The Lunar Cup


October 1st - October 31st, 2021

Announcing October's Global Cup: The Lunar Cup!

Get ready for a new challenge beginning on October 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Lunar Cup 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 Lunar 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 (October 1st - October 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 October!

Lunar Cup Rules

The Lunar 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.
  • Lunar Types: Only Pokémon with Bug, Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass types (including dual types) are allowed, with a few exceptions
    • Scrafty, Pachirisu, Unovan Stunfisk, Alolan Marowak, Whimsicott, Vullaby, Shadows, and Mega Pokémon are not eligible to use in the Lunar Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Lunar Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #10
    #11
    #12
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #25
    #26
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #48
    #49
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #81
    #82
    #92
    #93
    #94
    #100
    #101
    #102
    #103
    #114
    #123
    #125
    #127
    #135
    #145

    Gen 2

    #152
    #153
    #154
    #165
    #166
    #167
    #168
    #170
    #171
    #172
    #179
    #180
    #181
    #182
    #187
    #188
    #189
    #191
    #192
    #193
    #197
    #198
    #200
    #204
    #205
    #212
    #213
    #214
    #215
    #228
    #229
    #239
    #243
    #248
    #251

    Gen 3

    #252
    #253
    #254
    #261
    #262
    #265
    #266
    #267
    #268
    #269
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #273
    #274
    #275
    #283
    #284
    #285
    #286
    #290
    #291
    #292
    #302
    #309
    #310
    #311
    #312
    #313
    #314
    #315
    #318
    #319
    #331
    #332
    #342
    #345
    #346
    #347
    #348
    #353
    #354
    #355
    #356
    #357
    #359

    Gen 4

    #387
    #388
    #389
    #401
    #402
    #403
    #404
    #405
    #406
    #407
    #412
    #412
    #412
    #413
    #413
    #413
    #414
    #415
    #416
    #420
    #421
    #421
    #425
    #426
    #429
    #430
    #434
    #435
    #442
    #451
    #452
    #455
    #459
    #460
    #461
    #462
    #465
    #466
    #469
    #470
    #477
    #478
    #479
    #487
    #487
    #491

    Gen 5

    #495
    #496
    #497
    #509
    #510
    #511
    #512
    #522
    #523
    #540
    #541
    #542
    #543
    #544
    #545
    #546
    #548
    #549
    #551
    #552
    #553
    #556
    #557
    #558
    #559
    #562
    #563
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #587
    #588
    #589
    #590
    #591
    #592
    #593
    #595
    #596
    #597
    #598
    #602
    #603
    #604
    #607
    #608
    #609
    #616
    #617
    #622
    #623
    #624
    #625
    #630
    #632
    #633
    #634
    #635
    #640
    #642
    #642
    #644
    #649
    #649
    #649

    Gen 6

    #650
    #651
    #652
    #658
    #675
    #686
    #687
    #717
    #720

    Gen 7

    #19
    #20
    #26
    #52
    #53
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #88
    #89
    #103

    Gen 8

    #263
    #264
    #562
    #862
    #867
    #893

    And in text form:

