500+ CP
Master League GO.png
Master League
No limit 3 Pokémon with 2,500+ CP

Each player selects three Pokémon to battle with. Pokémon will automatically be recommended based on their CP in relation to a League's criteria. Preset teams can also be made for each League from the Party screen.

Ditto and Shedinja cannot be used in Trainer Battles.

Battle mechanics

Similar to battling a Gym, the player can command a Fast Attack by simply tapping the screen, which also charges up energy for the Charged Attack meter. However, there are several ways Trainer Battles differ from Gym and Raid Battles:

  • Moves often have separate power and energy boosts or costs
  • All Fast Attack durations are measured in 0.5-second "turns"; Charged Attacks have no duration
  • All attacks have a 30% damage boost
  • No weather bonuses
  • No dodging
  • Receiving damage does not generate energy
  • When a Pokémon faints, the player has 12 seconds to choose a Pokémon before the next Pokémon in sequence is automatically sent out.
  • Switching out Pokémon mid-battle has a 60-second cooldown period. Switching Pokémon also resets all stat changes.
    • This countdown does not stop during Charged Attacks or when the opponent is selecting a Pokémon to send out

The battle has a four-minute timer and the last 20 second countdown is displayed. If the timer runs out, the player who has the most Pokémon remaining is declared the winner. If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the player who has less damage to their remaining Pokémon wins the battle. Time spent charging up a Charged Attack is not counted against the timer.

Pokémon used in Trainer Battles will always start off with full HP and, after battle, are reset to the HP they had previously; however, fainted Pokémon cannot participate.

Battles against Team GO Rocket members use the same Trainer Battle format. However, the player's Pokémon are not fully restored at the beginning, and medicine is required to restore any HP lost during the battle.

Activating Charged Attacks

Using a Charged Attack (left) and a Protect Shield (right)

Once the Charged Attack meter is full, the player can tap icon to cast a Charged Attack. Activating a Charged Attack will initiate a five second minigame in which type icons start appearing on the screen in a pattern specific to the Charged Attack's type. The more icons the player manages to swipe, the more damage the Charged Attack will deal.

At the same time, the opponent also has the option to use a Protect Shield to mitigate all oncoming damage. Each player can use up to two Protect Shields per battle. Since February 15, 2019, certain Charged Attacks may increasing the user's stats after use; on March 19, 2019, Charged Attacks that may decrease the target's stats were also introduced. Using a Protect Shield will not prevent stat changes, to either the user or target, from an opposing Charged Attack.

A damage multiplier is applied to the Charged Attack depending on how many icons the player successfully manages to swipe.

Score Accuracy Minimum multiplier
Base 0% ×0.25
Nice! 30% ×0.5
Great! 60%
70%
×0.75
Excellent! 95% ×1

If both players attempt to cast a Charged Attack on the same turn, then the Pokémon with higher Attack will go first. If there is a tie, then priority is given randomly.

For a list of move data in Trainer Battles, see list of moves in Pokémon GO.

Battle Training

Battle Training is a type of Trainer Battle where the player battles one of the team leaders, Blanche, Spark, or Candela, as an NPC. It can be accessed from the "Training" section at the bottom of the Battle view.

Team leaders use Pokémon that have the maximum 15 IVs across all stats and are powered up to the highest integer level that meets the league's CP limit. In the Master League, the team leaders' Pokémon are powered up to Lv. 45, which is unattainable by players. Each of their Pokémon has one Fast Attack and one Charged Attack randomly selected from the current move pool.

Team leaders will always send out their Pokémon in the same order in every battle and never switch out. In Great and Ultra Leagues, team leaders will never use their Protect Shields; in Master League, they will always use a Protect Shield against the player's first two Charged Attacks.

Pokémon

Blanche
Team Mystic Leader
VSBlanche.png
League Pokémon
Great League GO.png
Great League

Sneasel
CP 1465

Sealeo
CP 1494

Castform (Snowy Form)
CP 1492

Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League

Glaceon
CP 2412

Empoleon
CP 2486

Mamoswine
CP 2472

Master League GO.png
Master League

Suicune
CP 3175

Metagross
CP 4035

Articuno
CP 3248

Spark
Team Instinct Leader
VSSpark.png
League Pokémon
Great League GO.png
Great League

Plusle
CP 1473

Electrode
CP 1499

Castform (Rainy Form)
CP 1492

Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League

Jolteon
CP 2476

Luxray
CP 2475

Magnezone
CP 2472

Master League GO.png
Master League

Raikou
CP 3674

Tyranitar
CP 4081

Zapdos
CP 3753

Candela
Team Valor Leader
VSCandela.png
League Pokémon
Great League GO.png
Great League

Combusken
CP 1487

Magcargo
CP 1483

Castform (Sunny Form)
CP 1492

Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League

Flareon
CP 2423

Typhlosion
CP 2476

Magmortar
CP 2416

Master League GO.png
Master League

Entei
CP 3696

Salamence
CP 3990

Moltres
CP 3688


Prior to July 19, 2019

Prior to July 19, 2019, team leaders would never use Protect Shields, even in Master League. Their Pokémon, as listed below, were powered up as much as the league's CP limit allows.

