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Pokémon Go Battle League Season 19 release date, changes, plus Season 19 rank rewards, dates and rules

Everything you need to know about the matchmade competitive league.

The Pokémon Go Battle League takes Pokémon Go's Battle system - which until 2020 allowed friends or local players to complete against one another - and make it into a competitive, worldwide matchmade league anyone can compete in.

Following the release of Season 6 in November 2020, the Go Battle League underwent a number of significant changes - increasing the number of ranks to 24 with the highest ranks being marked by special names (Ace, Veteran, Expert, Legend), new rewards and an increased length.

Despite these changes, the overall structure of the Go Battle League in Pokémon Go has remained the same - players are still placed Ranks that reset at the end of every Season.

Like Raids, it also has paid and free participation, with different Go Battle League rewards accordingly.

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How the Pokémon Go Battle League works, from Ranks to Seasons

There are many components to how the Pokémon Go Battle League works, with a number of changes being introduced in Season 6 alongside the Season of Celebration, but here it is at a glance:

  • The Pokémon Go Battle League takes place over the course of a Season, and will rotate through all three existing Leagues which cap Pokémon by their CP - the Great League (1500 CP), Ultra League (2500 CP) and Master League (any CP) - every two weeks. There are bonus leagues introduced in new seasons, but those three will feature in every season.
  • From Season 6 onwards, the number of Pokémon Go Battle League Ranks increased to 24. The ranks still have a number of different progression requirements; climbing from Rank 1 to Rank 20 requires you to partake and win a number of battles, while Rank 21 to Rank 24, each with it's own unique title, requires you to reach a certain rating. During the current Interlude season, however, the rankings have been capped at 20.
  • Your 'battle rating' that increases when you win and drops when you lose. Though this exists outside of the Rank system, you are required to progress past certain thresholds to progress the last four Ranks. It also gives you an additional metric to complete against (with your friends, or even yourself) once you reach Rank 24 within a Season.
  • For the five matches you play within a set, you can receive rewards, which are displayed on screen in a 'free' and 'premium' track, the latter you can enter by using a Premium Pass. Note once you have entered a run of battles, you cannot change track partway through.
  • There are also additional rewards you earn when you level up a rank, and more at the end of the season.
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Pokémon Go Battle League rules and battle restrictions

Go Battle League battles seem to behave the same as a standard Battle against a Friend or someone locally, but there are some competitive-orientated rules and restrictions to make things fair:

  • Each time you enter the Go Battle League, you will play a 'set' of five matches.
  • There is a limit to how many Go League Battles you can participate in per day, whether free or paid, at six sets (or 30 battles) per day.
  • You can only use one of each Pokémon species in your Battle team in a contest.
  • As per game-wide Battle rule changes, if Pokémon use Charged Attacks at the same time, the Pokémon with the highest Attack stat will go first. If they are the same, one Pokémon chosen at random will go first.
  • Switching between Pokémon will reset any changes made to Attack or Defence, such as buffs or debuffs from moves made during battle.

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Pokémon Go Battle League Season 19 dates explained

Season 19 of the Go Battle League is running throughout Shared Skies in Pokémon Go. During this season, you'll be able to compete in a selection of special cups in all three leagues - Great, Ultra and Master.

The Leagues will rotate on a weekly basis. The only exception is when all three Leagues are running simultaneously and, during this time, no special cup will be available (except for the last simultaneous leagues running in August). It's important to remember that these dates are subject to change and we'll keep this page updated with any changes which occur.

The Go Battle League Season 19 begins on Saturday, 1st June at 9pm UK time / 1pm PT and ends on Tuesday, 3rd September at 9pm UK time / 1pm PT.

