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Pokemon GO Battle League announced along with special rewards

Published: 5/Mar/2020 15:25 Updated: 5/Mar/2020 15:28

by Paul Cot


It’s finally upon us! Pokemon GO Battle League Season 1 will begin on Friday, March 13. In addition to the announcement, Niantic have also revealed some interesting events in the build up to Battle League’s first season.

For those of you who don’t know, the new GO Battle League gives trainers the opportunity to compete against each other in Pokemon Go battles. Players are matched against similar levels opponents and are given the chance to ascend the ranks.

GO Battle League will rotate between three different leagues with, to begin with, only one in play at any particular time. This will allow a wide variety of Pokemon to be used and prevent only the very strongest trainers and Pokemon from being effective.

GO Battle League
Pokemon GO Battle League Season 1 will begin on March 13…

League schedule, start date

The leagues and their respective schedules are as follows:

  • Great League (1500 CP limit): Friday, March 13, 1pm PST to Friday, March 27, 1pm PDT
  • Ultra League (2500 CP limit): Friday, March 27, 1pm PDT to Friday, April 10, 1pm  PDT
  • Master League (no CP limit): Friday, April 10, 1pm PDT to Friday, April 24, 1pm PDT

All of these leagues will be available from Friday, April 24, 1pm PDT to Friday, May 1, 1pm PDT.

Chance to get Legendary and Mythical Pokemon

Even before Season 1 begins you’ll have the chance to add a Mythical Pokemon to your team. Darkrai will be available as a GO Battle League reward encounter (for those Rank 4 or above) from Friday, March 6, 8am to Monday, March 9, 10pm (all local times).

This coincides with the Darkrai special Raid weekend. It’s always useful to have a strong dark-type species on your team, especially one as strong as the Pitch-Black Pokemon.

The following weekend, over the same time period from March 13 to March 16, Altered Forme Giratina will be available as GO Battle League reward encounter. The Renegade Pokemon is an excellent all-round choice against a lot of different types.

Both Darkrai and Altered Forme Giratina can be found in their shiny form – if you’re really lucky, of course.

Events to warm up

Niantic have also announced some events to help trainers warm-up for GO Battle League Season 1, too. The first of those begins on Tuesday, March 10, 8am and finishes on Thursday, March 12, 10pm (local time).

It will feature the following:

  • Skarmory, Swampert, Shieldon, and more appearing in Raid Battles
  • Registeel and Cresselia appearing in five-star Raids
  • 2x Stardust for Raid Battles and Trainer Battles

The second event is a launch celebration for GO Battle League. It starts on Friday, March 13, 8am and finishing on Monday, March 16, 10pm (again local time) and includes:

  • More fighting-type Pokemon appearing in the wild
  • Receive a Premium Battle Pass when you win all five battles in a set on the premium track of the GO Battle League.
  • You’ll be able to complete seven sets of GO Battle League battles per day, up from the regular five sets, for a total of up to 35 battles a day!
  • Stardust bonus in the GO Battle League.

It has been years since Pokemon Go released but now trainers, finally, have a way to prove who the very best is.


How to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:37

by Daniel Megarry


If you’re struggling to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go, we’ve put together a handy guide to make the process easier for you, including where to look and the best counters to use.

There are plenty of reasons trainers want to get their hands on Bagon right now. While the game celebrates Hoenn with a special event, you’ll need the Dragon-type Pokemon to complete the region’s Collection Challenge.

Bagon first appeared in Gen 3 games Ruby & Sapphire and was quite difficult to track down. The only place you could catch one was by visiting a specific room in Meteor Falls, and you needed the Surf ability to get there.

Its appearances are thankfully a lot more frequent in Pokemon Go, but some trainers are still having difficulty finding one to complete their collection. Here’s the best way to get your hands on one.

Bagon in Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Bagon is part of Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge.

Where to find Bagon in Pokemon Go

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can find Bagon in Pokemon Go right now. The most obvious one is to encounter it in the Wild, although you might be searching for a while before one pops up. Using Incense could help here.

A better method is to tackle one-star Raid Battles, as Bagon is currently appearing in them. You’ll need to keep an eye on nearby Gyms to see if Bagon appears in them. Using a Remote Raid Pass might help, too, as you won’t have to actually visit these locations in person.

The third and final option is to hatch 5km Eggs, as there is currently a chance that Bagon will hatch from them. It’s worth pointing out, though, that this won’t count towards your Catch Challenge, so if that’s what you’re after then don’t use this method.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Hoenn Challenge art.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Bagon is appearing in Raid Battles as part of the Hoenn celebration event.

Best counters to defeat Bagon

If you decide to go down the Raid Battle route, you’ll need to come prepared to wear down Bagon before you’ll get the chance to catch it. Fortunately, being a one-star raid, it shouldn’t be too difficult to defeat by yourself.

Still, it’s good to have a plan of action in place to make the process quicker and easier. The best counters for Bagon are Fairy-type, Ice-type, and Dragon-type moves as these will deal more damage due to its type weaknesses.

Some of the best Pokemon to bring into battle against Bagon are other Dragon-types like Dragonite, Garchomp, Zekram, and Reshiram; Ice-types like Mamoswine, Weavile, or Glaceon; or Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Togekiss.

Once you’ve got Bagon, you’ll need 25 Candy to evolve it into Shelgon, and 100 Candy to evolve it into Salamence, a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon which is a pretty great addition to any trainer’s collection.