The Catacomb Cup


July 1st - July 31st, 2020

Announcing July's Global Cup: The Catacomb Cup!

Get ready for a new challenge beginning on July 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Catacomb Cup - inspired by the mysteries that lie beneath the surface - follows the same basic rules as all Silph Arena global cups, but this month it comes with a special twist! Here's what you need to know:

What Is The Catacomb Cup?

Each month the Silph Arena holds a month-long Cup - a 'themed' PvP tournament - that provides tens of thousands of trainers around the world a specially-designed competitive challenge and a chance to prove they're the very best. The Silph Arena is the world's largest global network for ranked Pokemon GOTM tournament play.

During the Cup (July 1st - July 31st), local Silph League communities host and record a special tournament using the free Silph.gg tools. Wins and losses in this local tournament affect your player rank on local and global leaderboards, and can help you progress towards higher player tiers!

All players are welcome to compete, whether it’s your first tournament or your hundredth! Find a local tournament near you on the Tournament Map!

Reminder: only remote events are permitted through July!

Catacomb Cup Rules

The Catacomb Cup has a few special rules (designed to provide added challenge and fun) that differ from standard PvP combat in Pokemon GO:

  • Team of 6: Competitors will bring a team of 6 Pokemon (and register them before the tournament begins). All battle parties used must be comprised of these 6 Pokemon.
  • Great League: Matches are played in Great League: only Pokemon up to 1500 CP are permitted in the Cup.
  • Catacomb Types: Only Pokémon with Dark, Grass, Ice, Rock, and Bug types (including dual types) are allowed, with a few exceptions:
    • Legendaries, Mythicals, Shadows, Regionals, and Steel types are not permitted.
    • Scrafty, Dewgong, Alolan Ninetails, Crustle and Obstagoon are not allowed for use in the Catacomb Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Catacomb Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #10
    #11
    #12
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #48
    #49
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #91
    #95
    #102
    #103
    #111
    #112
    #114
    #123
    #124
    #127
    #131
    #138
    #139
    #140
    #141
    #142

    Gen 2

    #152
    #153
    #154
    #165
    #166
    #167
    #168
    #182
    #185
    #187
    #188
    #189
    #191
    #192
    #193
    #197
    #198
    #204
    #213
    #215
    #219
    #220
    #221
    #225
    #228
    #229
    #238
    #246
    #247
    #248

    Gen 3

    #252
    #253
    #254
    #261
    #262
    #265
    #266
    #267
    #268
    #269
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #273
    #274
    #275
    #283
    #284
    #285
    #286
    #290
    #291
    #299
    #302
    #315
    #318
    #319
    #331
    #332
    #342
    #345
    #346
    #347
    #348
    #351
    #359
    #361
    #362
    #363
    #364
    #365

    Gen 4

    #387
    #388
    #389
    #401
    #402
    #406
    #407
    #408
    #409
    #412
    #412
    #412
    #413
    #413
    #414
    #415
    #416
    #420
    #421
    #421
    #430
    #434
    #435
    #438
    #442
    #451
    #452
    #459
    #460
    #461
    #464
    #465
    #469
    #470
    #471
    #473
    #478

    Gen 5

    #495
    #496
    #497
    #509
    #510
    #524
    #525
    #526
    #543
    #544
    #545
    #548
    #549
    #557
    #559
    #564
    #565
    #566
    #567
    #588
    #590
    #591
    #595
    #596
    #613
    #614
    #615
    #616
    #617
    #633
    #634
    #635

    Gen 7

    #19
    #20
    #37
    #52
    #53
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #88
    #89
    #103

    Gen 8

    #263
    #264
    #554
    #555

    And in text form:

