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GO Battle League Season 9 & Move Updates

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It’s that time again, Trainers! Season 9 of GO Battle League has just been announced! Leon will be the featured Trainer from the main series game, Pokémon Sword and Shield! Your rank will also be more important than ever this season, so rank up early and often! Let’s dive in, shall we?

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

GBL SEASON 8 RECAP & REWARDS

Season 8 is coming to an end! Congratulations, if you reached the Legend this season! In Season 8, we saw a rank reward shakeup, the debut of Mienfoo, and Korrina was the featured Trainer from the main series!

What about the rewards? When Season 9 begins, here’s what you can expect:

GO Battle League Season 9 will start on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). 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 8.
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GBL SEASON 9: WHAT'S NEW

Season 9 brings some pretty major changes to GO Battle League. Let’s take a look at what all is happening!

GO BATTLE DAYS

To allow more Trainers to participate, GO Battle Nights will become GO Battle Days from GO Battle League Season 9 onward!

GO BATTLE DAY BONUSES

The following bonuses will be active on GO Battle Days.

  • The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20, for a total of 100 battles.
  • 4× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards and will not stack with the 3× Stardust on November 20).

DATES & TIMES

Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time – The Ultra League and Ultra League Remix will be active.

Monday, November 1, 2021, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time – The Ultra League, the UL Premier Classic, and the Halloween Cup will be active.

Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time – The Master League, ML Premier Classic, and a cup chosen by Trainers will be active.

SEASON 9 REWARDS

Here are the rewards you can look forward to during Season 9 of GO Battle League.

GUARANTEED RANK-UP ENCOUNTERS

You can encounter the following Pokémon once per season at the designated ranks. At rank 1, you’ll be guaranteed to encounter one of the Pokémon that Galar Champion Leon is known to use!

  • Rank 1: Charizard
  • Rank 6: Mienfoo
  • Veteran: Noibat
  • Expert: Deino
  • Legend: Pikachu Libre

STANDARD ENCOUNTERS

You can encounter the following Pokémon as win rewards throughout the season at the ranks shown below.

  • Rank 1 and up: Gothita, Solosis, Sableye, Charmeleon, Hypno, & Nidorina
  • Rank 6 and up: Mienfoo
  • Rank 11 and up: Seismitoad, Drifblim, Rhydon, Litwick, & Frillish
  • Rank 16 and up: Snorlax, Scraggy, & Rufflet
  • Rank 20 and up: Legendary Pokémon currently active in five-star raids
  • Veteran and up: Noibat
  • Expert and up: Deino

AVATAR ITEMS & 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 the champion of the Galar region, Leon, who first made his debut in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield!
    • At Ace rank, you’ll receive the Reigning Champion Sport Glove.
    • At Veteran rank, you’ll receive the Leon’s Look Sport Cap.
    • At Expert rank, you’ll receive the Reigning Champion Sport Shorts.
    • At Legend rank, you’ll receive the Reigning Champion Sport Top.
    • Midway through season 9, Leon’s iconic pose will be added as a reward for Trainers who reach Legend rank.
    • 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.

SEASON 9 SCHEDULE

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

August 30th – September 13th

  • Great League
  • Great League Remix

September 13th – September 27th

  • Ultra League
  • Ultra League Remix

September 27th – October 11th

  • Master League
  • Master League Classic
  • Little Jungle Cup
  • Bonuses: 3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

October 11th – October 25th

  • Great League
  • Halloween Cup (begins October 15th)

October 25th – November 8th

  • Ultra League
  • Ultra League Premier Classic
  • Halloween Cup (ends November 2nd)

November 8th – November 22nd

  • Master League
  • Master League Premier Classic
  • Special Cup: Players’ Choice
  • Bonuses: 3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

November 22nd – November 29th

  • Great League
  • Ultra League
  • Master League

CUPS

You can look forward to the following Cups during Season 9 of GO Battle League.

GREAT LEAGUE REMIX

The 20 Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the Great League will not be allowed in the Great League Remix. This includes the following Pokémon.

Venusaur
A. Ninetales
A. Marowak
Azumarill
Politoed
Umbreon
Skarmory
Swampert
Pelipper
Vigoroth

Sableye
Medicham
Altaria
Def. Deoxys
Bastiodon
Scrafty
Jellicent
Galvantula
G. Stunfisk
Talonflame

ULTRA LEAGUE REMIX

The 10 Ultra League Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the Ultra League will not be allowed in the Ultra League Remix. This includes the following Pokémon.

Clefable
A. Muk
Swampert
Empoleon
Togekiss

Alt. Giratina
Cresselia
Talonflame
Melmetal
Obstagoon

LITTLE JUNGLE CUP

  • Pokémon must be at or below 500 CP to enter.
  • Pokémon do not need to be able to evolve to enter.
  • Only Normal-, Grass-, Electric-, Poison-, Ground-, Flying-, Bug-, and Dark-type Pokémon are permitted.
  • Shuckle and Smeargle are not permitted.

HALLOWEEN CUP

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Poison-, Bug-, Ghost-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon are permitted.

SPECIAL CUP: PLAYER'S CHOICE

We’re interested to hear which prior special cup you’d like to see return this season! Stay tuned for a poll on Twitter later in the season to determine which cup will be held.

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SEASON 9 NEW ATTACKS & UPDATES

NEW ATTACKS

Normal-type Weather Ball – A new, low energy cost Normal-type Charged Attack.

  • Trainer Battles: 55 Damage
  • Gyms and raids: 55 Damage
  • Pokémon that can learn this attack: Normal Form Castform

ATTACK UPDATES

Weather Ball:

  • Trainer Battles: 60 → 55 damage
  • Gyms and raids: 60 → 55 damage

Crunch:

  • Trainer Battles: Now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Defense.

Zap Cannon:

  • Trainer Battles: Guaranteed to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack.

Scald:

  • Trainer Battles: Energy cost decreased and now provides a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Attack.

Feather Dance:

  • Trainer Battles: Energy cost increased.

Megahorn:

  • Trainer Battles: 100 → 110 damage

MOVE AVAILABILITY UPDATES

Nidoking – Now able to learn the Charged Attack Sand Tomb.

Poliwrath – Now able to learn the Charged Attack Scald.

Heracross – Now able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Blast.

Manectric – Now able to learn the Fast Attack Thunder Fang and the Charged Attack Overheat.

Normal Form Castform – Now able to learn the Charged Attack Normal-type Weather Ball.

Cofagrigus – Now able to learn the Fast Attack Shadow Claw.

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