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The official Pokémon website has announced the details for Ranked Battles Series 10 in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield which begins on August 1st, 2021. Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax in this season but tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches are featured in this season.

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Trainers Can Once Again Use a Restricted Pokémon in Ranked Battles Series 10, Starting August 1, 2021

Choose wisely and play hard in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield with the latest Ranked Battles Series.

Ranked Battles Series 10 begins on August 1, 2021, in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and with it comes another chance to battle together with tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches. As previously seen in Ranked Battles Series 8, Trainers can include one Pokémon from the Restricted Pokémon list below on their Battle Team. Note that this is different from previous GS Cup regulations where two of these Pokémon were permitted on a Battle Team.

As an added twist to the Series 10 regulations, Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax!

Eligible Pokémon

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Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, Calyrex

  • Mythical Pokémon are not permitted in battle.
  • All other Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted.
  • Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible.
  • Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time

Good luck battling in Pokémon Ranked Battles Series 10 starting August 1

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/trainers-can-once-again-use-a-restricted-pokemon-in-ranked-battles-series-10-starting-august-1-2021/

The official Pokémon website has announced the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield June 2021 Ranked Battles Season 19 details.

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Compete in the June 2021 Ranked Battles Season (Season 19) in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Climb the leaderboards and earn great prizes to help develop your Pokémon further.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles allow you to test your mettle as a Trainer in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards.

Eligible Pokémon

The Ranked Battles June 2021 Season (Season 19) will continue to follow the Series 9 regulations. See the list below for details on what Pokémon are eligible to compete.

Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–209 are eligible for battle, as well as the following Pokémon: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Heatran, Regigigas, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. When the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon, your Pokémon will forget the moves it knows. If your Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.

How to Start a Ranked Battle

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.

June 2021 Season Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. When the season concludes, the higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards. The June 2021 Season rewards include the following.

Master Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
  • 600 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×30
  • Armorite Ore ×30

Ultra Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
  • 300 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×10
  • Armorite Ore ×10

Great Ball Tier

  • Bottle Cap ×3
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 100 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 50 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

Once the season is over, you can collect your in-game rewards. Remember, you will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the June 2021 Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
Have fun battling in the Ranked Battles June 2021 Season!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/compete-in-the-june-2021-ranked-battles-season-season-19-in-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield/

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for the May 2021 Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles Season.

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Compete In the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles May 2021 Season

Earn in-game rewards by pitting your most powerful Pokémon against players from around the world.

The new season of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles has begun and will run throughout May 2021. Test your Trainer skills in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards. However, unlike last season, you'll no longer be able to bring a powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon into battle—are you up to the challenge?

Eligible Pokémon

The Ranked Battles May 2021 Season (Season 18) will follow Series 9 regulations, which no longer allow the use of special Pokémon. See the list below for details on what Pokémon are eligible to compete.

Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–209 are eligible for battle, as well as the following Pokémon: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Heatran, Regigigas, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. When the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon, your Pokémon will forget the moves it knows. If your Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.

How to Start a Ranked Battle

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.
You can press the Y Button to see an overview of Ranked Battles before you begin your match.

Game Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. When the season concludes, the higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards. The May 2021 Season rewards include the following:

Master Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
  • 600 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×30
  • Armorite Ore ×30

Ultra Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
  • 300 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×10
  • Armorite Ore ×10

Great Ball Tier

  • Bottle Cap ×3
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 100 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 50 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5
Once the season is over, you can collect your in-game rewards. Remember, you will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the May Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/compete-in-the-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-may-2021-season/

The official Pokémon website has announced the full details for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles April 2021 (Season 17).

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles April 2021 (Season 17)

Spring into action with one usually restricted Legendary Pokémon on your team throughout the month.
A new Ranked Battles season is here, and with it comes fresh opportunities to test your battling skills. The leaderboards reset every month, so now's the perfect time to jump in. The Ranked Battles April 2021 Season (Season 17) will follow the Series 8 regulations, which means you can battle with one powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side.

Battle head-to-head against players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards throughout the month!

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. When the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon, your Pokémon will forget the moves it knows. If your Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.

