Season 6 of the GO Battle League is just around the corner and will be bigger and better than any other season to date. Beginning on December 1st 2020, trainers will fight there way up the ranks as per usual but this time, things just got a whole lot more competitive.
As mentioned by the official announcement by Niantic, GO Battle League will now have a whopping 24 ranks instead of 10. Why the change you might ask, as of now, the current rating system can be flawed at times, with these changes, Niantic wants to have a smoother experience in the GO Battle League with a much more competitive feel to it.
“The GO Battle League will expand from 10 to 24 ranks, and the top four ranks will have all-new names and corresponding badges. The expanded ranks will be accompanied by a totally new reward structure, which gives Trainers more opportunities to earn exclusive rewards through ranking up.”
GBL Season 6 Ranks
Data miners have discovered rank requirements for Season 6. Here they are:
We can see by the above image that your rating will be displayed to others when you reach rank 20 instead of it being shown in the past at rank 7 onwards. We also have an early glimpse into what the final 4 ranks will look like and what rating you will need in order to achieve them.
As stated in the official announcement, ranks 21-24 will have their own name and corresponding badge which differentiates themselves from the others. We currently don’t know what these rank names will be called but judging by other video games that have a competitive ranking system, we can guess that they will act as titles such as “Hero, Champion and Legend” for example.
In order to achieve rank 21-24, one must have a minimum rating of 2000 and work their way up to get to rank 22 (2500 rating), rank 23 (2750) and finally rank 24 (3000 rating).
These rank changes are exciting and are a much-needed change from it’s standard 1-10 ranking system. It will be a good way to separate the good from the best and is a step in the right direction for Pokémon GO PvP to become a possible eSport in the future.
Pokémon GO Seasons
Alongside these changes with the ranked system, Pokémon GO Seasons have been announced and correspond with GO Battle League.
“Starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time, the first Season will begin—the Season of Celebration! Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region will be appearing in Pokémon GO. To celebrate their arrival and the new year, Professor Willow is embarking on a quest to research the different regions of the Pokémon world, and he needs your help!
During this Season, Trainers will be able to participate in a series of in-game events featuring Pokémon first discovered in different regions. Whether you’re a fan of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, or Kalos, Pokémon originally discovered in each of these regions will be appearing as Professor Willow looks to discover and celebrate their rich histories.
At the end of the Season of Celebration, we’ll be introducing a brand-new global event experience. Stay tuned for more details!“
What’s this got to do with GO Battle League? well, GO Battle League seasons will occur in tandem with the overarching Seasons and will rotate formats on the same three-month schedule.
This means that instead of having a new GO Battle League season starting each month, it will now go for an entire “Season” which lasts 3 months, this marks Season 6 the start of GO Battle League’s first-ever 3-month rotation.
This gives players a fighting chance to make their way to the top rank of 24 and be able to have more time to adapt to the new meta and playstyle that season 6 has to offer.
If you’re looking to get into the highly competitive PvP scene that Pokémon GO has to offer, now is the best time. With such exciting changes right around the corner, we can only imagine the rewards and benefits for achieving such a high rank.
Niantic wants to continue to work and improve Pokémon GO PvP and ultimately make it into an official eSport ready mobile game, these changes are a great addition to the game that will help to fuel the fire in order to make it a reality. We can tell from Season 5 that they are experimenting with different cup formats in order to see what works and what doesn’t to better improve their game.
Will you be victorious and achieve rank 24 in GO Battle League? the journey won’t be easy, but by having mental strength and the right amount of dedication and knowledge, anything is possible.
Best of luck in Season 6, Trainers!
Please be aware data miners have publicly reported everything in this article (PokéMiners APK Breakdown, Text Updates, and the Digging Deeper). Information shared through these channels is not affiliated nor approved by Niantic, and is always subject to change. Do not take it for granted, features change and get scrapped all the time. It is very important that you are aware that these things CAN and WILL CHANGE.
Additionally, this article contains my thoughts and opinions in regards to the code that was shared online – all of these should be treated as conjecture, not as hard statements. If you’re OK with that, feel free to read further. Potential spoilers ahead.