The Holiday Cup


Get ready for an all new GO Battle League Challenge!

Take on a new GO Battle League Challenge! The latest GO Battle League themed Cup - the Holiday Cup - is now available on silph.gg! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking. Holiday Cup tournaments will follow the same basic rules as all Silph Arena Cups, but with a special twist! Here’s what you need to know:

What Is The Holiday Cup?

A unique Cup format will be running during the GO Battle League Season 10. During this time (December 16th - December 27th), 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!

Holiday Cup Rules

The Holiday 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.
  • Holiday Types: Only Pokémon with Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ghost types (including dual types) are allowed.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Holiday Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #6
    #12
    #16
    #17
    #18
    #19
    #20
    #21
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    #25
    #26
    #39
    #40
    #41
    #42
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    #45
    #46
    #47
    #52
    #53
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #81
    #82
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    #84
    #85
    #87
    #91
    #92
    #93
    #94
    #100
    #101
    #102
    #103
    #108
    #113
    #114
    #115
    #123
    #124
    #125
    #128
    #130
    #131
    #133
    #135
    #137
    #142
    #143
    #144
    #145
    #146
    #149

    Gen 2

    #152
    #153
    #154
    #161
    #162
    #163
    #164
    #165
    #166
    #169
    #170
    #171
    #172
    #174
    #176
    #177
    #178
    #179
    #180
    #181
    #182
    #187
    #188
    #189
    #190
    #191
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    #200
    #203
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    #215
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    #225
    #226
    #227
    #233
    #234
    #238
    #239
    #241
    #242
    #243
    #249
    #250
    #251

    Gen 3

    #252
    #253
    #254
    #263
    #264
    #267
    #270
    #271
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    #273
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    #315
    #327
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    #345
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    #353
    #354
    #355
    #356
    #357
    #361
    #362
    #363
    #364
    #365
    #373
    #378
    #384

    Gen 4

    #387
    #388
    #389
    #396
    #397
    #398
    #399
    #400
    #403
    #404
    #405
    #406
    #407
    #413
    #414
    #415
    #416
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    #420
    #421
    #421
    #424
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    #427
    #428
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    #432
    #440
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    #455
    #458
    #459
    #460
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    #463
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    #468
    #469
    #470
    #471
    #472
    #473
    #474
    #477
    #478
    #479
    #486
    #487
    #487
    #492
    #492

    Gen 5

    #495
    #496
    #497
    #504
    #505
    #506
    #507
    #508
    #511
    #512
    #519
    #520
    #521
    #522
    #523
    #527
    #528
    #531
    #540
    #541
    #542
    #546
    #547
    #548
    #549
    #556
    #561
    #562
    #563
    #566
    #567
    #572
    #573
    #580
    #581
    #582
    #583
    #584
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #587
    #590
    #591
    #592
    #593
    #595
    #596
    #597
    #598
    #602
    #603
    #604
    #607
    #608
    #609
    #613
    #614
    #615
    #618
    #622
    #623
    #626
    #627
    #628
    #629
    #630
    #640
    #641
    #641
    #642
    #642
    #644
    #645
    #645
    #646
    #648

    Gen 6

    #650
    #651
    #652
    #659
    #660
    #661
    #662
    #663
    #667
    #668
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #694
    #695
    #698
    #699
    #702
    #708
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    #710
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    #711
    #711
    #711
    #712
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    #714
    #715
    #717
    #720

    Gen 7

    #19
    #20
    #26
    #27
    #28
    #37
    #38
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #103
    #105
    #722
    #723
    #724
    #731
    #732
    #733
    #734
    #735
    #741
    #741
    #741
    #741
    #753
    #754
    #759
    #760
    #765
    #785
    #787
    #796

    Gen 8

    #100
    #101
    #122
    #144
    #145
    #146
    #263
    #264
    #554
    #555
    #562
    #628
    #819
    #820
    #831
    #832
    #862
    #866
    #867
    #893

