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Pokemon Go Battle League Season 10 Guide

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  • Tournament Rules
  • Encounters and Rewards
  • Schedule
  • Move Updates

With the end of Pokemon Go's Season of Mischief, the ninth season of the Go Battle League also came to a close. Now, Season 10 has started, and there's a lot of new info to make note of. Much of it is themed around Team Flare boss Lysandre from Pokemon X & Y, including avatar items, a new pose, and some of the encounter rewards.

Go Battle League Season 10 runs from November 29 to February 28. We've got all the details you need, so read on!

Tournament Rules

The rules remain the same for the standard leagues and their remixed versions, but there are also some new cups to look at! Here are the rules for each league that takes place during Season 10. Further down on this page, you'll find the schedule of when each cup takes place.

CupDatesRules
Great League (GL)
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 13
  • Jan. 10 – Jan. 24
  • Feb. 21 – Feb. 28
Max CP is 1,500
Ultra League (UL)
  • Dec. 13 – Dec. 27
  • Jan. 24 – Feb. 7
  • Feb. 21 – Feb. 28
Max CP is 2,500
Master League (ML)
  • Dec. 27 – Jan. 10
  • Feb. 7 – Feb. 28
No limits
Great League RemixNov. 29 – Dec. 13
  • Max CP is 1,500
  • Most commonly used Pokemon are banned (see below)
Ultra League RemixDec. 13 – Dec. 27
  • Max CP is 2,500
  • Most commonly used Pokemon are banned (see below)
Ultra League Premier ClassicJan. 24 – Feb. 7
  • Max CP is 2,500
  • Legendary and Mythical Pokemon are not permitted
  • Pokemon powered up by Candy XL are not permitted
Master League ClassicDec. 27 – Jan. 10
  • No CP limits
  • Pokemon powered up by Candy XL are not permitted
Master League Premier ClassicFeb. 7 – Feb. 21
  • No CP limits
  • Legendary and Mythical Pokemon are not permitted
  • Pokemon powered up by Candy XL are not permitted
Holiday CupDec. 16 – Dec. 31
  • Max CP is 1,500
  • Only these types are allowed: Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, Ghost
Sinnoh CupJan. 10 – Jan. 24
  • Max CP is 1,500
  • Only Pokemon from Sinnoh are allowed (Pokedex #387 to #493)
Love CupFeb. 7 – Feb. 21
  • Max CP is 1,500
  • Only certain red or pink Pokemon are allowed (see below)
Johto CupFeb. 21 – Feb. 28
  • Max CP is 1,500
  • Only Pokemon from Sinnoh are allowed (Pokedex #152 to #251)

>Pokemon that are banned from GL Remix:

Venusaur, Nidoqueen, Alolan Ninetales, Azumarill, Umbreon, Skarmory, Swampert, Vigoroth, Sableye, Medicham, Altaria, Defense Form Deoxys, Bastiodon, Scrafty, Jellicent, Galvantula, Galarian Stunfisk, Mandibuzz, Talonflame, Obstagoon

>Pokemon that are banned from UL Remix:

Venusaur, Alolan Muk, Umbreon, Swampert, Empoleon, Togekiss, Altered Form Giratina, Cresselia, Talonflame, Obstagoon

>Eligible Love Cup Pokemon:

RedPink
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charizard
  • Vileplume
  • Paras
  • Parasect
  • Krabby
  • Kingler
  • Voltorb
  • Electrode
  • Goldeen
  • Seaking
  • Jynx
  • Magmar
  • Magikarp
  • Flareon
  • Ledyba
  • Ledian
  • Ariados
  • Yanma
  • Scizor
  • Slugma
  • Magcargo
  • Octillery
  • Delibird
  • Porygon2
  • Magby
  • Ho-Oh
  • Torchic
  • Combusken
  • Blaziken
  • Wurmple
  • Medicham
  • Carvanha
  • Camerupt
  • Solrock
  • Corphish
  • Crawdaunt
  • Sunny Castform
  • Latias
  • Groudon
  • All Deoxys Forms
  • Kricketot
  • Kricketune
  • Trash Cloak Burmy
  • Trash Cloak Wormadam
  • Magmortar
  • Porygon-Z
  • Rotom
  • Tepig
  • Pignite
  • Emboar
  • Pansear
  • Simisear
  • Throh
  • Venipede
  • Scolipede
  • Krookodile
  • Darumaka
  • Darmanitan
  • Dwebble
  • Crustle
  • Scrafty
  • Autumn Deerling
  • Shelmet
  • Accelgor
  • Pawniard
  • Bisharp
  • Braviary
  • Heatmor
  • Fennekin
  • Braixen
  • Delphox
  • Fletchling
  • Fletchinder
  • Talonflame
  • Yveltal
  • Clefairy
  • Clefable
  • Jigglypuff
  • Wigglytuff
  • Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Exeggcute
  • Lickitung
  • Chansey
  • Mr. Mime
  • Porygon
  • Mew
  • Cleffa
  • Igglybuff
  • Flaaffy
  • Hoppip
  • Slowking
  • Galarian Slowking
  • Snubbull
  • Corsola
  • Smoochum
  • Miltank
  • Blissey
  • Whismur
  • Skitty
  • Milotic
  • Gorebyss
  • Luvdisc
  • Cherubi
  • Sunshine Form Cherrim
  • Mime Jr.
  • Happiny
  • Lickilicky
  • Mesprit
  • Munna
  • Musharna
  • Audino
  • Spring Form Deerling
  • Alomomola
  • Spritzee
  • Aromatisse
  • Sylveon

