The Sunshine Cup


Get ready for an all new GO Battle League Challenge!

Take on a new GO Battle League Challenge! The latest GO Battle League themed Cup - the Sunshine Cup - is now available on silph.gg! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking. Sunshine Cup tournaments will follow the same basic rules as all Silph Arena Cups, but with a special twist! Here’s what you need to know:

What Is The Sunshine Cup?

The Sunshine Cup is a unique format played during the Season 13 of GO battle League. During this time (May 7th - May 21st), 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 can help you progress towards higher player tiers!

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!

Sunshine Cup Rules

The Sunshine 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.
  • Sunshine Pokémon Only: Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number between #252 and #386 are allowed in the Sunshine Cup (including Alolan, Galarian, and Husiuan forms).
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Sunshine Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #4
    #5
    #16
    #17
    #18
    #19
    #20
    #21
    #22
    #27
    #28
    #31
    #34
    #37
    #38
    #39
    #40
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #46
    #47
    #50
    #51
    #52
    #53
    #58
    #59
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #74
    #75
    #76
    #77
    #78
    #83
    #84
    #85
    #95
    #102
    #103
    #104
    #105
    #108
    #111
    #112
    #113
    #114
    #115
    #126
    #128
    #132
    #133
    #136
    #137
    #143
    #146

    Gen 2

    #152
    #153
    #154
    #155
    #156
    #157
    #161
    #162
    #163
    #164
    #174
    #182
    #187
    #188
    #189
    #190
    #191
    #192
    #194
    #195
    #203
    #206
    #207
    #208
    #216
    #217
    #218
    #219
    #220
    #221
    #228
    #229
    #231
    #232
    #233
    #234
    #235
    #240
    #241
    #242
    #244
    #246
    #247
    #250
    #251

    Gen 3

    #252
    #253
    #254
    #255
    #256
    #257
    #259
    #260
    #263
    #264
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #273
    #274
    #275
    #276
    #277
    #285
    #286
    #287
    #288
    #289
    #290
    #293
    #294
    #295
    #298
    #300
    #301
    #315
    #322
    #323
    #324
    #327
    #328
    #329
    #330
    #331
    #332
    #333
    #335
    #339
    #340
    #343
    #344
    #345
    #346
    #351
    #351
    #352
    #357
    #382
    #383

    Gen 4

    #387
    #388
    #389
    #390
    #391
    #392
    #396
    #397
    #398
    #399
    #400
    #406
    #407
    #413
    #413
    #420
    #421
    #421
    #423
    #423
    #424
    #427
    #428
    #431
    #432
    #440
    #441
    #443
    #444
    #445
    #446
    #449
    #450
    #455
    #459
    #460
    #463
    #464
    #465
    #467
    #470
    #472
    #473
    #474
    #479
    #485
    #486
    #492
    #492

    Gen 5

    #494
    #495
    #496
    #497
    #498
    #499
    #500
    #504
    #505
    #506
    #507
    #508
    #511
    #512
    #513
    #514
    #519
    #520
    #521
    #529
    #530
    #531
    #536
    #537
    #540
    #541
    #542
    #546
    #547
    #548
    #549
    #551
    #552
    #553
    #554
    #555
    #556
    #572
    #573
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #585
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #586
    #590
    #591
    #597
    #598
    #607
    #608
    #609
    #618
    #622
    #623
    #626
    #627
    #628
    #631
    #636
    #637
    #640
    #643
    #645
    #645
    #648

    Gen 6

    #650
    #651
    #652
    #653
    #654
    #655
    #659
    #660
    #661
    #662
    #663
    #667
    #668
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #676
    #694
    #695
    #708
    #709
    #710
    #710
    #710
    #710
    #711
    #711
    #711
    #711

    Gen 7

    #19
    #20
    #50
    #51
    #103
    #105
    #722
    #723
    #724
    #725
    #726
    #727
    #731
    #732
    #733
    #734
    #735
    #741
    #753
    #754
    #755
    #756
    #757
    #758
    #759
    #760
    #761
    #762
    #763
    #765
    #787
    #798

    Gen 8

    #58
    #59
    #100
    #101
    #263
    #264
    #562
    #618
    #819
    #820
    #831
    #832
    #862
    #867
    #893
    #901

    And in text form:

