Niantic Labs brought back GO Battle Nights for GO Battle Season 8, allowing trainers to receive extra rewards for their efforts.
Niantic Labs posted a full explanation of its roadmap for GO Battle Season 8 via its official news blog on June 11. The season kicked off at the end of May and featured the fighting-type Mienshao as a reward for progressing through the competitive ranks. As usual, each league has its own set running time—including their corresponding Remixes as well as the Premier and Element Cups. Additionally, after a short break, GO Battle Nights have returned to Pokemon GO.
GO Battle Nights in Pokemon GO
In Season 8, the GO Battle Nights happened once every month, enabling extended rewards for six hours from 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., local time. These nights were announced to take place on:
- Thursday, June 3, 2021
- Sunday, July 11, 2021
- Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
On those dates, for the duration of the event, players would receive a plethora of bonuses including a three-time Stardust increase per victory and expanded battle entry capability. During a GO Battle Night, trainers can compete in 20 sets—containing five matches—of battles rather than the typical five sets for a total of 100 matches per night.
Players can make the most of their Stardust boost by:
- Winning battles
- Completing battle sets—entering five matches, regardless of outcome
- Ranking up
Obviously, the first two will likely result in the third.
It should be noted that the Stardust bonus for the GO Battle PvP mechanic does not stack with any other bonuses on the overland PvE side of the game.
At the time of writing, Niantic has yet to reveal whether it will keep GO Battle Nights heading into Season 9. Season 8 is scheduled to end on Aug. 30.