As Season 4 of the Pokémon GO Battle League comes to a close, trainers can begin preparing for the next wave of challenges and rewards. However, before you engage in your next month of catching and battling, the Pokémon GO Development team has made notable changes to the season’s structure after viewing audience and internal feedback.

Starting Monday, November 9th, at 1 p.m. PT, the latest three-week battle league (reduced from the regular four) will go live and previous rewards earned from Season 4 will be distributed on the battle screen. Rather than being accompanied by the traditional rating system, Season 5 will have players rise through the ranks by simply completing a specific number of battles. Progression will be based on effort rather than actual completion this time around.

As per usual with a new season, more TM attacks including Incinerate, Poison Sting, and Flame Charge have been added along with three new tournament cups. For details on the upcoming three cups, check out all the information below! On a quick note though, the development team has stated these dates are tentative and could possibly change within the next week before Season 5’s launch:

 

  • The Little Cup will run from Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon that are able to evolve and have not evolved even once are eligible. The CP limit is 500.
  • The Kanto Cup will run from Monday, November 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number between #001 and #151 are eligible. The CP limit is 1,500.
  • The Catch Cup will run from Monday, November 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon that have been caught since the beginning of Season 5 are eligible. The CP limit is 1,500. Mythical Pokémon—such as Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Victini—are not eligible for the Catch Cup.

For more details on Pokémon GO Battle League Season 5, you can head on over to the game’s latest updates post.

 

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Ever since owning a cobalt blue Game Boy Advance, Nintendo is his preferred way of gaming. Marc is a journalist, creative writer, and video producer. While his focus may be on providing news, he spends his days preparing reviews for games of the present and past.

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