08 Apr 2021 8:29 AM +00:00

Pokemon GO Battle League Season 6: Rewards, Meta, Rank Requirements, Elite TM, Dates, Changes, Schedule And Everything You Need To Know

Season 6 of Pokemon GO Battle League is entering the second half of its term.

The new season is far different to Season 5.

Season 6 is making major changes to the structure of the league in a number of ways!

The number of ranks is being increased and rewards are being altered.

Here's what you need to know about the next season of the Battle League in Pokemon GO.

When Will Pokemon GO Battle League Season 6 Start?

Season 6 begins on Monday, November 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

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Schedule

The third season has yet to be given an official schedule, but we can assume it will run fairly similar to the previous season.

Here is the what the schedule looks like for Season 6:

  • The Great League will run from Monday, January 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).
  • The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, January 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).
  • The Master League, its Premier Cup, Master League Classic, and a to-be-announced special cup will run from Monday, February 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). We’ll share the details of how this cup will work in a later update.
  • All three leagues and the Ultra League Premier Cup will run from Monday, February 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 22, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).
  • The Kanto Cup will run from Monday, February 22, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). The CP limit for this cup will be 1,500, and only Pokémon with a Pokédex number between 001 and 151 will be allowed. During this period, your rating will be unaffected.
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Attack Updates

  • Ember: This Fire-type Fast Attack will now deal more damage.
  • Karate Chop: This Fighting-type Fast Attack will now generate more energy.
  • Bubble: This Water-Type Fast Attack will now deal less damage.
  • Razor Leaf: This Grass-Type Fast Attack will now deal less damage.
  • Crabhammer: This Water-type Charged Attack will now deal more damage.
  • Sky Attack: This Flying-type Charged Attack will now deal less damage.
  • Rock Slide: This Rock-type Charged Attack will now deal less damage.
  • Shadow Bone: This Ghost-type Charged Attack will now deal less damage.
  • The following attacks will be available to Pokémon that couldn’t learn them before.
  • Fire-type Weather Ball: This powerful Fire-type attack will now be available to Vulpix and Ninetales originally discovered in the Kanto region.
  • Ice-type Weather Ball: This powerful Ice-type attack will now be available to Vulpix and Ninetales originally discovered in the Alola region.
  • Water-type Weather Ball: This powerful Water-type attack will now be available to Politoed.
  • Ice Punch: This powerful Ice-type attack will now be available to Primeape.
  • Ice Beam: This powerful Ice-type attack will now be available to Claydol.
  • Shadow Ball: This powerful Ghost-type attack will now be available to Claydol.
  • Tri Attack: This powerful Normal-type attack will now be available to Porygon-2.
  • Mud Shot: This powerful Ground-type Fast Attack will now be available to Excadrill.
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What's Changed In Season 6?

Here's what's new in 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.
  • 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.
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At the start of the season, your rating will be reset.

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

Rewards

Season 5 Rewards

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. 

Season 6 Rewards

Starting at rank 7, you’ll have a chance to encounter Legendary Pokémon on the GO Battle League rewards tracks.

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The rest of the Pokémon you can encounter on the rewards tracks should remain unchanged from Season 5.

If you finish Season 5 at rank 7 or higher, you’ll receive an Elite Charged TM rather than an Elite Fast TM.

When you reach rank 20, you’ll be guaranteed to encounter Frillish, which is making its Pokémon GO debut! You’ll have a chance of encountering it on the rewards tracks for higher ranks, too!

At rank 19, you’ll now receive an Elite Charged TM.

You’ll also receive an Elite Fast TM as an end-of-season reward if you reach rank 19.