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Pokemon Go Battle League begins rolling out to trainers

Published: 28/Jan/2020 17:31 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 2:35

by Paul Cot

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Niantic have shared more details about the upcoming addition of Pokemon GO Battle League and have even revealed there will be a preseason to enjoy before Season 1 kicks off.

Pokemon GO Battle League has begun rolling out to high level trainers. For new features such as this, the rolling out process tends to not be too long, so trainers of all levels can expect to access to the new mode shortly.

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Preseason

While the mode is intended to add a more competitive feel to the popular mobile game, it will begin with a preseason period to get trainers acquainted with the new feature and help Niantic optimize and balance it.

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Battling is about to get a lot more intense in Pokemon Go…

As Niantic previously announced, the new GO Battle League will see trainers ascend through the ranks, showing just how good a battler you are in Pokemon Go.

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You can still climb the ranks even during the preseason period but these will be partially reset upon the commencement of Season 1. The exact details of how this will work have not yet been revealed.

Presumably, the preseason will begin as soon as the new mode is available but Niantic did share the preseason schedule when it comes to league rotation.

  • Great League: Kick off
  • Ultra League: Monday, February 10, 1pm PST
  • Master League: Monday, February 24, 1pm PST
  • Great League: Monday, March 9, 1pm PST

When is Season 1?

While the start of GO Battle League Season 1 has yet to be announced, it will likely follow the conclusion of the preseason. Based on the times between rotations this could start on Monday, March 23, 1pm PST.

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Officially, Niantic shared the following on the Pokemon Go blog: “Stay tuned for more details on when the preseason will end and Season 1 will begin.” The Season 1 start time could also depend on how successful the preason is.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.