Here's what you need to know about the next season of the Battle League in Pokemon GO.
Server Maintenance - 18th May
The Niantic Support Twitter account has confirmed that the Pokemon GO Battle League will be unavailable for 3 hours on the 18th May at 7pm BST/11am PDT.
Maintenance has been extended for a further two hours.
Season 2 Leaderboards
the GO Battle League leaderboard is now live with Season 2 rankings! Check it out here
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When Will Pokemon GO Battle League Season 2 Start?
The new season of the Pokemon GO Battle League was meant to begin on Friday 1st May 2020 at 1pm PST or 9pm BST; however, due to a technical issue, the new season has been delayed.
Season 2 will now be beginning on May 11th, with Season 3 planned for early July.
Here is the full schedule:
- The Great League will run from Monday, May 11, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, June 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- The Ultra League will run from Monday, June 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, June 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- The Master League will run from Monday, June 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, July 6, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- Additionally, the first-ever GO Battle League Cup—the Premier Cup—will run concurrently with the Master League! Like the Master League, the Premier Cup won’t have a limit on Combat Power.
- However, Legendary and Mythical Pokémon won’t be eligible to participate. Otherwise, everything else about the format will stay the same, including the way ranks and ratings are determined. We hope the Premier Cup will add a fun flavor to Season 2!
- All three leagues and the Premier Cup will be available from Monday, July 6, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, July 13, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- Season 3 will begin Monday, July 13, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
Niantic is usually very receptive to player feedback and may change this based on Season 1.
What's Changed In Season 2?
There are new features coming to Season 2:
- The GO Battle League reward system has been changed slightly. You can now earn a Pokémon reward encounter after your third win on the basic rewards track or after your first win on the premium rewards track.
- The ranking system has been adjusted. More wins are now required to get to ranks 4, 5, 6, and 7.
- Some of your guaranteed reward encounters will be different for Season 2. You’ll encounter these Pokémon at each listed rank:
- Stunfisk starting at rank 4
- Rufflet starting at rank 8
- Scraggy starting at rank 9.
- If you reach rank 10, you’ll earn a new avatar pose!
- Trainers who finish Season 2 at rank 7 or higher will receive an Elite Fast TM rather than an Elite Charged TM. Other than that, end-of-season rewards will stay the same as in Season 1.
- Trainer Battles can now be initiated by QR code
- Longer league rounds
The following will stay the same from the past season:
- The walking and PokéCoin requirements to unlock sets of battles in the GO Battle League will still be removed. If you’re currently in the middle of walking to earn a set, this will take effect starting with your next set.
- The avatar items inspired by Pikachu Libre will continue to be rank 7 rewards.
- Metagross and Pikachu Libre will continue to be guaranteed reward encounters when you reach rank 1 and rank 10 respectively.
- The avatar items inspired by Steven Stone, a Pokémon League Champion of the Hoenn region, will continue to be rank 10 rewards.
Trainers who finish Season 2 at rank 7 or higher will receive an Elite Fast TM rather than an Elite Charged TM. Other than that, end-of-season rewards will stay the same as in Season 1.
Players will also be rewarded with encounters, all the potential Pokemon can be seen in the image below.