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Double-digits at last! Go Battle League is about to enter its 10th season, and with it comes a new set of changes to what we can expect. So let's take a look at what's in store!

Go Battle League: Season 10

Season 9 Duration
Season Start Season End
November 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST February 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST
Season 10 Breakdown
League/Cup Start Date End Date
Great League + Remix November 29, 2021 December 13, 2021
Ultra League + Remix December 13, 2021 December 27, 2021
Master League + Classic + Little Jungle Cup December 27, 2021 January 10, 2022
Great League January 10, 2022 January 24, 2022
Ultra League + Premier Classic January 24, 2022 February 7, 2022
Master League + Premier Classic February 7, 2022 February 21, 2022
All Leagues February 21, 2022 February 28, 2022
Special Formats
Format Start Date End Date Bonus
Holiday Cup December 16, 2021 December 31, 2021 3x Stardust Winnings
Sinnoh Cup January 10, 2022 January 24, 2022
Love Cup February 7, 2022 February 21, 2022 3x Stardust Winnings
Johto Cup February 21, 2022 February 28, 2022

Go Battle Days

Go Battle Days are back, with 4x Stardust Win rewards and 20 sets available. Here are the days to keep an eye on:

  • January 8, 2022
  • January 23, 2022
  • February 6, 2022

The Season's Cups and Formats

League Remix

  • Remixes exist for both Great and Ultra Leagues, with a 1500cp and 2500cp cap on each respectively.
  • The top-20 Pokemon from their respective open leagues will be banned in this game mode.

Holiday Cup

  • Pokemon need to be 1500 CP or lower
  • The typing restriction is Normal, Grass, Ice, Electric, Flying, and Ghost.

Sinnoh Cup

  • Pokemon need to be 1500 CP or lower
  • Only Pokemon originally released in Sinnoh (national dex number 387-493) will be eligible.

Love Cup

  • Pokemon need to be 1500 CP or lower
  • Only "red" and "pink" pokemon will be eligible to enter. Please check the reference at the bottom of this article for the full list.

Johto Cup

  • Pokemon need to be 1500 CP or lower
  • Only Pokemon originally released in Johto (national dex number 152-251) will be eligible.

Season's Rewards

What's a Go Battle League season without a set of rewards? Here's what we'll be striving for this time around:

Rank 1+ Encounters

Rank 6+ Encounters

Rank 11+ Encounters

Rank 16+

Rank 20+ Encounters

The current Legendary Pokemon available in raids.

Rank Veteran+

Rank Expert+

Specific Rank Rewards

  • Rank 1: Pyroar (Male) Encounter
  • Rank 3: Pikachu Libre Avatar Items
  • Rank 6: Mienfoo Encounter
  • Rank 19: Elite Charged TM and Elite Fast TM at the end of the season
  • Ace Rank: Lysandre Glove
  • Veteran Rank: Noibat Encounter, Lysandre Shoes
  • Expert Rank: Deino Encounter, Lysandre Pants
  • Legend Rank: Pikachu Libre Encounter, Lysandre Jacket, Lysandre Pose (added midway through the season)

This season, the main villain of the Kalos Region/Generation 6 is our theme. Lysandre was an.... interesting... villain, but at least he had good fashion sense, as should be expected of the boss of Team Flare.

Season 10 Move Shakeup

As is tradition, we've got a few updates to movesets. In this case, almost nothing nothing here has a tangible effect on PvE, but we may have a small meta-shift in PvP... 

Rock Tomb

This move will have a 100% chance to drop the target's Defense on use.

Pound

Pound will deal less damage.... but why?

Bug Buzz

We're getting a small damage-increase in both PvP and PvE! Nice to see Bug Types get a small buff!

 

New Attack: Body Slam

New Attack: Shadow Ball

New Attack: Incinerate (fast), Rock Tomb (charged)

New Attacks: Lock-On

New Attack: Rock Tomb

New Attack: Rock Tomb

Full Announcement

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Trainers,

GO Battle League Season 10 is set to kick off!

As previously announced, Trainers who reach Legend rank this season will be able to register early for certain Pokémon GO World Championship Series events! Stay tuned—additional details will be posted on the Pokémon GO World Championship Series page soon.

Season 10 Start Date, Rank Resets, and End-of-Season Rewards

GO Battle League Season 10 will start on Monday, November 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

The following will occur at the beginning of the season.

  • End-of-season rewards will be available on the battle screen.
  • Your GO Battle League rank will be reset.
  • Rank-up requirements will remain the same as in Season 9.
  • Pokémon appearing in GO Battle League encounters will now be slightly easier to catch.

Season 10 Schedule

The following leagues will begin and end at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) on the dates listed below.

Nov 29 - Dec 13

Great League

Great League Remix

Dec 13 - Dec 27

Ultra League

Ultra League Remix

Holiday Cup (begins Dec 16)

Dec 27 - Jan 10

Master League*

Master League Classic*

Holiday Cup (ends Dec 31)*

* 3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

Jan 10 - Jan 24

Great League

Sinnoh Cup

Jan 24 - Feb 7

Ultra League

UL Premier Classic

Feb 7 - Feb 21

Master League*

ML Premier Classic*

Love Cup*

*3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

Feb 21 - Feb 28

Great League

Ultra League

Master League

Johto Cup

Season 10 GO Battle Days

Bonuses

  • The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20, for a total of 100 battles.

  • 4× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include the end-of-set rewards and will not stack with the 3× Stardust bonus on January 8).

Dates and Times

Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

  • The Master League and the Master League Classic will be active.

Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

  • The Great League and the Sinnoh Cup will be active.

Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

  • The Ultra League and the UL Premier Classic will be active.

