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Pokemon GO Master League Breakdown: Sept. 27-Oct. 11

Here are our best tips to surviving the Master League in Pokemon GO.
Here are our best tips to surviving the Master League in Pokemon GO. / Niantic Labs

Here are our best tips to surviving the Master League in Pokemon GO.

Like our Ultra League breakdown for this season—Pokemon GO Battle Season 9—we'll be going over exactly what trainers can expect during this tier of the league. The Master League calls upon trainers to bring out their best and brightest to compete for the top spot in the GO Battle League.

Here's what you need to know.

Pokemon GO Battle Master League Breakdown

In this leg of the season, trainers will have the chance to compete in the traditional Master League or Master League Classic.

The Master League has no CP limit on Pokemon. That means any Pokemon in your storage can compete, including those 3000 CP and above—which we recommend, since this is the final tier in the game. The Master League is widely regarded as a no-holds-barred type of fight. If you've got a strong Pokemon sitting in the back of your box, now is the time to pull them out.

The Master League Classic has the same lack of CP requirements with a single caveat: no Pokemon powered with XL Candies are allowed. This is meant to keep everything fair within the tournament and provide an artificial CP ceiling.

We recommend the following Pokemon for trainer use in the Master League:

  • Garchomp
  • Groudon
  • Mewtwo
  • Dialga
  • Melmetal
  • Giratina

The Master League will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). At that time, the Great League will pick up for its second run of the season.

More information about the league tiers in Season 9 can be found in our companion article.