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Pokémon GO Battle League (January 2023) – Schedule, Battle Days, Rewards & More

Mythical Wishes will be a fresh start to the GO Battle League competitive season. Here are all dates, schedules, and more for Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO Battle League (January 2023) – Schedule, Battle Days, Rewards & More

Niantic has officially confirmed the next season for Pokémon GO, Mythical Wishes, which sees plenty of Pokémon, Raids, events, and rewards to look forward to. This season also hit the reset button for the GO Battle League before the new competitive season begins.

Each GO Battle League sees new and returning leagues and cups, with a handful of seasonal cups occurring this season. We'll look at the upcoming competitive season, including date, time, league schedule, rewards, and more for Pokémon GO. 

19th January 2023 Update: We've checked for the latest Pokemon GO Battle League news, leaks, and updates and have no new information to report on. The Great League and Weather Cup: Great League Edition officially began on 19th January 2023.

Pokémon GO Battle League Season 13 – Start Date & Time

Pokémon GO developer Niantic announced details for the forthcoming GO Battle League season ahead of the Mythical Wishes season launch. As such, Trainers should note that the new season of GO Battle League will begin on 1st December 2022 at 1 pm PST (GMT -8).

This will see end-of-season rewards be handed out, and your GO Battle League season rank will be reset. However, your rank-up requirement will remain the same for the new season once the GO Battle League: Mythical Wishes commences.

Pokémon GO Battle League Season 13 – League Schedule

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The new season of GO Battle League will see plenty of exciting battles and tough Pokémon encounters in various leagues and cups to look forward to. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

With the new season ushering a wave of changes to Pokémon GO, the GO Battle League will see a refresh on various leagues, which can be found in-game from the GO Battle League hub page. This will include the seasonal Holiday Cup: Ultra League Edition and the Love Cup: Great League Edition to celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season and Valentine's Day, respectively.

We've outlined all the leagues included in the new GO Battle League season for Pokémon GO's Mythical Wishes just below.

All Pokémon GO Season of Mythical Wishes GO Battle Leagues:
  • 1st - 8th December 2022: Great League and Great League Remix
  • 8th - 15th December 2022: Great League and Fighting Cup: Great League Edition Remix
  • 15th - 22nd December 2022: Ultra League and Ultra Premier Classic
  • 22nd - 29th December 2022: Ultra League and Holiday Cup: Great League Edition
  • 29th December 2022 - 5th January 2023: Master League* and Holiday Cup: Ultra League Edition* (*includes triple Stardust as league rewards)
  • 5th - 12th January 2023: Master League* and Holiday Cup: Ultra League Edition* (*includes triple Stardust as league rewards)
  • 12th - 19th January 2023: Great, Ultra, and Master Leagues
  • 19th - 26th January 2023: Great League and Weather Cup: Great League Edition
  • 26th January - 2nd February 2023: Great League and Electric Cup: Great League Edition
  • 2nd - 9th February 2023: Ultra League and Ultra Premier
  • 9th - 16th February 2023: Ultra League and Love Cup: Great League Edition
  • 16th - 23rd February 2023: Master League* and Master Premier* (*includes triple Stardust as league rewards)
  • 23rd February - 1st March 2023: Master League: Mega Edition and Hoenn Cup: Great League Edition

Trainers should note that Niantic will be discontinuing the Classic Cup league after the end of the GO Battle League: Mythical Wishes season. This is due to the changes for Candy XL, which becomes available from Trainer Level 31 onwards, and instead, Premier Cups will take its place in forthcoming seasons.

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The new GO Battle League season will feature two GO Battle Days in 2023, with the first slated for January 2023. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon GO Battle League Season 13 – GO Battle Days

Two GO Battle Days have been scheduled for the upcoming GO Battle League season, which will begin in the new year. According to Niantic, the first GO Battle Day for the new season will start on 14th January 2023 at 12 am local time before ending on 15th January 2023 at 11:59 pm local time.

This GO Battle Day will include Stardust four times as win rewards, with the max cap on sets to be played increased from five to 20 for 100 battles. There will also be a limited Timed Research for the weekend with rewards including XP, Rare Candy, Elite Charged Technical Machine (TM), and rings inspired by the Ruby & Sapphire character, Steven Stone.

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Trainers may possibly encounter a Shiny Vulpix during February 2023's GO Battle Day event. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

The second GO Battle Day will take place on 12th February 2023 between 12 am and 11:59 pm local time and features the Fire-type Pokémon, Vulpix. Like the previously mentioned GO Battle Day, it will have the same bonuses active for the event, with the addition of Vulpix as a guaranteed reward encounter.

There will also be a chance the rewarding encounter may spawn a Shiny Vulpix for this event, and should you evolve Vulpix to Ninetales, it will learn a new Fast Attack, Ember. It will also have the same rewards as the previously mentioned GO Battle Day event; however, you can also receive an encounter with Miltank.

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Win as many competitive matches and increase your rank to be greatly rewarded with Pokémon encounters and more. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Lastly, a few leagues will be active for both GO Battle Day events, with the Great, Ultra, and Master Leagues available for January's GO Battle Day. The Ultra League and Willpower Cup will become available for February's GO Battle Day.

Pokémon GO Battle League Season 13 – League Rewards

Throughout the GO Battle League season, you can gain experience for every five matches played and whether you've won or lost the matches. All Trainers begin at Level 5 and must progress through the league until Level 20, which will unlock various Pokémon you earn encounters with.

Below, we've outlined all the encounter rewards for rank-up and standard GO Battle League in Pokémon GO:

Guaranteed Rank-up Encounters:
  • Level 1: Metang
  • Level 6: Mareanie
  • Ace Rank (2,000 Rating): Axew
  • Veteran Rank (2,500 Rating): Noibat
  • Expert Rank (2,750 Rating): Goomy
  • Legend Rank (3,000 Rating): Pikachu Libre
Standard GO Battle League Encounters:
  • Level 1: Meditite, Poliwag, Spheal, Swablu, Wingull
  • Level 6: Frillish, Mienfoo, Skarmory
  • Level 11: Dratini, Lickitung, Mareanie, Onix, Swinub
  • Level 16: Hisuian Sneasel, Miltank, Scraggy
  • Level 20: 5-Star Raid Boss
  • Ace Rank (2,000 Rating): Axew
  • Veteran Rank (2,500 Rating): Noibat
  • Expert Rank (2,750 Rating): Goomy

Once you've ranked up, you can still encounter other Pokémon featured in the Rank-up and standard GO Battle League encounters. After achieving Level 19, you can also receive an Elite Fast TM and an Elite Charged TM as additional rewards for the season.