Season 10 Rewards

Image of 1x Guaranteed Encounter IconGuaranteed rank-up encounters

You can encounter the following Pokémon once per season at the designated ranks. At rank 1, you’ll be guaranteed to encounter one of the Pokémon that the leader of Team Flare, Lysandre, is known to use!

Image of Pyroar with the Rank 1 Icon

Pyroar

Image of Mienfoo with Rank 6 Icon

Mienfoo

Image of Noibat with Veteran Icon - 2,500+

Noibat

Deino - Expert Rank - Shiny Icon On

Deino

Pikachu Libre - Legend - Shiny Icon On

Pikachu Libre

If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny one!

Veteran Rank

Expert Rank

Legend Rank

Image of Wild Encounter IconStandard Encounters

You can encounter the following Pokémon in reward encounters throughout the season at the ranks shown in the image below.

Pokémon appearing in GO Battle League encounters will now be slightly easier to catch.

Image of Bayleef - No Shiny Icon

Bayleef

Image of Quilava - No Shiny Icon

Quilava

Image of Croconaw - No Shiny Icon

Croconaw

Image of Spinarak - Shiny Icon On

Spinarak

Image of Chinchou - Shiny Icon On

Chinchou

Image of Azumarill - No Shiny Icon

Azumarill

Image of Mienfoo - Shiny Icon Off

Mienfoo

Image of Noctowl - Shiny Icon Off

Noctowl

Image of Forretress - Shiny Icon Off

Forretress

Image of Shieldon - Shiny Icon On

Shieldon

Image of Skuntank - Shiny Icon Off

Skuntank

Image of Male Frillish - Shiny Icon Off

Frillish

Image of Larvitar - Shiny Icon On

Larvitar

Image of Scraggy - Shiny Icon Off

Scraggy

Image of Rufflet - Shiny Icon On

Rufflet

Raid Icon

five-star Raid Boss

Image of Noibat - Shiny Icon Off

Noibat

Image of Deino - Shiny Icon On

Deino

If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny one!

The Pokémon currently appearing in five-star raids has a chance of appearing as a reward encounter after you reach rank 20.

Veteran Rank

Expert Rank

Avatar Items and Other Rewards

Pikachu Libre avatar items will be rewarded to Trainers who reach Rank 3.

Trainers will be able to earn avatar items and a pose inspired by the leader of Team Flare, Lysandre, who first made his debut in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y!

  • Ace rank: Lysandre-Style Gloves
  • Veteran rank: Lysandre-Style Shoes
  • Expert rank: Lysandre-Style Pants
  • Legend rank: Lysandre-Style Jacket and Lysandre Pose

At rank 19, you’ll receive an Elite Charged TM, and you’ll also receive an Elite Fast TM as an end-of-season reward.

Cups

You can look forward to the following cups this season.

Image of the Great League Remix IconGreat League Remix

The 20 Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the Great League will not be allowed in the Great League Remix.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Image of Venusaur

Venusaur

Image of Nidoqueen

Nidoqueen

Image of Alolan Ninetails

Alolan Ninetails

Image of Azumarill

Azumarill

Image of Umbreon

Umbreon

Image of Skarmory

Skarmory

Image of Swampert

Swampert

Image of Vigoroth

Vigoroth

Image of Sableye

Sableye

Image of Medicham

Medicham

Image of Altaria

Altaria

Image of Defense Forme Deoxys

Defense Forme Deoxys

Image of Bastiodon

Bastiodon

Image of Scrafty

Scrafty

Image of Jellicent

Jellicent

Image of Galvantula

Galvantula

Image of Galarian Stunfisk

Galarian Stunfisk

Image of Mandibuzz

Mandibuzz

Image of Talonflame

Talonflame

Image of Obstagoon

Obstagoon

Ultra League Remix IconUltra League Remix

The 10 Ultra League Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the Ultra League will not be allowed in the Ultra League Remix.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Image of Venusaur

Venusaur

Image of Alolan Muk

Alolan Muk

Image of Umbreon

Umbreon

Image of Swampert

Swampert

Image of Empoleon

Empoleon

Image of Togekiss

Togekiss

Image of Altered Forme Giratina

Altered Forme Giratina

Image of Cresselia

Cresselia

Image of Talonflame

Talonflame

Image of Obstagoon

Obstagoon

Image of the Holiday Cup IconHoliday Cup

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Normal-, Grass-, Electric-, Ice-, Flying-, and Ghost-type Pokémon are permitted.

Image of the Premier Cup IconSinnoh Cup

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number from #387 to #493 will be allowed.

Image of the Premier Cup IconLove cup

Johto Cup

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1500 CP to enter.
  • Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number from #152 to #251 will be allowed.

Attack changes

 

Rock Tomb

This attack will now have an additional effect when it’s used in Trainer Battles.

  • Trainer Battles: Guaranteed to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack.

 

Pound

  • Trainer Battles: 5 → 4 damage

 

Bug Buzz

Bug Buzz will gain a slight increase in damage to boost Wormadam’s, Vespiquen’s, and Yanmega’s Bug-type Charged Attack options.

  • Trainer Battles: 90 → 100 damage
  • Gyms and raids: 90 → 100 damage

Attack Availability Apdates

Donphan

Donphan will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Body Slam.

Noctowl

Noctowl will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Shadow Ball.

Magcargo

Magcargo will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Incinerate.

Magcargo will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Tomb.

Octillery

Octillery will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Lock-On.

Sudowoodo

Sudowoodo will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Tomb.

Lairon

Lairon will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Tomb.

Aggron

Aggron will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Tomb.

Claydol

Claydol will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Tomb.

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—The Pokémon GO team

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