The Vortex Cup


March 1st - March 31st, 2021

Announcing March's Global Cup: The Vortex Cup!

Get ready for a new challenge beginning on March 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Vortex Cup - a powerful storm of intense battles - 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 Vortex 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 (March 1st - March 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 March!

Vortex Cup Rules

The Vortex 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.
  • Build Your Team: All Pokémon are eligible for use in the Vortex Cup, with the following exceptions
    • Fairy types, Megas, Legendaries, Umbreon, Medicham, Deoxys, Altaria, Sableye, Galarian Stunfisk, Swampert, Scrafty, Wobbuffet, Lickitung, Machamp, Bastiodon, Abomasnow, Skarmory, Vigoroth, Politoed, Sirfetch’d, Obstagoon, Tropius, and Alolan Marowak are not allowed in the Vortex Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Vortex Cup:

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    And in text form:

    • Abra, Absol, Accelgor, Aerodactyl, Aggron, Aipom, Alakazam, Alolan Meowth, Alolan Persian, Alolan Vulpix, Alomomola, Ambipom, Amoonguss, Ampharos, Anorith, Arbok, Arcanine, Archen, Archeops, Ariados, Armaldo, Aron, Audino, Axew, Bagon, Baltoy, Banette, Barbaracle, Barboach, Basculin (Blue-Striped Form), Basculin (Red-Striped Form), Bayleef, Beartic, Beautifly, Beedrill, Beheeyem, Beldum, Bellossom, Bellsprout, Bibarel, Bidoof, Binacle, Bisharp, Blastoise, Blaziken, Blissey, Blitzle, Boldore, Bonsly, Bouffalant, Braixen, Braviary, Breloom, Bronzong, Bronzor, Budew, Buizel, Bulbasaur, Buneary, Bunnelby, Burmy (Plant Cloak), Burmy (Sandy Cloak), Burmy (Trash Cloak), Butterfree, Cacnea, Cacturne, Camerupt, Carnivine, Carracosta, Carvanha, Cascoon, Castform (Normal), Caterpie, Celebi, Chandelure, Chansey, Charizard, Charmander, Charmeleon, Chatot, Cherrim (Overcast Form), Cherrim (Sunshine Form), Cherubi, Chesnaught, Chespin, Chikorita, Chimchar, Chimecho, Chinchou, Chingling, Cinccino, Clamperl, Clauncher, Clawitzer, Claydol, Cloyster, Cofagrigus, Combee, Combusken, Conkeldurr, Corphish, Corsola, Cradily, Cranidos, Crawdaunt, Croagunk, Crobat, Croconaw, Crustle, Cryogonal, Cubchoo, Cubone, Cyndaquil, Darkrai, Darmanitan, Darumaka, Deerling (Autumn Form), Deerling (Spring Form), Deerling (Summer Form), Deerling (Winter Form), Deino, Delcatty, Delibird, Delphox, Dewgong, Dewott, Diggersby, Diglett, Diglett (Alolan), Dodrio, Doduo, Donphan, Dragalge, Dragonair, Dragonite, Drapion, Dratini, Drifblim, Drifloon, Drilbur, Drowzee, Ducklett, Dugtrio, Dugtrio (Alolan), Dunsparce, Duosion, Durant, Dusclops, Dusknoir, Duskull, Dustox, Dwebble, Eelektrik, Eelektross, Eevee, Ekans, Electabuzz, Electivire, Electrike, Electrode, Elekid, Elgyem, Emboar, Emolga, Empoleon, Escavalier, Espeon, Espurr, Excadrill, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Exeggutor (Alolan), Exploud, Farfetch’d, Fearow, Feebas, Fennekin, Feraligatr, Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, Finneon, Flaaffy, Flareon, Fletchinder, Fletchling, Floatzel, Flygon, Foongus, Forretress, Fraxure, Frillish, Froakie, Frogadier, Froslass, Furret, Gabite, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Farfetch’d, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Meowth, Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Slowbro, Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Yamask, Galarian Zigzagoon, Gallade, Galvantula, Garbodor, Garchomp, Gastly, Gastrodon (East Sea), Gastrodon (West Sea), Gengar, Geodude, Geodude (Alolan), Gible, Gigalith, Girafarig, Glaceon, Glalie, Glameow, Gligar, Gliscor, Gloom, Golbat, Goldeen, Golduck, Golem, Golem (Alolan), Golett, Golurk, Goodra, Goomy, Gorebyss, Gothita, Gothitelle, Gothorita, Graveler, Graveler (Alolan), Greninja, Grimer, Grimer (Alolan), Grotle, Grovyle, Growlithe, Grumpig, Gulpin, Gurdurr, Gyarados, Happiny, Hariyama, Haunter, Haxorus, Heatmor, Heracross, Herdier, Hippopotas, Hippowdon, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Hitmontop, Honchkrow, Hoothoot, Hoppip, Horsea, Houndoom, Houndour, Huntail, Hydreigon, Hypno, Illumise, Infernape, Ivysaur, Jellicent, Jirachi, Jolteon, Joltik, Jumpluff, Jynx, Kabuto, Kabutops, Kadabra, Kakuna, Kangaskhan, Karrablast, Kingdra, Kingler, Klang, Klink, Klinklang, Koffing, Krabby, Kricketot, Kricketune, Krokorok, Krookodile, Lairon, Lampent, Lanturn, Lapras, Larvitar, Leafeon, Leavanny, Ledian, Ledyba, Lickilicky, Liepard, Lileep, Lilligant, Lillipup, Linoone, Litleo, Litwick, Lombre, Lopunny, Lotad, Loudred, Lucario, Ludicolo, Lumineon, Lunatone, Luvdisc, Luxio, Luxray, Machoke, Machop, Magby, Magcargo, Magikarp, Magmar, Magmortar, Magnemite, Magneton, Magnezone, Makuhita, Mamoswine, Mandibuzz, Manectric, Mankey, Mantine, Mantyke, Maractus, Mareep, Marowak, Marshtomp, Masquerain, Meditite, Meganium, Melmetal, Meltan, Meowstic (Female), Meowstic (Male), Meowth, Metagross, Metang, Metapod, Mew, Mienfoo, Mienshao, Mightyena, Milotic, Miltank, Minccino, Minun, Misdreavus, Mismagius, Monferno, Mothim, Mr. Rime, Mudkip, Muk, Muk (Alolan), Munchlax, Munna, Murkrow, Musharna, Natu, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Nidorina, Nidorino, Nincada, Ninetales, Ninjask, Noctowl, Noibat, Noivern, Nosepass, Numel, Nuzleaf, Octillery, Oddish, Omanyte, Omastar, Onix, Oshawott, Pachirisu, Palpitoad, Pancham, Pangoro, Panpour, Pansage, Pansear, Paras, Parasect, Patrat, Pawniard, Pelipper, Perrserker, Persian, Petilil, Phanpy, Pichu, Pidgeot, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pidove, Pignite, Pikachu, Piloswine, Pineco, Pinsir, Piplup, Plusle, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Ponyta, Poochyena, Porygon, Porygon-Z, Porygon2, Primeape, Prinplup, Probopass, Psyduck, Pupitar, Purrloin, Purugly, Pyroar, Quagsire, Quilava, Quilladin, Qwilfish, Raichu, Raichu (Alolan), Rainy Castform, Rampardos, Rapidash, Raticate, Raticate (Alolan), Rattata, Rattata (Alolan), Relicanth, Remoraid, Reuniclus, Rhydon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, Riolu, Roggenrola, Roselia, Roserade, Rufflet, Runerigus, Salamence, Samurott, Sandile, Sandshrew, Sandshrew (Alolan), Sandslash, Sandslash (Alolan), Sawk, Sawsbuck (Autumn Form), Sawsbuck (Spring Form), Sawsbuck (Summer Form), Sawsbuck (Winter Form), Sceptile, Scizor, Scolipede, Scraggy, Scyther, Seadra, Seaking, Sealeo, Seedot, Seel, Seismitoad, Sentret, Serperior, Servine, Seviper, Sewaddle, Sharpedo, Shelgon, Shellder, Shellos (East Sea), Shellos (West Sea), Shelmet, Shieldon, Shiftry, Shinx, Shroomish, Shuckle, Shuppet, Sigilyph, Silcoon, Simipour, Simisage, Simisear, Skiploom, Skitty, Skorupi, Skrelp, Skuntank, Slaking, Slakoth, Sliggoo, Slowbro, Slowking, Slowpoke, Slugma, Smeargle, Smoochum, Sneasel, Snivy, Snorlax, Snorunt, Snover, Snowy Castform, Solosis, Solrock, Spearow, Spheal, Spinarak, Spinda, Spiritomb, Spoink, Squirtle, Stantler, Staraptor, Staravia, Starly, Starmie, Staryu, Steelix, Stoutland, Stunfisk, Stunky, Sudowoodo, Sunflora, Sunkern, Sunny Castform, Surskit, Swablu, Swadloon, Swalot, Swanna, Swellow, Swinub, Swoobat, Taillow, Talonflame, Tangela, Tangrowth, Tauros, Teddiursa, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Tepig, Throh, Timburr, Tirtouga, Torchic, Torkoal, Torterra, Totodile, Toxicroak, Tranquill, Trapinch, Treecko, Trubbish, Turtwig, Tympole, Tynamo, Typhlosion, Tyranitar, Tyrogue, Unfezant, 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, Ursaring, Vanillish, Vanillite, Vanilluxe, Vaporeon, Venipede, Venomoth, Venonat, Venusaur, Vespiquen, Vibrava, Victini, Victreebel, Vileplume, Volbeat, Voltorb, Vullaby, Vulpix, Wailmer, Wailord, Walrein, Wartortle, Wash Rotom, Watchog, Weavile, Weedle, Weepinbell, Weezing, Whirlipede, Whiscash, Whismur, Wingull, Woobat, Wooper, Wormadam (Plant Cloak), Wormadam (Sandy Cloak), Wormadam (Trash Cloak), Wurmple, Wynaut, Xatu, Yamask, Yanma, Yanmega, Yveltal, Zangoose, Zebstrika, Zigzagoon, Zubat, Zweilous
  • 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 March Cup will become available to local community leaders on February 21st, 2021 - but Vortex Cups must be scheduled for dates between March 1st and March 31st, 2021. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Vortex 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 Vortex Cups in my community in March?

