The Commander Cup


May 1st - May 31st, 2021

Announcing May's Global Cup: The Commander Cup!

Get ready for a new challenge beginning on May 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Commander Cup - an all-out battle led by your team’s ace - 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 Commander 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 Pokémon GOTM tournament play.

During the Cup (May 1st - May 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 may eventually even earn you an invitation to compete at Regionals and even the Continental or World Championships held at the end of the season!

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 May!

Commander Cup Rules

The Commander 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.
  • Choose your Commander: In the Commander Cup, you’ll start by picking a single Pokémon from the list below to build your roster around. The Commander Pokémon are:
    • Munchlax, Shiftry, Escavalier, Steelix, Empoleon, Jellicent, Bronzong, Noctowl, Alolan Marowak, Poliwrath
  • Build your Roster: The remainder of your roster must be chosen from Rock, Ice, Electric, Poison, and Psychic type Pokémon (dual-types included), with a few exceptions:
    • Steel types, Megas, Legendaries, Mythicals, Shadows, Abomasnow, Galvantula, Stunfisk, Medicham, Wobbuffet, Pachirisu, Drapion are not permitted in the Commander Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Commander Cup:
    • Slot 1: Commander
      #62
      #164
      #208
      #275
      #395
      #437
      #446
      #589
      #593
      #105

      And in text form:

      • Bronzong, Empoleon, Escavalier, Jellicent, Marowak (Alolan), Munchlax, Noctowl, Poliwrath, Shiftry, Steelix
    • Slot 2-6: Complete your Roster
      #1
      #2
      #3
      #13
      #14
      #15
      #23
      #24
      #25
      #26
      #29
      #30
      #31
      #32
      #33
      #34
      #41
      #42
      #43
      #44
      #45
      #48
      #49
      #63
      #64
      #65
      #69
      #70
      #71
      #72
      #73
      #74
      #75
      #76
      #79
      #80
      #87
      #88
      #89
      #91
      #92
      #93
      #94
      #95
      #96
      #97
      #100
      #101
      #102
      #103
      #109
      #110
      #111
      #112
      #121
      #122
      #124
      #125
      #131
      #135
      #138
      #139
      #140
      #141
      #142
      #167
      #168
      #169
      #170
      #171
      #172
      #177
      #178
      #179
      #180
      #181
      #185
      #196
      #199
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #201
      #203
      #211
      #213
      #215
      #219
      #220
      #221
      #222
      #225
      #238
      #239
      #246
      #247
      #248
      #201
      #201
      #269
      #280
      #281
      #282
      #299
      #307
      #309
      #310
      #311
      #312
      #315
      #316
      #317
      #325
      #326
      #336
      #337
      #338
      #343
      #344
      #345
      #346
      #347
      #348
      #351
      #358
      #360
      #361
      #362
      #363
      #364
      #365
      #369
      #403
      #404
      #405
      #406
      #407
      #408
      #409
      #433
      #434
      #435
      #438
      #439
      #451
      #453
      #454
      #459
      #461
      #464
      #466
      #471
      #473
      #475
      #478
      #479
      #517
      #518
      #522
      #523
      #524
      #525
      #526
      #527
      #528
      #543
      #544
      #545
      #557
      #558
      #561
      #564
      #565
      #566
      #567
      #568
      #569
      #574
      #575
      #576
      #577
      #578
      #579
      #582
      #583
      #584
      #587
      #590
      #591
      #595
      #602
      #603
      #604
      #605
      #606
      #613
      #614
      #615
      #655
      #677
      #678
      #678
      #688
      #689
      #690
      #691
      #26
      #37
      #38
      #74
      #75
      #76
      #88
      #89
      #77
      #78
      #110
      #122
      #554
      #555
      #866

      And in text form:

