How to Battle a Fashion Challenger in Pokemon GO

Image provided by Niantic.
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It’s Fashion Week in Pokemon GO, and Trainers worldwide are looking for Furfrou to catch. But that Pokemon wasn’t the only thing debuting this week, as Fashion Challengers are also here to crank up the heat. Here’s how to battle a Fashion Challenger in Pokemon GO.

Players can have battles with others in the game, and NPCs will take up a majority of those encounters. Fashion Challengers are a limited-time class of Trainers that players can step up to and defeat, and they’re not that hard to find. In fact, they’re fairly common and not that difficult to defeat. Since these trainers will appear during Fashion Week, they arrive on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. and will leave on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m., all times according to the player’s time zone. 

How to Battle a Fashion Challenger in Pokemon GO

Fashion Challengers are found near certain PokeStops, in a similar fashion to GO Rocket grunts. A distant spot with a Fashion Challenger nearby will appear wiggly, so look out for those. When players interact with the spot, the Challenger will issue them a Pokemon battle. 

Battles with them will play out normally, with the exception of them not using shields. That’s right, they don’t use shields. With the right team, these Fashion Challengers will be a piece of cake to defeat. Note that they will not use Shadow Pokemon, so there’s no encounter reward. Trainers can still earn Stardust, Poke Balls, and other items from winning.

Fashion Challengers are available to take on in Pokemon GO from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28.