GO Battle League Season 11 Announcement

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After a long interlude season, we have finally received information regarding season 11 of the GO Battle League. This season will resume a normal ranking format that players have been waiting for. It’s looking to be more competitive than ever with newly announced cups, rewards and more!

With each new season comes new and exciting changes. There is a lot to cover so let’s break down this announcement and discuss each main point.

From the Official Announcement

Trainers,
GO Battle League Season 11 is set to begin!
After a relaxing season off, it’s time to get back to battling with Season 11! We’ve got a whole slew of new cups just waiting to be won, and of course we can’t forget to mention the ongoing Pokémon GO World Championship Series events! Keep up to date on the latest Pokémon GO World Championship Series events on the Play! Pokémon site.

The interlude season has been seen as more of a practice season rather than anything. As we know, Niantic mentioned in a previous dev diary that this season was dedicated to sorting major issues within the PvP system such as Battle-code maintenance, Fast Attack fixes, Urgent Bug Prioritization and the introduction of Battle Logging.

Date & Time

GO Battle League Season 11 will start on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Rank Resets & Rewards

The following will occur at the beginning of the season.

  • End-of-season rewards will be available on the battle screen.
  • Your GO Battle League rank will be reset.
  • Rank-up requirements will remain the same as in Season 10.

Season 11 Schedule

The following leagues will begin and end at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) on the dates listed below.

June 1June 8

  • Great League
  • Great League Remix

June 8June 15

  • Ultra League
  • Catch Cup — GO Fest Edition

June 15June 22

  • Master League
  • Fossil Cup

June 22June 29

  • Great League
  • Retro Cup

June 29July 6

  • Ultra League
  • Kanto Cup

July 6July 13

  • Great League
  • Ultra League
  • Master League

July 13−July 20

  • Great League
  • Flying Cup

July 20July 27

  • Ultra League
  • Little Cup Remix

July 27Aug 3

  • Master League

Aug 3Aug 10

  • Great League
  • Element Cup

Aug 10Aug 17

  • Ultra League
  • Sunshine Cup

Aug 18Aug 24

  • Fighting Cup
  • Great League

Aug 24Sept 1

  • Great League
  • Ultra League
  • Master League

As we can see, there are a few never before seen cups coming to season 11. The Fossil Cup, Little Cup Remix, and the Fighting Cup.

More information regarding these cups can be found below. 

GO Battle Events

GO Battle Day: Mankey

Mankey

Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time
A GO Battle Day featuring Mankey, plus the return of a featured attack for its Evolution, Primeape!

Bonuses:

  • 4× Stardust from win rewards.
  • The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20—for a total of 100 battles—from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time.
  • (Available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time) In each set, the first win reward from the Basic track will be a reward encounter. The second through fifth win rewards will remain unchanged.
  • All win rewards from the Premium track will be reward encounters.
  • Mankey will be guaranteed to appear as a reward encounter.

Primeape Bonus

Evolve Mankey during the three hours of the event, or up to two hours after it, to get a Primeape that knows the Charged Attack Cross Chop. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Timed Research

Timed Research focused on battling will be available for the whole day!
Complete the research to earn:

  • XP
  • Rare Candy
  • Bea-Style Gloves
  • An Elite Charge TM

Active Leagues

The following leagues will be active.

  • Master League
  • Fossil Cup

Mankey will be taking the spotlight in the first GO Battle Day for season 11. Be sure to take advantage of this event as you can evolve Mankey to Primape to learn its legacy move, Cross Chop which you would normally need to use an Elite Charge TM to obtain.

GO Battle Weekend

Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, July 10, 2022, 11:59 p.m. local time. Celebrate Pokémon GO’s anniversary with a weekend full of battling! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to this event!

Active Leagues

The following leagues will be active.

  • Great League
  • Ultra League
  • Master League

Remember to save these dates as we will have our first GO Battle Weekend. Will you be up for 200 sets in 2 days? While this may sound exhausting, this will be a great opportunity to try your best at climbing the ranked ladder. 

More to come…

Pokémon GO World Championships Event

Pokémon GO Championship Series

Celebrate the World Championship finals with a battle-focused event! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to this event!


Guaranteed rank-up encounters

You can encounter the following Pokémon once per season at the designated ranks.

Rank 1

Rank 6

Ace

Veteran

Legend
Pikachu Libre (If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny one!)

Shiny Axew will not be available to be encountered until after its debut in the global Pokémon GO Fest on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Standard Encounters

You can encounter the following Pokémon in reward encounters throughout the season at the ranks shown in the image below.

Rank 1+

Rank 6+

Rank 11+

Rank 16+

Rank 20+
Active Raid Boss in five-star raids

Veteran+

Ace+

If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny one!

The Pokémon currently appearing in five-star raids has a chance of appearing as a reward encounter after you reach rank 20.

Shiny Axew will not be available to be encountered until after its debut in the global Pokémon GO Fest on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Avatar Items and Other Rewards

Pikachu Libre avatar items will be rewarded to Trainers who reach Rank 3.
Trainers will be able to earn avatar items and a pose inspired by Bea, Gym Leader of Stow-on-Side’s Gym in Pokémon Sword!

Ace rank: Bea-Style Gloves
Veteran rank: Bea-Style Headband
Expert rank: Bea-Style Outfit
Legend rank: Bea-Style Pose

At Rank 19, you’ll receive an Elite Charged TM, and you’ll also receive an Elite Fast TM as an end-of-season reward.

 

This is the part that many players are interested in, the Avatar rewards. From what we can see, this season will be based around Bea. Bea is the fourth Gym Leader Galarian Trainers face in their Gym Challenge in Pokémon Sword. She is an expert on Fighting type Pokémon.

Her Legend pose has not been announced yet but we can assume it may have something to do with her signature kick!

Cups

You can look forward to the following new cups this season.

Great League

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

Great League Remix

The 20 Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the Great League during Season 10 will not be allowed in the Great League Remix.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Ultra League

Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.

Catch Cup — GO Fest Edition

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Pokémon caught during GO Fest weekend allowed

Pokémon must be caught between June 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. and June 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. local time.

Retro Cup

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
Fairy-, Dark-, and Steel-type Pokémon are not eligible.

Kanto Cup

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number from #1 to #151 will be eligible.

Flying Cup

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
Only Flying-type Pokémon will be eligible.

Fossil Cup

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
Only Water-, Rock-, and Steel-type Pokémon will be permitted.

Sunshine Cup

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
Only Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Grass-, Electric-, and Bug-type Pokémon will be permitted.

Fighting Cup

Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
Only Fighting-type Pokémon will be permitted.
Psychic-type Pokémon will not be permitted.

Little Cup Remix

The Four Little Cup Pokémon most used by Trainers in the last Little Cup will not be allowed in Little Cup Remix.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.


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Parting Words

These new cups are sure to shake things up. I’m sure many players will especially be happy to see that Bronzor will not be eligible in the Little Cup Remix. 

So, Trainer, how will you battle in season 11? will you compile a solid team and rise to the top? or have a more laid back approach and bring the spice? Whatever your strategy is, remember to have fun and enjoy participating in these new cups!

Until next time,
Adam ‘Avrip’

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