GamePress

Niantic Announces Go Battle League Season 6, New Ranking System

Submit Feedback or Error

Season 6 of the Go Battle League is upon us, and Niantic has officially announced (most of) what it will entail! Between the full schedule, new cups, and the brand new Master League Classic, it's going to be an interesting (and long) season!

Go Battle League: Season 6

Season 6: First Half
Season Begin Season Half-Way Point
November 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST January 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST
League Breakdown: First Half of Season 6
League+Cup(s) League Start League End
Great League November 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST December 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
Ultra League+Premier December 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
Master League + Master Premier + Master Classic + Holiday Cup December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST January 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST
All Leagues + Ultra Premier January 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST January 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST

Note that this is only the first half of Season 6, with the second half coming soon. During the Master League's run, we'll also enjoy bonus stardust for the Go Battle League!

Next, let's look at the new ranking system:

Rank Achievement Requirements Total Requirements
1 Starting Rank Starting Rank
2 5 Battles 5 Battles, 1 set minimum
3 3 Wins 5 Battles, 3 Wins, 2 sets minimum
4 4 Wins 5 Battles, 7 Wins, 4 sets minimum
5 5 Wins 5 Battles, 12 Wins, 5 sets minimum
6 5 Battles 10 Battles, 12 Wins, 6 sets minimum
7 7 Wins 10 Battles, 19 Wins, 7 sets minimum
8 8 Wins 10 Battles, 27 Wins, 9 sets minimum
9 9 Wins 10 Battles, 36 Wins, 11 sets minimum
10 5 Battles 15 Battles, 36 Wins, 12 sets minimum
11 11 Wins 15 Battles, 47 Wins, 14 sets minimum
12 12 Wins 15 Battles, 59 Wins, 17 sets minimum
13 13 Wins 15 Battles, 72 Wins, 20 sets minimum
14 14 Wins 15 Battles, 86 Wins, 23 sets minimum
15 15 Wins 15 Battles, 101 Wins, 26 sets minimum
16 5 Battles 20 Battles, 101 Wins, 27 sets minimum
17 17 Wins 20 Battles, 118 Wins, 31 sets minimum
18 18 Wins 20 Battles, 136 Wins, 35 sets minimum
19 19 Wins 20 Battles, 155 Wins, 39 sets minimum
20 5 Battles 25 Battles, 155 Wins, 40 sets minimum
Ace Player Rating: 2000
Veteran Player Rating: 2500
Expert Player Rating: 2750
Legend Player Rating: 3000

Next, let's look at the rewards! Please note that limited Pokemon that can only be encountered once will be marked by an asterisk (*). All others will be available at and above the rank mentioned.

Go Battle League Rewards
Rank Rewards
Any Various starter Pokemon
5 Additional Item rewards
10 Additional Stardust rewards, Pikachu Libre Avatar Items
15 Additional Rare Candy rewards
16 Chespin
17 Fennekin
18 Froakie
19 Additional Pokemon Encounter rewards
20 A "surprise Pokemon" in the second half of season 6, the current Legendary Pokemon in raid rotation, Pokemon inspired by the trainer "N",
Legend Pikachu Libre*, Avatar Items and a special pose inspired by N

The New Cups

Master League Classic

This new option for the Master League only allows Pokemon leveled up to Lv.40. Pokemon that have been powered up using XL candy cannot enter.

This is an outstanding new addition to the Master League season, as it does not exclude players who have not boosted their team of Master League Pokemon given the new level cap (about 99% of players). This is a very good move on Niantic's part, so respect given where due!

Holiday Cup

Another limited-type cup, the Holiday Cup includes only Pokemon that are Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ghost Types

Move Updates

Well, they've announced that move updates are indeed coming for Season 6, but the information has not been released yet! Keep an eye open, as we'll drop the information as soon as it's released!

