GO Battle League
The GO Battle League is a new battle matchmaking system in Pokemon GO. It allows Trainers to find and battle random Trainers for awesome rewards! Click the battle arrow icon from the menu to find the Go Battle League menu.
Trainers must walk 3-5 KM to gain one entry into the GO Battle League. If Trainers do not wish to walk any further, 200 Gold Coins can be used to battle now. One entry is good for five battles. Trainers can enter up to three times per day for a total of fifteen battles.
All Pokemon Trainers in the GO Battle League will use three Pokemon in their team. Pokemon can be switched out during the battle, but there will be a 60 second timer before the new Pokemon can be switched out for another.
From the official website: “The GO Battle League’s preseason kicks off now with the Great League. The preseason will rotate formats to the Ultra League on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST. The Master League will follow on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, with the Great League returning once again on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST.”
|Great League||1,500 CP|
|Ultra League||2,500 CP|
|Master League||No limit|
Trainers take part in five battles after selecting one of the two reward paths: Basic Rewards or Premium Rewards. In order to access the Premium Rewards path, players must use a Premium Battle Pass (formerly called Premium Raid Pass). Rewards will be unlocked after winning a battle, but a winning streak is not required. The rewards available depend on your rank, with higher ranking players receiving rarer rewards for battling, such as Rare Candies, TMs, and rare Pokemon encounters.
After playing five battles, click the ‘Claim Rank Rewards’ button to increase your GO Battle League Rank and receive rewards based on your rank.
How to Battle in Pokemon GO
Three Pokemon are chosen at the start of battle, and no items can be used to heal or revive. Pokemon can be switched out during the battle, but there will be a 60 second timer before the new Pokemon can be switched out for another.
Tap on the opponent Pokemon to use fast attacks and begin charging up the charged attack(s).
The charged attacks will do the most damage, but will warn the opposing Trainer when selected. Once a charged attack is selected, hit as many Pokemon type (fire, grass, water, etc) icons as possible. The more icons that are hit, the stronger the charged attack will be. The attack will be ranked from Good, to Great, to Excellent.
As one Trainer is performing the charged attack, the other Trainer has a few seconds to decide if they want to use a shield. A shield will completely block the opposing Pokemon’s charged attack; however, only two shields can be used per battle.
It’s best to use a shield to block a super effective attack or an attack that might knock out your Pokemon. Remember, Pokemon have certain types that are stronger or weaker to other types in both attack and defense. Refer to the Type Chart below. Credit to Reddit user Alpha Nation.
Knock out all three opposing Pokemon to win a battle. The Pokemon that fainted in battle will not need items to be revived or healed in GO Battle League matches.