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This article will show you all information regarding the Ranked Battle competitive online mode in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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What is Ranked Battle?

Rank Battle is a mode of competitive online play in Pokemon Sword and Shield wherein you battle within set rules to earn points in order for you to improve your Rank and move to higher Tiers.

You can play with other players from across the globe and fight to become the very best in Pokemon battles worldwide. Ranked Battles will test Pokemon trainers on their battling ability; as you continue to higher tiers, the difficulty also rises as highly competitive players begin to appear.

How to do Rank Battles

1. Go to the Options Menu

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Go to the Options Menu by tapping the X button on the joycon.

2. Select the Vs. Option

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On the Options menu, choose and select the VS option.

3. Select Battle Stadium

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On the Victory Station screen (get it, VS?), choose the Battle Stadium at the bottom left of the screen.

4. Select Ranked Battles

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Under the Battle Stadium menu, choose and select Ranked Battles.

5. Select either Single or Double Battle

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You can select either Single or Double battle depending on what battle format you would like to participate in. Keep in mind the Ranks and Tiers are separate for Single and Double battles.

6. Select the team that you want to use

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Select what team you want to use in the battle. You can make sets of Pokemon as presets to allow you to choose the team you want easily. You can then pick 3 out of the 6 Pokemon in Single Battle and 4 out of the 6 Pokemon in Double Battles. Picking the Pokemon with the best matchup against your opponent's Pokemon is key; however, keep in mind they will be doing the same thing against yours.

7. Wait for an opposing Trainer

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Wait for an opposing trainer for the match to begin.

8. Battle

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Battle other trainer and unleash your Pokemon Battling skills.

9. Get Points or Lose Points depending if you win or lose.

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After the Ranked Battles you will get points towards your tier. You will gain a certain amount if you win and will lose a certain amount if you lose the battle.

Rank Battle Information

Rank Series 1

Duration November 15, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Rules

Single Battle

Game Pokemon Sword and Shield
Battle Format Single
Eligible Pokemon You may not use any Gigantamax Pokemon
You may not use any Legendary or Mythical Pokemon.
Pokemon in your current team or registered to your Battle Team From 3 to 6 Pokemon
All Pokemon will have their level automatically set to Lv. 50 during battles.
Eligible Pokemon are restricted to those that you caught, hatched from eggs, or received as a Mystery gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Battle Times Your Time: Max 10 minutes
Selection Time: Each Trainer gets 90 seconds to select Pokemon.
Trainer gets 60 seconds to select an action each turn.

Double Battle

Game Pokemon Sword and Shield
Battle Format Double
Eligible Pokemon You may not use any Gigantamax Pokemon
You may not use any Legendary or Mythical Pokemon.
Pokemon in your current team or registered to your Battle Team From 4 to 6 Pokemon
All Pokemon will have their level automatically set to Lv. 50 during battles.
Eligible Pokemon are restricted to those that you caught, hatched from eggs, or received as a Mystery gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Battle Times Your Time: Max 10 minutes
Selection Time: Each Trainer gets 90 seconds to select Pokemon.
Turn Time: Each Trainer gets 60 seconds to select an action each turn.

Rank Tiers

Tier Rank
Master Ball Tier MAX
Ultra Ball Tier 10
Great Ball Tier 7-9
Poke Ball Tier 4-6
Beginner Tier 1-3

Additional Information

  1. Rankings for Single and Double are different
  2. You cannot go down a rank once your tier has been raised. No matter how many you lose, your Tier will stay the same.
  3. An internet is required in playing Ranked Battles. You will need an Nintendo Switch Online Subscription to participate in all online activities in Pokemon including Ranked Battles.

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