    • Abomasnow, Absol, Accelgor, Aerodactyl, Alolan Meowth, Alolan Persian, Alolan Vulpix, Amoonguss, Anorith, Archen, Archeops, Ariados, Armaldo, Bayleef, Beartic, Beautifly, Beedrill, Bellossom, Bellsprout, Boldore, Bonsly, Breloom, Budew, Bulbasaur, Burmy (Plant Cloak), Burmy (Sandy Cloak), Burmy (Trash Cloak), Butterfree, Cacnea, Cacturne, Carracosta, Carvanha, Cascoon, Caterpie, Cherrim (Overcast Form), Cherrim (Sunshine Form), Cherubi, Chikorita, Cloyster, Combee, Cradily, Cranidos, Crawdaunt, Cryogonal, Cubchoo, Deino, Delibird, Drapion, Dustox, Dwebble, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Exeggutor (Alolan), Foongus, Froslass, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galvantula, Geodude, Geodude (Alolan), Gigalith, Glaceon, Glalie, Gloom, Golem, Golem (Alolan), Graveler, Graveler (Alolan), Grimer (Alolan), Grotle, Grovyle, Honchkrow, Hoppip, Houndoom, Houndour, Hydreigon, Ivysaur, Joltik, Jumpluff, Jynx, Kabuto, Kabutops, Kakuna, Karrablast, Kricketot, Kricketune, Lapras, Larvitar, Leafeon, Ledian, Ledyba, Liepard, Lileep, Lilligant, Lombre, Lotad, Ludicolo, Magcargo, Mamoswine, Masquerain, Meganium, Metapod, Mightyena, Mothim, Muk (Alolan), Murkrow, Nincada, Ninjask, Nosepass, Nuzleaf, Oddish, Omanyte, Omastar, Onix, Paras, Parasect, Petilil, Piloswine, Pineco, Pinsir, Poochyena, Pupitar, Purrloin, Rampardos, Raticate (Alolan), Rattata (Alolan), Rhydon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, Roggenrola, Roselia, Roserade, Sableye, Sceptile, Scolipede, Scraggy, Scyther, Sealeo, Seedot, Serperior, Servine, Sharpedo, Shelmet, Shiftry, Shroomish, Shuckle, Silcoon, Skiploom, Skorupi, Skuntank, Smoochum, Sneasel, Snivy, Snorunt, Snover, Snowy Castform, Spheal, Spinarak, Spiritomb, Stunky, Sudowoodo, Sunflora, Sunkern, Surskit, Swinub, Tangela, Tangrowth, Tirtouga, Torterra, Treecko, Turtwig, Tyranitar, Umbreon, Venipede, Venomoth, Venonat, Venusaur, Vespiquen, Victreebel, Vileplume, Walrein, Weavile, Weedle, Weepinbell, Whirlipede, Wormadam (Plant Cloak), Wormadam (Sandy Cloak), Wurmple, Yanma, Yanmega, Zweilous
  • No Duplicates: Only one of each Pokemon species is permitted on your team of 6. (No species duplicates!)
  • Arena Rules will be followed in all other particulars.

Take a moment to review the Arena Rules linked above. The rules have been updated for the new Competitive PvP Season, make sure you’re familiar with all of the changes!

How to Compete

Registration for the July Cup will become available to local community leaders on June 23rd, 2020 - but Catacomb Cups must be scheduled for dates between July 1st and July 31st, 2020. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map!

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Catacomb Cup Tournament in My Community?

Simply log in to Silph.gg with an authorized Community Leader account and create a Cup tournament on your community management page. You will be given an RSVP url to share with your community and, on the day of the tournament, a join code to confirm your tournament's registrants. For a guide to setting up your tournament on Silph.gg, click here.

How Do I Become Authorized to Host Tournaments on Silph.gg?

All Silph League Discord community admins simply need to add themselves as 'Tournament Admins' via the Discord @SilphRoad bot:

  • On Discord, use the @SilphRoad add-tournament-admin @username#0000 command in your #silph-league channel. (You may need to log out of Silph.gg and back in again!)

Telegram channel and group admins are automatically authorized on Silph.gg.

