After wrapping up the Snivy Community Day, Niantic is bringing another event during the Season of Legends. The GO Battle League Season 7 has kicked off last month and some changes and new Cups are afoot.
The Rivals’ Week will celebrate rivalries between Pokémon. Skrelp and Clauncher will make their Pokémon GO debuts and Therian Forme Landorus will be appearing in five-star raids for the first time.
The event will run from Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.
The debut Pokémon Skrelp and Clauncher will be appearing in the wild, in raids, and in encounters after you complete Field Research tasks.
The Rivals’ Week will also bring a challenge to the Global Challenge Arena. Trainers from all over the world will team up to win Raid Battles and earn a 2x Catch Stardust bonus for the duration of the event.
Pokémon duos known for their rivalries will be appearing more frequently in the wild, including Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee, Makuhita and Meditite, Zangoose and Seviper, and more.
Throughout the event, the following Pokémon will hatch from 5 km Eggs: Machop, Tyrogue, Elekid, Magby, Makuhita, Meditite, Zangoose, and Seviper. Rival Pokémon like Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Zangoose, Seviper, and more will be appearing in raids.
Event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will lead to encounters with rival Pokémon, including Skrelp and Clauncher.
During the Rivals’ Week, Team GO Rocket will be appearing more often on PokéStops and balloons.
Go Battle League Season 7 kicked off on March 1, and the second part of the Season brings fresh changes and several new Cups into the mix.
The Great League and a new cup called Great League Remix will run from Monday, April 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, April 26, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). The 10 most-used Pokémon in the Great League will not be allowed in the new version of the league. The 10 Pokémon are: Venusaur, Raichu and Alolan Raichu, Marowak and Alolan Marowak, Azumarill, Umbreon, Skarmory, Swampert, Galvantula, Stunfisk and Galarian Stunfisk, and Talonflame.
The rest of the Season 7 will continue as usual with some new Cups added to the lineup.
The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, April 26, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
The Master League, Master League Classic, and the Retro Cup will run from Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
In Master League Classic, only Pokémon that haven’t been powered up with Candy XL are allowed. As for the new Retro Cup, only the first 15 Pokémon types, excluding Dark, Steel, and Fairy types, will be usable in this cup, and the CP limit will be 1,500. The original types are Bug, Dragon, Electric, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, and Water.
All three leagues will run from Monday, May 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
The Kanto Cup will make its return this season, with the usual CP limit of 1,500. Only Pokémon first discovered in the Kanto region and therefore with a Pokédex number from #001 to #151 are allowed to compete. Your rating won’t be affected during the Kanto Cup, so you can get creative and try out different Pokémon teams without worrying about your standing in the GO Battle League. An unranked Kanto Cup will run from Monday, May 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
In addition, attack updates are coming to Trainer Battles in Season 7 of the GBL. These changes will be implemented on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
Pokémon will be able to learn a new move - Grass-type Leaf Storm. Some Pokémon that couldn’t learn Dark-type Charged Attack Payback will be able to learn it starting from April 12.
Leaf Storm is a powerful Grass-type Charged Attack, and it decreases your Pokémon’s Attack stat after use. Sunflora, Celebi, Ludicolo, Roserade, and Leavanny will be able to learn Leaf Storm.
Persian, Alolan Persian, Cacnea, Cacturne, Absol, Bronzor, Bronzong, and Liepard will now able to learn Payback.
As for the rewards this Season, the Pikachu Libre avatar items will available for Trainers who reach rank 10. Trainers who reach Legend rank will earn avatar items and a pose inspired by Elesa, who made her first appearance in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. 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.
Finally, Niantic has decided to not bring back
the walking requirement needed to unlock the GO Battle League. When the GBL
launched, Trainers were required to walk 3 kilometers to unlock one set of
battles. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and stay-at-home orders worldwide,
the walking requirement was temporarily removed in spring 2020. The change
seems to be permanent now and the walking requirement won’t be coming back to
GO Battle League.
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