    And in text form:

    • Abomasnow, Aerodactyl, Aipom, Alolan Vulpix, Altaria, Amaura, Ambipom, Amoonguss, Ampharos, Archen, Archeops, Articuno, Audino, Aurorus, Avalugg, Azurill, Banette, Bayleef, Beartic, Beautifly, Bellossom, Bellsprout, Bergmite, Bewear, Bibarel, Bidoof, Blissey, Blitzle, Bouffalant, Braviary, Breloom, Budew, Bulbasaur, Buneary, Bunnelby, Butterfree, Cacnea, Cacturne, Carnivine, Celebi, Chandelure, Chansey, Charizard, Chatot, Cherrim (Overcast Form), Cherrim (Sunshine Form), Cherubi, Chesnaught, Chespin, Chikorita, Chinchou, Cinccino, Cloyster, Cofagrigus, Combee, Cottonee, Cradily, Crobat, Cryogonal, Cubchoo, Dartrix, Decidueye, Dedenne, Deerling (Autumn Form), Deerling (Spring Form), Deerling (Summer Form), Deerling (Winter Form), Delcatty, Delibird, Dewgong, Diggersby, Dodrio, Doduo, Dragonite, Drifblim, Drifloon, Dubwool, Ducklett, Dunsparce, Dusclops, Dusknoir, Duskull, Eelektrik, Eelektross, Eevee, Electabuzz, Electivire, Electrike, Electrode, Elekid, Emolga, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Exeggutor (Alolan), Exploud, Farfetch’d, Fearow, Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, Flaaffy, Fletchinder, Fletchling, Fomantis, Foongus, Frillish, Froslass, Furfrou, Furfrou (Dandy Trim), Furfrou (Debutante Trim), Furfrou (Diamond Trim), Furfrou (Heart Trim), Furfrou (Kabuki Trim), Furfrou (La Reine Trim), Furfrou (Matron Trim), Furfrou (Pharaoh Trim), Furfrou (Star Trim), Furret, Galarian Articuno, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Moltres, Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Yamask, Galarian Zapdos, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galvantula, Gastly, Gengar, Geodude (Alolan), Girafarig, Giratina (Altered Forme), Giratina (Origin Forme), Glaceon, Glalie, Glameow, Gligar, Gliscor, Gloom, Golbat, Golem (Alolan), Golett, Golurk, Gourgeist (Average Size), Gourgeist (Large Size), Gourgeist (Small Size), Gourgeist (Super Size), Graveler (Alolan), Greedent, Grotle, Grovyle, Gumshoos, Gyarados, Happiny, Haunter, Heliolisk, Helioptile, Herdier, Hisuian Braviary, Hisuian Electrode, Hisuian Voltorb, Ho-Oh, Honchkrow, Hoopa (Confined), Hoothoot, Hoppip, Igglybuff, Ivysaur, Jellicent, Jigglypuff, Jolteon, Joltik, Jumpluff, Jynx, Kangaskhan, Kyurem, Lampent, Landorus (Incarnate Forme), Landorus (Therian Forme), Lanturn, Lapras, Leafeon, Leavanny, Ledian, Ledyba, Lickilicky, Lickitung, Lileep, Lilligant, Lillipup, Linoone, Litleo, Litwick, Lombre, Lopunny, Lotad, Loudred, Ludicolo, Lugia, Lurantis, Luxio, Luxray, Magnemite, Magneton, Magnezone, Mamoswine, Mandibuzz, Manectric, Mantine, Mantyke, Maractus, Mareep, Marowak (Alolan), Masquerain, Meganium, Meloetta (Aria Forme), Meowth, Miltank, Minccino, Minun, Misdreavus, Mismagius, Moltres, Mothim, Mr. Rime, Munchlax, Murkrow, Natu, Ninetales (Alolan), Ninjask, Noctowl, Noibat, Noivern, Normal Castform, Nuzleaf, Obstagoon, Oddish, Oranguru, Oricorio (Baile Style), Oricorio (Pa’u Style), Oricorio (Pom-Pom Style), Oricorio (Sensu Style), Pachirisu, Pansage, Paras, Parasect, Patrat, Pelipper, Persian, Petilil, Phantump, Pichu, Pidgeot, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pidove, Pikachu, Pikipek, Piloswine, Plusle, Porygon, Porygon-Z, Porygon2, Pumpkaboo (Average Size), Pumpkaboo (Large Size), Pumpkaboo (Small Size), Pumpkaboo (Super Size), Purugly, Pyroar, Quilladin, Raichu, Raichu (Alolan), Raikou, Raticate, Raticate (Alolan), Rattata, Rattata (Alolan), Rayquaza, Regice, Regigigas, Roselia, Roserade, Rowlet, Rufflet, Runerigus, Sableye, Salamence, Sandshrew (Alolan), Sandslash (Alolan), Sawsbuck (Autumn Form), Sawsbuck (Spring Form), Sawsbuck (Summer Form), Sawsbuck (Winter Form), Sceptile, Scyther, Sealeo, Seedot, Sentret, Serperior, Servine, Sewaddle, Shaymin (Land Forme), Shaymin (Sky Forme), Shedinja, Shiftry, Shinx, Shroomish, Shuppet, Sigilyph, Simisage, Skarmory, Skiploom, Skitty, Skwovet, Slaking, Slakoth, Smoochum, Sneasel, Snivy, Snorlax, Snorunt, Snover, Snowy Castform, Spearow, Spheal, Spinda, Spiritomb, Stantler, Staraptor, Staravia, Starly, Stoutland, Stufful, Stunfisk, Sunflora, Sunkern, Swablu, Swadloon, Swanna, Swellow, Swinub, Swoobat, Taillow, Talonflame, Tangela, Tangrowth, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Koko, Tauros, Teddiursa, Thundurus (Incarnate Forme), Thundurus (Therian Forme), Togekiss, Togetic, Tornadus (Incarnate Forme), Tornadus (Therian Forme), Torterra, Toucannon, Tranquill, Treecko, Trevenant, Tropius, Trumbeak, Turtwig, Tynamo, Unfezant, Ursaring, Vanillish, Vanillite, Vanilluxe, Venusaur, Vespiquen, Victreebel, Vigoroth, Vileplume, Virizion, Voltorb, Vullaby, Walrein, Wash Rotom, Watchog, Weavile, Weepinbell, Whimsicott, Whismur, Wigglytuff, Wingull, Woobat, Wooloo, Wormadam (Plant Cloak), Xatu, Xurkitree, Yamask, Yanma, Yanmega, Yungoos, Yveltal, Zangoose, Zapdos, Zarude, Zebstrika, Zekrom, Zigzagoon, 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.

How to Compete

Registration for The Holiday Cup will become available to local community leaders on December 15th, 2021 - and Holiday Cups must be scheduled for dates between December 16th and December 27th, 2021. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Holiday 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.

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

Any date between December 16th and December 17th, 2021 is a valid date to hold your community's Marsh 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 Holiday 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 Holiday 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!

Is the Holiday Cup ranked?

Yes, the Holiday Cup is eligible to be played as a ranked tournament and will count towards your player ranking similar to an Open League Cup. However, The Holiday Cup and other GO Battle League Cups are not official formats in the Silph Arena PvP Season, and therefore are not eligible to be 10x weighted.

Where can I learn more about global player ranking?

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

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:

Holiday Cup 2021 Meta Simplified

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

PVP Steve is ready to help you make sense of the 2021 Holiday Cup with this meta simplified video!

Nifty Or Thrifty: Holiday Cup (Part I)

By: JRE_SEAWOLF

JRE Seawolf dives into the Holiday Cup to provide Nifty-or-Thrifty analysis on the meta and how you can wisely spend your hard earned resources!

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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