Here are all the dates for the Go Battle League Season 19:

  • Great League and Ultra Premier dates - 1st June to 7th June
  • Ultra League and Summer Cup: Great League Edition dates - 7th June to 14th June
  • Master League and Summer Cup: Great League Edition dates - 14th June to 21st June
  • Great League, Ultra League and Master League dates - 21st June to 28th June
  • Great League and Master Premier dates - 28th June to 5th July
  • Ultra League and Great League Remix dates - 5th July to 12th July
  • Master League and Great League Remix dates - 12th July to 19th July
  • Great League, Ultra League and Master League dates - 19th July to 26th July
  • Great League and Fantasy Cup: Great League Edition dates - 26th July to 2nd August
  • Ultra League and Fossil Cup: Great League Edition dates - 2nd August to 9th August
  • Master League and Fossil Cup: Great League Edition dates - 9th August to 16th August
  • Great League, Ultra League, Master League, and Catch Cup: Great League Edition dates - 16th August to 23rd August
  • Great League, Ultra League and Master League dates - 23rd August to 3rd September

You'll receive quadruple Stardust for win rewards, but not end-of-set rewards, between the following dates:

  • 14th June to 28th June
  • 12th July to 26th July
  • 9th August to 3rd September
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Go Battle League Season 19 events in Pokémon Go

There is only one Go Battle League event running throughout Season 19 in Pokémon Go.

Go Battle Week: Shared Skies starts on Friday, 16th August at 12am (local time) and ends on Tuesday, 20th August at 11.59pm (local time). During the event, a free battle-themed timed research will be available with rewards including a wig avatar item inspired by Lana.

Additionally, Pokémon encountered via Go Battle League rewards in Go Battle Week: Shared Skies will have a wider variance of Attack, Defense, and HP, and the maximum number of sets you can play per day will increase from five to 20 (for a total of 100 battles) from 12am to 11.59pm (local time).

The free battle-themed timed research quest is available from the in-game shop. Each step of the quest tracks your victories during Shared Skies and you'll be rewarded for every 100 wins you earn. Alongside Stardust and useful items, you'll earn an Elite Fast TM at 400 wins and an Elite Charged TM at 500 wins.

Pokémon Go Battle League Rank requirements

Go Battle League has you progress through 24 Ranks per Season. This number was increased from 10 on November 30th 2020, alongside the release of Season 6 of the Go Battle League and the Season of Celebrations.

Each Rank requires a different objective for you to progress, and each one also has it's own set of rewards.

From Season 6 onwards, you'll need to participate and win a number of battles to progress from Rank 1 to Rank 20.

Certain ranks will be easier to overcome than others, because they will only require you to complete one set of battles to progress. This means that, even if you only win one battle out of five, you'll still progress to the next rank.

The Ranks that only require you to complete one battle set are - Rank 5, Rank 10, Rank 15 and Rank 19.

If you wish to climb from Rank 21 to Rank 24, however, you need to obtain a certain rating by remaining undefeated for a certain number of matches.

Each Rank from 21 to 24 also has its own specific title - Ace, Veteran, Expert and Legend - which not only helps you identify which rating you need to achieve, but gives you some good bragging rights too.

Below you can find which title has been assigned to each rank, alongside the rating you'll need to progress to that specific rank:

  • Rank 21 - Ace - 2,000 rating
  • Rank 22 - Veteran - 2,500 rating
  • Rank 23 - Expert - 2,750 rating
  • Rank 24 - Legend - 3,000 rating

The Shared Skies Season is live! You can now complete the Field Research tasks, get some steps in to do the Shared Skies research steps, and take part in the Stadium Sights event! Don't forget to try out Routes, Gift Exchange and Party Play while you're hunting down rare Pokémon, fighting in the Go Battle League or competing in PokéStop Showcases.

Pokémon Go Battle League item rewards

As you climb through each Season in the Go Battle League, you'll find yourself being rewarded in a number of ways. This includes set win rewards, Pokémon encounters and rewards for progressing to a new Rank.

The specifics of rewards, especially the Pokémon encounters, tend to change from season to season, so it's always a good idea to read through this section at the beginning of each season, so that you know what's waiting for you.

Rank rewards

Rank rewards are, as the name suggests, the rewards you receive for progressing to a new rank in the Go Battle League. These rewards often include useful items, like Potions, and Stardust.

