Why GO Battle Master League is frustrating some trainers

Published: 16/Apr/2020 14:56

by Paul Cot


Master League is where all the restrictions are lifted and the best Pokemon go head to head. This also has its downsides though, and some trainers can’t wait for the Great and Ultra Leagues to reopen in GO Battle League.

The unlimited CP format of GO Battle might be the purest way to face off but also comes with frustrations. With CP limits in place, battles were more even because it is fairly easy to have Pokemon right on those limits.

Slaking Pokemon Go Most CP
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Interestingly, of all currently available Pokemon, Slaking has the highest CP at 4,431.

Max CP lessens the skill gap

Master League is a different story, however. With different species having different max CPs and it being costly in terms of Stardust to get them there, a lot of battles are mismatches.

That is where the Master League falls down. You can be ready for the other leagues with less preparation.

A Great League ready Altaria or Azumarill isn’t too hard to get, especially if you’ve been playing the game a little while. The same can be said for Ultra League with the likes of Charizard and Swampert.

Getting a maxed out Dialga, Mewtwo or any other of the high CP Pokemon is reserved for those that have been putting the most hours in. It means unless you have saved up a lot of Stardust over your play time then you are going into the battle second best.

Ratings don’t work across all three leagues

This issues is amplified by ratings. Those who have built up a good rating through their Great and Ultra League battles but don’t have the Pokemon to compete in Master, are becoming very much aware of this problem.

When you inevitably come up against a high-rating trainer, they will have played Pokemon Go a lot and be ready for Master League. This means if you haven’t but are still good in GO Battle League you’re going to struggle to win matches.

The result of this will be lots of annoying matches where you can’t find a win or being forced to lose battles on purpose. The latter is something that plagued GO Battle League when trainers couldn’t get four wins in a set.

One trainer, Mourouh, echoed these thoughts and only decided to try Master League because of the GO Battle Day: Marill event. After being unable to compete because of the CP limit they unfortunatley gave up: “Time to hibernate until three leagues are open again I guess.”

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Should trainers have the choice between all three leagues at any given time?

How to fix the issue

Elsewhere, another trainer offered a way to solve the issue and they make a fair point.

“Your rating should definitely be different for great/ultra/master. I have loads of Great League Pokemon and experience and I’m mid-rank 8. But my highest CP ‘mon is 3,200 and I really can’t compete against most teams in [Master League]. I shouldn’t be punished in one league as I’m ‘good’ at another, it’s really dumb that your ranks for each league are tied together. I am not rank 8 quality for Master League and should not be playing here,” twymanchar shared on Reddit.

For trainers waiting for Great and Ultra League to reopen they will do so on April 24. We’ll have to see whether Niantic notice this feedback and decide to leave Master League open by itself in the future.


Animal Crossing player creates perfect Pokemon Center in New Horizons

Published: 6/Jan/2021 1:02

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player made waves on social media after faithfully recreating a Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing’s latest outing, New Horizons, was the breakout hit of 2020. Since its debut in March, the lovable Nintendo title has taken over social media as players around the world share their unique creations.

One Pokemon fan used the the game’s new editing tools to accurately build a Pokecenter in the social simulation title. Their stunning recreation of the iconic RPG location is one of the best things you will see all week.

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New Horizons’ features let players create their wildest dreams.

Pokemon fan creates Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing

Originally releasing on the GameCube in 2001, Animal Crossing has become a juggernaut for Nintendo. Its latest release, New Horizons, has given players an unprecedented amount of freedom to shape their island to their wildest imaginations.

Using the new game mechanics, a Pokemon fan set out to recreate what is perhaps the most iconic location in the Game Freak RPG – a Pokecenter. Artist ‘acnh.pokeland‘ shared their incredible project on the r/AnimalCrossing and r/Pokemon subreddits on January 5. “Pokéland is now opened!! 1st section: The Pokémon Center!!” they wrote.

The image shows the user’s Animal Crossing avatar adorably posing in Nurse Joy’s signature medical uniform. The artist creatively used various New Horizons items to bring the location to life, such as a pink shirt behind the counter featuring a Blissey design, and round hats patterned to look like Pokeballs.

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ACQueen48 created the Pokemon Center in New Horizons.

Pokemon fans praised the creator’s work, such as one user who exclaimed, “This is so cool!!! You did an amazing job on these.” Another player agreed and wrote, “Wow! I heard the music in my head as soon as I saw the pic! Great Job!”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans reacting to Animal Crossing Pokemon Center.

Incredibly this isn’t the only location the talented fan has created in New Horizons. Over on their Instagram account, they showed off images of their Poke-Mart as well. Longtime players of the RPG will remember the in-game store used to be a separate building up until Gen IV.

This isn’t the first time Pokemon fans have gotten creative in the Switch title. In May, one Animal Crossing user recreated battle Stadiums from the RPG. Players in July also used the custom Fireworks feature to light up the sky with popular ‘mon.

Despite releasing only at the beginning of 2020, New Horizons is already the second highest-selling game in Japan of all time. The social simulation title has sparked the imaginations of millions – including many creative Pokefans.