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Pokemon GO Battle League to open up on Friday

Published: 23/Apr/2020 2:41

by Paul Cot


Trainers are enjoying the first season of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League but have been restricted as to what leagues they can enter. That all changes on Friday, April 24.

So far Season 1 has comprised of three two-week periods going through each type of league. It started with Great League, and is currently finishing up with Master League.


Master League has actually been frustrating some Pokemon Go trainers. So, many will be glad to know that they’ll have the choice between all the leagues shortly.

Giratina GO Battle
You can be sure whichever league your competing in that either form of Giratina is a solid choice!

You can make sure you’re ready for all three leagues by checking out our best Pokemon guides for each league below.


The issues with the ‘no limit’ league aren’t the species trainers use but the fact that the highest CP Pokemon are difficult to obtain. This gives higher level trainers a distinct and insurmountable advantage.

Few players have close to max CP species, such as Dialga and Origin Forme Giratina. When a trainer comes along who does have these, defeating them proves too tough, even with a skill advantage.

On the other hand, skill plays a more crucial role in the Great and Ultra Leagues. This means a trainers’ ranking results in fair matchmaking whereas in Master League, a trainer who has achieved a high rating through skill, still won’t be able to compete if matched poorly.


GO Battle League Season 2 format

The exact changeover time is 1pm PDT (8pm BST) April 24. Unfortunately players shouldn’t get too used to the freedom however, as Season 2 will start just a week later on Friday, May 1.

Assuming Niantic keep the same format for Season 2, it will kick off with Great League for a two weeks. This will be followed by Ultra League for another two weeks before a return to Master League just five weeks after Season 1’s finished.

Niantic are known to listen and react to player feedback, though, which means they may just alter the format to keep the choices open, at least somewhat. There may be other surprises in store to keep players engaged with the popular PvP mode.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.

Snivy Pokemon Go
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.


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.