Eligible Special Pokémon

Only one of the following special Pokémon may be registered to your Battle Team: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, or Calyrex.

Ineligible Pokémon

These Pokémon are not permitted on your Battle Team: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Victini, Keldeo, Genesect, Diancie, Volcanion, Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, Meltan, Melmetal, and Zarude.

How to Start a Ranked Battle

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.

April Season Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. The higher the tier you finish in, the greater the in-game rewards you'll receive after the season concludes. The April 2021 season rewards include the following.

Master Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
  • 600 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×30
  • Armorite Ore ×30

Ultra Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
  • 300 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×10
  • Armorite Ore ×10

Great Ball Tier

  • Bottle Cap ×3
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 100 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 50 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

Once the season is over, you can collect your in-game rewards. Remember, you will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the April season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
Good luck battling in the Ranked Battles April 2021 Season!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-april-2021-season-17/

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles March 2021 Season which will run throughout March 2021.

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Compete in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles March 2021 Season

Earn in-game rewards by pitting your most powerful Pokémon against players from around the world.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles has begun and will run throughout March 2021. Test your Trainer skills in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. When the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon, your Pokémon will forget the moves it knows. If your Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.

Eligible Pokémon

The Ranked Battles March 2021 Season (Season 16) will follow Series 8 regulations, which means you can battle with one powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. Eligible Pokémon include:

Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210, as well as the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.

How to Start a Ranked Battle

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.
You can press the Y Button to see an overview of Ranked Battles before you begin your match.

Game Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. When the season concludes, the higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards. The March 2021 Season rewards include the following:

Master Ball Tier
  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
  • 600 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×30
  • Armorite Ore ×30
Ultra Ball Tier
  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
  • 300 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×10
  • Armorite Ore ×10
Great Ball Tier
  • Bottle Cap ×3
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 100 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5
Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 50 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5
Once the season is over, you can collect your in-game rewards. Remember, you will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the March Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
Have fun battling and check back later for more Ranked Battles season news!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/compete-in-the-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-march-2021-season/

The official Pokémon website has announced that Standard Battle regulations return to Video Game Battles in May 2021.

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Standard Battle Regulations Return to Video Game Battles in May

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players can plan ahead for future Ranked Battles and tournaments.

Competitions using Ranked Battles Series 8 are just getting started, but it's not too early to start planning for Ranked Battles Series 9, starting on May 1, 2021. The new competitive video game format will be a return to the more standard regulations of play identical to Ranked Battles Series 7, with the more powerful Legendary Pokémon not permitted in battle. Mythical Pokémon will continue to be restricted. It might be a familiar format, but it's always exciting to see what new strategies will emerge!

Ranked Battles Series rules are the basis for core Pokémon video game competitions, whether they are Ranked Battles, Players Cup events, or in-person Championship Series tournaments. Some competitions and Ranked Battles Seasons can have modified or completely different rules, but these are the standard regulations for all Pokémon video game competitive play.

For a summary of all video game tournament rules, see below. You can also check out the Play! Pokémon Rules & Resources page to see complete Play! Pokémon VG rules and formats.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Pokémon need to have either the Galar symbol—showing that they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region or the battle-ready symbol, showing that they were transferred from another game and adapted to battles in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex, excluding the following Pokémon:

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    and all Mythical Pokémon.
  • Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor are permitted.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time
Look forward to battles using Ranked Battles Series 9 regulations starting May 1, 2021!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/standard-battle-regulations-return-to-video-game-battles-in-may/

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles February 2021 Season (Season 15).

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles February 2021 Season (Season 15)

Add the might of one usually restricted Legendary Pokémon to your party in this month’s battles!

You have a tough decision to make in the Ranked Battles February 2021 Season: Which powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon will you choose to help lead your team to victory? With the Series 8 rules in effect, you can add just one of these strong contenders to your team, so choose wisely from among the following Legendary Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, and Calyrex.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles allow you to test your Trainer skills in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards. Good luck battling in the Ranked Battles February 2021 Season!

Eligible Pokémon: Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210 are eligible, as well as the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.

