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Pokémon Sword & Shield's Ranked Battles May 2022 Season has begun

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's May 2022 Season for Ranked Battles (Season 30) has begun. This season will run through until 4:59 p.m. (PDT) on May 31st.

This season will follow the Series 12 regulations, in which Trainers can use up to two powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon. Trainers are also allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax their Pokémon during battle.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield 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. 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, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, 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, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.
Only two of the following special Pokémon may be registered:
Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, or Calyrex.

May 2022 Season Rewards
Players will be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. The May 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, follow these steps:
  • Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  • Open the X menu.
  • Select VS.
  • Select Battle Stadium.
  • 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 May 2022 season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive the in-game rewards, follow these steps:
  • After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  • Open the X menu.
  • Select Mystery Gift.
  • Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  • Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.


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