The Pokémon Go Battle League is one of the Niantic games most popular features now. Here’s how to get good.

Apr 17, 2020

Niantic’s Pokémon Go has now introduced a Battle League, where trainers can battle in random pair-ups (usually) and compete to rank up in the league. Depending on a trainer’s rank, they can battle in a league with a CP limit per Pokémon or the Master League, which has no limit and allows any Pokémon in. Obviously, this is the hardest league of all, unless trainers are level forty with Pokémon at the highest CP they possibly can be.

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Since the Battle League is filled with power-hungry trainers furiously tapping at their screens, it can be difficult. But bearing some tips in mind will help.

10 Tap As Fast As You Can

The Fast Attack is going to be your best friend in a battle. Tapping the screen will make your Pokémon attack the other using their Fast Attack, and it’ll power up their Charged Attack. Tapping rapidly means more damage and your Pokémon’s Charged Attack powering up faster so it can be used.

People often make the mistake of thinking damage taken is what’s powering up the Charged Attack, but it’s not.

9 Don’t Use Protect Shields Right Away

Trainers get two Protect Shields to use that will nullify the opponent’s Charged Attack. Although most trainers will use these right away to block the first two Charged Attack, it’s worth considering if that’s a wise move. For example — do you want to use a shield to protect a Pokémon that has one HP left from a Charged Attack, when the next Fast Attack would force it to faint anyway? Is it worth protecting your Gyrados from a Vaporeon’s Aqua Tail, that wouldn’t do too much damage anyway?

8 Think Twice About Switching Out Your Pokémon

If you enter a battle and your Venasaur is up against an Arcanine, it’s tempting to immediately switch out your Pokémon. But there’s a wait period after you do so before you can switch out again and chances are, if you switch out first, the other trainer will then do the same. Say you switch out for Blastoise; the other trainer might then send out Raichu, and you’re stuck in the same position. Only switch out first if it’s really necessary.

7 Use TMs Until Satisfied With Your Attacks

Before you even enter the battle, pick your Pokémon and use TMs over and over until satisfied with the attacks they have. For example, Tyranitar can have Crunch that’s only a 70 for power. But it can also have Stone Edge which is 100, and even Fire Blast which is a whopping 140. It’s worth cycling through the attacks if you have the TMs to do so until they have the most powerful.

6 Multiple Moves Are Worth It

If you’re willing to spend the stardust and candy, Pokémon can have multiple Charged Attacks. Although when one is used, they both power back down to zero and have to recharge, it’s very worth having two because of type advantages.

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For example, Gyrados can have Hydro Cannon which is a Water-type move, but also a Dragon-type such as Dragon Rage. You can pick which move to use based on your opponent, which might come in real handy later.

5 Type Advantages Are More Important Than CP

Combat points are a great measure of how effective your Pokémon will be in battle, but they’re far from everything.

Type advantages are way more effective. A Gyrados with 2100 CP is going to be more effective against a 2600 Arcanine than a 3000 Venasaur will be. People get incredibly hung up on CP, but type advantages are much more effective to keep in mind.

4 Time Your Charged Attacks

It’s also worth timing your Charged Attacks. If you aim a Charged Attack at a trainer who has no Protect Shields left, why use it on their current Pokémon who would die in a couple more Fast Attacks anyway? Unless they’re about to fire their own Charged Attack. The best strategy is usually to wait until the next Pokémon is released, because you’ll have the ability to take out more HP.

3 Train With The Leaders If You Need Practice

If you’re really struggling, you can scroll down to the bottom of the battle page and train with the team leaders. This is a good idea because it lets you practice Charged Attacks (since they require a minigame to see how effective they are). It also lets you learn about type advantages you may not have thought about.

2 Power Up Your Friendships

You can power up your friendships to battle with Ultra and Best Friends without being anywhere near them! This is great practice and will definitely feel like a more personal version of battling next to battling random people. The final two levels of friendship are the ones that allow this.

1 Don’t Overpower Pokémon

If you have an awesome Pokémon that has 2499 CP, maybe it’s best not to power them up. They’ll only be able to compete in the Master League and if they were your favorite Pokémon to use in the Ultra League… think twice before powering them up. Once a Pokémon is above 2500, however, go nuts — there are no limits above this, so from there on in, it’s a good idea to just spend all stardust on repeat powering.

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