Pokémon GO: How To Battle A Challenger

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Pokémon GO is getting into the Pokémon World Championship 2022 celebrations in the good old-fashioned way — by throwing new adversaries at you!

These special World Championship Challengers are available to fight Pokémon GO’s World Championship timed research quest, which you can get by redeeming one of the many codes being handed out during the livestreams.

In this guide, we’ll be showing you how to find and battle World Championship Challengers, and how to get a Pokémon World Championships 2022 Pikachu.

Pokémon GO World Championship Challengers

Where Can I Find Challengers?

From now until 8:00 pm (local time) on 23rd Augustas long as you have redeemed one of the Pokémon World Championship timed research codes, you’ll be able to find and challenge World Championship Challengers at a PokéStop near you.

Similar to Team GO Rocket Grunts and the Rocket Leaders battles, these challengers appear frequently, so if you haven’t got a World Championship Challenger near you, then one should pop up soon enough.

You’ll know if a PokéStop has a World Championship Challenger waiting for you as the PokéStop will be wiggling like the Rocket Grunt PokéStops, but without their signature darker color.


In our experience walking around a residential area with several PokéStops, we had no trouble finding Challengers as they spawned close by relatively frequently. As we battled on, another who was previously there disappeared, though, so it appears they can despawn, too.

How To Battle A Challenger

Battling a World Championship Challenger is the same as any other Pokémon GO fight, and every time you defeat one, it will contribute to the timed research quest for the World Championship.

There are six different Challengers that will appear throughout the event, but each of them has a number of different Pokémon in their arsenal, so you might not fight the same team twice. Alternatively, you may fight multiple of the same Challenger type.

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

Pokemon Teams Challengers

As we mentioned above, each of the six World Championship Challengers you can face will come with a number of different Pokémon to battle.

Pokémon GO veterans who have built up a strong and varied selection of Pokémon to use in battle will have little trouble during these fights — we beat the Challengers relatively easily using the Pokémon team recommended in-game. Make sure your team is at full health before battling, of course, and make sure to use your two shields strategically.

Here is a list of potential teams for the World Championship Challengers (many thanks to The Silph Road subreddit for putting this together!)

How To Battle An Ambitious Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Ambitious Challengers:

Pokemon Slot 1 Pokemon Slot 2 Pokemon Slot 3
Araquanid Register Talonflame
Swampert Walrein Sableye
Obstagoon Nidoqueen Greedent
Trevenant Alolan Ninetales Swampert

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Ambitious Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Araquanid— Flying (Braviary), Rock (Tyranitar), Electrical (Luxray)
  • Effective against Swampert— Grass (Venasaur)
  • Effective against Obstagoon — fighting (Lucario), Bug (Heracross), Fairy (Zacyan)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (candlestick), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Registeel — Fire (candlestick), fighting (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)
  • Effective against Walrein — fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampards), Grass (Breloom), Electrical (Electivire)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen— Ground (Mamoswine), Water (Kingler), psychic (speon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Alolan Ninetales— Steel (Metagross), Poison (Overqwil), Rock (Rampards), Fire (Heatran)
  • Effective against Talonflame — Rock (Rampards), Water (omastar), Electrical (Luxray)
  • Effective against Sableye— Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Greedent— fighting (Lucario)

How To Battle A Confident Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Confident Challengers:

Pokemon Slot 1 Pokemon Slot 2 Pokemon Slot 3
Diggersby Walrein Cresselia
Walrein Mandibuzz Deoxys Defense
Swampert Trevenant Deoxys Defense
Scrafty Nidoqueen Lickitung

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Confident Challengers (with a stong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Diggersby— fighting (Lucario), Water (Kyogre), Grass (Rosade), Ice (Mamoswine)
  • Effective against Walrein — fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampards), Grass (Breloom), Electrical (Electivire)
  • Effective against Swampert— Grass (Venasaur)
  • Effective against Scrafty— Fairy (Zacyan), fighting (Lucario), Flying (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Mandibuzz— Rock (Rampards), Electrical (Electivire), Ice (Weavile), Fairy (Zacyan)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (candlestick), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen— Ground (Mamoswine), Water (Kingler), psychic (speon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Cresselia— Bug (Volcarona), Ghost (Gengar), Dark (Darkrai)
  • Effective against Deoxys – Defense — Bug (Volcarona), Ghost (Gengar), Dark (Darkrai)
  • Effective against Licking — fighting (Lucario)

How To Battle An Eager Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Eager Challengers:

Pokemon Slot 1 Pokemon Slot 2 Pokemon Slot 3
Medicham Sableye Swampert
Nidoqueen Lickitung Walrein

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Eager Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Medicham— Flying (Dragapult), Ghost (Gengar), Fairy (Haterene)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen— Ground (Mamoswine), Water (Kingler), psychic (speon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Sableye— Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Licking — fighting (Lucario)
  • Effective against Swampert— Grass (Venasaur)
  • Effective against Walrein — fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampards), Grass (Breloom), Electrical (Electivire)

How To Battle An Eccentric Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Eccentric Challengers:

Pokemon Slot 1 Pokemon Slot 2 Pokemon Slot 3
Sirfetch’d Walrein Talonflame
Walrein Lickitung Register
Sableye ?? ??

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Eccentric Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Sirfetch’d — fighting (Gallade), psychic (Mewtwo), Fairy (Zacyan) —
  • Effective against Walrein — fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampards), Grass (Breloom), Electrical (Electivire)
  • Effective against Sableye— Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Licking — fighting (Lucario)
  • Effective against Talonflame — Rock (Rampards), Water (omastar), Electrical (Luxray)
  • Effective against Registeel — Fire (candlestick), fighting (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)

How To Battle A Novice Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Novice Challengers:

Pokemon Slot 1 Pokemon Slot 2 Pokemon Slot 3
Sableye Alolan Ninetales Obstagoon
Trevenant Azumarill Galarian Stunfisk

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Novice Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Sableye— Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (candlestick), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Alolan Ninetales— Steel (Metagross), Poison (Overqwil), Rock (Rampards), Fire (Heatran)
  • Effective against Azumarill— Poison (Rosade), Grass (Sceptile), Electrical (Electivire)
  • Effective against Obstagoon — fighting (Lucario), Bug (Heracross), Fairy (Zacyan)
  • Effective against Galarian Stunfisk— fighting (Lucario), Ground (Excadrill), Fire (Darmanitan), Water (Kyogre)

How To Battle A Slick Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Slick Challengers:

Pokemon Slot 1 Pokemon Slot 2 Pokemon Slot 3
Azumarill Medicham Register
Walrein Sableye Trevenant

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Slick Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Azumarill— Poison (Rosade), Grass (Sceptile), Electrical (Electivire)
  • Effective against Walrein — fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampards), Grass (Breloom), Electrical (Electivire)
  • Effective against Medicham— Flying (Dragapult), Ghost (Gengar), Fairy (Haterene)
  • Effective against Sableye— Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Registeel — Fire (candlestick), fighting (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (candlestick), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)

rewards

Battling the World Championship Challengers will get you some useful rewards as well as one or two event-exclusive items.

For beating all of them, a World Championships 2022 Pikachu will appear, plus you’ll get 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 any of these fights, you can also win three bundles which include berries, dust, Poke Balls, and Great Balls.


As the event is currently live, this info is constantly being updated as players discover new details. We’ll be sure to keep this as up-to-date as possible! Good luck finding and taking down those challengers!

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