Can I host multiple Catacomb Cups in my community in July?

Yes. However, only one Catacomb Cup will have significant impact in the participant’s Global Ranking. Participants can choose at the start of the Cup if they want that specific Cup to be weighted more heavily than the others.

Does The Catacomb Cup have to be hosted on a specific date?

Any date between July 1st and July 31st, 2020 is a valid date to hold your community's Catacomb Cup. The tournament registration page will not allow registering your Cup for an invalid date or time - so as long as you are able to create your tournament on Silph.gg, you will know it is set for a valid date.

I am a community leader of a Facebook Group (or other platform like Slack, Line, etc). How do I host The Catacomb Cup for my community?

The Arena team is working quickly to enable non-Discord/Telegram communities to host the Cup. Stay tuned for news on this front!

Participant Questions:

How Do I Join a Catacomb Cup Tournament in My Community?

Find a local Cup being hosted by a community near you via the Tournament Map and read the event details on the event's RSVP page!

How Important Are Monthly Cups for My Player Rank?

Very. The vast majority of player rank in the Arena is derived from performance in the global, standardized Cups. (This is because Cups allow the Arena to observe the same controlled competitive scenarios for each player!)

Why is The Catacomb Cup played in Great League?

Great League (max 1500cp) provides a diverse, new playing field with many options for creative, competitive teams. It also allows more casual players to join tournaments at meetups without being completely unable to compete with level 40 trainers who often sport the same level 40 Legendary Pokemon. Great League also marks immediately irrelevant much of the amassed arsenal of those who manipulate their GPS location ('spoof') to circumvent in-game mechanic limiters and acquire unnatural advantages.

Where can I learn more about global player ranking?

You can learn more about Global Player Rankings by reading our Guide to Player Rank.

About the 2019 Competitive Season »

Resources & Guides

Time to study up! Conquering this meta requires preparation and practice. Review this collection of guides and resources from Arena contributors and community content creators to help you on your way to victory:

Nifty Or Thrifty: Catacomb Cup

By: JRE_Seawolf

It's time to start building your Catacomb Cup team, so bargain hunters rejoice! Nifty or Thrifty is here with your monthly picks to really stretch that stardust.

Copy and paste this string into the Pokemon GO search filter to see all of your eligible Pokemon! Learn how to copy and paste into Pokemon GO with this guide for iOS and Android.

Nifty Or Thrifty: Catacomb Cup SPANISH

By: JRE_Seawolf

It's time to start building your Catacomb Cup team, so bargain hunters rejoice! Nifty or Thrifty is here with your monthly picks to really stretch that stardust.

Catacomb Meta Simplified from GamePress.gg

By: lorma96

Infographic from GamePress boiled down to its simplest parts!

Catacomb Cup Meta Simplified

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

The Catacomb Cup is here, and that means a brand new meta simplified infographic to boot!

Catacomb Cup - A Quick Team Building Guide

By: Joshv009

A Very Quick brief and a Holistic Team Building Guide for Catacomb Cup, the Silph Arena's July, Themed Cup.

Catacomb Cup Meta

By: pa1amon

Meta infographic by Pa1amon with write up by Tangent444

Catacomb Team Builder

By: ganeto24

Step-by-step team building graphic for your Catacomb team.

How to Build Catacomb Cup Team (DARK)

By: rccola95

How to Build Catacomb Cup Team (DARK) - Meta Guide w/ RcCola95

Corebreakers: Catacomb Cup

By: NHoff

NHoff brings the popular Corebreakers series to Reddit to help you counter the most popular teams of the month!

Under The Lights: Sudowoodo… is it really THAT good?

By: JRE_Seawolf

JRE Seawolf takes a closer look at Sudowoodo in the Catacomb Cup!

Live Cup Data

As you plan your battle team, consider the species which appear most frequently in this meta:

Most Commonly Faced Species

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