    • Alolan Meowth, Alolan Persian, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Yamask, Galarian Zigzagoon, Wash Rotom, Zarude, 三合一磁怪, 三蜜蜂, 三首惡龍, 伊裴爾塔爾, 佛烈托斯, 保母蟲, 倫琴貓, 凱羅斯, 利牙魚, 刺尾蟲, 刺球仙人掌, 劈斬司令, 勒克貓, 勾魂眼, 口呆花, 向日種子, 向日花怪, 君主蛇, 含羞苞, 咩利羊, 哈力栗, 哎呀球菇, 哭哭面具, 喇叭芽, 單首龍, 四季鹿 (Autumn Form), 四季鹿 (Spring Form), 四季鹿 (Summer Form), 四季鹿 (Winter Form), 圓法師, 圓絲蛛, 土台龜, 土居忍士, 土狼犬, 坦克臭鼬, 堅果啞鈴, 堵攔熊, 壺壺, 夜巡靈, 夢妖, 夢妖魔, 夢歌仙人掌, 大狼犬, 大竺葵, 大針蜂, 大食花, 太古盔甲, 太古羽蟲, 好啦魷, 妙蛙種子, 妙蛙花, 妙蛙草, 安瓢蟲, 寶包繭, 小嘴蝸, 小拉達 (Alolan), 小拳石 (Alolan), 小磁怪, 小貓怪, 尖牙籠, 岩殿居蟹, 巨牙鯊, 巨蔓藤, 巨鉗螳螂, 巴大蝶, 布里卡隆, 彷徨夜靈, 怨影娃娃, 戴魯比, 扒手貓, 拉達 (Alolan), 捷克羅姆, 搖籃百合, 摩魯蛾, 敏捷蟲, 敗露球菇, 斑斑馬, 斗笠菇, 時拉比, 暴雪王, 月亮伊布, 月桂葉, 木守宮, 木棉球, 森林蜥蜴, 椰蛋樹, 椰蛋樹 (Alolan), 榛果球, 樂天河童, 樹林龜, 橡實果, 櫻花兒 (Overcast Form), 櫻花兒 (Sunshine Form), 櫻花寶, 正電拍拍, 死神板, 死神棺, 毒粉蛾, 毒薔薇, 毛球, 毽子棉, 毽子花, 毽子草, 水晶燈火靈, 沙鈴仙人掌, 泥偶小人, 泥偶巨人, 派拉斯, 派拉斯特, 流氓熊貓, 流氓鱷, 混混鱷, 溜溜糖球, 滑滑小子, 烏賊王, 烏鴉頭頭, 熱帶龍, 燈火幽靈, 燈籠魚, 燭光靈, 狃拉, 狡猾天狗, 狩獵鳳蝶, 獨角蟲, 班基拉斯, 瑪狃拉, 甜甜螢, 甲殼繭, 甲賀忍蛙, 畢力吉翁, 百合根娃娃, 百足蜈蚣, 皮丘, 皮卡丘, 盾甲繭, 石居蟹, 禿鷹娜, 種子鐵球, 紳士蛾, 結草兒 (Plant Cloak), 結草兒 (Sandy Cloak), 結草兒 (Trash Cloak), 結草貴婦 (Plant Cloak), 結草貴婦 (Sandy Cloak), 結草貴婦 (Trash Cloak), 綠毛蟲, 羅絲雷朵, 美麗花, 耿鬼, 胖嘟嘟, 胖胖哈力, 胡帕 (Confined), 脫殼忍者, 自爆磁怪, 臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭花, 臭鼬噗, 芭瓢蟲, 花岩怪, 花椰猴, 花椰猿, 茸茸羊, 草苗龜, 菊草葉, 萌芽鹿 (Autumn Form), 萌芽鹿 (Spring Form), 萌芽鹿 (Summer Form), 萌芽鹿 (Winter Form), 落雷獸, 葉伊布, 蓋蓋蟲, 蓋諾賽克特, 蓋諾賽克特 (Burn Drive), 蓋諾賽克特 (Douse Drive), 蓮帽小童, 蓮葉童子, 蔓藤怪, 藤藤蛇, 蘑蘑菇, 蛋蛋, 蜂女王, 蜈蚣王, 蜥蜴王, 蜻蜻蜓, 蟲寶包, 裙兒小姐, 觸手百合, 詛咒娃娃, 負電拍拍, 赫拉克羅斯, 走路草, 車輪毬, 輕飄飄, 達克萊伊, 遠古巨蜓, 酷豹, 鉗尾蠍, 鐵殼蛹, 鐵甲蛹, 鐵螯龍蝦, 鐵蟻, 鐵面忍者, 長鼻葉, 閃電鳥, 阿利多斯, 阿勃梭魯, 隆隆岩 (Alolan), 隆隆石 (Alolan), 隨風球, 雙首暴龍, 雨翅蛾, 雪妖女, 雪笠怪, 雷丘, 雷丘 (Alolan), 雷伊布, 雷公, 雷電斑馬, 雷電獸, 雷電雲 (Incarnate Forme), 雷電雲 (Therian Forme), 電擊怪, 電擊獸, 電擊魔獸, 電燈怪, 電蜘蛛, 電螢蟲, 電電蟲, 電飛鼠, 電龍, 霸王花, 霹靂電球, 青藤蛇, 音箱蟀, 頑皮雷彈, 飄飄球, 飛天螳螂, 駒刀小兵, 騎士蝸牛, 騎拉帝納 (Altered Forme), 騎拉帝納 (Origin Forme), 鬼斯, 鬼斯通, 麻麻小魚, 麻麻鰻, 麻麻鰻魚王, 黑夜魔靈, 黑暗鴉, 黑眼鱷, 黑魯加, 龍王蠍
  • 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 October Cup will become available to local community leaders on September 22st, 2021 - but Lunar Cups must be scheduled for dates between October 1st and October 31st, 2021. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Lunar 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 Lunar Cups in my community in October?

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

Any date between October 1st and October 31st, 2021 is a valid date to hold your community's Lunar 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 Lunar 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 Lunar 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 Lunar 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 2021-2022 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: Lunar Cup

By: JRE_Seawolf

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

Lunar Cup Search String

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.

Lunar Cup Meta Simplified

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

PVP Steve is back again with another video to help you understand the Lunar Cup Meta!

Lunar Cup Building Blocks

By: sosaflo

An up-close look at Crustle in the Lunar Cup, and how you can get the most out of the Stone Home Pokémon!

Lunar Cup Practice Battles

By: splend1dgamer

SplendidGamer takes the Lunar Cup meta out for a test drive.

Análisis del meta Copa Lunar

By: yonkoujean

Copa Lunar - Análisis del meta | Silph Season 4

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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