The Timeless Cup


Dec 1st - Jan 8th

Announcing December's Global Cup: The Timeless Cup!

The next challenge of the competitive Season begins December 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your mastery and increase your global and local player ranking! The Timeless Cup - a flashback to the beginning of your Pokémon journey - 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 Timeless 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 (December 1st - January 8th), 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!

Timeless Cup Rules

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

  • 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.
  • Matches are played in Great League: only Pokemon up to 1500 CP are permitted in the Cup.
  • The Timeless Cup requires you to pick a single elemental starter Pokémon from the first four generations (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn & Sinnoh), then select the rest of your battle team of six from any of the four generations, but with a list of restrictions:
    • Any Pokémon with Fighting, Normal, Fairy, Flying, Steel or Psychic typing (including dual-typing) may not be used.
    • Legendary and Mythical Pokémon may not be used.
    • Umbreon and Sableye may not be used.
    • Only Pokémon from generations 1 through 4 may be used. Species or forms released in generations 5, 7 and 8 (Unova, Alola and Galar) may not be used.
  • Your starter Pokémon is not subject to the type restrictions and may be any evolution in its family. The rest of your battle team does not need to be from the same generation as your selected starter.
  • What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Timeless Cup, but remember you may only select one elemental starter!

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #4
    #5
    #6
    #7
    #8
    #9
    #10
    #11
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #23
    #24
    #25
    #26
    #27
    #28
    #29
    #30
    #31
    #32
    #33
    #34
    #37
    #38
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #48
    #49
    #50
    #51
    #54
    #55
    #58
    #59
    #60
    #61
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #72
    #73
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #77
    #78
    #86
    #87
    #88
    #89
    #90
    #91
    #92
    #93
    #94
    #95
    #98
    #99
    #100
    #101
    #104
    #105
    #109
    #110
    #111
    #112
    #114
    #116
    #117
    #118
    #119
    #120
    #125
    #126
    #127
    #129
    #131
    #134
    #135
    #136
    #138
    #139
    #140
    #141
    #147
    #148

    Gen 2

    #152
    #153
    #154
    #155
    #156
    #157
    #158
    #159
    #160
    #167
    #168
    #170
    #171
    #172
    #179
    #180
    #181
    #182
    #185
    #186
    #191
    #192
    #194
    #195
    #200
    #204
    #211
    #213
    #215
    #218
    #219
    #220
    #221
    #222
    #223
    #224
    #228
    #229
    #230
    #231
    #232
    #239
    #240
    #246
    #247
    #248

    Gen 3

    #252
    #253
    #254
    #255
    #256
    #257
    #258
    #259
    #260
    #261
    #262
    #265
    #266
    #268
    #269
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #273
    #274
    #275
    #283
    #285
    #290
    #299
    #309
    #310
    #311
    #312
    #313
    #314
    #315
    #316
    #317
    #318
    #319
    #320
    #321
    #322
    #323
    #324
    #328
    #329
    #330
    #331
    #332
    #336
    #339
    #340
    #341
    #342
    #345
    #346
    #347
    #348
    #349
    #350
    #351
    #351
    #351
    #353
    #354
    #355
    #356
    #359
    #361
    #362
    #363
    #364
    #365
    #366
    #367
    #368
    #369
    #370
    #371
    #372

    Gen 4

    #387
    #388
    #389
    #390
    #391
    #392
    #393
    #394
    #395
    #401
    #402
    #403
    #404
    #405
    #406
    #407
    #408
    #409
    #412
    #412
    #412
    #413
    #413
    #417
    #418
    #419
    #420
    #421
    #421
    #422
    #422
    #423
    #423
    #429
    #434
    #435
    #438
    #442
    #443
    #444
    #445
    #449
    #450
    #451
    #452
    #455
    #456
    #457
    #459
    #460
    #461
    #464
    #465
    #466
    #467
    #470
    #471
    #473
    #477
    #478

    And in text form:

    • Abomasnow, Absol, Ampharos, Anorith, Arbok, Arcanine, Ariados, Armaldo, Bagon, Banette, Barboach, Bayleef, Beedrill, Bellossom, Bellsprout, Blastoise, Blaziken, Bonsly, Budew, Buizel, Bulbasaur, Burmy (Plant), Burmy (Sandy), Burmy (Trash), Cacnea, Cacturne, Camerupt, Carnivine, Carvanha, Cascoon, Castform (Rainy), Castform (Snowy), Castform (Sunny), Caterpie, Charizard, Charmander, Charmeleon, Cherrim (Overcast), Cherrim (Sunny), Cherubi, Chikorita, Chimchar, Chinchou, Clamperl, Cloyster, Combusken, Corphish, Corsola, Cradily, Cranidos, Crawdaunt, Croconaw, Cubone, Cyndaquil, Dewgong, Diglett, Donphan, Dragonair, Drapion, Dratini, Dugtrio, Dusclops, Dusknoir, Duskull, Dustox, Ekans, Electabuzz, Electivire, Electrike, Electrode, Elekid, Empoleon, Feebas, Feraligatr, Finneon, Flaaffy, Flareon, Floatzel, Flygon, Froslass, Gabite, Garchomp, Gastly, Gastrodon (East Sea), Gastrodon (West Sea), Gengar, Geodude, Gible, Glaceon, Glalie, Gloom, Goldeen, Golduck, Golem, Gorebyss, Graveler, Grimer, Grotle, Grovyle, Growlithe, Gulpin, Haunter, Hippopotas, Hippowdon, Horsea, Houndoom, Houndour, Huntail, Illumise, Infernape, Ivysaur, Jolteon, Kabuto, Kabutops, Kakuna, Kingdra, Kingler, Koffing, Krabby, Kricketot, Kricketune, Lanturn, Lapras, Larvitar, Leafeon, Lileep, Lombre, Lotad, Ludicolo, Lumineon, Luvdisc, Luxio, Luxray, Magby, Magcargo, Magikarp, Magmar, Magmortar, Mamoswine, Manectric, Mareep, Marowak, Marshtomp, Meganium, Metapod, Mightyena, Milotic, Minun, Misdreavus, Mismagius, Monferno, Mudkip, Muk, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Nidoran (M), Nidoran (F), Nidorina, Nidorino, Nincada, Ninetales, Nosepass, Numel, Nuzleaf, Octillery, Oddish, Omanyte, Omastar, Onix, Pachirisu, Paras, Parasect, Phanpy, Pichu, Pikachu, Piloswine, Pineco, Pinsir, Piplup, Plusle, Politoed, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Ponyta, Poochyena, Prinplup, Psyduck, Pupitar, Quagsire, Quilava, Qwilfish, Raichu, Rampardos, Rapidash, Relicanth, Remoraid, Rhydon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, Roselia, Roserade, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Sceptile, Seadra, Seaking, Sealeo, Seedot, Seel, Seviper, Sharpedo, Shedinja, Shelgon, Shellder, Shellos (East Sea), Shellos (West Sea), Shiftry, Shinx, Shroomish, Shuckle, Shuppet, Silcoon, Skorupi, Skuntank, Slugma, Sneasel, Snorunt, Snover, Spheal, Spinarak, Spiritomb, Squirtle, Staryu, Stunky, Sudowoodo, Sunflora, Sunkern, Surskit, Swalot, Swampert, Swinub, Tangela, Tangrowth, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Torchic, Torkoal, Torterra, Totodile, Trapinch, Treecko, Turtwig, Typhlosion, Tyranitar, Vaporeon, Venomoth, Venonat, Venusaur, Vibrava, Victreebel, Vileplume, Volbeat, Voltorb, Vulpix, Wailmer, Wailord, Walrein, Wartortle, Weavile, Weedle, Weepinbell, Weezing, Whiscash, Wooper, Wormadam (Plant), Wormadam (Sandy), Wurmple
  • 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 December Cup will become available to local community leaders on November 17th - but Timeless Cups must be scheduled for dates between December 1st and January 8th. (One extra week longer than normal global Cups!) Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map!

In regards to rankings, competitors can weight one Cup tournament during the Cup duration (even if competing in the first week of January). One may weight both a Timeless Cup and the (yet unannounced) January Cup in the month of January and receive a 10x rank impact for each with no issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

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

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

Any date between December 1st, 2019 and January 8th, 2020 is a valid date to hold your community's Timeless 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 Timeless 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 Timeless 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 participate in a Timeless Cup in January, can I still weight a January Cup?

Yes, you can participate in both a weighted Timeless Cup AND a weighted January Cup in January, 2020.

Why is the Timeless Cup (and all 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: Timeless Cup

By: JRE_Seawolf

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

Search String (Only Starters)

This search string will help you pick your Starter ONLY

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.

Search String (No Starters)

This search string will help you pick your team AFTER you have selected your starter!

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.

Timeless Cup 2.0: Changes After the Latest Move Rebalancing

By: JRE_Seawolf

DON'T PANIC! JRE seawolf is here to explain what has changed, what hasn't, and what adjustments you should make before you start a new Timeless tournament!

Timeless Simplified Meta from GamePress.gg

By: lorma96

Infographic from GamePress helping to simplify the huge pool of available Pokémon for the Timeless Cup!

Timeless Cup Beginner's Team Building Guide

By: Pa1amon

Helpful graphic to help new players and veterans alike selecting Pokémon for their Timeless Cup team!

Timeless Cup Meta Simplified

By: ZyoniK

Thank you GamePress and Lorma96 for this amazing infograph on the Timeless Cup Meta! Today we deep dive into the Timeless Cup Meta and find out what Pokemon emerge on top!

Under The Lights: Dragonair (Timeless Cup), including full moveset analysis!

By: JRE_Seawolf

Focus on Dragonair, the unlikely hero looking to shape the meta for the Timeless Cup!

Safe and Sacrificial Switching in Timeless Cup

By: Tangent444

Tangent digs deep into the role of safe and sacrificial swaps and how to execute them.

Timeless Cup: 20 Useful Pokémon

By: sonoroman

Infographic of 20 useful Pokémon and their movesets for the Timeless Cup

Análisis: Meta Copa Atemporal

By: Krydos

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

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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