Pokémon GO players can now earn these new avatar items and a pose inspired by Guzma during GO Battle League: Season of Light

Niantic has detailed GO Battle League: Season of Light for Pokémon GO. Read on below to learn more:

GO Battle League: Season of Light Update

GO Battle League: Season of Light Update

Trainers,

GO Battle League: Season of Light is almost here!

Arriving on the heels of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, GO Battle League: Season of Light will feature the Psychic Cup, the Weather Cup, and the Halloween Cup: Ultra League Edition!

Several changes are coming to the GO Battle League this Season, which we’ve illuminated below. Both new Trainers and time-tested battlers should take a look!

GO Battle League: Season of Light start date, rank resets, and end-of-Season rewards

GO Battle League: Season of Light will start on Thursday, September 1, 2022, 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 the prior Season.

GO Battle League: Season of Light Schedule

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

Sep 1 – Sep 8

Great League
Little Jungle Cup Remix

Sep 8 – Sep 15

Great League
Psychic Cup

Sep 15 – Sep 22

Ultra League
Weather Cup

Sep 22 – Sep 29

Ultra League
Ultra Premier Classic

Sep 29 – Oct 6

Master League*
Master Premier Classic*

Oct 6 – Oct 13

Master League*
Evolution Cup*

Oct 13 – Oct 20

Great League
Ultra League
Master League

Oct 20 – Oct 27

Great League
Halloween Cup

Oct 27 – Nov 3

Great League
Halloween Cup: Ultra League Edition

Nov 3 – Nov 10

Ultra League
Willpower Cup

Nov 10 – Nov 17

Ultra League
Ultra Premier

Nov 17 – Nov 24

Master League*
Element Cup Remix

Nov 24 – Dec 1

Master League*
Catch Cup: Season of Light Edition

Season of Light: GO Battle Days

GO Battle Day: Guzma

Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

A GO Battle Day featuring part of the Guzma Avatar Item Set!

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.

Timed Research

Timed Research focused on battling will be available for the whole day!

Complete the research to earn:

  • XP
  • Rare Candy
  • A watch and bracelet for your avatar inspired by Guzma
  • An Elite Charge TM
* Trainers who have already received the watch and bracelet from the rank 20 rewards will not receive another.

Active Leagues

Active Leagues The following leagues will be active.

  • Master League
  • Master Premier Classic

GO Battle Day: Miltank

Sunday, November 6, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

A GO Battle Day featuring Miltank, the Milk Cow Pokémon!

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.

Featured Pokémon – Miltank

Available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time

  • Miltank will be guaranteed to appear as a reward encounter.
  • 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.
  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering Shiny Miltank.
Image of Miltank - Shiny Icon On
Miltank
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
  • Miltank encounter
  • An Elite Charge TM

Active Leagues

Active Leagues The following leagues will be active.

  • Ultra League
  • Willpower Cup

GO Battle League: Season of Light rewards

Image of 1x Guaranteed Encounter IconGuaranteed 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 Guzma is known to use!

Pinsir
Image of Mienfoo with Rank 6 Icon
Mienfoo
Axew - Ace Rank - Shiny Icon On
Axew
Image of Noibat with Veteran Icon - 2,500+
Noibat
Goomy - Expert - Shiny Icon Off
Goomy
Pikachu Libre - Legend - Shiny Icon On
Pikachu Libre
If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny one!
Ace Rank
Veteran Rank
Legend Rank
Expert Rank

Image of Wild Encounter IconStandard Encounters

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

Image of Poliwag - Shiny Icon
Poliwag
Image of Wingull - Shiny Icon
Wingull
Image of Meditite - Shiny Icon
Meditite
Image of Woobat - Shiny Icon
Woobat
Image of Litwick - No shiny Ocn
Litwick
Image of Skarmory - Shiny Icon
Skarmory
Image of Male Frillish - Shiny Icon Off
Frillish
Image of Mienfoo - Shiny Icon Off
Mienfoo
Image of Onix - Shiny Icon On
Onix
Image of Lickitung - Shiny Icon On
Lickitung
Image of Hitmontop - Shiny Icon On
Hitmontop
Image of Ralts - Shiny Icon On
Ralts
Image of Phantump - Shiny Icon Off
Phantump
Image of Espeon - Shiny Icon Off
Espeon
Image of Umbreon - Shiny Icon Off
Umbreon
Miltank
Raid Icon
five-star Raid Boss
Ace - Axew
Axew
Image of Noibat - Shiny Icon Off
Noibat
Goomy
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.
Ace Rank
Veteran Rank
Expert Rank

GO Battle League Timed Research Pass

For our most dedicated battlers, a pass to access battle-themed Timed Research will be available in the in-game shop at no cost once GO Battle League: Season of Light begins.

This Timed Research will keep track of your victories throughout the Season. Each research page will require 100 wins to complete, and doing so will reward you with a small amount of Stardust and items such as an Elite Fast TM (400 wins) and Elite Charged TM (500 wins). Keep at it throughout the Season to see how far you can get!

Avatar items and other rewards

Pikachu Libre avatar items will be rewarded to Trainers who reach Rank 3.

Trainers will be able to earn the following rewards for your avatar. They’re all inspired by Guzma, leader of Team Skull in Pokémon SunPokémon MoonPokémon Ultra Sun, and _Pokémon Ultra Moon _!

