01 Oct 2021

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles October 2021 Season (Season 23)

Take on players from around the world to climb the leaderboards and earn in-game rewards.

The next Ranked Battles season is under way, giving Trainers another chance to test their battling skills. The leaderboards reset every month, so now's the perfect time to jump in. The Ranked Battles October 2021 Season (Season 23) will continue to follow the Series 10 regulations, which means you can battle with one powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. See the full list of these Pokémon below.

Battle head-to-head against players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards throughout the month!

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield 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. 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

Eligible Pokémon for the Ranked Battles October 2021 Season include:

Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210, and 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.


Of the following special Pokémon, only one 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.


Please note that Pokémon may not Dynamax in this competition.


How to Start a Ranked Battle

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.

  2. Open the X menu.

  3. Select VS.

  4. Select Battle Stadium.

  5. Select Ranked Battles.

October 2021 Season Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. The higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards after the season concludes. The October 2021 Season rewards include the following:


Master Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3

  • 600 Battle Points

  • Armorite Ore ×30

  • Dynite Ore ×30

Ultra Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1

  • 300 Battle Points

  • Armorite Ore ×10

  • Dynite Ore ×10

Great Ball Tier

  • Bottle Cap ×3

  • Ability Capsule ×1

  • 100 Battle Points

  • Armorite Ore ×5

  • Dynite Ore ×5

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

  • Ability Capsule ×1

  • 50 Battle Points

  • Armorite Ore ×5

  • Dynite Ore ×5

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

Once the season is over, you can collect your in-game rewards. Remember, you will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the October 2021 Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.

  2. Open the X menu.

  3. Select Mystery Gift.

  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.

  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Good luck battling in the Ranked Battles October 2021 Season!

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