Encounters and Rewards

As always, there are some cool rewards up for grabs, and a new pool of Pokemon to encounter at certain ranks. Let's go over the non-encounter rewards first.

Rewards

The rewards for this season are inspired by Lysandre from Pokemon X & Y. There's an entire outfit and pose to win to make your avatar look like the Team Flare boss! The Pikachu Libre items are also still available.

RankReward
3
  • Pikachu Libre Mask
  • Pikachu Libre Top
  • Pikachu Libre Leggings
  • Pikachu Libre Boots
19Elite Charged TM (instant) and Elite Fast TM (end of season)
AceLysandre-Style Gloves
VeteranLysandre-Style Shoes
ExpertLysandre-Style Pants
Legend
  • Lysandre-Style Jacket
  • Lysandre Pose

Pokemon Encounters

At certain ranks, you're guaranteed to encounter some Pokemon, including Pyroar, whose availability is inspired by Lysandre's team from X & Y, as well as Pikachu Libre. These encounters can only happen once per season.

Then, at some levels, the total pool of available Pokemon expands. Here is a full list of encounter rewards and the guaranteed encounters.

RankPokemon
1 (guaranteed)Pyroar
1+Bayleef, Quilava, Croconaw, Spinarak, Chinchou, Azumarill
6 (guaranteed)Mienfoo
6+Mienfoo
11+Noctowl, Forretress, Shieldon, Skuntank, Frillish (male)
16+Larvitar, Scraggy, Rufflet
20+Current 5-star Raid boss
Veteran (guaranteed)Noibat
Veteran+Noibat
Expert (guaranteed)Deino
Expert+Deino
Legend (guaranteed)Pikachu Libre

Niantic also announced that Pokemon in GBL encounters will now be somewhat easier to catch.

Schedule

Most league cups will begin and end on Tuesdays, with some exceptions (namely, the Holiday Cup). The switch over always takes place at 4pm EST.

The week of December 27 to January 10 also features triple Stardust rewards for winning, though this doesn't count for end-of-set Stardust rewards.

During Go Battle Days, win rewards of Stardust will be quadrupled (but not end-of-set rewards). This won't stack with the triple Stardust bonus available on January 8. You'll be able to participate in a maximum of 20 sets instead of 5, bringing the total to 100 battles. Go Battle Day events take place from 12am to 11:59pm locally.

December
Sun.Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu.Fri.Sat.
2829

  • Beginning: Season 10, GL, GL Remix
301234
567891011
1213

  • Ending: GL, GL Remix
  • Beginning: UL, UL Remix
141516

  • Holiday Cup begins
1718
19202122232425
2627

  • Ending: UL, UL Remix
  • Beginning: ML, ML Classic, triple Stardust win rewards
28293031

  • Holiday Cup Ends
January
Sun.Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu.Fri.Sat.
2345678

  • GO Battle Day
910

  • Ending: ML, ML Classic, triple Stardust win rewards
  • Beginning: GL, Sinnoh Cup
1112131415
16171819202122
23

  • GO Battle Day
24

  • Ending: GL, Sinnoh Cup
  • Beginning: UL, UL Premier Classic
2526272829
3031
February
Sun.Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu.Fri.Sat.
12345
6

  • GO Battle Day
7

  • Ending: UL, UL Premier Classic
  • Beginning: ML, ML Premier Classic, Love Cup
89101112
13141516171819
2021

  • Ending: ML Premier Classic, Love Cup
  • Continuing: ML
  • Beginning: GL, UL, Johto Cup
2223242526
2728

  • Season 10 and all Leagues End
28

Move Updates

Some moves have received changes to balance them, and some Pokemon are able to learn new moves.

Move Changes

  • Rock Tomb now lowers the opponent's Attack in Trainer Battles
  • Pound now does 4 damage instead of 5 in Trainer Battles
  • Bug Buzz will now do 100 damage instead of 90 in Trainer Battles, Gym Battles, and Raids

Move Availability Changes

  • Donphan can now learn Body Slam
  • Noctowl can now learn Shadow Ball
  • Magcargo can now learn Incinerate and Rock Tomb
  • Octillery can now learn Lock-On
  • Sudowoodo can now learn Rock Tomb
  • Lairon can now learn Rock Tomb
  • Aggron can now learn Rock Tomb
  • Claydol can now learn Rock Tomb

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