August 31, 2020

Ranked Battles Series 6—Featuring Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield—Is Here!

Learn everything you need to know to compete in a new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield battle series.

Test your Trainer skills in head-to-head battles with players around the world in Ranked Battles Series 6, kicking off Monday, August 31, 2020, at 9:00 p.m. PDT and ending Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. Here's what you need to know in order to have a successful series.

Eligible Pokémon

This battle format will ensure new Pokémon have a chance to shine! In Ranked Battles Series 6, competitors won't be permitted to use Pokémon that reached the top 10 for Single Battles or Double Battles in Pokémon HOME's Pokémon rankings, which track the Pokémon most commonly seen on Battle Teams along with their moves, Abilities, and held items. Venusaur, Gyarados, Porygon2, Tyranitar, Torkoal, Hippowdon, Magnezone, Togekiss, Excadrill, Whimsicott, Incineroar, Mimikyu, Rillaboom, Cinderace, Indeedee, and Dragapult won't be available in Series 6, so Trainers will have to come up with all-new strategies as they battle up the ranks. This is an exciting opportunity to see some less commonly used Pokémon shine in battle.

Otherwise, Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Popplio, Brionne, and Primarina may be used. All eligible Gigantamax Pokémon may be used.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible.


Total Time: 20 minutes
Player Time: 7 minutes
Preview Time: 90 seconds
Turn Time: 45 seconds

To Play in Ranked Battles

  1. Open the X menu.

  2. Select VS.

  3. Select Battle Stadium.

  4. Select Ranked Battles.

To Download Regulations

To download Ranked Battles Series 6 regulations to use when battling other Trainers, follow these steps:

  1. Open the X menu.

  2. Select VS.

  3. Select Battle Stadium.

  4. Select Download Rules.

Battle data and results will be provided to Nintendo Co., Ltd., and The Pokémon Company (and their subsidiaries).

Players engaging in the following activities may receive penalties and be restricted from participating in future online events.

  • Use of unauthorized methods to alter game save data, use of Pokémon that have data altered via altering code, or use of Pokémon created via altering code

  • Significantly large number of disconnects during battle, from when an opponent has been decided to when the match results have been fully sent to the server (please ensure a stable connection environment when connecting to the internet)

  • Troubling behavior that could affect other participants or make others feel unpleasant

  • Actions that would obstruct battles and operations, such as hacking

  • Registering with incorrect information or impersonating another player

  • Other actions that operation hosts determine to be inappropriate

Full version of game required to use Expansion Pass for that game. Games and Expansion Passes sold separately.

For more details on Ranked Battles Series 6, please read the updated Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats document.

Start battling now!

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