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Pokemon Go: GO Battle League Season 3 is here – Schedule, rewards, more

Published: 27/Jul/2020 15:24 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 15:25

by Paul Cot

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Season 3 of GO Battle League is upon us. The competitive Pokemon Go PvP mode has become stable of the mobile game and continues to keep trainers coming back for more.

Competitive PvP battles were added to Pokemon Go in late January of 2020. Since then trainers have battled for supremacy, and following an update in April, reach the top of the GO Battle League leaderboards.

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Much like the Pokemon that compete, the mode continues to evolve. An ever growing roster of species keeps trainers on their toes and Niantic are often updating moves to make sure no Pokemon are too strong.

Here’s what we know about Season 3 from when each league will start, what rewards are on offer and updates which may affect which Pokemon you use.

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Season 3 kicks off with Great League. Have Altaria, Azumarill, Skarmory and co ready!

Schedule

Scheduling wise, the timings of each league are the same as previous seasons. There will be two weeks of each of the Great League, Ultra League and Master League. This will be followed by the customary week period where all leagues are available.

The only difference for Season 3 is that the Ultra League will have a Premier Cup running alongside it. This will work the same as the Master League whereby there will be Ultra League CP restrictions and no Mythical or Legendary Pokemon are allowed.

GO Battle League Season 3 starts on July 27, 1pm PDT. The full schedule is:

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  • Great League – July 27, 1pm PDT to August 10, 1pm PDT
  • Ultra League – August 10, 1pm PDT to August 24, 1pm PDT
  • Master League – August 24, 1pm PDT to September 7, 1pm PDT
  • All three leagues – September 7, 1pm PDT to September 14, 1pm PDT

In addition to these, there will be a Flying Cup also. As the name suggests only flying-type Pokemon will be allowed! It will be available in an as yet unannounced event.

Rewards

The scheduling looks the same as previous seasons but rewards are getting an update. You can expect the following rewards at these particular ranks:

  • Pidgeot at Rank 1 or above
  • Galarian Zigzagoon at Rank 4 or above
  • Galarian Farfetch’d at Rank 7 or above
  • Rufflet at Rank 8 or above
  • Scraggy at Rank 9 or above
  • Pikachu Libre at Rank 10

There are a couple of other changes, too. When using Premium Rewards, Rare Candies will be earned after your fourth win. The number of them will go from eight to six as well.

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If you reach Rank 7 or higher by the end of Season 3 you’ll be rewarded with an Elite Charged TM. This is opposed to an Elite Fast TM. Given how hard the latter are to come across we imagine trainers won’t be thrilled by this news.

Finally, if you manage to reach Rank 10, not only will you get a Pikachu Libre but a brand new avatar pose and avatar item.

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Legendary rewards

For those wondering about Legendary or Mythical rewards, it doesn’t look like they will be returning for Season 3. So, you’ll have to find Darkrai, Giratina and co the traditional way through Raid Battles.

Changes in Season 3

Several moves have been updated for Season 3 GO Battle League and they are as follows:

  • Blizzard: Increased damage
  • Brave Bird: Increased damage but also lowers defense
  • Drill Peck: Increased damage
  • Flash Cannon: Requires more energy
  • Focus Blast: Reduced damage
  • Hex: Increased energy generation
  • Infestation: Increased energy generation
  • Moonblast: Decreased chance of lowering opponent’s attack
  • Powder Snow: Increased damage

There are also a few updates whereby Pokemon can learn moves they previously couldn’t:

  • Abomasnow: Weather Ball (Ice-type)
  • Braviary: Close Combat
  • Empoleon: Drill Peck
  • Pelipper: Weather Ball (Water-type)

Season 4 of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League will start on Monday, September 14.

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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.