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Pokemon GO Battle League Season 7 To Begin Next Week

Earlier today, Niantic revealed a massive amount of information about the next season in the competitive battling mode of Pokemon GO. Season 7 of the GO Battle League will launch starting on Mar. 1 at 1 PM PST.

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Niantic didn’t announce when GO Battle League Season 7 will end. But now that the PvE seasons follow a schedule that’s synchronized with the single-player seasons, we’ll likely see Season 7 end on June 1.

Below you can find the full PvE schedule for Season 7 of the GO Battle League from Niantic (all times are 1 PM PT).

Great LeagueMarch 1March 15
Ultra League, Premier CupMarch 15March 29
Master League, Master League Classic, Great LeagueMarch 29April 5
Great, Ultra, MasterApril 5April 12
Great League, Great League RemixApril 12April 26
Ultra League, Premier CupApril 26May 10
Master League, Master League Classic, Retro CupMay 10May 17
Great, Ultra, MasterMay 17May 24
Ranked Play EndsMay 24
Unranked Kanto CupMay 24May 31

You may have noticed a few new cups in the table above like the Retro Cup and Great League Remix.

The Retro Cup will feature a ruleset that only allows players to use CP1500 Pokemon that are of the original 15 types. That means no Dark, Steel, or Fairy-types will be useable for the Retro Cup.

Great League Remix will essentially just be the Great League minus the top 10 most-used Pokemon in that league. It’ll be interesting to see how these special rulesets impact lineups for these competitions.

Then once ranked play ends, the Kanto Cup will make its return. As the name implies, only Pokemon from the original 151 will be eligible for use in this competition. And just like before, the CP cap will be 1500.

If you’re a highly-skilled trainer, then you’ll want to check out the table below that has all of the revealed reward encounters. Niantic hasn’t revealed all of them, but they will likely be discovered throughout the season.

RankPossible Reward Encounters
1 and upPoliwhirl, Flaaffy, Pupitar, Galvantula
10 and upMedicham, Frillish, Stunfisk
15 and upScraggy, Lampent, Rufflet*
20 and upPokemon currently in Legendary raids
Ace and upDeino
LegendPikachu Libre
*Potential Shiny

It’s also important to note that you’ll earn extra Candy XL from Poliwhirl, Flaaffy, Pupitar, Medicham, Scraggy, Galvantula, Lampent, and Stunfisk if you catch them as a GO Battle League reward encounter.

Finally, Niantic also announced that they decided the pre-pandemic walking requirements for GO Battle League will not return. It’s not entirely clear if they mean just for the remainder of this season or forever even after pandemic restrictions are lifted.

You can check out the official release about Season 7 of the GO Battle League right here.

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