The Pokemon Go Battle League Season 12: Season of Light has begun, with a new weekly schedule of leagues and cups, as well as some great rewards and themed Battle Days to enjoy.
While catching ’em all is the name of the game in Pokemon Go, Trainers looking to test their might against others will want to head to the Go Battle League, which is now entering its 12th season dubbed the Season of Light.
Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Season 12 of the Pokemon Go Battle League, including the end date, all the rewards you can earn along the way, and the new weekly schedule of leagues and cups.
- Season 12 start & end dates
- Season 12 schedule
- Season 12 rewards
- Season 12 Battle Events
- Season 12 move changes
- Season 12 new moves
Season 12 of the Go Battle League began on Thursday, September 1, 2022, and will end on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM BST / 10PM CEST.
Niantic explained in a blog post that there are “several changes” this season as well as loads of new cups to take part in, which we’ll detail below.
As well as the traditional trio of Great, Ultra, and Master Leagues, there will be loads of special cups this season including the Psychic Cup and the Weather Cup.
You can see the full weekly Go Battle League Season 12 schedule below:
- September 1 – September 8: Great League & Little Jungle Cup Remix
- September 8 – September 15: Great League & Psychic Cup
- September 15 – September 22: Ultra League & Weather Cup
- September 22 – September 29: Ultra League & Ultra Premier Classic
- September 29 – October 6: Master League & Master Premier Clasic
- October 6 – October 13: Master League & Evolution Cup
- October 13 – July 20: Great League, Ultra League & Master League
- October 20 – October 27: Great League & Halloween Cup
- October 27 – November 3: Great League & Halloween Cup: Ultra League Edition
- November 3 – November 10: Ultra League & Willpower Cup
- November 10 – November 17: Ultra League & Ultra Premier
- November 17 – November 24: Master League & Element Cup Remix
- November 24 – December 1: Master League & Catch Cup: Season of Light Edition
There are loads of rewards to earn as you rise through the Go Battle League, from Pokemon encounters to avatar items, and even Elite TMs for the most dedicated Trainers.
Here are all of the rewards on offer in the Season of Light:
|Go Battle League Rank||Reward|
|Rank 1 guaranteed||Pinsir encounter|
|Rank 1+||Litwick, Meditite, Poliwag, Wingull, or Woobat encounter|
|Rank 3 guaranteed||Pikachu Libre avatar items|
|Rank 6 guaranteed||Mienfoo encounter|
|Rank 6+||Frillish, Mienfoo, or Skarmory encounter|
|Rank 11+||Hitmontop, Lickitung, Onix, Phantump, or Ralts encounter|
|Rank 16+||Espeon, Miltank, or Umbreon encounter|
|Rank 19 guaranteed||Elite Charged TM & Elite Fast TM (awarded at the end of the season)|
|Rank 20+||Current 5-Star Raid Boss encounter|
|Ace Rank guaranteed||Axew encounter, Guzma-Style Watch & Guzma-Style Bracelet|
|Veteran Rank guaranteed||Noibat encounter & Guzma-Style Pants|
|Expert Rank guaranteed||Goomy encounter & Guzma-Style Glasses|
|Legend Rank guaranteed||Pikachu Libre encounter, Guzma-Style Shirt & Guzma-Style Pose|
There will be two Battle Events taking place during Season 12 of the Go Battle League:
|Guzma Battle Day||Saturday, October 1, 2022||12AM to 11:59PM local time|
|Miltank Battle Day||Sunday, November 6, 2022||12AM to 11:59PM local time|
During both of these Battle Days, the maximum number of sets you can play per day will be raised from five to 20 for a total of 100 battles. You’ll also be able to claim 4× Stardust from win rewards.
For the Guzma Battle Day, the active leagues will be the Master League and the Master Premier Classic. You’ll be able to unlock a Guzma-Style Watch and Bracelet, a Rare Candy, and an Elite Charged TM by completing Timed Research.
For the Miltank Battle Day, the active leagues will be the Ultra League and the Willpower Cup. There will also be a Timed Research with rewards including a Miltank encounter, a Rare Candy, and an Elite Charged TM.
There have been several nerfs and buffs to moves used during Trainer Battles to help level the playing field in Season 12 of the Go Battle League:
|Zap Cannon||Chance to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack is no longer guaranteed|
|Icicle Spear||Energy cost increased|
|Rollout||Energy generation decreased|
|Ancient Power||Power increased from 45 to 60, while Attack and Defense increase amount has been lowered|
|Ominous Wind||Attack and Defense increase amount has been lowered|
|Silver Wind||Power increased from 45 to 60, while Attack and Defense increase amount has been lowered|
|Quick Attack||Energy generation increased|
|Tackle||Energy generation increased|
Two new attacks have been added this season: Double Kick (8 Damage in Trainer Battles & 10 Damage in Raids/Gyms) and Fairy Wind (3 Damage in Trainer Battles & 9 Damage in Raids/Gyms).
There are also lots of changes to attack availability, with the following Pokemon now able to earn new moves:
|Nidorina||Thunderbolt (Charged Attack)||Electric|
|Nidorino||Ice Beam (Charged Attack)||Ice|
|Nidoking||Fast Attack Double Kick||Fighting|
|Arcanine||Psychic Fangs (Charged Attack)||Psychic|
|Tentacruel||Scald (Charged Attack)||Water|
|Galarian Rapidash||Fairy Wind (Fast Attack)||Fairy|
|Haunter||Ice Punch (Charged Attack)||Ice|
|Marowak||Rock Slide (Charged Attack)||Rock|
|Hitmonlee||Double Kick (Fast Attack)||Fighting|
|Galarian Weezing||Fairy Wind (Fast Attack)||Fairy|
|Dragonair||Body Slam (Charged Attack)||Normal|
|Dragonite||Superpower (Charged Attack)||Fighting|
|Ledian||Dynamic Punch (Charged Attack)||Fighting|
|Lanturn||Surf (Charged Attack)||Water|
|Jumpluff||Fairy Wind (Fast Attack)||Fairy|
|Espeon||Psychic Fangs (Charged Attack)||Psychic|
|Girafarig||Psychic Fangs (Charged Attack)||Psychic|
|Girafarig||Double Kick (Fast Attack)||Fighting|
|Dunsparce||Rollout (Fast Attack)||Rock|
|Steelix||Psychic Fangs (Charged Attack)||Psychic|
|Miltank||Rollout (Fast Attack)||Rock|
|Mawile||Fairy Wind (Fast Attack)||Fairy|
|Manectric||Psychic Fangs (Charged Attack)||Psychic|
|Camerupt||Incinerate (Fast Attack)||Fire|
|Lopunny||Double Kick (Fast Attack)||Fighting|
|Swoobat||Psychic Fangs (Charged Attack)||Psychic|
|Florges||Fairy Wind (Fast Attack)||Fairy|
|Slurpuff||Fairy Wind (Fast Attack)||Fairy|
|Incineroar||Double Kick (Fast Attack)||Fighting|
|Golisopod||Shadow Claw (Fast Attack)||Ghost|
|Nihilego||Poison Jab (Fast Attack)||Poison|
|Dubwool||Double Kick (Fast Attack)||Fighting|
|Runerigus||Shadow Claw (Fast Attack)||Ghost|
We’ll keep this page updated if any more changes are made throughout this season of the Go Battle League, but for now, this is what you can expect over the next three months!
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