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This guide explains all the rules of Ranked Battle Series 13 from September 2022, including the Pokemon that can be legally used in Ranked Battle, all legal Gigantamax Pokemon, mythical and legendary Pokemon, as well as all legal Pokemon available via Pokemon HOME.

Series 13 Information

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Duration September 1, 2022 (Thu.) 9:00 PM PDT - October 31, 2022 (Mon.) 4:59 PM PDT
Available Pokemon Galar Pokedex No. 1 - 397
Isle of Armor Pokedex No. 1 - 210
Crown of Tundra Pokedex No. 1- 210
National Pokedex No. 150 - 806
Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon All Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon Allowed
Mythical and Legendary Pokemon Mythical and Legendaries Allowed

From September 1, a new ruleset takes effect for Ranked Battle Series 13!

Special Pokemon are available to use in competitive play and with no restrictions on the number of Special Pokemon per team. Any number of Legendary Pokemon and Mythical Pokemon are also allowed so go ham!

Additionally, Season 13 continues Ranked Battle Series 12's rule and once again allows the use of Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon!

Series 13 Legal Pokemon

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

Complete Galar Pokedex

Majority of the Pokemon reintroduced in the Crown Tundra Pokedex have been made legal for Ranked Battle. Consult the full list on the page for details of which Legendary Pokemon are allowed.

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

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.

Gigantamax and Dynamax Are Allowed

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All currently available Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon are useable in Ranked Battle Series 13.

Any Number of Legendary Pokemon Per Team

Series 13 allows players to use any number of Legendary Pokemon per team for competitive play. These include the following:

Pokemon SWSH - MewtwoMewtwo Pokemon SWSH - LugiaLugia Pokemon SWSH - Ho-ohHo-oh Pokemon SWSH - KyogreKyogre
Pokemon SWSH - GroudonGroudon Pokemon SWSH - RayquazaRayquaza Pokemon SWSH - DialgaDialga Pokemon SWSH - PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon SWSH - GiratinaGiratina Pokemon SWSH - ReshiramReshiram Pokemon SWSH - ZekromZekrom Pokemon SWSH - KyuremKyurem
Pokemon SWSH - XerneasXerneas Pokemon SWSH - YveltalYveltal Pokemon SWSH - ZygardeZygarde Pokemon SWSH - CosmogCosmog
Pokemon SWSH - CosmoemCosmoem Pokemon SWSH - SolgaleoSolgaleo Pokemon SWSH - LunalaLunala Pokemon SWSH - NecrozmaNecrozma
Pokemon SWSH - ZacianZacian Pokemon SWSH - ZamazentaZamazenta Pokemon SWSH - EternatusEternatus Pokemon SWSH - CalyrexCalyrex

Mythical Pokemon are Included

For the first time ever, Mythical Pokemon can be used in Series 13. These include the following:

Pokemon SWSH - MewMew Pokemon SWSH - CelebiCelebi Pokemon SWSH - JirachiJirachi
Pokemon SWSH - VictiniVictini Pokemon SWSH - KeldeoKeldeo Pokemon SWSH - GenesectGenesect
Pokemon SWSH - DiancieDiancie Pokemon SWSH - VolcanionVolcanion Pokemon SWSH - MagearnaMagearna
Pokemon SWSH - MarshadowMarshadow Pokemon SWSH - ZeraoraZeraora Pokemon SWSH - MeltanMeltan
Pokemon SWSH - MelmetalMelmetal Pokemon SWSH - ZarudeZarude

How to Use Transferred Pokemon

Get a Battle-Ready Mark at the Battle Tower

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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 13 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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Ongoing Events

Event Description
New Rules Ranked Battles Series 13Ranked Battles Series 13 Description:
New Rule for Ranked Battles: Legendaries and Mythicals allowed!
Duration:
September 1 ~ October 31, 2022

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