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Pokemon GO Catch Cup 2022 Rules Explained

Pokemon GO Trainers have the opportunity to enter the special Catch Cup during the Interlude season of the GO Battle League.
Pokemon GO Trainers have the opportunity to enter the special Catch Cup during the Interlude season of the GO Battle League. / Niantic Labs

Pokemon GO Trainers have the opportunity to enter the special Catch Cup during the Interlude season of the GO Battle League.

Pokemon GO is no stranger to special and unique competitions with a host of unusual rules to really give trainers a true challenge. This is exceptionally true with the Catch Cup in which trainers are only allowed to use Pokemon caught within a specific window. It appears that Niantic Labs thought this was the perfect wild card to throw into the Season of Alola mix while the traditional GO Battle League remains on hiatus.

Here's how to participate in the Catch Cup.

What is the Pokemon GO Catch Cup 2022?

This year, the Catch Cup dictates that only Pokemon caught between the dates of Tuesday, March 29 and Saturday, April 5, 2022. All entrants must be below the 1500 CP limit and no mythical Pokemon are allowed to enter.

For example, here is a short list containing some Pokemon may not compete:

  • Moltres
  • Zapdos
  • Articuno
  • Lugia
  • Tapu Lele
  • Mewtwo
  • Mew
  • Celebi
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Zarude
  • Deoxys
  • Groudon
  • Giratina

So, any Pokemon with a capture date that is not March 29, March 30, March 31, April 1, April 2, April 3, April 4, and/or April 5, 2022 are ineligible to compete in this cup. Additionally, any Pokemon above 1500 CP, regardless of catch date, is also effectively banned. This also applies to Raid captures and Egg hatches.

The Catch Cup 2022 will run from March 29 to April 5, concurrent with the Ultra League.

More information about the GO Battle League Interlude season can be found on the official Pokemon GO news blog.