      • Abra, Aerodactyl, Alakazam, Alolan Vulpix, Amoonguss, Ampharos, Anorith, Arbok, Archen, Archeops, Ariados, Armaldo, Baltoy, Barbaracle, Beartic, Beedrill, Beheeyem, Bellsprout, Binacle, Blitzle, Boldore, Bonsly, Budew, Bulbasaur, Carracosta, Chimecho, Chinchou, Chingling, Claydol, Cloyster, Corsola, Cradily, Cranidos, Croagunk, Crobat, Crustle, Cryogonal, Cubchoo, Delibird, Delphox, Dewgong, Dragalge, Drowzee, Duosion, Dustox, Dwebble, Eelektrik, Eelektross, Ekans, Electabuzz, Electivire, Electrike, Electrode, Elekid, Elgyem, Emolga, Espeon, Espurr, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Flaaffy, Foongus, Froslass, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash, Gallade, Garbodor, Gardevoir, Gastly, Gengar, Geodude, Geodude (Alolan), Gigalith, Girafarig, Glaceon, Glalie, Gloom, Golbat, Golem, Golem (Alolan), Gothita, Gothitelle, Gothorita, Graveler, Graveler (Alolan), Grimer, Grimer (Alolan), Grumpig, Gulpin, Haunter, Hypno, Ivysaur, Jolteon, Joltik, Jynx, Kabuto, Kabutops, Kadabra, Kakuna, Kirlia, Koffing, Lanturn, Lapras, Larvitar, Lileep, Lunatone, Luxio, Luxray, Magcargo, Mamoswine, Manectric, Mareep, Meditite, Meowstic (Female), Meowstic (Male), Mime Jr., Minun, Mr. Mime, Mr. Rime, Muk, Muk (Alolan), Munna, Musharna, Natu, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Nidorina, Nidorino, Ninetales (Alolan), Nosepass, Oddish, Omanyte, Omastar, Onix, Pichu, Pikachu, Piloswine, Plusle, Pupitar, Qwilfish, Raichu, Raichu (Alolan), Ralts, Rampardos, Relicanth, Reuniclus, Rhydon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, Roggenrola, Roselia, Roserade, Scolipede, Sealeo, Seviper, Shinx, Shuckle, Sigilyph, Skorupi, Skrelp, Skuntank, Slowbro, Slowking, Slowpoke, Smoochum, Sneasel, Snorunt, Snover, Snowy Castform, Solosis, Solrock, Spheal, Spinarak, Spoink, Starmie, Stunky, Sudowoodo, Swalot, Swinub, Swoobat, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Tirtouga, Toxicroak, Trubbish, Tynamo, Tyranitar, Unown !, Unown ?, Unown A, Unown B, Unown C, Unown D, Unown E, Unown F, Unown G, Unown H, Unown I, Unown J, Unown K, Unown L, Unown M, Unown N, Unown O, Unown P, Unown Q, Unown R, Unown S, Unown T, Unown U, Unown V, Unown W, Unown X, Unown Y, Unown Z, Vanillish, Vanillite, Vanilluxe, Venipede, Venomoth, Venonat, Venusaur, Victreebel, Vileplume, Voltorb, Walrein, Wash Rotom, Weavile, Weedle, Weepinbell, Weezing, Weezing (Galarian), Whirlipede, Woobat, Wynaut, Xatu, Zebstrika, Zubat
  • 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 May Cup will become available to local community leaders on April 21st, 2021 - but Commander Cups must be scheduled for dates between May 1st and May 31st, 2021. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Commander 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 Commander Cups in my community in May?

Yes. However, only one Commander Cup will have significant impact in the participant’s Global Ranking. Participants can choose at at any point before they report their final round if they want that specific Cup to be weighted more heavily than the others.

Does the Commander Cup have to be hosted on a specific date?

Any date between May 1st and May 31st, 2021 is a valid date to hold your community's Commander 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 Commander Cup 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 Commander 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 Commander 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 2021-2021 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: Commander Cup

By: JRE_Seawolf

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

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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