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3 changes Niantic need to make ahead of GO Battle League Season 1

Published: 11/Mar/2020 10:35 Updated: 11/Mar/2020 10:46

by Paul Cot


Season 1 of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League is fast approaching, but some trainers feel there are changes Niantic need to make ahead of its big release.

Players have been familiarizing themselves with the concept of GO Battle League since its announcement back in October 2019. The six weeks of pre-season more recently has allowed trainers an elongated sneak preview of the new competitive PvP mode.

On the flip side, the pre-season has given Niantic a chance to analyze the game from afar to see if any changes are needed ahead of Season 1’s release. In the opinion of a lot of trainers there are.

Pokemon Go Competitive Battling
GO Battle League allows trainers to finally have a way to do competitive battling…

Reward thresholds

We don’t know how and if the rewards will change when Season 1 starts. We do know, however, that trainers are manipulating their own rank to give themselves a greater chance of receiving the best rewards.

This phenomenon is called ‘Rank Tanking’ and has become surprisingly widespread. Unfortunately, with the current system players are incentivized to keep their rank low in order to come up against weaker opponents.

Niantic will no doubt want to put a stop to this, so we can expect the reward thresholds to be changed. They might not increase the quality of the rewards for higher ranks, as this will only reward better players, but they may change it from the current win four out of five battles, to win a certain reward after every so many wins, period.


Those of you who have been scouring the Pokemon Go forums will have seen many trainers plagued by lag issues. Sure, sometimes there will be incidents of a genuine poor connection but a lot of these issues of a “weak connection” have reportedly come from WiFi.

The more competitive players will find this even more frustrating, with the potential of losing matches purely because of this.

Niantic will be all too aware of these lag problems and will no doubt be doing their best to fix them. They regularly perform maintenance on their servers although the explicit reason for this isn’t shared.

One way to alleviate these issues could be to have stricter matchmaking algorithms where trainers are only matched with other players who live relatively close by. Another option could be to have trainers choose whether they want to accept a game with a trainer that supposedly has a weak connection.

Ranking and rating adjustments

There are 10 ranks in GO Battle League and finding your way to Rank 7 is actually pretty easy. Essentially all you need to do is win 22 battles over any given time period.

This pretty much negates Ranks 1 to 7, making them meaningless. More importantly though, it means there’s only really Ranks 7 to 10 to differentiate between.

PokeMiners revealed that the rating and ranking percentage for GO Battle League changed from 50% to 90%. They speculate this means your rating can change by 90% in a given set. Therefore, your rating can fluctuate a lot more.

Niantic may have other adjustments such as this in store for when GBL Season 1 releases on March 13. Hopefully they have been paying close attention and will get the balancing just right. If so, Pokemon Go will finally have an outlet for trainers to determine who really is the best.


Where to find Keldeo, Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion in Crown Tundra

Published: 28/Oct/2020 12:05

by Paul Cot


The Swords of Justice – Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion – can be found in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unbeknown to some trainers, the Mythical Pokemon Keldeo can also be encountered.

The Crown Tundra expansion finally brought back Legendary ‘mons from previous Pokemon games but Mythical Pokemon remain missing. That’s other than Keldeo, though!

To catch the Colt Pokemon you’ll need to get hold of Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion beforehand. So, firstly let’s take a look at how to make them spawn and their respective locations.

How to catch the Swords of Justice

The snowy lands of the Crown Tundra are filled with an array of legends. The Swords of Justice are among them but they won’t spawn straight away.

Virizion Footprints Crown Tundra
Virizion’s first footprints can be found just outside of Freezington by the tree in the picture…


The first of them you’re going to find is Virizion. To begin the process of making the Grassland Pokemon spawn you’ll need to find each of its footprints.

The first of these are located just outside of Freezington, right outside of Peony’s house. If they aren’t there however, you’ll need to continue further through the story before they do.

Once they do appear and you click on them it will trigger a cutscene with Sonia, who hints that mysterious Pokemon will be showing up in the Crown Tundra – a la the Swords of Justice.

From there you’ll need to find 50 of Virizion’s footprints, as each of them count for 2% of the data required to track it. Once you find all 50 of them go to Sonia’s house in Freezington, talk to her and she’ll tell you exactly where to find Virizion.

That location is in Giant’s Bed and will always be in the exact spot as the picture shows below. While it is fairly difficult to catch you don’t need to worry about failing to do so because even if you knock it out, you can go to a different town and it will spawn again.

Virizion Location
The exact location you’ll find Virizion in Giant’s Bed in the Crown Tundra…


Terrakion is found in same way whereby you must acquire 50 of its footprints. The first of them is found just inside Lakeside Cave and the rest are close and easy to find.

Once you have all of them, you’ll need to go back to Sonia’s house where she’ll kindly let you know the Cavern Pokemon’s whereabouts. Those footprints where indicative of where Terrakion is because it can be found inside Lakeside Cave. Feel like we didn’t need Sonia for that one but you must go to her regardless.

Terrakion Location Crown Tundra
Terrakion’s exact location in Lakeside Cave…


There aren’t any surprises for finding Cobalion, you’ll once again need to find 50 of its footprints and take them back to Sonia. The first of them are found in Three-Point Pass by the Frigid Sea with the last of them in the Roaring-Sea Caves.

Sonia will tell you Cobalion is residing in the Frigid Sea – surprise surprise. Specifically, there’s an island as you come to the sea. Head over to that, go to the peak of it and Cobalion can be found in the location shown below.

Cobalion Location Crown Tundra
Cobalion’s location in the Crown Tundra…

How to catch Keldeo

Many trainers don’t know that Keldeo is actually the fourth member of the Swords of Justice. As a result it can be encountered in the Crown Tundra but Sonia, unlike the other three, doesn’t make this clear.

When you catch Cobalion you’ll need to head back to Sonia for a third time as Keldeo won’t spawn without doing so. Once you have done that, make your way to Dyna Tree Hill. This is the location where you will have found the Galarian Kanto birds before they decide to scatter away. Make sure each of Virizion, Terrakion and Cobalion are in your party (at least that’s what we did).

From there ride your aquatic bike into Ballimere Lake and head to the small island. Behind one of the trees you’ll find a cooking pot. Literally cook anything (no special recipes needed here), finishing eating it and Keldeo should be awaiting you in the middle of the island.

Keldeo Location Crown Tunra
Keldeo can be found on an island inside Ballimere Lake…

It’s simple once you know how to do it but without instructions Keldeo would have been incredibly difficult to find. And that’s if you even knew it could be found!

It’s also worth noting that Virizion, Terrakion and Cobalion can all be shiny hunted. However, Keldeo cannot because it is Shiny locked.