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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


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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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


How to defeat Kyurem in Pokemon GO – December raid times & counters

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:18 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 5:22

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon GO’s December 5-star raid boss has been revealed, and its Legendary dual-type dragon Kyurem. Here is everything you need to know to easily defeat the Gen V ‘mon.

First introduced in fifth generation titles Black & White in 2010, Kyurem is dual Dragon/Ice type Legendary. The epic creature belongs to the Tao trio, which also consists of Reshiram and Zekrom.

In December, Pokemon GO players will have another chance of battling the beloved character in 5-star raids. We will go over the best team that will have you taking down the ‘mon in no time at all.

Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Kyurem in December GO raid.
Pokemon GO / Niantic
The epic Unova Dragon will be Pokemon GO’s 5 star Raid Boss for December.

Kyurem December raid times

The Unova Pokemon’s 5-star raid begins on December 1, and ends on January 1st at 1:00PM GMT / 5:00AM PST.  While the beast can spawn randomly throughout the day for the entire month, there will be four dates where it is guaranteed to show up.

On December 2, 9, 16, and the 23rd, Niantic will host their monthly raid hour. The start times are from 6-7pm on each of those days respectively, so be ready to jump on in.

Below we will go over the best Pokemon to bring into the battle to counter the Legendary Dragon. While fierce, the dual-type can be brought down with little effort.

Best counters for Kyurem

Screenshot of Lucario battling in Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Fighting-type Pokemon like Lucario are a great counter to Kyurem.

Because of Kyurem’s dual nature, it has handful of weakness points that Trainers can exploit. Steel, Fighting, Fairy, Dragon, and Rock are the main elements that can quickly counter the ‘mon and bring down its health quickly.

  • Lucario (Fighting/Steel): The wildly popular Gen IV character is a great pick going into this raid. Not only does he pack a strong punch with some hefty attack, but his Fighting/Steel type are two of Kyurem’s main weaknesses. Using Aura Sphere will take a chunk of its health.
  • Metagross (Steel/Psychic): Metagross is another amazing option as it will hit the Legendary hard, especially with the Steel move Bullet Punch. Trainers who have the Gen III character’s Legacy move Meteor Mash will do incredible damage.
  • Dialga (Steel/Dragon): Like Lucario, the Gen IV Dragon will hurt Kyurem on two fronts with its Steel & Dragon advantage. We recommend using Metal Claw and Draco Meteor or Dragon Breath for maximum damage.
  • Zekrom (Dragon/Electric): While the Unova Legendary’s Electric type isn’t ideal for Kyurem, its Dragon moves are incredibly strong. Both Dragon Breath and Outrage are good way to take down its health.
  • Machamp: (Fighting): Not every Trainer is going to have some of the more rare monsters listed above. Machamp’s Counter & Bullet Punch make it a perfectly capable counter to the Legendary creature.
  • Conkeldurr (Fighting): The Gen V Fighting type is already popular with its Counter and Dynamic Punch moves. Its Fighting type movesets are a perfect way to exploit for Kyurem’s weakness.
  • Togekiss (Fairy): While most will focus on Fighting and Steel first, let’s not forget about Fairy’s advantage over Ice/Dragon. The Gen IV mon’ can chip away at the Dragon’s health using either Charm or Dazzling Gleam.

As stated above, Kyurem’s 5-star Raid battles will last the entire month of December. However, remember its final day is the first day of 2021, so don’t sleep on this epic boss.

Niantic is also kicking off the winter holidays with the Battle League Season 6 and the Holiday Cup. Tune in to Dexerto for more strategies on how to beat GO’s future competitions and events.