The Fusion Cup


January 1st - 31st

Announcing January's Global Cup: The Fusion Cup!

Show your skills and increase your global and local player ranking in a brand new challenge starting January 1st! The Fusion Cup - where trainers will prove their mastery of dual-type Pokémon - follows the same basic rules as all Silph Arena ranked tournaments, but this Cup comes with a special twist! Here's what you need to know:

What Is the Fusion 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 (January 1st - January 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 tournament near you on the Tournament Map!

NOTE: As usual, competitors may weight one Fusion Cup during the Cup's dates for extra rank impact, even if participating in a Timeless Cup in January as well.

Fusion Cup Rules

The Fusion 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.
  • Dual-Types Only:
    The Fusion Cup requires you to build your team using only dual-type Pokemon - no single types - with the following restrictions:
  • 2nd Charge Move Cost Cap:
    Only Pokemon with a 2nd charge move that costs 50k stardust or less are allowed. (If a species' evolutions or pre-evolution stages differ in move costs, only the evolution stages whose charge moves are 50k stardust or less are permitted.)
  • Species Bans:
    Azumarill, Medicham, Dewgong, and Wormadam (all forms) are not allowed.
  • Eligible List:
    What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Fusion Cup.

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #6
    #12
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #16
    #17
    #18
    #21
    #22
    #31
    #34
    #39
    #40
    #41
    #42
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #48
    #49
    #62
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #72
    #73
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #79
    #80
    #81
    #82
    #83
    #84
    #85
    #91
    #92
    #93
    #94
    #102
    #103
    #111
    #112
    #121
    #130

    Gen 2

    #163
    #164
    #165
    #166
    #167
    #168
    #169
    #170
    #171
    #174
    #176
    #177
    #178
    #183
    #187
    #188
    #189
    #193
    #194
    #195
    #198
    #199
    #203
    #211
    #213
    #214
    #215
    #219
    #220
    #221
    #222
    #228
    #229
    #230
    #238

    Gen 3

    #256
    #257
    #259
    #260
    #267
    #269
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #274
    #275
    #276
    #277
    #278
    #279
    #283
    #284
    #286
    #298
    #304
    #305
    #306
    #307
    #315
    #318
    #319
    #322
    #323
    #332
    #333
    #334
    #337
    #338
    #339
    #340
    #342
    #343
    #344
    #345
    #346
    #347
    #348
    #363
    #364
    #365
    #374

    Gen 4

    #389
    #391
    #392
    #395
    #396
    #397
    #398
    #400
    #406
    #407
    #414
    #415
    #416
    #423
    #423
    #430
    #434
    #435
    #436
    #437
    #439
    #453
    #454
    #458
    #459
    #460
    #461
    #462
    #464
    #468
    #469
    #473
    #476
    #478

    Gen 5

    #499
    #500
    #519
    #520
    #521
    #527
    #528
    #530
    #536
    #537
    #543
    #544
    #545
    #557
    #558
    #559
    #589
    #590
    #591
    #595
    #596
    #632

    Gen 7

    #19
    #20
    #26
    #27
    #28
    #38
    #50
    #51
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #88
    #89
    #103
    #105

    Gen 8

    #110
    #263
    #264
    #862

    And in text form:

    • Abomasnow, Aggron, Altaria, Amoonguss, Anorith, Ariados, Armaldo, Aron, Azurill, Baltoy, Barboach, Beautifly, Beedrill, Beldum, Bellsprout, Bibarel, Blaziken, Breloom, Bronzong, Bronzor, Budew, Bulbasaur, Butterfree, Cacturne, Camerupt, Carvanha, Charizard, Chinchou, Claydol, Cloyster, Combee, Combusken, Corsola, Cradily, Crawdaunt, Croagunk, Crobat, Crustle, Diglett (Alolan), Dodrio, Doduo, Dugtrio (Alolan), Durant, Dustox, Dwebble, Emboar, Empoleon, Escavalier, Excadrill, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Exeggutor (Alolan), Farfetch’d, Fearow, Foongus, Froslass, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galvantula, Gastly, Gastrodon (East Sea), Gastrodon (West Sea), Gengar, Geodude, Geodude (Alolan), Girafarig, Gloom, Golbat, Golem, Golem (Alolan), Graveler, Graveler (Alolan), Grimer (Alolan), Gyarados, Haunter, Heracross, Honchkrow, Hoothoot, Hoppip, Houndoom, Houndour, Igglybuff, Infernape, Ivysaur, Jigglypuff, Joltik, Jumpluff, Kakuna, Kingdra, Lairon, Lanturn, Ledian, Ledyba, Lileep, Lombre, Lotad, Ludicolo, Lunatone, Magcargo, Magnemite, Magneton, Magnezone, Mamoswine, Mantyke, Marill, Marowak (Alolan), Marshtomp, Masquerain, Meditite, Mime Jr., Monferno, Mothim, Muk (Alolan), Murkrow, Natu, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Ninetales (Alolan), Noctowl, Numel, Nuzleaf, Oddish, Palpitoad, Paras, Parasect, Pelipper, Pidgeot, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pidove, Pignite, Piloswine, Poliwrath, Probopass, Quagsire, Qwilfish, Raichu (Alolan), Raticate (Alolan), Rattata (Alolan), Rhydon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, Roselia, Roserade, Sandshrew (Alolan), Sandslash (Alolan), Scolipede, Scraggy, Sealeo, Seismitoad, Sharpedo, Shiftry, Shuckle, Skiploom, Skuntank, Slowbro, Slowking, Slowpoke, Smoochum, Sneasel, Snover, Solrock, Spearow, Spheal, Spinarak, Staraptor, Staravia, Starly, Starmie, Stunky, Surskit, Swablu, Swampert, Swellow, Swinub, Swoobat, Taillow, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Togekiss, Togetic, Torterra, Toxicroak, Tranquill, Unfezant, Venipede, Venomoth, Venonat, Venusaur, Vespiquen, Victreebel, Vileplume, Walrein, Weavile, Weedle, Weepinbell, Weezing (Galarian), Whirlipede, Whiscash, Wigglytuff, Wingull, Woobat, Wooper, Xatu, Yanma, Yanmega, Zubat, obstagoon
    • 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 January Cup will become available to local community leaders on December 13th, 2019 - but Fusion Cups must be scheduled for dates between January 1st and January 31st, 2020. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Community Leader Questions:

    How Do I Host a Fusion 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 Fusion Cups in my community?

    Yes. However, only one Fusion 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 Fusion Cup have to be hosted on a specific date?

    Any date between January 1st and January 31st, 2020 is a valid date to hold your community's Fusion 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 Fusion 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 Fusion 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!)

    If I participated in a weighted Timeless Cup in January, can I still weight one of my Fusion Cups?

    Yes. You are allowed one weighted Cup per Cup-type. Even if your weighted Timeless Cup also takes place in January, you can still full weight one of your Fusion Cups.

    Why is the Fusion Cup (and even many non-Cup ranked tournaments) 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: Fusion Cup

By: JRE_Seawolf

It's time to start building your Fusion 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.

FUSION SIMPLIFIED META FROM GAMEPRESS.GG

By: lorma96

Infographic from GamePress helping to simplify the list of available Pokémon for the Fusion Cup!

Timeless/Fusion Cup Guide to Community Day Weekend 2019

By: JRE_Seawolf

Know what to hunt on Community Day with this handy guide from JRE Seawolf!

20 Useful Pokemon for the Fusion CUp

By: sonoroman

20 Pokémon to use and watch for in the Fusion Cup!

JFarmakis' Fusion Cup Meta Simplified

By: JFarmakis

JFarmakis and ScrubLordDustin break down the Fusion Cup meta

PVP Steve's Fusion Cup Meta Simplified

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

PVP Steve breaks down the meta for Fusion Cup with some quick and simple information.

Fusion Cup Beginner's Team Building Guide

By: Pa1amon

Need help putting together your Fusion Cup team? Pa1amon is here to help with a simple and easy to follow graphic!

Safe and Sacrificial Switching in Fusion Cup

By: tangent444

Tangent deep-dives into safe switching in the Fusion Cup!

Análisis: Meta Copa Fusión

By: krydos

El análisis en español de la Copa Fusión, mejores iniciales y opciones de equipo que te ayudarán a armar tu estrategia.

Can I Tank It?

By: brajSF

Quick reference guide on moves in the Fusion Cup and whether or not you can take them.

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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