Blanche
Team Mystic Leader
VSBlanche.png
League Pokémon
Great League GO.png
Great League

Magikarp
CP 274

Feebas
CP 274

Squirtle
CP 946

Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League

Ninetales (Alola Form)
CP 2309

Glalie
CP 2105

Lapras
CP 2490

Master League GO.png
Master League

Lapras
CP 2641

Gliscor
CP 2692

Articuno
CP 3051

Spark
Team Instinct Leader
VSSpark.png
League Pokémon
Great League GO.png
Great League

Magnemite
CP 1362

Mareep
CP 991

Pikachu
CP 938

Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League

Raichu (Alola Form)
CP 2286

Magneton
CP 2485

Manectric
CP 2340

Master League GO.png
Master League

Manectric
CP 2340

Milotic
CP 3005

Zapdos
CP 3527

Candela
Team Valor Leader
VSCandela.png
League Pokémon
Great League GO.png
Great League

Slugma
CP 895

Vulpix
CP 883

Charmander
CP 980

Ultra League GO.png
Ultra League

Marowak (Alola Form)
CP 1835

Houndoom
CP 2484

Infernape
CP 2491

Master League GO.png
Master League

Infernape
CP 2683

Electivire
CP 3079

Moltres
CP 3465


Rewards

After a battle, both players will receive a randomly-selected reward bundle. Each day, players can only receive rewards from Trainer Battles three times and training against a team leader once. There is also a 10% chance to receive a second reward bundle, regardless of outcome. Losing against a team leader always yields GO Stardust icon.png300 instead of a random reward, but outcome does not affect the reward from battles against other players.

Rates for training against team leaders have been approximated based on empirical data.[1]

Potential rewards Quantity Probability
Great League
Training
Ultra League
Training
Master League
Training
PvP
GO Stardust.png Stardust ×300
×400
×500
93% 90% 83% 67%
GO Sinnoh Stone.png Sinnoh Stone ×1 5% 6% 10% 15%
GO Rare Candy.png Rare Candy ×1 1% 3% 5% 15%
GO Fast TM.png Fast TM ×1 0.5% 0.5% 1% 1%
GO Charged TM.png Charged TM ×1 0.5% 0.5% 1% 2%

Medals

Medals can be earned for winning Trainer Battles against other players in each league and for defeating a team leader. Each of these medals unlocks Style items that the player can then purchase using PokéCoins.

Medal Task Bronze Silver Gold Rewards
Male Female
Ace Trainer Train ___ times. GO Ace Trainer Bronze Medal.png
10
GO Ace Trainer Silver Medal.png
100
GO Ace Trainer Gold Medal.png
1,000
Bronze Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Pants
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Boots
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Vest
Bronze Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Belt
Bronze Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Skirt
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Boots
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Vest
Great League Veteran Win ___ Trainer Battles in the Great League. GO Great League Veteran Bronze Medal.png
5
GO Great League Veteran Silver Medal.png
50
GO Great League Veteran Gold Medal.png
200
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Gloves
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Earbud
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngVeteran Pants
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Gloves
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Visor
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngVeteran Leggings
Ultra League Veteran Win ___ Trainer Battles in the Ultra League. GO Ultra League Veteran Bronze Medal.png
5
GO Ultra League Veteran Silver Medal.png
50
GO Ultra League Veteran Gold Medal.png
200
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Top
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngVeteran Jacket
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Long Top
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngVeteran Coat
Master League Veteran Win ___ Trainer Battles in the Master League. GO Master League Veteran Bronze Medal.png
5
GO Master League Veteran Silver Medal.png
50
GO Master League Veteran Gold Medal.png
200
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Shorts
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Shoes
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngVeteran Boots
Silver Medal Pokémon GO.pngAce Shoes
Gold Medal Pokémon GO.pngVeteran Boots

Updates

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  • Prior to July 19, 2019, a player using a Charged Attack would instead repeatedly tap the screen for three seconds to strengthen its power. If the player did not tap the screen at all, the Charged Attack would only deal 1 HP damage.
  • Prior to December 11, 2019, if both players attempt to cast a Charged Attack at the same time, priority is given to whomever selects their team first

References


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