The Ember Cup


January 1st - January 31st, 2023
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Announcing January's Global Cup: The Ember Cup!

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

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!

Ember Cup Rules

The Ember 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.
  • Ignite your team team: Alolan Muk, Hisuian Qwilfish, Honchkrow, Machamp, Malamar, Poliwrath, Primeape, and Sirfetch’d, and Pokémon with Fire, Electric, Grass and Ground typings (including dual types) are allowed with a few exceptions
    • Dragon-Types, Steel-Types, Rock-Types, Water/Ground Dual Types, Abomasnow, Diggersby, Dugtrio, Lanturn, Nidoqueen, Ninetales, Pachirisu, Salazzle, Stunfisk, and Whimsicott, and Shadow Pokémon are not eligible to use in the Ember Cup.
    • Mega Pokémon are not eligible to use in the Ember Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Ember Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #4
    #5
    #6
    #25
    #26
    #27
    #28
    #34
    #37
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #50
    #57
    #58
    #59
    #62
    #68
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #77
    #78
    #100
    #101
    #102
    #103
    #104
    #105
    #114
    #125
    #126
    #135
    #136
    #145
    #146

    Gen 2

    #152
    #153
    #154
    #155
    #156
    #157
    #170
    #172
    #179
    #180
    #181
    #182
    #187
    #188
    #189
    #191
    #192
    #207
    #218
    #220
    #221
    #228
    #229
    #231
    #232
    #239
    #240
    #243
    #244
    #250
    #251

    Gen 3

    #252
    #253
    #254
    #255
    #256
    #257
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #273
    #274
    #275
    #285
    #286
    #290
    #309
    #310
    #311
    #312
    #315
    #322
    #323
    #324
    #328
    #331
    #332
    #343
    #344
    #351
    #357
    #382
    #383

    Gen 4

    #387
    #388
    #389
    #390
    #391
    #392
    #403
    #404
    #405
    #406
    #407
    #413
    #413
    #420
    #421
    #421
    #430
    #449
    #450
    #455
    #459
    #465
    #466
    #467
    #470
    #472
    #473
    #479
    #479
    #492
    #492

    Gen 5

    #494
    #495
    #496
    #497
    #498
    #499
    #500
    #511
    #512
    #513
    #514
    #522
    #523
    #529
    #540
    #541
    #542
    #546
    #548
    #549
    #551
    #552
    #553
    #554
    #555
    #556
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #587
    #590
    #591
    #595
    #596
    #602
    #603
    #604
    #607
    #608
    #609
    #622
    #623
    #631
    #636
    #637
    #640
    #642
    #642
    #645
    #645

    Gen 6

    #650
    #651
    #652
    #653
    #654
    #655
    #662
    #663
    #667
    #668
    #687
    #694
    #695
    #702
    #708
    #709
    #710
    #710
    #710
    #710
    #711
    #711
    #711
    #711

    Gen 7

    #26
    #89
    #105
    #722
    #723
    #724
    #725
    #726
    #727
    #737
    #738
    #741
    #741
    #753
    #754
    #755
    #756
    #757
    #761
    #762
    #763
    #785
    #787
    #796

    Gen 8

    #100
    #101
    #211
    #562
    #865
    #867
    #893
    #901

    And in text form:

    • Galarian Yamask, Hisuian Electrode, Hisuian Qwilfish, Hisuian Voltorb, Mow Rotom, Primal Groudon, Sirfetchd, Sunny Castform, Ursaluna, Wash Rotom, Zarude, 保母蟲, 倫琴貓, 偽螳草, 傘電蜥, 光電傘蜥, 六尾, 刺球仙人掌, 力壯雞, 勒克貓, 南瓜怪人 (Average Size), 南瓜怪人 (Large Size), 南瓜怪人 (Small Size), 南瓜怪人 (Super Size), 南瓜精 (Average Size), 南瓜精 (Large Size), 南瓜精 (Small Size), 南瓜精 (Super Size), 卡拉卡拉, 卡璞・哞哞, 卡璞・鳴鳴, 卡蒂狗, 口呆花, 向日種子, 向日花怪, 君主蛇, 含羞苞, 呆火駝, 咚咚鼠, 咩利羊, 哈力栗, 哎呀球菇, 喇叭芽, 嘎啦嘎啦, 嘎啦嘎啦 (Alolan), 噴火駝, 噴火龍, 四季鹿 (Autumn Form), 四季鹿 (Spring Form), 四季鹿 (Summer Form), 四季鹿 (Winter Form), 固拉多, 土台龜, 土地雲 (Incarnate Forme), 土地雲 (Therian Forme), 土居忍士, 地鼠, 夜盜火蜥, 夢歌仙人掌, 大竺葵, 大顎蟻, 大食花, 天秤偶, 天蠍, 天蠍王, 妖火紅狐, 妙蛙種子, 妙蛙花, 妙蛙草, 寶包繭, 小小象, 小山豬, 小木靈, 小火焰猴, 小火馬, 小火龍, 小獅獅, 小貓怪, 尖牙籠, 尼多王, 巨蔓藤, 布里卡隆, 念力土偶, 怪力, 戴魯比, 投羽梟, 敗露球菇, 斑斑馬, 斗笠菇, 時拉比, 暖暖豬, 月桂葉, 木守宮, 木木梟, 木棉球, 朽木妖, 森林蜥蜴, 椰蛋樹, 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, 毒薔薇, 比克提尼, 毽子棉, 毽子花, 毽子草, 水晶燈火靈, 沙河馬, 沙鈴仙人掌, 河馬獸, 泥偶小人, 泥偶巨人, 派拉斯, 派拉斯特, 流氓鱷, 混混鱷, 火伊布, 火岩鼠, 火恐龍, 火斑喵, 火炎獅, 火焰雞, 火焰鳥, 火爆猴, 火爆獸, 火狐狸, 火球鼠, 火神蛾, 火稚雞, 火箭雀, 火紅不倒翁, 炎帝, 炎武王, 炎熱喵, 炒炒豬, 烈焰猴, 烈焰馬, 烈箭鷹, 烏賊王, 烏鴉頭頭, 煤炭龜, 熔岩蟲, 熔蟻獸, 熱帶龍, 熾焰咆哮虎, 燃燒蟲, 燈火幽靈, 燈籠魚, 燈罩夜菇, 燭光靈, 爆香猴, 爆香猿, 狙射樹梟, 狡猾天狗, 猛火猴, 甜冷美后, 甜竹竹, 甜舞妮, 畢力吉翁, 百合根娃娃, 皮丘, 皮卡丘, 睡睡菇, 穿山王, 穿山鼠, 結草貴婦 (Plant Cloak), 結草貴婦 (Sandy Cloak), 羅絲雷朵, 美麗花, 胖胖哈力, 臭臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭花, 花椰猴, 花椰猿, 花舞鳥 (Baile Style), 花舞鳥 (Pom-Pom Style), 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, 蓮帽小童, 蓮葉童子, 蔓藤怪, 藤藤蛇, 蘑蘑菇, 蘭螳花, 蚊香泳士, 蛋蛋, 蜥蜴王, 螺釘地鼠, 蟲寶包, 蟲電寶, 裙兒小姐, 謝米 (Land Forme), 謝米 (Sky Forme), 象牙豬, 負電拍拍, 走路草, 達摩狒狒, 鍬農炮蟲, 長尾火狐, 長毛豬, 長鼻葉, 閃電鳥, 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, 電束木, 電蜘蛛, 電電蟲, 電飛鼠, 電龍, 霸王花, 霹靂電球, 青藤蛇, 頑皮雷彈, 頓甲, 風速狗, 鳳王, 鴨嘴寶寶, 鴨嘴火獸, 鴨嘴炎獸, 麻麻小魚, 麻麻鰻, 麻麻鰻魚王, 黑眼鱷, 黑魯加
    • 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 January Cup will become available to local community leaders on December 21st, 2022 - but Ember Cups must be scheduled for dates between January 1st and January 31st, 2023. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Community Leader Questions:

    How Do I Host a Ember 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 Ember Cup have to be hosted on a specific date?

    Any date between January 1st and January 31st, 2023 is a valid date to hold your community's Ember 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 Ember 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 Ember 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 Ember 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 2023 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:

EMBER CUP + VANGUARD FIELD META SIMPLIFIED!!!!

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

Steve breaks down the two Faction Battlefields for Season 2 Cycle 3, with the Ember Battlefield being used for the first Cup of the 2023 Season. Get a first look now!

Ember Simplified Meta

By: mysticsharry

A simple battle team analysis by Mysticharry.

Meta Campo Abrasivo

By: BarbatosRV

Learn the Ember Cup meta quickly with this simplified graphic form BarbatosRV!

EU/NA Emerald/Diamond Factions Ember

By: greenbeev

See the Ember Cup Pokémon usage in Factions after the first Bout of Season 2 Cycle 3.

Ember Cup - Busted / Ready to Rumble / Spicy Nuggets by Pallet Town PVP

By: FishOnAHeater

Be prepared for these strong and spicy picks in the Ember Cup!

Runerigus can beat about EVERYTHING in this meta!

By: Inadequance

Inadequance walks you through the Ember Battlefield in Factions and how Runerigus performs.

Ember Cup with FishOnAHeater - Meta Guide

By: ruumiguel

Lucky Ruu talks Ember Cup picks with guest FishOnAHeater.

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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