How to get started at the Pokémon Global Link in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The Pokémon Global Link (PGL) serves as your connection with Pokémon players around the world! There you can compete in fun Pokémon battles, including Rating Battles, Online Competitions, Friendly Competitions, and more. All you need is a Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game and a Pokémon Trainer Club account. Take a look at all the features the Pokémon Global Link has to offer, then find out below how to create your own Pokémon Trainer Club account and get started today!

Rating Battles
Test your skills on your own terms with Rating Battles. Choose among Single Battles, Double Battles, Special Battles, and Championships Battles, and then battle online as much as you want. In Rating Battles, your ranking goes up or down on the PGL leaderboard depending on your battle results. Special Battles have different regulations each season to provide you with challenging new ways to play. Championships Battles use the same regulations as the Pokémon World Championships for that year.

Get more details on Rating Battles.

Online Competitions
Join players around the world in Online Competitions, where you can earn in-game prizes and more. Online Competitions typically take place over the course of a weekend, and the number of battles you can play is limited. Players are divided into the Junior Division (those born 2003 or later) and the Masters Division (those born 2002 or earlier) to promote a fun and balanced experience.

To participate in an Online Competition, you will need to register at the PGL prior to the beginning of the event. Once the competition starts, go to the Battle Spot in Festival Plaza and select Online Competition to enter your battle team and start battling. Online Competitions happen regularly throughout the year, so keep checking the PGL for upcoming opportunities to compete.

Learn how to participate in Online Competitions.

Friendly Competitions
Set up your own small tournaments for your pals to play in with Friendly Competitions. Customize your competition’s format and regulations so you can battle any way you want. Use the PGL to host either an Online Competition or a Live Competition, set your competition name and regulations, and then make it public or private.

Host your own Friendly Competition now!

Distribution Regulations
If you’re looking for more innovative ways to battle in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, you can download battle rules and regulations from the PGL. When you download regulations, you can have fun with Pokémon battles that may have dramatically different rules than any of the normal competitions. The Pokémon Global Link will announce regulations that are being distributed for download, so keep checking back for updates.

Discover regulations available for download.

QR Rental Teams
Battle with teams designed by other players with the QR Rental Teams feature. With this feature, you can try out teams and strategies that would ordinarily take a long time to put together, or help a friend battle against a variety of teams. Official QR Rental Teams make it easy to practice and prepare like never before! But when it comes time for a real competition, you’ll have to put together your own team—QR Rental Teams aren’t allowed in formal tournaments.

Take a closer look at QR Rental Teams.

Global Missions
Global missions are limited-time events that let Trainers around the world participate in a shared mission in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. To join a global mission, head to Festival Plaza and enter the castle. Talk to the receptionist on the right to get information about and to register for any current global missions. Then visit the PGL to track the mission’s progress.

Learn more about entering global missions.

Sign Up and Log In
​To participate in many of the features of the Pokémon Global Link, you’ll need a copy of Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon, as well as a Pokémon Trainer Club account. A Pokémon Trainer Club account is free, and it also gives you access to features on Pokemon.com and the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. You may need an adult to help you create an account.

Sign up for a Pokémon Trainer Club account.

Source: Pokémon Global Link

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