February 2021 Season Rewards

Master Ball Tier
  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
  • 600 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×30
  • Armorite Ore ×30
Ultra Ball Tier
  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
  • 300 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×10
  • Armorite Ore ×10
Great Ball Tier
  • Bottle Cap ×3
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 100 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5
Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 50 Battle Points
  • Dynite Ore ×5
  • Armorite Ore ×5

How to Start a Ranked Battle

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

You will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the February 2021 Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season.

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Regarding the Battle-Ready Symbol

Only Pokémon obtained in a Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. Moves that cannot be used in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be forgotten when the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon. Once forgotten, these moves cannot be relearned.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-february-2021-season-season-15/

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for the Ranked Battles Series 8 for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield which begins on February 1st, 2021.

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Trainers Can Use a Restricted Pokémon in Ranked Battles Series 8, Starting February 1, 2021

Prepare for huge battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield with the latest Ranked Battle Series.

Ranked Battle Series 8 starts up on February 1, 2021, in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and with it comes a chance to battle together with tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches. Trainers can include one Pokémon from the Restricted Pokémon list below on their Battle Team. Note that this is different from previous GS Cup regulations where two of these Pokémon were permitted on a Battle Team. The new team restrictions closely match the recent Dragon King Cup competition, so check out battle data from that tournament in Pokémon HOME to get some team ideas!

The Series 8 regulations will also be in effect for the Pokémon Players Cup III Region Qualifier and Global Finals rounds.

For a summary of all Video Game Championships tournament rules, see below. You can also check out the Play! Pokémon Rules & Resources page to see complete Play! Pokémon VG rules and formats.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Restricted Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, Calyrex
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  • Mythical Pokémon are not permitted in battle.
  • All other Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted.
  • Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor are permitted.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time
Good luck battling in Pokémon Ranked Battle Series 8 starting February 1!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/trainers-can-use-a-restricted-pokemon-in-ranked-battles-series-8-starting-february-1-2021/

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for Pokémon Ranked Battles Series 7 for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield which starts November 1st, 2020.

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Pokémon Ranked Battles Series 7 for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Starts November 1

Learn which Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be allowed to participate in Ranked Battles Series 7.

A new Ranked Battles series is kicking off November 1, and Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Trainers need to know which Pokémon can be included on their teams. The Series 7 regulations will also be in effect for the Pokémon Players Cup II Region Qualifiers and upcoming Pokémon Video Game Championship events.

For Series 7, Pokémon that were banned in Series 6 will return, making all Pokémon that were legal in Series 5 usable once again. Although Mythical Pokémon remain excluded, many Pokémon from The Crown Tundra will now be allowed—including a large number of Legendary Pokémon, though some of them will not have Crown Tundra Pokédex numbers.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Pokémon need to have either the Galar symbol—showing that they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region—or the battle-ready symbol, showing that they were transferred from another game and adapted to battles in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
  • Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor are permitted.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits.
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 15 minutes of Game Time

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-ranked-battles-series-7-for-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-starts-november-1/

The official Pokémon website has announced the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles October 2020 Season details which will follow Series 6 regulations.

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles October Season Is Here

Battle your fellow Trainers to move up the leaderboard and earn helpful in-game rewards.

The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles October Season (Season 11) is here! It's time for Trainers to test their battle skills and win rewards that will help on their journey to becoming the best Pokémon Trainer they can be.

The October Season will follow Series 6 regulations, which means the following top-ranked Pokémon from the July Season (Season 8) are not permitted:

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September and October Season Rewards

Master Ball Tier
  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
  • 600 Battle Points
  • Armorite Ore ×30
Ultra Ball Tier
  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
  • 300 Battle Points
  • Armorite Ore ×10
Great Ball Tier
  • Bottle Cap ×3
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 100 Battle Points
  • Armorite Ore ×5
Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier
  • Ability Capsule ×1
  • 50 Battle Points
  • Armorite Ore ×1

How to Start a Ranked Battle

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

You will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during a Ranked Battles season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season.
  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Regarding the Battle-Ready Symbol

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible to participate.

Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. Moves that cannot be used in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be forgotten when the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon. Once forgotten, these moves cannot be remembered.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-october-season-is-here/
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