Pokemon Sword and Shield - Battle Stadium

Information on the Battle Stadium, which serves as the venue for online competition between players. Includes details on battle types and rules.

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The Battle Stadium is a place to connect and battle against trainers from all over the world. It is the successor to Pokemon Sun and Moon’s “Battle Spot” and retains features such as
Rental Teams and Online Competitions.

Unlike its predecessors, you can take part in the Battle Stadium without a Pokemon Global Link account.


Generally, there are two formats in the Battle Stadium: Casual Battles and Ranked Battles. In both formats, you can select between “Single Battle” or “Double Battle.” In Single Battle, you can only send out one Pokemon at a time, while you fight with two Pokemon at a time in Double Battles.

Casual Battles

Casual Battle is a format where the trainer can freely take on other trainers. Games are not ranked and the game does not tally the trainer’s wins and losses. Due to the absence of restrictions, it shares many traits with Pokemon Sun and Moon’s “Free Battles.”

Ranked Battles

Go head-to-head against the toughest trainers in Ranked Battles. In this format, trainers will be ranked based on their performance. In Sword and Shield, trainers will be assigned a certain tier, everyone starting out in the Beginner Tier. This is akin to the 1500 flat rating in the previous games. In order to advance to the next tier, trainers need to gain points by taking on others. According to the official website, each trainer will be pit against another trainer of the same rank. The highest rank is the “Master Ball Tier” that consists of trainers who have surpassed rank 10. Beyond the point system, there is also a reward system where trainers earn items such as a Pearl String after achieving certain milestones. In Sun and Moon, trainers weren’t able to obtain any items for doing anything in Ranked Battles, however, such a reward system was present in the Battle Tree.

Once you reach the highest ranks, you have the ability to check your ranking. Alternatively, you can also browse the performance of all participants by using Pokemon Home on your smartphone. Unlike in Sun and Moon, where everyone’s rank returns to the flat rating, your rank will periodically go down and will be carried over when a new season starts. Currently, that amount that it will fall is unknown.

Rental Teams

You can practice using another trainer’s team by selecting the Rental Teams option. If you made your team public, other trainers can also test them in battle as well. As opposed to Pokemon Sun and Moon, you no longer need to scan QR codes to use their team. In place of QR codes, trainers need to punch in a unique Team ID to use someone else’s team. Another new addition to Rental Teams is the ability to borrow up to five teams simultaneously.

Online Competitions

When joining online competitions, you can choose between “Official Competitions” or “Friendly Competitions.”

Official Competitions

In Official Competitions, you can join special battles which follow certain restrictions. In the previous games, official competitions such as the International Challenge often share regulations with the rules used in the Video Game Championships, or VGC for short. In addition, trainers may also obtain Championship Points which count toward earning a spot at the annual Pokemon World Championships.

Friendly Competitions

In Friendly Competitions, you can host battles and set rules for others to follow. You can also enter battles that other players have hosted.

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