Trainers, Major changes are coming to Pokemon GO very soon! Niantic revealed the upcoming GO Battle League preview, several incredible moveset changes and the Increased Pokemon Spawns in the areas!

GO Battle League

The GO Battle League will be a triathlon style contest, the battles will take place in all the three leagues, meaning that the great league mastery people have built up won’t be enough.

You’ll have to learn all 3 metagames to get a high rank.

Here are a few key points to note:

  • Battles will take place in all three leagues: Great League, Ultra League, and Master League.
  • Your Rank will start from Rank 1.
  • Rank 10 will be the top rank.
  • As you win throughout the season your rank will increase.
  • Once you reach a new rank, you cannot drop below it for the rest of the season. Your rank might drop in the next season for bad performance.
  • Higher ranks mean higher rewards.
  • You cannot use two or more of the same species of Pokémon on your team.

The release of GO Battle League is expected in Early 2020.

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Updates to the combat system

A PvP mechanic update will be soon implemented.

  • When two Pokémon use Charged Attacks at the same time, the Pokémon with the higher Attack stat will go first. If two Pokémon have the same Attack stat, a random Pokémon will go first.
  • With this update coming, Switching Pokémon now clears any changes to its Attack and Defense stats. 

Move Updates

This is a big update which will affect both PvP and PvE, This rebalances will be either exciting or disappointing for the few. But many of this update is for the good!

There have been updates to the following existing attacks in Pokémon GO.

  • Night Slash – Its energy cost will be reduced and can greatly increase the user’s attack stat in PvP.
  • Icy Wind – This move now decreases your opponent’s Attack stat when used.
  • Hydro Cannon – Sad update for Hydro Cannon fans, Hydro Cannon will be now dealing less damage in PvP.
  • Frustration and Return – This attacks will take more energy to charge and will deal more damage.
  • Mud-Slap – Damage for Mud-Slap has been increased in Gyms, raids, and Trainer Battles.
  • Sand Tomb – It will now charge quickly and decrease the opponent’s defence by one stage and in the same, it will deal less damage.
  • Forretress, Torterra, Garchomp, and Gliscor can now learn Sand Tomb.
  • Earthquake – Increased damage in Gyms and raids.
  • Overheat, Draco Meteor, and Psycho Boost – These Attacks will now charge quickly but will also decrease your own Pokémon’s Attack after use
  • Close Combat – This attack will now charge quickly but will also decrease your own Pokémon’s defence after use.

New Attacks

Certain Pokémon will soon be able to learn attacks that hadn’t yet been seen in Pokémon GO!

Attack PokemonEffect
OctazookaOctillery and KingdraSlow charged move that will sharply reduce your opponent’s Attack
Mirror ShotForretress, Magnezone, Ferrothorn, and KlinklangQuick charged move that will reduce your opponent’s Attack
Fell StingerBeedrill, Qwilfish, Vespiquen, and DrapionQuick charged attack that increases your attack after use.
Aura SphereLucarioA Powerful fighting type attack.
SuperpowerPinsir, Snorlax, Hariyama, Rhyperior, and Melmetal.A Powerful fighting type attack that charges quickly but at the same time reduces user’s Attack and Defense after use.

Moveset Changes

The Following of Pokemon will be able to learn new attacks

Pokemon Attack
CloysterIcy Wind
FeraligatrIce Fang
Porygon2 and Porygon-ZLock-On
CelebiSeed Bomb 
LickilickyShadow Ball
TangrowthPower Whip
StoutlandIce Fance

Legacy Moves Returns for Kanto Region

Pokemon GO has changed a lot during the course of time since it was launched in 2016. Niantic has brought back few of the best attacks of the Kanto Region Pokemon back in Pokemon GO!

Below is the list of Pokemon that will have the ability to learn the old moves back.

PoliwrathMud Shot
MachampCross Chop
GolemAncient Power
GengarShadow Claw
PinsirFury Cutter
GyaradosDragon Breath, Twister
SnorlaxBody Slam
DragoniteDragon Breath, Dragon Claw

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