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Pokemon Go Battle League Season 9: Start Date, Time, Rewards, New Attacks

Here is all you need to know about Pokemon Go Battle League Season 9.

By Md Armughanuddin

August 26, 2021

The ninth Season of Go Battle League is here, and fans are quite curious to know more about the various rewards and changes coming in the event.

For those who are unaware, Pokemon Go Battle Battle League is one of the most exciting features in the game as it allows players to have battles with Pokemon Trainers all across the world. Not only do they fight for rankings, but they also get a chance to get some exciting rewards.

Niantic has released the details for Season 9 of Pokemon Go Battle League, and here is all you need to know about it.

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Pokemon Go Battle League Season 9: Start Date

The ninth season of GO Battle League will start at Monday, August 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Here is the entire schedule.

August 30 – September 13

  • Great League
  • Great League Remix

September 13 – September 27

  • Ultra League
  • Ultra League Remix
September 27 – October 11
  • Master League
  • Master League Classic
  • Little Jungle Cup
Bonuses
  • 3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)
October 11 – October 25
  • Great League
  • Halloween Cup (begins Oct 15)
October 25 – November 08
  • Ultra League
  • Ultra League Premier Classic
  • Halloween Cup (ends Nov 2)
November 08 – November 22
  • Master League
  • Master League Premier Classic
  • Special Cup: Players’ Choice
Bonuses
  • 3× Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)
Nov 22 – Nov 29
  • Great League
  • Ultra League
  • Master League

Pokemon Go Battle League Season 9: Rewards

Guaranteed Rank-Up Encounters

You are guaranteed to encounter at least one of these Pokemon at the given rank.

  • Rank 1: Charizard
  • Rank 6: Mienfoo
  • Veteran: Noibat
  • Expert: Deino
  • Legend: Pikachu Libre

Standard encounters

You will encounter these Pokemon throughout the season at the given rank.

Rank 1 and up

  • Gothita
  • Solosis
  • Sableye
  • Charmeleon
  • Hypno
  • Nidorina

Rank 6 and up

  • Mienfoo

Rank 11 and up

  • Seismitoad
  • Drifblim
  • Rhydon
  • Litwick
  • Frillish

Rank 16 and up

  • Snorlax
  • Scraggy
  • Rufflet

Rank 20 and up

The Legendary Pokemon currently featuring in five-star raids will start appearing as a reward encounter.

Veteran and up

  • Noibat

Expert and up

  • Deino

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 Leon.
  • At Ace rank, you’ll receive the Reigning Champion Sport Glove.
  • At Veteran rank, you’ll receive the Leon’s Look Sport Cap.
  • At Expert rank, you’ll receive the Reigning Champion Sport Shorts.
  • At Legend rank, you’ll receive the Reigning Champion Sport Top.
  • Midway through season 9, Leon’s iconic pose will be added as a reward for Trainers who reach Legend rank.
  • 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.

New attacks

These are the new attacks that have been added to the game.

  • Normal-type Weather Ball. A new, low energy cost Normal-type Charged Attack. Trainer Battles: 55 Damage. Gyms and raids: 55 Damage.
  • Pokémon that can learn this attack: Normal Form Castform

Attack changes

  • Weather Ball. Weather Ball is currently a little too efficient as a low-energy Charged Attack. As a result, we’re toning down its damage just a tad. Trainer Battles: 60 → 55 damage. Gyms and raids: 60 → 55 damage.
  • Crunch. We’re adding an effect to this move when it’s used in Trainer battles to tie in with its effect in the core Pokémon RPGs. Trainer Battles: Now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Defense.
  • Zap Cannon. We’re adding an effect to this move when it’s used in Trainer Battles to tie in with its effect in the Pokémon RPGs. We hope this will provide Pokémon like Zapdos, Regirock, Magnezone, and Porygon-Z a chance to shine. Trainer Battles: Guaranteed to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack.
  • Scald. We’re lowering the energy cost of this Charged Attack and adding an effect to this move when it’s used in Trainer battles to tie in with its effect in the core Pokémon RPGs. Trainer Battles: Energy cost decreased and now provides a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Attack.
  • Feather Dance. We’re increasing the energy cost of this Charged Attack slightly to make it harder to use as often. Trainer Battles: Energy cost increased.
  • Megahorn. We’re giving Megahorn a slight increase in damage to boost Nidoking’s, Heracross’s, and Escavalier’s high-cost Charged Attack options. Trainer Battles: 100 → 110 damage.

Attack availability updates

Some Pokemon have got some new attacks as well. Here is a list of them.

  • Nidoking – Nidoking will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Sand Tomb.
  • Poliwrath – Poliwrath will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Scald.
  • Heracross – Heracross will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Rock Blast.
  • Manectric – Manectric will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Thunder Fang and the Charged Attack Overheat.
  • Normal Form Castform – Castform will now be able to learn the Charged Attack Normal-type Weather Ball.
  • Cofagrigus – Cofagrigus will now be able to learn the Fast Attack Shadow Claw.

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Md is the Head of Content- India for DualShockers. He is pursuing Computer Science Engineering and is really passionate about gaming and technology. You can find him cracking complex coding problems during the day, and covering the latest happenings in the industry at night.

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