The Firefly Cup


May 1st - May 31st, 2022

Announcing May's Global Cup: The Firefly Cup!

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

Firefly Cup Rules

The Firefly 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 a team that glows: Only Pokémon with Normal, Bug, Electric, Poison, and Ice typing are allowed, with a few exceptions
    • Mega Pokémon, Ground-types, Walrein, Escavalier, Dragalge, Salazzle, or Pachirisu, are not eligible to use in the Firefly Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Firefly Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #10
    #11
    #12
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #16
    #17
    #18
    #19
    #20
    #21
    #22
    #23
    #24
    #25
    #26
    #29
    #30
    #32
    #33
    #39
    #40
    #41
    #42
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #48
    #49
    #52
    #53
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #72
    #73
    #81
    #82
    #83
    #84
    #85
    #87
    #88
    #89
    #91
    #92
    #93
    #94
    #100
    #101
    #108
    #109
    #110
    #113
    #115
    #123
    #124
    #125
    #127
    #128
    #131
    #133
    #135
    #137
    #143
    #144
    #145

    Gen 2

    #161
    #162
    #163
    #164
    #165
    #166
    #167
    #168
    #169
    #170
    #171
    #172
    #174
    #179
    #180
    #181
    #190
    #193
    #203
    #204
    #205
    #206
    #211
    #212
    #213
    #214
    #215
    #216
    #217
    #225
    #233
    #234
    #235
    #238
    #239
    #241
    #242
    #243

    Gen 3

    #263
    #264
    #265
    #266
    #267
    #268
    #269
    #276
    #277
    #283
    #284
    #287
    #288
    #289
    #291
    #293
    #294
    #295
    #298
    #300
    #301
    #309
    #310
    #311
    #312
    #313
    #314
    #315
    #316
    #317
    #327
    #333
    #335
    #336
    #347
    #348
    #351
    #351
    #352
    #361
    #362
    #363
    #364
    #378

    Gen 4

    #396
    #397
    #398
    #399
    #400
    #401
    #402
    #403
    #404
    #405
    #406
    #407
    #412
    #412
    #412
    #413
    #413
    #414
    #415
    #416
    #424
    #427
    #428
    #431
    #432
    #434
    #435
    #440
    #441
    #446
    #451
    #452
    #453
    #454
    #459
    #460
    #461
    #462
    #463
    #466
    #469
    #471
    #474
    #478
    #479
    #479
    #486

    Gen 5

    #504
    #505
    #506
    #507
    #508
    #519
    #520
    #521
    #522
    #523
    #531
    #540
    #541
    #542
    #543
    #544
    #545
    #557
    #558
    #568
    #569
    #572
    #573
    #582
    #583
    #584
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #587
    #588
    #590
    #591
    #595
    #596
    #602
    #603
    #604
    #613
    #614
    #615
    #616
    #617
    #626
    #627
    #628
    #632
    #636
    #637
    #642
    #642
    #644
    #646
    #648
    #649
    #649
    #649
    #649
    #649

    Gen 6

    #659
    #661
    #664
    #665
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #667
    #668
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #690
    #694
    #695
    #698
    #699
    #702
    #712
    #713

    Gen 7

    #19
    #20
    #26
    #27
    #28
    #37
    #38
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #88
    #89
    #731
    #732
    #733
    #734
    #735
    #736
    #737
    #738
    #740
    #741
    #742
    #743
    #747
    #748
    #751
    #752
    #757
    #759
    #760
    #765
    #767
    #768
    #777
    #785
    #793
    #794
    #795
    #796

    Gen 8

    #80
    #100
    #101
    #110
    #122
    #199
    #211
    #215
    #263
    #264
    #554
    #555
    #713
    #819
    #820
    #831
    #832
    #862
    #866
    #900
    #903
    #904

    And in text form:

    • Alolan Vulpix, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Slowbro, Galarian Slowking, Galarian Zigzagoon, Hisuian Avalugg, Hisuian Electrode, Hisuian Qwilfish, Hisuian Sneasel, Hisuian Voltorb, Kleavor, Mow Rotom, Normal Castform, Overqwil, Sneasler, Snowy Castform, Wash Rotom, 三合一磁怪, 三蜜蜂, 不良蛙, 九尾 (Alolan), 伊布, 佛烈托斯, 保母蟲, 信使鳥, 倫琴貓, 傘電蜥, 傲骨燕, 優雅貓, 光電傘蜥, 具甲武者, 冰伊布, 冰寶, 冰岩怪, 冰雪巨龍, 冰雪龍, 冰鬼護, 凍原熊, 凱羅斯, 刺尾蟲, 刺甲貝, 勇士雄鷹, 勒克貓, 千針魚, 卡比獸, 卡璞・鳴鳴, 叉字蝠, 口呆花, 吉利蛋, 向尾喵, 吞食獸, 含羞苞, 吼爆彈, 咕咕, 咕咕鴿, 咕妞妞, 咚咚鼠, 咩利羊, 哈約克, 哎呀球菇, 喇叭啄鳥, 喇叭芽, 喵喵, 嘟嘟, 嘟嘟利, 噴嚏熊, 四季鹿 (Autumn Form), 四季鹿 (Spring Form), 四季鹿 (Summer Form), 四季鹿 (Winter Form), 圈圈熊, 圓法師, 圓絲蛛, 圖圖犬, 土龍弟弟, 坦克臭鼬, 垃垃藻, 堵攔熊, 壺壺, 多多冰, 多邊獸, 多邊獸Ⅱ, 多邊獸Z, 多麗米亞, 多麗米亞 (Dandy Trim), 多麗米亞 (Debutante Trim), 多麗米亞 (Diamond Trim), 多麗米亞 (Heart Trim), 多麗米亞 (Kabuki Trim), 多麗米亞 (La Reine Trim), 多麗米亞 (Matron Trim), 多麗米亞 (Pharaoh Trim), 多麗米亞 (Star Trim), 夜盜火蜥, 大嘴蝠, 大嘴雀, 大奶罐, 大尾狸, 大尾立, 大比鳥, 大牙狸, 大王燕, 大舌舔, 大舌頭, 大蔥鴨, 大針蜂, 大食花, 太古盔甲, 太古羽蟲, 奇諾栗鼠, 好勝毛蟹, 好壞星, 妙蛙種子, 妙蛙花, 妙蛙草, 姆克兒, 姆克鳥, 姆克鷹, 安瓢蟲, 寶包繭, 寶寶丁, 小卡比獸, 小嘴蝸, 小拉達, 小拉達 (Alolan), 小拳石 (Alolan), 小獅獅, 小磁怪, 小福蛋, 小箭雀, 小篤兒, 小約克, 小貓怪, 尼多力諾, 尼多娜, 尼多朗, 尼多蘭, 尾立, 岩殿居蟹, 巨鉗螳螂, 差不多娃娃, 巴大蝶, 幸福蛋, 幾何雪花, 強顎雞母蟲, 彩粉蝶 (Archipelago Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Continental Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Elegant Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Garden Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (High Plains Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Icy Snow Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Jungle Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Marine Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Meadow Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Modern Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Monsoon Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Ocean Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Polar Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (River Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Sandstorm Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Savanna Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Sun Pattern), 彩粉蝶 (Tundra Pattern), 急凍鳥, 懶人獺, 托戈德瑪爾, 拉普拉斯, 拉達, 拉達 (Alolan), 捲捲耳, 捷克羅姆, 掘掘兔, 探探鼠, 摩魯蛾, 敏捷蟲, 敗露球菇, 斑斑馬, 晃晃斑, 智揮猩, 暴雪王, 東施喵, 榛果球, 正電拍拍, 步哨鼠, 毒刺水母, 毒粉蛾, 毒薔薇, 毒骷蛙, 比比鳥, 毛毛角羊, 毛球, 毛辮羊, 毛頭小鷹, 泡沫栗鼠, 波波, 派拉斯, 派拉斯特, 海豹球, 海魔獅, 溜溜糖球, 溶食獸, 滴蛛, 滴蛛霸, 火炎獅, 火神蛾, 灰塵山, 烈雀, 熊寶寶, 燃燒蟲, 燈籠魚, 爆炸頭水牛, 爆肌蚊, 爆音怪, 狃拉, 狩獵鳳蝶, 獨角蟲, 瑪狃拉, 瑪瑙水母, 瓦斯彈, 甜甜螢, 甲殼繭, 白海獅, 百足蜈蚣, 皮丘, 皮卡丘, 直衝熊, 盾甲繭, 石居蟹, 破破袋, 