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The Interlude Season is here! We now have confirmed information from Niantic regarding everything you need to know including dates, leagues, rewards and more. We’ll be breaking down this announcement in an easy to read format so you don’t miss any important details.

As we know from previous announcements, this will be a season purely dedicated to Niantic sorting out major issues within the current PvP system. While you may not be able to rank up past rank 20, this does not mean that this will be a boring season. Niantic has a LOT planned for the next 3 months of GO Battle League. Continue reading below for more information.

From the Official Announcement

Trainers,

The next Season of the GO Battle League is here, and it’s a Season like we’ve never had before! As we mentioned previously, upon Season 10’s conclusion, the GO Battle League will move into an Interlude Season.

Learn more about why we’re hosting an Interlude Season in our recently published Dev Diary.

The Interlude Season Start Date, Rank Resets & End of Season Rewards

Season 10 will be extended until Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT –8). Immediately following that, the GO Battle League’s Interlude Season will start on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT –8) and end on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT –8).

Additional Information:

  • End-of-season rewards will be available on the battle screen.
  • Your GO Battle League rank will be reset.
  • Rank-up requirements will remain the same as in Season 10.
  • Rankings will cap at rank 20, and there will be no visible ratings.

As seen in previous posts by Niantic, rankings will be capped at rank 20. This is due to the fact that they do not want to interfere with competitive integrity during the season while they sort out bugs/issues and work on permanent fixes which could cause issues in itself while the code is being re-written.

The Interlude Season Schedule

This Interlude Season will feature a weekly league rotation schedule and will bring back some cups from previous Seasons!

In the following list, leagues and cups that take place on or before March 12 will begin and end at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), while those that occur on or after March 13 will begin and end at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Mar 1 – Mar 8

Mar 8 – Mar 15

Mar 15 – Mar 22

3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

Mar 22 – Mar 29

Mar 29 – Apr 5

Apr 5 – Apr 12

3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

Apr 19 – Apr 26

Apr 26 – May 3

3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

May 3 – May 10

May 10 – May 17

May 17 – May 24

3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

May 24 – Jun 1

We can see that this interlude season will feature previously seen cups from past seasons. As rank 20 is the maximum rank, perhaps it’s time to sit back and relax while bringing out the spice Pokémon?

Timed Research Ticket: Battle

For our most dedicated battlers, a Timed Research ticket will be available in the shop for free once the Interlude Season begins.

This Timed Research will keep track of your victories throughout the Season. Each research page will require progressively more wins to complete, and doing so will reward you with a small amount of Stardust. Keep at it throughout the Season to see how far you can get!

This is a never before seen research ticket which will allow dedicated battlers to be rewarded further for their efforts during the season. Each win will progress you to unlock better rewards.

GO Battle Day: Seel

Saturday, March 5, 2022

086 Seel

A GO Battle Day featuring Seel, plus the return of two featured attacks for its Evolution, Dewgong!

The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20—for a total of 100 battles—from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time.

Bonuses

  • Available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time
  • In each set, the first win reward from the Basic track will be a reward encounter. The second through fifth win rewards will remain unchanged.
  • All win rewards from the Premium track will be reward encounters.
  • Seel will be guaranteed to appear as a reward encounter. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Dewgong

  • Evolve Seel to get a Dewgong that knows the Fast Attack Ice Shard
  • Evolve Seel to get a Dewgong that knows the Charged Attack Icy WindDewgong (Pokémon GO) | Stats, Moves, Counters, PvP, CP, IV, HP Charts

This is the perfect opportunity for you to snag a good PvP IV Dewgong with its legacy moves Ice Shard and Icy Wind without having to use an Elite TM. A huge deal to those players who are still looking for a Dewgong to use in PvP.

End-of-Set Avatar Rewards

Trainers who complete a set at any rank during this GO Battle Day will receive the Gladion’s Shoes avatar item! Trainers who have already received the Gladion’s Shoes avatar item from the rank 20 rewards will not receive another.

Active Leagues



The following leagues will be active:

  • Great League
  • Johto League

GO Battle Day: Beginner’s Paradise

Sunday, April 17, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

With the beginner-friendly Great League and Little Cup active, XP from Timed Research available, and an avatar item up for grabs, there’s never been a better time to try out the GO Battle League!

The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20, for a total of 100 battles!

Bonuses

Timed Research will be available that rewards a large amount of XP!

End-of-Set Avatar Rewards

Trainers who complete a set at any rank during this GO Battle Day will receive the Gladion Hoodie avatar item! Trainers who have already received Gladion Hoodie from the rank 20 rewards will not receive another.