    • Abomasnow, Aipom, Ambipom, Amoonguss, Arcanine, Audino, Azurill, Baltoy, Barboach, Bayleef, Bellossom, Bellsprout, Bewear, Bibarel, Bidoof, Blaziken, Blissey, Bouffalant, Bounsweet, Braixen, Braviary, Breloom, Budew, Bulbasaur, Buneary, Bunnelby, Cacnea, Cacturne, Camerupt, Carnivine, Celebi, Chandelure, Chansey, Charmander, Charmeleon, Chatot, Cherrim (Overcast Form), Cherrim (Sunshine Form), Cherubi, Chesnaught, Chespin, Chikorita, Chimchar, Cinccino, Claydol, Combusken, Cottonee, Cradily, Cubone, Cyndaquil, Darmanitan, Dartrix, Darumaka, Decidueye, Deerling (Autumn Form), Deerling (Spring Form), Deerling (Summer Form), Deerling (Winter Form), Delcatty, Delphox, Diggersby, Diglett, Diglett (Alolan), Ditto, Dodrio, Doduo, Donphan, Drilbur, Dubwool, Dugtrio, Dugtrio (Alolan), Dunsparce, Eevee, Emboar, Entei, Excadrill, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Exeggutor (Alolan), Exploud, Farfetch’d, Fearow, Fennekin, Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, Flareon, Fletchinder, Fletchling, Flygon, Fomantis, Foongus, Furfrou, Furfrou (Dandy Trim), Furfrou (Debutante Trim), Furfrou (Diamond Trim), Furfrou (Heart Trim), Furfrou (Kabuki Trim), Furfrou (La Reine Trim), Furfrou (Matron Trim), Furfrou (Pharaoh Trim), Furfrou (Star Trim), Furret, Gabite, Galarian Linoone, Galarian Stunfisk, Galarian Yamask, Galarian Zigzagoon, Garchomp, Gastrodon (East Sea), Gastrodon (West Sea), Geodude, Gible, Girafarig, Glameow, Gligar, Gliscor, Gloom, Golem, Golett, Golurk, Gourgeist (Average Size), Gourgeist (Large Size), Gourgeist (Small Size), Gourgeist (Super Size), Graveler, Greedent, Grotle, Groudon, Grovyle, Growlithe, Gumshoos, Happiny, Heatmor, Heatran, Heliolisk, Helioptile, Herdier, Hippopotas, Hippowdon, Hisuian Arcanine, Hisuian Electrode, Hisuian Growlithe, Hisuian Voltorb, Ho-Oh, Hoothoot, Hoppip, Houndoom, Houndour, Igglybuff, Incineroar, Infernape, Ivysaur, Jigglypuff, Jumpluff, Kangaskhan, Kartana, Kecleon, Krokorok, Krookodile, Lampent, Landorus (Incarnate Forme), Landorus (Therian Forme), Larvesta, Larvitar, Leafeon, Leavanny, Lickilicky, Lickitung, Lileep, Lilligant, Lillipup, Linoone, Litleo, Litten, Litwick, Lombre, Lopunny, Lotad, Loudred, Ludicolo, Lurantis, Magby, Magcargo, Magmar, Magmortar, Mamoswine, Maractus, Marowak, Marowak (Alolan), Marshtomp, Meganium, Meloetta (Aria Forme), Meowth, Miltank, Minccino, Moltres, Monferno, Morelull, Mow Rotom, Munchlax, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Nincada, Ninetales, Noctowl, Normal Castform, Numel, Nuzleaf, Obstagoon, Oddish, Onix, Oranguru, Oricorio (Baile Style), Palpitoad, Pansage, Pansear, Paras, Parasect, Patrat, Persian, Petilil, Phanpy, Phantump, Pidgeot, Pidgeotto, Pidgey, Pidove, Pignite, Pikipek, Piloswine, Ponyta, Porygon, Porygon-Z, Porygon2, Primal Groudon, Pumpkaboo (Average Size), Pumpkaboo (Large Size), Pumpkaboo (Small Size), Pumpkaboo (Super Size), Pupitar, Purugly, Pyroar, Quagsire, Quilava, Quilladin, Rapidash, Raticate, Raticate (Alolan), Rattata, Rattata (Alolan), Regigigas, Reshiram, Rhydon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, Roselia, Roserade, Rowlet, Rufflet, Runerigus, Salandit, Salazzle, Sandile, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Sawsbuck (Autumn Form), Sawsbuck (Spring Form), Sawsbuck (Summer Form), Sawsbuck (Winter Form), Sceptile, Seedot, Seismitoad, Sentret, Serperior, Servine, Sewaddle, Shaymin (Land Forme), Shaymin (Sky Forme), Shiftry, Shiinotic, Shroomish, Simisage, Simisear, Skiploom, Skitty, Skwovet, Slaking, Slakoth, Slugma, Smeargle, Snivy, Snorlax, Snover, Spearow, Spinda, Stantler, Staraptor, Staravia, Starly, Steelix, Steenee, Stoutland, Stufful, Stunfisk, Sunflora, Sunkern, Sunny Castform, Swablu, Swadloon, Swampert, Swellow, Swinub, Taillow, Talonflame, Tangela, Tangrowth, Tapu Bulu, Tauros, Teddiursa, Tepig, Torchic, Torkoal, Torracat, Torterra, Toucannon, Tranquill, Trapinch, Treecko, Trevenant, Tropius, Trumbeak, Tsareena, Turtwig, Typhlosion, Unfezant, Ursaluna, Ursaring, Venusaur, Vibrava, Victini, Victreebel, Vigoroth, Vileplume, Virizion, Volcarona, Vulpix, Watchog, Weepinbell, Whimsicott, Whiscash, Whismur, Wigglytuff, Wooloo, Wooper, Wormadam (Plant Cloak), Wormadam (Sandy Cloak), Yungoos, Zangoose, Zarude, Zigzagoon
  • 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.

How to Compete

Registration for the Sunshine Cup will become available to local community leaders on May 7th and May 21st - and any Sunshine Cup must be scheduled for dates between May 7th and May 21st, 2023. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

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

Any date between May 7th and May 21st, 2023 is a valid date to hold your community's Sunshine 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 Sunshine 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 Sunshine 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!

Is the Sunshine Cup ranked?

Yes, the Sunshine Cup is eligible to be played as a ranked tournament and will count towards your player ranking similar to an Open League Cup.

Where can I learn more about global player ranking?

You can learn more about Global Player Rankings by reading our Guide to Player Rank.

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:

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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