March 01, 2022

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles March 2022 Season (Season 28)

Compete against players from around the world to climb the leaderboards and earn in-game rewards.

A new Ranked Battles season has begun! The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leaderboards reset at the beginning of each month, making it the perfect time to dive in. The Ranked Battles March 2022 Season (Season 28) will follow the Series 12 regulations, which means you can battle with up to two powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. Also, Pokémon are allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax, increasing the potential drama of each new battle. See below for the full list of eligible Pokémon.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles offer the opportunity to test your skills as a Trainer in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards. The Ranked Battles March 2022 Season (Season 28) will run until 4:59 p.m. PDT on March 31, 2022.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or 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, these moves cannot be relearned.


Eligible Pokémon

Eligible Pokémon for the Ranked Battles March 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.


Up to 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, or Calyrex.



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.

March 2022 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 March 2022 season rewards include the following:


Master Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×3

  • 600 Battle Points

  • Dynite Ore ×30

  • Armorite Ore ×30

Ultra Ball Tier

  • Gold Bottle Cap ×1

  • 300 Battle Points

  • Dynite Ore ×10

  • Armorite Ore ×10

Great Ball Tier

  • Bottle Cap ×3

  • Ability Capsule ×1

  • 100 Battle Points

  • Dynite Ore ×5

  • Armorite Ore ×5

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

  • Ability Capsule ×1

  • 50 Battle Points

  • Dynite Ore ×5

  • Armorite 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 Ranked Battles March 2022 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 March 2022 Season!

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