Active Cups



The following competitions will be active:

  • Great League
  • Little Cup

GO Battle Day: Mega Stardust Surprise

Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

A GO Battle Day featuring the standard Stardust bonuses. We may also have a Mega surprise in store for you!

The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20, for a total of 100 battles!

Bonuses

  • 4× Stardust from win rewards.
  • A Mega Surprise!

End-of-Set Avatar Rewards

Trainers who complete a set at any rank during this GO Battle Day will receive the Gladion’s Pants avatar item!

Trainers who have already received Gladion Pants from the rank 20 rewards will not receive another pair.

Active Cups

The following leagues will be active:

  • Master League
  • Ultra League
  • Great League

Season Rewards

Guaranteed rank-up encounters:



You can encounter the following Pokémon once per season at the designated ranks. At rank 1, you’ll be guaranteed to encounter one of the Pokémon that Gladion is known to use!

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Pikachu Libre



Shiny Pikachu Libre will not be available to encounter during this Season.

Arguably, this is a good thing for hardcore PvPers who have used blood, sweat and tears in order to be able to obtain a shiny Pikachu Libre. Niantic wants to keep the shiny as an exclusive chance for those who make it to the highest rank in GO Battle League, Legend.

Standard Encounters

You can encounter the following Pokémon in reward encounters throughout the season at the ranks shown below:

Rank 1+

Rank 6+

Rank 11+

Rank 16+

Rank 20+

The Pokémon currently appearing in five-star raids has a chance of appearing as a reward encounter after you reach rank 20.

If anything, this should be more of a reason to participate in GO Battle League this season, as we can see that there are never before seen from Generation VII.

Avatar items and other rewards

  • Pikachu Libre avatar items will be rewarded to Trainers who reach Rank 3.
  • Trainers will be able to earn avatar items and a pose inspired by an enforcer of Team Skull, Gladion, who first appeared in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games!
  • In celebration of the Season of Alola and the GO Battle League Interlude Season, the entire Gladion avatar item set will be available to those who reach rank 20 this season!

Rank 20: Gladion Cuff Earrings

Rank 20: Gladion Shoes

Rank 20: Gladion Pants

Rank 20: Gladion Hoodie

Rank 20: animated Gladion Pose

At rank 19, you’ll receive an Elite Charged TM, and you’ll also receive an Elite Fast TM as an end-of-season reward.

Trainers who have already received Gladion’s Shoes, Hoodie, or Pants from GO Battle Day rewards will not receive duplicates.

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The image above is of Gladion. It’s safe to assume that the avatar items we will receive from reaching rank 20 will be similar to this. Niantic also confirm that there will be an animated pose too which will be exciting to see.

Cups

You can look forward to the following cups this season:

  • Great League

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Ultra League

    Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.
  • Ultra League Premier Classic

    Pokémon must be at or below 2,500 CP to enter.

    Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are not eligible.

    Pokémon that have been powered up using Candy XL are not eligible.
  • Master League

    No CP Limit.
  • Master League Premier Classic

    No CP Limit.

    Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are not eligible.

    Pokémon that have been powered up using Candy XL are not eligible.
  • Johto Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1500 CP to enter.

    Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number from #152 to #251 will be allowed.
  • Love cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

    Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are not permitted.

    Only red or pink Pokémon will be allowed.

    Eligible Red Pokémon

    Eligible Pink Pokémon
  • Little Jungle Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 500 CP to enter.

    Pokémon do not need to be able to evolve to enter.

    Only Normal-, Grass-, Electric-, Poison-, Ground-, Flying-, Bug-, and Dark-type Pokémon are permitted.

    Shuckle and Smeargle are not permitted.
  • Catch Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

    Only Pokémon that have been caught during the duration of this cup are eligible.

    Mythical Pokémon are not eligible.
  • Halloween Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

    Only Poison-, Bug-, Ghost-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon are eligible.
  • Retro Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

    Steel-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon are not eligible.
  • Kanto Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

    Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number from #1 to #151 are eligible.
  • Flying Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.

    Only Flying-type Pokémon are eligible.
  • Little Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 500 CP to enter.

    Pokémon must be able to evolve to be eligible.
  • Element Cup

    Pokémon must be at or below 500 CP to enter.

    Only Fire-, Grass-, and Water-type Pokémon are eligible.

    Only Pokémon that are able to evolve and have not evolved even once are eligible.

Parting Words

There you have it, everything you need to know about the interlude season. What will be your approach this season? will you bring your A-game or sit back and relax while you bust out that maxed out level 50 Pikachu you thought was a cool idea?

Whatever your approach may be, remember to just have fun at the end of the day. Best of luck on the battlefield.

Until next time, Trainers!

Adam ‘Avrip’

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