The next season of ranked play has begun in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The wrapup of Season 1 is done, and the players are now gearing up to being Ranked Battle Series 2 has begun for Pokémon Sword and Shield. And of course, players from Series 1 will earn rewards. Master Ball Tier players get the best rewards obviously, with them getting three Golden Bottlecaps and 600 Battle Points as a reward. Other tiers get lesser rewards. All players who took part in ranked play and attained and award-worthy title will get their rewards by January 31st. But with the new season comes some changes you should be aware of.
Just like the previous season, there’s a ban list in place for ranked play. Mew, Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus remain on the ban list for Season 2. These are incredibly powerful picks and it makes sense that they would be removed, as these would destroy balance. But general picks aren’t the only thing being banned in the second season.
Gigantamax forms are also being restricted. Ranked play has a legal list for Gigantamax forms in Pokémon Sword and Shield, with only certain Pokémon allowed to transform in battle. As of now, Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Eevee, Snorlax, Corviknight, Drednaw, Sandaconda, Centiskorch are all allowed to Gigantimax during ranked battles.
These new restrictions will be in place for the VGC competitions that are tied into the ranked play modes as well. If you’re planning on taking part in these tournaments, you have some time left to practice. Each form of the VGC competitions will follow the ranked modes, so Ranked Doubles will likely have its own brackets. So if you’re looking to test out the meta-game and figure out your strategy and team compositions, this is probably a good time to get started.
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have done a great job of keeping players engaged with the Switch release. The developer has pushed in other new events as well, beyond the ranked seasons. There’s the Shiny Magikarp event that ran recently. The new Pokémon title also has tons of new systems that keep players coming back, like the Mystery Gifts and other stuff.