Niantic and The Pokémon Company have announced that Season 1 of Pokémon GO’s competitive GO Battle League will officially kick off on March 13th. The GO Battle League provides Trainers with an opportunity to compete in Trainer Battles against Trainers around the world and rise through the ranks.

During GO Battle League Season 1, Trainers will be paired up against similarly ranked competitors through an online matchmaking system. The league’s format will rotate between the three leagues: the Great League, the Ultra League, and the Master League.

As Trainers win battles, they’ll climb the rankings, with each new rank offering an opportunity to earn a wider variety of rewards. The schedule below shows when each league format will be available (dates and times are subject to change).

  • The Great League (1500 CP limit) will run from Friday, March 13th, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, March 27th, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
  • The Ultra League (2500 CP limit) will run from Friday, March 27th, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, April 10th, at 1:00 p.m. PDT  (GMT −7).
  • The Master League (no CP limit) will run from Friday, April 10th, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, April 24th, at 1:00 p.m. PDT  (GMT −7).
  • All three leagues will be available from Friday, April 24th, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, May 1st, at 1:00 p.m. PDT  (GMT −7).

The preseason of the GO Battle League, which began in January, is coming to an end. Based on the results of this preliminary season, the GO Battle League will receive a variety of updates and improvements for Season 1—such as changes to make wins matter more at early ranks and adjustments to awards, including more Pokémon encounters, additional avatar items, and an exclusive avatar pose.

During Season 1, Trainers will have a chance to earn reward encounters with Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, including Altered Forme Giratina, Darkrai, and Thundurus. Trainers can also participate in two events themed around the GO Battle League: an event leading up to the launch that’ll prepare Trainers for battle and an event that’ll celebrate the beginning of Season 1 with bonuses for participants in the GO Battle League.

For more information on the timeline, events, and rewards for Season 1, please visit the Pokémon GO blog here.

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