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This guide explains all the rules of the current series of Ranked Battle, including the Pokemon that can be legally used in Ranked Battle, all legal Gigantamax Pokemon, as well as all legal Pokemon available via Pokemon HOME.

Series 5 Information

Duration Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (Wed.) 9:00 PM PDT - August 31st, 2020 (Tues.) 4:59 PM PDT
Available Pokemon Galar Pokedex No.1 - 397
Isle of Armor Pokedex No.1 - 210
Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion
Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye
Litten, Torracat, Incineroar
Popplio, Brionne, Primarina
Gigantamax Pokemon All current Gigantamax Pokemon

Starting on July 1st, all the Series 5 ruleset has come into official use for Ranked Battle. Over 100 new Pokemon have been made available from the Isle of Armor DLC, marking the largest addition to the number of legal Pokemon yet. Check the complete list below to find out what new Pokemon will be shaking up the metagame!

All information in this article is courtesy of Play! Pokemon's official ruleset.

Series 5 Legal Pokemon


All Legal Pokemon
・All non-Legendary Pokemon in the Galar Pokedex
・All Kanto and Alola starter Pokemon
・All Isle of Armor Pokemon
・All regional variants of other legal Pokemon

All Pokemon which are included in the Galar Pokedex, #001-397, excluding Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus may participate in Ranked Battles.

Complete Galar Pokedex

In addition, the entire Isle of Armor Pokedex has been made legal for Ranked Battle. Consult the full list later on the page for details of which Pokemon have been newly added.

Some Pokemon which are only available via Pokemon HOME, including Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion, as well as the Alolan Starters and their evolutions are legal for Ranked Battle. There are still a number of other Pokemon available via Pokemon HOME which remain disallowed in Ranked Battle.

All regional variations of Pokemon included in the above list of Pokemon are also legal.

List of Legal Pokemon by Pokedex Number

  • Galar Pokédex numbers: #001–397
  • Isle of Armor Pokédex numbers: #001-#210
  • National Pokédex numbers #638-640 (Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion)
  • National Pokédex numbers #722–730 (Alolan starters)

Legal Gigantamax Pokemon

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All currently available Gigantamax Pokemon are available for Ranked Battle.

Details of Legal Teams & Pokemon

  • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Galar Pokédex number.
  • Two Pokémon cannot hold the same item.
  • Pokémon must have the black Galar symbol on their summary screen to signify that they originated in the Galar region, or the battle-ready symbol.
  • Hidden Abilities are legal.
  • Moves and Abilities passed via the Pokémon Nursery by a Pokémon brought in using Pokémon HOME are legal.
  • Moves and Abilities made available through an official Pokémon event or promotion are legal.

All Legal Pokemon from The Isle of Armor

These Pokemon were not previously available in Ranked Battle, and have been made legal for the first time on July 1st, 2020.