Under the ranking system from Season 6 onwards, a number of ranks now only require you to complete one set of battles, be it win or lose, for you to progress to the next rank. These ranks have also been given specific reward tracks, which means you're guaranteed a certain type of reward for completing them.

Below you can find these special ranks and the type of rewards you'll receive for completing them:

  • Rank 5 - Mystery items
  • Rank 10 - Stardust
  • Rank 15 - Rare Candies
  • Rank 19 - Pokémon encounters and an Elite Fast TM

Go League set win rewards

Each set contains five matches, and you earn more rewards for each subsequent win, allowing you to win a total of five rewards if you win every match.

Before you play, you can either earn basic (free) rewards or use a Premium Pass to earn a different set of rewards. These are usually more of the same reward types, or will see the order shuffled so it's easier to get certain rewards.

You can see what the rewards in both the basic and premium sets are before you begin, so you can make the call of whether you want to spend a Premium Pass or not (after all, winning isn't guaranteed!).

Possible rewards in both tracks include:

  • Stardust
  • Charged TMs
  • Mystery Item (either a Sinnoh Stone, Charged TMs, Golden Razz Berry or Silver Pinap Berry
  • Rare Candy
  • Pokémon Encounter (some guaranteed at certain ranks)
  • When you hit certain ranks - Avatar items, such Pikachu Libre and character-inspired clothing and avatar pose exclusive to that season

Pokémon Go Battle League Season 19 encounter rewards

Pokémon encounters are the same regardless of whether you go for the free or premium reward track, but differ according to your Rank. If you're playing the free reward track, then you're guaranteed a Pokémon encounter after three wins, but, if you're on premium, then you only need one win to earn your encounter.

The higher the rank, the wider the pool of possible encounters gets, with more rare creatures available. Here are the Pokémon encounter rewards which have been currently announced for the Interlude Season:

RankGuaranteed Pokémon encounterPokémon added to encounter pool
6ScraggyFrillish (Male)
11NoneAlolan Marowak
20NoneCurrent five-star raid boss
Ace RankDeinoGoomy
Veteran RankGoomyDeino
Expert RankJangmo-oJangmo-o
Legend RankPikachu LibreNo new Pokémon

If you reach rank 20, you're also guaranteed an encounter with the legendary Pokémon which is in five-star raids at the time you reach the Pokémon encounter reward.

Guaranteed Pokémon encounters will always occur, even if you don't earn enough wins on that encounter specific rank. This means if you haven't had your encounter with Wingull by the time you reach Rank 6 and then earn an encounter, you'll have to face these Pokémon before Scraggy.

Once you've caught Wingull, you'll be able to catch Scraggy during your next Pokémon encounter and this is the same for all the guaranteed Pokémon encounters.

Other Pokémon Go Battle League rewards

The exclusive clothing for Season 19 is inspired by Lana - the Trial Captain of Akala Island's Brooklet Hill, from Pokémon Sun and Moon. Lana is described as an expert on Water-type Pokémon who is dedicated to her family.

This clothing set consists of four pieces, one being a new animated pose, and you can earn each piece of clothing by reaching a specific Rank in the Go Battle League. The exception to this, however, is the wig, which can be earned by completing the timed research quest available during the Go Battle Weekend: Shared Skies event.

Below you'll find which pieces of the Hala-themed clothing set are earned at each Rank:

  • Ace Rank - Wig inspired by Lana
  • Veteran Rank - Shoes inspired by Lana
  • Expert Rank - Outfit inspired by Lana
  • Legend Rank - Pose inspired by Lana
Female Pokemon Go avatar standing by the shore in Lana inspired avatar items for the Shared Skies Go Battle League event.
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Finally, by reaching Rank 19, you'll earn an Elite Charged TM and, when Season 19 ends, you'll also receive an Elite Fast TM.

Remember - your ranking will reset at the end of every season, so, if a certain reward has caught your eye, make sure you get it this season or else you risk missing it!

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