穿山王 (Alolan), 穿山鼠 (Alolan), 穿著熊, 童偶熊, 粉蝶蛹, 粉蝶蟲, 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 (Trash Cloak), 綠毛蟲, 羅絲雷朵, 美洛耶塔 (Aria Forme), 耿鬼, 聒噪鳥, 肯泰羅, 胖丁, 胖可丁, 膽小蟲, 自爆磁怪, 臭泥, 臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭泥, 臭臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭花, 臭鼬噗, 芭瓢蟲, 花舞鳥 (Pom-Pom Style), 茸茸羊, 萌芽鹿 (Autumn Form), 萌芽鹿 (Spring Form), 萌芽鹿 (Summer Form), 萌芽鹿 (Winter Form), 萌虻, 落雷獸, 蓋蓋蟲, 蓋諾賽克特, 蓋諾賽克特 (Burn Drive), 蓋諾賽克特 (Chill Drive), 蓋諾賽克特 (Douse Drive), 蓋諾賽克特 (Shock Drive), 藏飽栗鼠, 虛吾伊德, 蛇紋熊, 蜂女王, 蜈蚣王, 蜻蜻蜓, 蝶結萌虻, 蟲寶包, 蟲電寶, 袋獸, 請假王, 變隱龍, 豆豆鴿, 貓老大, 貓頭夜鷹, 貓鼬少, 貓鼬探長, 貓鼬斬, 負電拍拍, 貪心栗鼠, 費洛美螂, 赫拉克羅斯, 走路草, 超壞星, 超音蝠, 踏冰人偶, 車輪毬, 迷你冰, 迷唇姐, 迷唇娃, 過動猿, 遠古巨蜓, 酋雷姆, 鉗尾蠍, 銃嘴大鳥, 鍬農炮蟲, 鐵殼蛹, 鐵甲蛹, 鐵蟻, 鐵面忍者, 長尾怪手, 長毛狗, 長耳兔, 閃電鳥, 阿利多斯, 阿柏怪, 阿柏蛇, 隆隆岩 (Alolan), 隆隆石 (Alolan), 雙倍多多冰, 雙尾怪手, 雙彈瓦斯, 雙彈瓦斯 (Galarian), 雨翅蛾, 雪妖女, 雪童子, 雪笠怪, 雷丘, 雷丘 (Alolan), 雷伊布, 雷公, 雷吉奇卡斯, 雷吉艾斯, 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, 電燈怪, 電蜘蛛, 電螢蟲, 電電蟲, 電飛鼠, 電龍, 露力麗, 霸王花, 霹靂電球, 青綿鳥, 音箱蟀, 頑皮雷彈, 飛天螳螂, 飯匙蛇, 驚角鹿, 高傲雉雞, 鬼斯, 鬼斯通, 魅力喵, 麒麟奇, 麻麻小魚, 麻麻鰻, 麻麻鰻魚王, 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 May Cup will become available to local community leaders on April 20th, 2022 - but Firefly Cups must be scheduled for dates between May 1st and May 31st, 2022. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Firefly 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 Firefly Cups in my community in May?

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

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

Firefly 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.

Firefly Cup Meta Simplified!!!

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

Steeeeeeeeeeve brings you a first look at the meta shaking up in May! Get a head start on the competition with this simplified meta overview.

Copa Firefly Infografía

By: BarbatosRV

Meta general de la Copa FireFly!

Firefly Cup Meta Simplified

By: countxevious

CountXevious of My PVP Academia walks you through the meta of the Firefly Cup to give you a quick snapshot of what you should bring or may face in battle.

Silph Firefly Cup Analysis

By: wildsusanboyle

Walk through an analysis of the Firefly Cup meta with WildSusanBoyle as they break down the allowed typings.

Firefly Cup First Look With Ruumiguel

By: Sosaflo

Team Rocket Academy's Sosaflo shares some Firefly Cup battles to give you insights into this meta!

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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