Full Announcement

Full Text

Trainers,

As previously mentioned, the introduction of Seasons also brings exciting changes to the GO Battle League! The GO Battle League will expand from 10 to 24 ranks, and the top four ranks will have all-new names and corresponding badges. The expanded ranks will be accompanied by a totally new reward structure, which gives Trainers more opportunities to earn exclusive rewards through ranking up. You can expect the GO Battle League rewards to be tied to the theme of the current Season, too!

GO Battle League seasons will occur in tandem with the overarching Seasons and will rotate formats over the same three-month period. Season 6 of the GO Battle League will take place during the Season of Celebration!

Season 5 rewards, Season 6 timeline, and what to expect

When Season 6 begins on Monday, November 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), your end-of-season rewards for Season 5 will be available on the Battle screen, including an Elite Charged TM if you reached rank 7 or higher. The dates in the schedule below are tentative and only cover the first half of Season 6. Stay tuned—we’ll update you if anything changes, and we’ll share more details on the second half of Season 6 later.

  • The Great League will run from Monday, November 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, December 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).
  • The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, December 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).
  • The Master League, its Premier Cup, Master League Classic, and Holiday Cup will run from Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon that haven’t been powered up with Candy XL are allowed in the Master League Classic. Please see below for more details on what Pokémon will be allowed in the Holiday Cup.
  • All three leagues and the Ultra League Premier Cup will run from Monday, January 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

What’s new in Season 6?

There are some notable changes coming to the GO Battle League for Season 6.

  • The number of ranks have been increased from 10 to 24. You’ll progress through ranks 1 to 20 by participating in battles and securing wins. You can achieve the top four ranks by reaching a certain rating.
    • Ace: 2,000
    • Veteran: 2,500
    • Expert: 2,750
    • Legend: 3,000
  • The rank-reward system has been updated. The following ranks will be unique in terms of how players progress through them and the rewards granted on the rewards tracks. Once you reach these ranks, you need to only complete one set of battles to progress to the next rank.
    • Rank 5: The rewards will be mystery items.
    • Rank 10: The rewards will be Stardust.
    • Rank 15: The rewards will be Rare Candies.
    • Rank 19: The rewards will be Pokémon encounters.
  • Enjoy additional Stardust bonuses for a limited time. During the Master League, its Premier Cup, Master League Classic, and Holiday Cup —from Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)—you’ll earn twice the Stardust for winning battles and completing battle sets.
  • You won’t want to miss these Season 6 rewards. The Pikachu Libre avatar items will be a reward for Trainers who reach rank 10. Trainers who reach Legend rank will earn avatar items and a pose inspired by N, who made his first appearance in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version.
  • The Pokémon you’ll encounter will be inspired by N’s seasonal teams in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. Additionally, players who reach rank 20 can encounter the Legendary Pokémon that is available to battle in five-star raids at that time.
  • Pokémon that you’ll be guaranteed to encounter at each rank will now include the following Pokémon.
    • Various Ranks: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter some first partner Pokémon originally discovered in various regions as you progress through the ranks.
    • Rank 16: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Chespin. You will also have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
    • Rank 17: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Fennekin. You’ll also have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
    • Rank 18: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Froakie. You’ll also have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
    • Rank 20: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter a surprise Pokémon during the second half of Season 6. You’ll have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks!
    • Legend Rank: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter a Pikachu Libre. This will be the only time you’ll be able to encounter a Pikachu Libre during the season.
  • You’ll be able to enjoy new GO Battle League cups!
    • The Holiday Cup will run from Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). The CP limit for this cup will be 1,500, and only Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ghost types will be allowed.
    • Stay tuned for details on the GO Battle League cups to be featured in the second half of Season 6.
  • At the start of the season, your rating will be reset.

Attack updates coming soon

Attack updates are coming! Stay tuned—we’ll announce those changes in this blog post.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

Enjoyed the article?
Consider supporting GamePress and the author of this article by joining GamePress Boost!
Join!

About the Author(s)

Gamepress writer with a focus on theorycrafting and gameplay optimization with a background in business management and freelance writing.  A bit of a hermit, but also an outdoors enthusiast who loves cycling and hiking. Long-time Gamepress fan who is very proud to be a part of the team.

Comments