The best tips to help you win in GO Battle League - Dexerto

The best tips to help you win in GO Battle League

Published: 30/Mar/2020 11:36 Updated: 30/Mar/2020 13:20

by Paul Cot


GO Battle League Season 1 is well underway. Here are some tips to help you rack up the wins in the increasingly competitive Pokemon Go PvP mode.

Getting any advantage over trainers is essential – after all for every winner there is a loser. Trainers compete with one another from all over the world in an attempt to ascend the Pokemon Go battle ranks.

It looks like trainers have brought their A-game and going on a winning streak is proving tricky. With the competition so fierce and the best rewards exclusive to those who win four of five battles, winning is a must for many.

PvP Battle League
Finally Pokemon Go trainers can compete to find out who the best trainer of all is…

Here we offer some tips to help you win as many battles as possible. The standard of matches suggests trainers will need every advantage they can get hold of.

These tips will focus on general gameplay, rather than which specific Pokemon to use. We have other guides for this broken down by Great, Ultra and Master League in the links below.

Type variety

The first one may be obvious to some but it’s so important that it can’t be said enough – make sure your three Pokemon are of a variety of types! Doing anything but will leave your team open. Sure, you could get lucky but this is far from a strategy that will work in the long-term.

Which Pokemon to start with?

There’s no correct answer to the question because no matter which you choose, you can be vulnerable should your opponent pick its weakness. Nevertheless, you can minimize that risk.

Normal and electric-types only have one vulnerability – fighting and ground attacks, respectively. So, from an odds standpoint, it may be wise to start with one of these.

Tyranitar goes against this logic but this is one species that’s performed well for us as our starting Pokemon. There is more to consider than just typing, however.

Then there are also your opponent’s Protect Shields to consider, which we allude to below. Selecting a Pokemon that generate Charge Moves quickly, albeit weaker ones, will tempt your adversary into using their Protect Shields. This is partly why you see trainers leading with Pokemon such as Scizor in Great League and Charizard/Giratina in Ultra League.

Attack or defense?

It’s complicated but the way CP is calculated weights attack over defense and stamina. This means you can fit ‘more’ defense and stamina stats in a Pokemon with CP bordering on the league limit.

Also, with so much damage being dealt by Charge Moves, a bulky Pokemon is important in order to absorb that damage. A species’ attacking prowess is more affected by the actual moves rather than attack IVs anyway.


Damage is obviously an integral part of which moves are best. However, with Charge Moves playing such a vital role, Fast Move’s energy per second is a very important statistic.

For example, if we take a Gyarados with Hydro Pump and compare it to a Scizor with Night Slash, then they are very different in a PvP setting. Night Slash will allow you to build up Charge Moves a lot quicker than Hydro Pump.

This is because Night Slash requires less energy to earn whereas the more powerful Hydro Pump. It actually charges more than twice as quickly.

Moves for PvPYou should consider the type, power and energy of moves when deciding your team…

This is noteworthy because you may not have enough time to build up a move like Hydro Pump. In addition to that, moves like Night Slash force your opponents to burn through their Protect Shields – well, either that or take damage.

We’d recommend researching the whole concept and as many moves as possible so you can understand where your Pokemon’s move set stands in a PvP scenario.

More advanced tips

Here are tips of the more advanced variety summarized:

  • If you can faint a Pokemon without using a Charge Move, do so, unless it’s a weak move
  • Don’t use a weak Charge Move immediately, delaying can trick your opponent into burning a Protect Shield as they’ll think it’s more powerful than it is
  • Don’t switch your first Pokemon immediately unless you have a significant type disadvantage
  • Charge Moves do stack
  • Weather boosts don’t apply to PvP

These tips are all well and good but they don’t help you decide which three Pokemon to send into battle. Which species you should choose depends on what league is currently active.

There’s plenty to more to learn about GO League Battles but these tips should put you in a good position to rack up a few wins. Pokemon Go’s Battle League Great League portion has already concluded and we’re currently in the middle of Ultra League.


$375,000 Pokemon Trading Card Game box opening ends in absolute tragedy

Published: 29/Oct/2020 20:21

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Trading Card Game livestream ended in disaster after it was quickly discovered that the booster packs were fake. The YouTube channel spent over $375k on the 1st Edition base set box, only for it to be resealed. 

Despite making its debut in 1999, the Pokemon TCG has exploded in popularity over the past two years. The hobby hit an all-time high in October when influencer Logan Paul opened a base set booster box he paid $216k for while livestreaming.

However, things didn’t work out as well for another YouTube channel who paid $375k for the same item. The livestream unboxing of the rare collectible quickly turned tragic when it was discovered that the TCG item was actually fake.

fake pokemon card booster box
Twitter: @DumbMoneyTV
The rare sealed 1st Edition booster box was actually fake.

Rare Pokemon TCG box opening ends in complete disaster

The event was hosted by YouTube channel ‘Dumb Money Live’ and included popular Pokemon content creators such as Lee ‘Leonhart’ Seinfeld. The rare 1st Edition base set booster box was bought for a record-breaking $375 through Logan Paul’s collectible trader ‘Collectables Guru.’

“The owner of the box supposedly bought three boxes when he was a child. They sat in the gun safe the entire time,” the Pokemon dealer explained. However, they quickly realized something was amiss after breaking the seal. Several booster packs were different colors, and some weren’t even 1st Edition.

“Oh no. That is a major f**king deal!” Guru exclaimed. The personality opening the box then revealed the problem: “It’s not even base set cards, these are Jungles! Wow. This is a resealed box. It’s random!”

(Topic starts at 35:41)

Upset, Collectable Guru called up the seller and explained that the box was resealed. “We opened the box literally live and they’re resealed packs. There is like base set 2 mixed in, half of them are 1st Edition. But they are all resealed, this is absolutely unacceptable. How is this going to be taken care of immediately?”

Stunned by the whole thing, Leonhart stood by and said, “Oh my gosh, I was not expecting that.” Guru came back and updated the group and explained that the seller had two other boxes that they were going to open first before bringing them back to the YouTubers.

youtubers opening fake pokemon card box
YouTube: Dumb Money LIVE
The YouTubers were floored after the rare Pokemon box was fake.

To add salt to the wound, the box opening was done on stream for charity. Dumb Money Live gave an update and addressed the situation a day later stating: “I don’t know a single person in my network that hasn’t been defrauded as an investor. You have to give sellers a benefit to make this right.”

At the time of writing, the situation has not been entirely rectified. The channel will open a booster pack on October 30 live to verify that the second box is actually real. However, it appears that if this one is fake as well, the seller claims they will refund the content creators their $375k.