The ball started rolling in the Pokémon Go Battle League and is the 8th season. The first in a series of competitions will be the Grand League and the meta has changed a bit after new changes of moves for this season. Players have discovered what Pokémon are exceptional options that everyone should use, and it looks like many more Poison Pokémon will come to the fore. We strongly recommend keeping your teams flexible and potentially throwing a few more types of steel to face them.
The first round of battles will take place from May 31 to June 14.
Great list of league levels
List of leadership levels
The Pokémon in your leadership position will be the first you use in battle. You want to make sure it’s a bulky option, able to handle any type of Pokémon that your opponent may throw at you during these battles.
|WITH||Azumarill, Deoxys (defense), Driflbim, Galarian Stunfisk, Jellicent, Medicham, Regirock and Scrafty|
|AND||Abomasnow (shadow), Alolan Ninetales, Altaria, Diggersby, Lickitung, Mantine, Nidoqueen (shadow) and Politoed|
|B||Beedrill (shadow), Galvantula, Magnezone, Pelipper, Talonflame, Tropius, Umbreon and Wigglytuff|
|C||Alolan Marowak, Castform (Rainy), Flygon (shadow), Golbat (shadow), Mandibuzz, Pachirisu, Skarmory and Venusaur|
|D||Bastiodon, Hypno, Lucario, Sealeo (shadow), Sirfetch’d, Slurpuff, Slyveon and Whiscash|
Because your main Pokémon is the first option on your team, you want to make sure they’re ready for the long wave and put enough pressure on the shield against any opponent you oppose. You may want to use a shield on them, but it’s also a good idea to save them for your Switch Pokémon.
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It will be an ideal Pokémon switch. They are usually in your second or third slot and will be Pokémon that you exchange when using your first or last Pokémon, usually to protect against specific tokens from your team.
|WITH||Cresselia, Froslass, Galarian Stunfisk, Jellicent, Medicham, Mew, Sableye and Zangoose|
|AND||Deoxys (defense), Lapras, Machamp (shadow), Meganium, Pelipper, Snorlax, Suicune and Swampert|
|B||Abomasnow, Dewgong, Drifblim, Melmetal, Munchlax, Ninetales (shadow), Primeape and Sealeo|
|C||Dragonair, Dusclops, Electivire, Gardevoir (shadow), Gliscor, Golbat (shadow), Gyarados (shadow) and Poliwrath (shadow)|
|D||Alolan Grimer, Articuno, Magmar (shadow), Pinsir (shadow), Skuntank, Toxicroak, Vaporeon and Zapdos|
To keep this Pokémon in reserve when your opponent has or swaps with your opponent’s main Pokémon. When this happens, the Pokémon in the Switch slot is ready to withstand any attacks your opponent has, and he probably needs a shield or two to survive.
A more detailed list of levels
A Pokémon in a closer position on your Battle League team will be the last Pokémon you use against your opponent. It must be a hybrid of being a large Pokémon, but it must also have enough power to defeat your opponent’s final choice.
|WITH||Altaria, Bastiodon, Electivire (shadow), Galarian Stunfisk, Hitmontop, Regice, Registeel and Skarmory|
|AND||Alomomola, Chansey, Hariyama, Luicolo, Medicham, Raikou, Sableye and Venusaur (shadow)|
|B||Alolan Muk, Alolan Ninetales, Cradily, Ferrothorn, Pachirisu, Quagsire, Umbreon and Zweilous|
|C||Castform (snowy), Empoleon, Forretress, Hypno, Lapras, Steelix, Torkoal and Uxie|
|D||Ho-Oh, Magmortar (shadow), Melmetal, Noctowl, Politoed, Raichu, Snorlax and Talonflame|
The last Pokémon on the shortlist will be the one that works without the use of any shields. Theoretically, all your shields should be stored for your Switch and your Lead Pokémon. Ideally, you want your first Pokémon to use one or none, and choosing the switch is the one that will do the most damage and work best. The downside is that they are very dependent on having a shield or two in reserve.