Pokémon GO: How To Battle A Challenger

Pokemon GO World Championships 2022 Challengers
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Pokémon GO kicks off the celebrations of the Pokémon World Championship 2022 the good old-fashioned way – by throwing new opponents at you!

These special World Championship Challengers are available to take part in the Pokémon GO World Championship timed research quest, which is obtained by redeeming one of the many codes distributed during the live streams.

In this guide we will show you how to find and fight world championship challengers How to get a Pokémon World Championships 2022 Pikachu.

Challengers of the Pokémon GO World Championship

Where can I find challengers?

From now until August 23 at 8:00 p.m. (local time).as long as you’ve redeemed one of the Pokémon World Championship timed research codes, you can find and challenge World Championship challengers at a PokéStop near you.

Similar to Team GO Rocket Grunts and the Rocket Leaders battles, These challengers often appear So if you don’t have a World Championship Challenger in your area, one should show up soon.

You’ll know if a PokéStop has a World Championship challenger waiting for you The PokéStop jiggles like the Rocket Grunt PokéStops but without their signature darker color.

In our experience, when walking through a residential area with multiple PokéStops, we didn’t have any trouble finding challengers since they spawned nearby with relative frequency. However, as we continued fighting, another one who was there before disappeared, so it seems they can despawn as well.

How to fight a challenger

Fighting a World Championship challenger is the same as any other Pokémon GO battle, and every time you defeat one, it contributes towards the World Championship timed research quest.

There are six different challengers that will appear during the event, but each of them has a number of different Pokemon in their arsenal, so you might not be fighting the same team twice. Alternatively, you can fight against several of the same challenger type.

The World Championship Challengers don’t use shields while you can use two, so each fight should be easy enough!

Challenger Pokémon teams

As mentioned above, each of the six World Championship challengers you can face will battle a number of different Pokemon.

Pokémon GO veterans who have built up a strong and varied lineup of Pokémon to use in battle will have little trouble in these battles – we beat challengers with relative ease using the in-game recommended Pokémon team. Make sure your team is in full health before the fight of course and Make sure you use your two shields strategically.

Here’s a list of potential teams for the World Championship Challengers (thanks to The Silph Road Subreddit for putting this together!)

How to fight an ambitious challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by ambitious challengers:

Pokemon slot 1 Pokemon slot 2 Pokemon slot 3
Araquanid register steel claw flame
flooded whale rein sable
obstacle Nidoqueen Greedent
Trevenant Alolan Ninetales flooded

How to fight a confident challenger

Here are the Pokemon used by confident challengers:

Pokemon slot 1 Pokemon slot 2 Pokemon slot 3
Diggerby whale rein Cresselia
whale rein Mandibuzz Deoxys Defense
flooded Trevenant Deoxys Defense
flooded Nidoqueen treat

How to fight an eager challenger

Here are the Pokemon used by Eager Challengers:

Pokemon slot 1 Pokemon slot 2 Pokemon slot 3
medicine Nidoqueen flooded
Nidoqueen treat whale rein

How to fight an eccentric challenger

Here are the Pokemon used by eccentric challengers:

Pokemon slot 1 Pokemon slot 2 Pokemon slot 3
Sirfetch’d whale rein claw flame
whale rein treat register steel
sable ?? ??

How to fight a novice challenger

Here are the Pokemon used by Novice Challengers:

Pokemon slot 1 Pokemon slot 2 Pokemon slot 3
sable Alolan Ninetales obstacle
Trevenant azumarill Galarian Stunfisk

How to fight a slick challenger

Here are the Pokemon used by Slick Challengers:

Pokemon slot 1 Pokemon slot 2 Pokemon slot 3
azumarill medicine register steel
whale rein sable Trevenant


Competing against the World Championship challengers will earn you some useful rewards, as well as an event-exclusive item or two.

To beat them all, a World Championship 2022 Pikachu appears, you will also receive an Elite Fast TM and an Elite Charge TM.

Here are the rewards you get for beating each challenger:

  • 1 Challenger – 10 Poké Balls
  • 2 challengers – 1 fast TM
  • 3 challengers – 10 great balls
  • 4 Challengers – 1 Charge TM
  • 5 Challengers – 10 Ultra Balls

If you happen to win one of these fights, you can also win three packages that contain Berries, Dust, Pokeballs, and Great Balls.

As the event is currently live, this information will be constantly updated as players discover new details. We will keep this as up to date as possible! Good luck finding and defeating these challengers!

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