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

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

By: JRE_Seawolf

The "Nifty Or Thrifty" article series takes a comprehensive look at the meta for PvP Cup formats: Vortex Cup, in this case. As is typical for the NoT series, I'll cover not only the top meta picks,...

Vortex Cup Search String

Note: this search string will not exclude Galarian Stunfisk or Alolan Marowak as their other forms are eligible for the Vortex Cup.

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.

Vortex Cup Meta Simplified

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

PVP Steve Breaks down the Vortex Meta in his signature style, complete with graphic!

Simplified Vortex Meta from Gamepress.gg

By: LORMA96

Clean and simple graphic from Gamepress breaking down the Vortex meta to its core!

Vortex Cup Meta - My PvP Academia

By: CountXevious

The pros at My PvP Academia break down the Vortex Cup meta.

Vortex Cup Meta Graphic

By: thatmarowakgirl

A simple breakdown of the Vortex Cup meta!

Silph Arena & Vortex Cup

By: Ruumiguel

Ready for Vortex Cup? We have a meta guild ready about picks and what you should look build your team! - Prontos para a Vortex Cup? Temos aqui um guia sobre as escolhas de pokemons é claro o que deves ter em atenção ao construir a tua equipa.

Vortex Cup - Team Building Guide

By: Joshv009

PvP Reporter breaks down the Vortex Meta with a complete guide for Team Building

Vortex Cup Early Team Guide

By: PolymersUp

A graphic, early team building guide from PolymersUp!

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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