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Ranked Battles Season 35 has begun in Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's October 2022 Season for Ranked Battles (Season 35) has begun. This season will run until 4:59pm PDT on October 31st. This season will follow the Series 13 regulations, in which Trainers can battle alongside special Pokémon that are normally restricted. However, there are no restrictions on the number of special Pokémon that may be registered to the Battle Team. Dynamaxing or Gigantamaxing are also allowed.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games that were transferred via Pokémon HOME can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. When the battle-ready symbol is applied, it will forget the moves it knows. If these Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.

Eligible Pokémon
  • Galar Pokédex No. 001–400
  • Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210
  • Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210
  • Mewtwo, Mew, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Victini, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Keldeo, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Volcanion, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, Blacephalon, Zeraora, Meltan, and Melmetal.
October 2022 Season Rewards
Players will be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. The October 2022 season rewards include the following:
  • Master Ball Tier
    • Gold Bottle Cap ×3
    • 600 Battle Points
    • Dynite Ore ×30
    • Armorite Ore ×30
  • Ultra Ball Tier
    • Gold Bottle Cap ×1
    • 300 Battle Points
    • Dynite Ore ×10
    • Armorite Ore ×10
  • Great Ball Tier
    • Bottle Cap ×3
    • Ability Capsule ×1
    • 100 Battle Points
    • Dynite Ore ×5
    • Armorite Ore ×5
  • Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier
    • Ability Capsule ×1
    • 50 Battle Points
    • Dynite Ore ×5
    • Armorite Ore ×5
How to Start a Ranked Battle
To start a Ranked Battle, players must follow these steps:
  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.
How to receive in-game rewards
Players will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the October 2022 season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive their in-game rewards, players must follow these steps:
  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.


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