Become a Pokémon Master with the Pokémon Go Battle League!

Here's the down-low on the Pokémon Go Battle League.

The Pokémon Go Battle League is finally here. Now you can battle other Trainers, friends and strangers alike, to move up the ranks, and win amazing prizes. The first official season is well underway, but it's not too late to join in the fun!

Preseason and Seasons

Right now, the Pokémon Go Battle League has just wrapped up the first season, which ran from March 13, 2020, through May 11. Season two officially began on Monday, May 11, and is scheduled to run until Monday, July 13.

Great, Ultra, or Master League

The Go Battle League is divided into three different Leagues: Great, Ultra, and Master League. These are set up the same as Trainer battles and Team Leader Training before with CP caps. The Great allows for Pokémon up to 1,500 CP, the Ultra League allows for Pokémon up to 2,500 CP, and the Master League has no CP limits. Each League is featured for three weeks before rotating to the next League. This means you can usually only participate in one League at a time, but during the Season, you have the opportunity to participate in all three Leagues. However, all three leagues are also available during a final week, in which players can choose any league they wish to battle.

There will also be a Premier Cup beginning in season two. This special competition will run during the final four weeks of the season. Players entering the Premier Cup will not have CP restrictions, but cannot use Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.

How to enter the Go Battle League

The Pokémon Go Battle League has its own icon on the main menu screen now. Just click Battle , and you're in. Any player can enter and complete their first five Battles for free. After completing those first five Battles, however, things get a little more complicated.

Earning Go Battle League Sets

Until further notice, walking will not be required to unlock Battle Sets

Battles in the Pokémon Go Battle League come in five Battle increments called Go Battle League Sets. The first of these Sets is free, but each Set after that has to be earned and/or purchased. To earn a Go Battle League Set, you need to walk five KM, but you also have the option of paying Poké Coins to speed this up. Even if you pay to Battle early, you still need to walk at least 2 KM, so players who sink lots of money into the game will still have to work for their Battle Sets.

Players can earn up to five Sets each day. However, each Set requires walking another 5 KM, so participation really requires keeping active and playing a lot. You can see your progress towards earning your next Set in the Battle Menu, and the app also notifies you when you've earned another Set.

As of April 8, 2020, players who lose all 5 of their battles in a set will be able to continue battling up to 15 battles until they win a battle.

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