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Niantic respond to lag issues in GO Battle League

Published: 18/Mar/2020 11:13

by Paul Cot


GO Battle League Season 1 is officially underway, however it has unfortunately been plagued with lag issues. While little detail has been shared in the way of a fix, Niantic have directly responded to some of these complaints.

For the most part, GO Battle League’s launch went successfully. Pokemon Go players are enjoying the opportunity to finally test themselves against other trainers.


It has brought an element of competition to the mobile game which was lacking. Players can compete to see who the best Pokemon trainer of all is, at least in a competitive sense.

Go Battle League Season 1 started on March 13…

However, this competition is being spoiled by a constant stream of lag issues which is affecting players far and wide. Both casual and hardcore trainers are experiencing the issue – although it is the latter that it’s probably annoying more for.


The frequency of the problem varies from player to player but the symptom seems to be the same. At any point during the battle, attacks will stop working, with no damage appearing to be dealt by either player.

Once the game seems to regain connection though, the player who experienced lag quickly learns it was just their side, as their opponent has inflicted a lot of damage and even built up Charge Attacks to use. This is understandably infuriating.

Niantic aware of the issue

Nothing has been mentioned of the issues on the official Pokemon Go Twitter account but Niantic have responded on their NianticHelp Twitter. Unsurprisingly, trainers have been messaging both accounts sharing the lag issues in GO Battle League.


Interestingly some of these messages have received responses. This is something the Niantic support team does very well – actually responding directly when trainers have problems. They might be fairly generic replies but they are at least making some form of effort.

One trainer, @swisstony239, was one of many to express frustration. He asked if there was “any chance you can fix the lag issues and maybe improve the battle system it’s pretty badly done.”

In similar tweets Niantic responded with an apology and letting them know they sent potential help to them via direct message. In this response however, they shared a little more detail.


“Sorry to hear about the trouble, Swiss. We’re investigating this issue, and are working to have several fixes in our next update that should mitigate some of these issues.”

When this update will come is currently unknown but it at least shows they, firstly, aware of the issue and, secondly, intend on fixing it. We’ll have to wait and see when that is and whether it will be successful.


GO Battle League is a very interesting addition to Pokemon Go and is actually very strategic. It is a lot more complicated than it may seem on first glance – and in a good way too!

You can read some of our GO Battle League tips to try and get ahead of the competition. One thing is for sure, trainers will be thrilled when and if the lag issues are fixed.

We reached out to Niantic about the issue but have yet to receive a response.


Pokemon gets TikTok challenge for Sword & Shield’s Crown Tundra in Japan

Published: 17/Oct/2020 1:03

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company is launching a TikTok challenge in Japan to celebrate Sword & Shield’s DLC, The Crown Tundra. The contest has monsters such as Pikachu dancing next to Trainers in an adorable fashion.

Sword & Shield has been a massive hit on the Nintendo Switch, as the RPG is already the third highest-selling release in the Pokemon franchise. The RPG is set to get its second DLC, The Crown Tundra, on October 22.


To celebrate the launch of the add-on, The Pokemon Company has launched a TikTok challenge contest in Japan. The adorable Poke-themed dances will be sure to warm the hearts of Trainers about to explore the icy region.

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The Pokemon Company / TikTok
Pokemon get its own TikTok challenge contest in Japan.

Sword & Shield Pokemon TikTok challenge

On October 15, The Pokemon Company International revealed the Japanese TikTok challenge. Trainers who download the app can record themselves dancing with four ‘mons using a special filter.


Participating monsters include Gen 8 characters Alcremie, Wooloo, Morpeko, and Isle of Armor Legendary, Kubfu. And of course, the series’ beloved mascot, Pikachu, also makes an appearance.

As an example of the kind of dances you can do to match the Pokemon’s style, a video was released on the official International YouTube channel. The clip adorably shows Pikachu mirroring the fans’ moves.

Participants that get the most likes can win a plushy of one of the five Pokemon that are a part of the TikTok challenge. Unfortunately at the time of writing, the contest is in Japan only.


The TikTok challenge isn’t the only time a Pokemon has moved to a beat. In August, Pikachu teamed up with the viral Pineapple Pen guy to make a music video based on the Electric-type’s voice lines.

It will be interesting to see the creative ways Trainers come up with dances to match the ‘mon of their choice. The adorable challenge celebrates the Sword & Shield DLC, The Crown Tundra, which hits stores on October 22.