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The best at Pokemon GO Battle League? Now you can prove it

Published: 9/Apr/2020 21:15

by Paul Cot

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A lot of trainers claim to be the best, and now you can prove it. Niantic are adding a GO Battle League leaderboard so you finally show off your rankings!

GO Battle League switches over from Ultra League to Master League on Friday, April 10, and that’s when the leaderboards will become available. You’ll be able to access them at the Pokemon Go Live website.

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Previously, trainers could only share their rank and battle rating. Other than someone sharing it with you, there was no way to see it for yourself either. Now there is no hiding – you are either at the top or you’re not.

GO Battle Leaderboard
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This is what the GO Battle League leaderboard will look like.

How the leaderboard will work

The leaderboard won’t show every trainer’s rating. Instead, it’ll show the top five hundred trainers in the world, their nicknames, Pokemon teams, ranks, ratings, and total matches. It will also only show trainers rank 7 and above.

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The rankings shown are “based on the previous day’s in-game ratings.” Presumably this confirms any matches that occurred before the previous day won’t be taken into account.

It will update daily between 8pm and 10pm UTC (1pm to 3pm PDT). Pokemon Go players will be delighted to know that “trainers with active disciplinary action or inappropriate Trainer nicknames will be excluded without prior notice.”

Celebration bonus

To celebrate the introduction of  leaderboards, there will be a GO Battle Day: Marill on Sunday, April 12. The event will feature Marill (surprise, surprise) and activities related to GO Battle League.

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From 11am to 2pm local time on that day, Marill will be a guaranteed reward for your first and third wins in any given set. If using a Premium Pass for your rewards the dual fairy and water type will appear after every victory.

It is certainly worth getting because Azumarill is one of, if not the, best Pokemon to have in the Great League category.

April 12 is also a great day to dedicate to playing GO Battle League as you’ll be able to play up to 20 sets – or 100 battles. This is in comparison to the usual five.

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So, make the most of it trainers and try and get yourself somewhere on those leaderboards!

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Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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