Here it is, the grand finale season of Ranked Battles (season 36) in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. This season will continue until service ends, the specifics of which will be announced at a later time. There won’t be any rewards based on rankings—this season is all for bragging rights!
Season 36 will use Series 14 regulations, which means you can battle with two powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon by your side. Also, Pokémon are allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax during battle.
Only Pokémon obtained in the Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield games or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. When the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon, your Pokémon will forget the moves it knows. If your Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.
Eligible Pokémon for the Ranked Battles November 2022 Season include Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210, as well as the following Pokémon:
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 to your Battle Team:
Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, and Calyrex.
Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing are allowed.
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 Battle Stadium.
Select Ranked Battles.
Good luck battling in the last Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles season!