The Architect Cup

July 1st - July 31st, 2022

Announcing July's Global Cup: The Architect Cup!

Get ready for a new challenge beginning on July 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Architect 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 Architect 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 (July 1st - July 31st), local Silph League communities host and record a special tournament using the free 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!

Architect Cup Rules

The Architect 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.
  • Design your dream team: Build a team of 6 Pokémon from the allowed list below. (Including their shadow variant)
    • Mega Pokémon are not eligible to use in the Architect Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Architect Cup:

    Gen 1


    Gen 2


    Gen 3


    Gen 4


    Gen 5


    Gen 6


    Gen 7


    Gen 8


    And in text form:

    • Ariados, Banette, Beedrill, Bewear, Charizard, Cradily, Donphan, Drapion, Dusclops, Froslass, Galarian Slowbro, Gengar, Glalie, Golbat, Gyarados, Haunter, Jumpluff, Lapras, Lickilicky, Linoone, Malamar, Marowak (Alolan), Milotic, Muk, Muk (Alolan), Munchlax, Normal Castform, Pelipper, Poliwrath, Qwilfish, Sandslash, Scolipede, Sealeo, Shiftry, Skuntank, Snorlax, Sudowoodo, Trevenant, Typhlosion, Venomoth
    • 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 July Cup will become available to local community leaders on June 24th, 2022 - but Architect Cups must be scheduled for dates between July 1st and July 31st, 2022. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Community Leader Questions:

    How Do I Host a Architect Cup Tournament in My Community?

    Simply log in to 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, click here.

    How Do I Become Authorized to Host Tournaments on

    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 and back in again!)

    Telegram channel and group admins are automatically authorized on

    Can I host multiple Architect Cups in my community in July?

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

    Any date between July 1st and July 31st, 2022 is a valid date to hold your community's Architect 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, 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 Architect 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 Architect 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 Architect 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:

Architect Cup Battles Livestream w/ EVERY Eligible Pokemon!!!


Steve is on a mission to try out every single Pokémon that is eligible for the Architect Cup, which is the meta being used for Silph Arena's Season 4 Regionals. Watch this video for the breakdown!

Silph Thyme - Ep. 10 - The Architect Cup

By: thidrekr

Silph Thyme breakings down the meta, team-building, IVs, and spicy move choices in this, the narrowest meta ever given!

Meta General de la Copa Arquitecto

By: BarbatosRV

La temática para los regionales de Silph 2022 ya está anunciada y por tanto, les dejo mi análisis del meta y la infografía de cómo armar tu equipo!

Silph Architect Cup Analysis

By: WildSusanBoyle

Take a quick glance at the Architect Cup meta with WildSusanBoyle!

Architect Cup Meta Simplified Guide

By: countxevious

CountXevious breaks down the most viable Pokémon for this cup, incorporating the reliable "rectangle of life" motif.

Architect Cup Intro The Silph

By: guschuang


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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