  • Ace rank: watch and bracelet
  • Veteran rank: pants
  • Expert rank: glasses
  • Legend rank: shirt and 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.

Cups

You can look forward to the following cups this season.

Image of the Great League Remix IconGreat League

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

Ultra LeagueUltra League

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

Image of Premier IconUltra Premier

  • Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.
  • Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are not eligible.

Image of Premier IconUltra Premier Classic

  • Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.
  • Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are not eligible.
  • Pokémon that have been powered up using Candy XL are not eligible.

ML LogoMaster League

  • No CP Limit.

Image of Premier IconMaster Premier Classic

  • No CP Limit.
  • Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are not eligible.
  • Pokémon that have been powered up using Candy XL are not eligible.

Image of the Little Jungle Cup IconLittle Jungle Cup Remix

  • Pokémon must be at or below 500 CP to enter.
  • Only Normal-, Grass-, Electric-, Poison-, Ground-, Flying-, Bug-, and Dark-type Pokémon will be eligible.
  • The three Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the last Little Jungle Cup will not be allowed in the Little Jungle Cup Remix.
  • In addition, Salandit will not be allowed.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Skorupi
Cottonee
Ducklett
Salandit

Image of the Premier IconEvolution Cup

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Pokémon that have evolved at least once and can evolve again will be eligible.

unnamed (42)Psychic Cup

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

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Mew

Special Cup IconWeather Cup

  • Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Fire-, Water-, Ice-, and Rock-type Pokémon will be eligible.

unnamed (44)Halloween Cup

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

unnamed (44)Halloween Cup: Ultra League Edition

  • Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Poison-, Bug-, Ghost-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon will be eligible.

Willpower Cup

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Fighting-, Psychic-, and Dark-type Pokémon will be eligible.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Gardevoir

Image of Element Cup IconElement Cup Remix

  • Pokémon must be at or below 500 CP to enter.
  • Only Fire-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon will be eligible.
  • Only Pokémon that are able to evolve and have not evolved even once will be eligible.
  • The three Pokémon most used by Trainers Ace rank and up in the last Element Cup will not be allowed in the Element Cup Remix.
  • In addition, Salandit will not be allowed.

The following Pokémon will not be allowed.

Image of Chinchou - Banned
Chinchou
Image of Cottonee - Banned
Cottonee
Image of Ducklett - Banned
Ducklett
Image of Salandit - Banned
Salandit

Image of the Catch Cup IconCatch Cup: Season of Light Edition

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Pokémon caught during the Season of Light allowed*
*Pokémon must be caught between September 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. and November 30, 2022 at 9:59 a.m.

New attacks

Double Kick

  • Trainer Battles: 8 Damage
  • Gyms and raids: 10 Damage

Fairy Wind

  • Trainer Battles: 3 Damage
  • Gyms and raids: 9 Damage

Attack Changes

Zap Cannon

  • Trainer Battles: Chance to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack is no longer guaranteed

Icicle Spear

  • Trainer Battles: Energy cost increased

Rollout

  • Trainer Battles: Energy generation decreased

Ancient Power

  • Trainer Battles:
    • 40 → 60 power
    • Attack and Defense increase amount has been lowered

Ominous Wind

  • Trainer Battles: Attack and Defense increase amount has been lowered

Silver Wind

  • Trainer Battles:
    • 40 → 60 power
    • Attack and Defense increase amount has been lowered

Quick Attack

  • Trainer Battles: Energy generation increased

Tackle

  • Trainer Battles: Energy generation increased

Attack availability updates

Nidorina
Nidorina will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Thunderbolt.
Nidorino
Nidorino will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Ice Beam.
Nidoking
Nidoking will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Double Kick.
Arcanine
Arcanine will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.
Tentacruel
Tentacruel will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Scald.
Galarian Rapidash
Galarian Rapidash will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Fairy Wind.
Haunter
Haunter will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Ice Punch.
Marowak
Marowak will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Slide.
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Double Kick.
Galarian Weezing
Galarian Weezing will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Fairy Wind.
Dragonair
Dragonair will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Body Slam.
Dragonite
Dragonite will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Superpower.
Ledian
Ledian will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Dynamic Punch.
Lanturn
Lanturn will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Surf.
Jumpluff
Jumpluff will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Fairy Wind.
Espeon
Espeon will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.
Girafarig
Girafarig will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.
Girafarig will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Double Kick.
Dunsparce
Dunsparce will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Rollout.
Steelix
Steelix will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.
Miltank
Miltank will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Rollout.
Mawile
Mawile will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Fairy Wind.
Manectric
Manectric will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.
Camerupt
Camerupt will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Incinerate.
Lopunny
Lopunny will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Double Kick.
Swoobat
Swoobat will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.
Florges
Florges will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Fairy Wind.
Slurpuff
Slurpuff will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Fairy Wind.
Incineroar
Incineroar will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Double Kick.
Golisopod
Golisopod will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Shadow Claw.
Nihilego
Nihilego will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Poison Jab.
Dubwool
Dubwool will now be able to learn the new Fast Attack Double Kick.
Runerigus
Runerigus will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Shadow Claw.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

Source: Official Pokémon GO blog

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