Trainers! GO Battle League Season 4 has been announced! Just like previous seasons, Season 4 will have some minor changes to the reward and ranking system, as well as new Cups and changes to Pokémon moves!
GBL SEASON 3 RECAP & REWARDS
Season 3 is coming to an end! Congratulations, if you reached rank 10 this season, and have fun showing off the Avatar Pose and Items inspired by Blue, you deserve it! In Season 3, the Premier Cup made its debut in the Ultra League. With a fresh and versatile meta, it was welcomed with open arms, and it will return in Season 4.
What about the rewards? If you’ve reached rank 7 or higher, here’s what you can expect:
When Season 4 begins on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), your end-of-season rewards for Season 3 will be available on the Battle screen, including an Elite Charged TM if you reached rank 7 or higher! Season 4 will follow a similar league rotation as Season 3, noted in the schedule below. These dates are tentative. Stay tuned—we’ll update you if anything changes!
So, what will Season 4 bring us? Let’s take a look!
GBL SEASON 4: WHAT STAYS?
- There will not be a walking requirement in order to battle in the GO Battle League.
- The Friendship level requirement for battling remotely will remain at Good Friends throughout Season 4. Remember that you can scan another Trainer’s QR code to battle them, no matter where they are.
- The avatar items inspired by Pikachu Libre will continue to be rank 7 rewards.
- The avatar items inspired by Blue from the Pokémon RPGs will continue to be rank 10 rewards.
- The win rewards and Pokémon reward encounters will remain the same as Season 3. As a reminder, the Pokémon encounter rewards are as follows:
- Pidgeot starting at rank 1
- Galarian Zigzagoon starting at rank 4
- Galarian Farfetch’d starting at rank 7
- Rufflet starting at rank 8
- Scraggy starting at rank 9
- Pikachu Libre starting at rank 10
GBL SEASON 4: WHAT'S NEW?
- Rank progression will be changing in Season 4. You can reach rank 2 by completing a certain number of battles, and you can reach ranks 3 through 9 by winning certain numbers of battles. You’ll still need to reach a rating of 3,000 to reach rank 10, similar to past GO Battle League seasons.
- The end-of-season rewards will be similar to those in Season 3.
- Stardust from rank 1 to rank 3
- Stardust, TMs, and a Raid Pass from rank 4 to rank 10
- If you finish Season 4 at rank 7 or higher, you’ll receive an Elite Fast TM rather than an Elite Charged TM.
- If you reach rank 10 in Season 4, you’ll receive a new avatar pose!
GO Battle Night – Flying Cup
On Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time, you can experience the all-new Flying Cup during the limited-time GO Battle Night event! You can expect the following features:
- The Flying Cup has a CP limit of 1,500.
- Only Flying-type Pokémon will be allowed.
- Trainers will be able to complete 20 sets (100 battles) in the GO Battle League.
- Winning battles, completing sets, and ranking up will award twice the Stardust than usual.
- If you evolve Pidgeotto during the event, you can obtain Pidgeot that knows Gust!
Up to something spookier! From Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 PDT (GMT-7) to Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT-8), the Halloween Cup will run in the GO Battle League! The following features can be expected:
- The Halloween Cup will have a CP limit of 1,500.
- Trainers will be challenged to create a team consisting only of Poison-, Ghost-, Bug-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon.
- During this themed format, Trainers can encounter Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, all wearing Halloween costumes as reward encounters for winning battles.
GO Battle League Season 4 timeline
- The Great League will run from Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- GO Battle Night and Flying Cup will run on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time.
- The Ultra League and Premier Cup will run from Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This Premier Cup will have a 2500 CP limit.
- The Master League and Premier Cup will run from Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This Premier Cup will have no CP limit.
- The Halloween Cup will run from Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- All three leagues and the Premier Cup (no CP limit) will be available from Monday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
- Season 5 will begin Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
UPDATES TO ATTACKS
The following new attack will be added to Pokémon GO:
Lunge: This Bug-type Charged Attack will lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack.
The following existing attacks have been updated in Trainer Battles:
Bug Buzz: This Bug-type Charged Attack now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Defense.
Flame Charge: This Fire-type Charged Attack now deals less damage and will raise the user’s Attack.
Signal Beam: This Bug-type Charged Attack now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Attack and Defense.
The following Pokémon can learn an attack they couldn’t before.
- Vespiquen and Signal Beam: This powerful Bug-type attack is a perfect fit for a powerful Bug-type Pokémon like Vespiquen.
Note that these changes most likely will go live when Season 4 starts, not earlier.
SEE-ya Season 3
Niantic has also given us a sneak peek into the future with info on the season to come. Pay attention because there will be some changes. Season 5, unlike previous seasons, will only be 3 weeks long, AND ratings will NOT be in effect. However, Trainers will progress through the ranks by winning a certain amount of battles.
Are you excited for the next season? We are for sure! Study, practice, and battle to prove what you’re worth. Good luck, Trainers!