SandshrewSandshrew Alolan SandshrewAlolan Sandshrew SandslashSandslash Alolan SandslashAlolan Sandslash
JigglypuffJigglypuff WigglytuffWigglytuff PsyduckPsyduck GolduckGolduck
PoliwagPoliwag PoliwhirlPoliwhirl PoliwrathPoliwrath AbraAbra
KadabraKadabra AlakazamAlakazam TentacoolTentacool TentacruelTentacruel
SlowpokeSlowpoke Galarian SlowbroGalarian Slowbro SlowbroSlowbro MagnemiteMagnemite
MagnetonMagneton ExeggcuteExeggcute ExeggutorExeggutor Alolan ExeggutorAlolan Exeggutor
CuboneCubone MarowakMarowak Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak LickitungLickitung
ChanseyChansey TangelaTangela KangaskhanKangaskhan HorseaHorsea
SeadraSeadra StaryuStaryu StarmieStarmie ScytherScyther
PinsirPinsir TaurosTauros PorygonPorygon IgglybuffIgglybuff
MarillMarill AzumarillAzumarill PolitoedPolitoed SlowkingSlowking
DunsparceDunsparce ScizorScizor HeracrossHeracross SkarmorySkarmory
KingdraKingdra Porygon2Porygon2 MiltankMiltank BlisseyBlissey
WhismurWhismur LoudredLoudred ExploudExploud AzurillAzurill
CarvanhaCarvanha SharpedoSharpedo ShinxShinx LuxioLuxio
LuxrayLuxray BunearyBuneary LopunnyLopunny HappinyHappiny
MagnezoneMagnezone LickilickyLickilicky TangrowthTangrowth Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
LillipupLillipup HerdierHerdier StoutlandStoutland VenipedeVenipede
WhirlipedeWhirlipede ScolipedeScolipede PetililPetilil LilligantLilligant
SandileSandile KrokorokKrokorok KrookodileKrookodile ZoruaZorua
ZoroarkZoroark EmolgaEmolga FoongusFoongus AmoongussAmoonguss
MienfooMienfoo MienshaoMienshao DruddigonDruddigon BouffalantBouffalant
LarvestaLarvesta VolcaronaVolcarona FletchlingFletchling FletchinderFletchinder
TalonflameTalonflame SkrelpSkrelp DragalgeDragalge ClauncherClauncher
ClawitzerClawitzer DedenneDedenne KlefkiKlefki RockruffRockruff
Lycanroc (Midday Form)Lycanroc (Midday Form) Lycanroc (Midnight Form)Lycanroc (Midnight Form) Lycanroc (Dusk Form)Lycanroc (Dusk Form) FomantisFomantis
LurantisLurantis ComfeyComfey SandygastSandygast PalossandPalossand
KubfuKubfu Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Urshifu Single-Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style

The Isle of Armor Pokedex

All Legal Pokemon from Pokemon HOME

The following Pokemon and regional variants are available for usage in Ranked Battle, but can only be obtained by transfering to the Pokemon Sword and Shield from a previous game in the series via Pokemon HOME. These Pokemon became legal for Ranked Battle on March 1st, 2020, except for Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, which became legal on July 1st, 2020.

Some of these Pokemon, such as Alolan regional variants, as well as Bulbasaur and Squirtle, are also available in The Isle of Armor DLC.

ZigzagoonZigzagoon LinooneLinoone Alolan VulpixAlolan Vulpix Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales
Alolan DiglettAlolan Diglett Alolan DugtrioAlolan Dugtrio Alolan MeowthAlolan Meowth Alolan PersianAlolan Persian
Alolan RaichuAlolan Raichu FarfetchFarfetch'd StunfiskStunfisk CorsolaCorsola
WeezingWeezing PonytaPonyta RapidashRapidash DarumakaDarumaka
DarmanitanDarmanitan BulbasaurBulbasaur IvysaurIvysaur VenusaurVenusaur
SquirtleSquirtle WartortleWartortle BlastoiseBlastoise CobalionCobalion
TerrakionTerrakion VirizionVirizion RowletRowlet DartrixDartrix
DecidueyeDecidueye LittenLitten TorracatTorracat IncineroarIncineroar
PopplioPopplio BrionneBrionne PrimarinaPrimarina

New Pokemon, Abilities, and Moves Available through Pokemon HOME

How to Use Transferred Pokemon

Get a Battle-Ready Mark at the Battle Tower


Although Pokemon caught or hatched outside the Galar Region were previously disallowed for play, these Pokemon can now be used in Ranked Battle once they receive a battle-ready mark. In the Battle Tower, talk to the man standing next to the far door, and you'll be able to receive the mark on a transferred Pokemon – however, it will need to forget any moves not appearing in Pokemon Sword and Shield before it can be marked legal for Ranked Battle.

Series 5 Rules

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  1. Rankings for Single and Doubles are separate.
  2. You cannot go down a rank once your tier has been raised. No matter how many times you lose, your Tier will stay the same.
  3. An Internet connection 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.

Single Battle

Game Pokemon Sword and Shield
Battle Format Single
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.
Battle Times Your Time: Max 7 minutes
Selection Time: Each Trainer gets 90 seconds to select their Pokemon.
Trainer gets 60 seconds to select an action each turn.

Double Battle

Game Pokemon Sword and Shield
Battle Format Double
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.
Battle Times Your Time: Max 7 minutes
Selection Time: Each Trainer gets 90 seconds to select Pokemon.
Turn Time: Each Trainer gets 60 seconds to select an action each turn.

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