The Glacial Cup


December 1st - December 31st, 2021

Announcing December's Global Cup: The Glacial Cup!

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

Glacial Cup Rules

The Glacial 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.
  • Don't melt under the pressure: Only Pokémon with Dragon, Ice, Poison, Psychic, and Water types (including dual types) are allowed, with a few exceptions
    • Altaria, Azumarill, Jellicent, Swampert, Deoxys Defense, Wobbuffet, Cresselia, Medicham, Alolan Ninetales, Alolan Sandshrew, Lanturn, Gardevoir, Toxicroack and Mega Pokémon are not eligible to use in the Glacial Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Glacial Cup:

    Gen 1

    #1
    #2
    #3
    #7
    #8
    #9
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #23
    #24
    #29
    #30
    #31
    #32
    #33
    #34
    #41
    #42
    #43
    #44
    #45
    #48
    #49
    #54
    #55
    #60
    #61
    #62
    #63
    #64
    #65
    #69
    #70
    #71
    #72
    #73
    #79
    #80
    #86
    #87
    #88
    #89
    #90
    #91
    #92
    #93
    #94
    #96
    #97
    #98
    #99
    #102
    #103
    #109
    #110
    #116
    #117
    #118
    #119
    #120
    #121
    #122
    #124
    #129
    #130
    #131
    #134
    #138
    #139
    #140
    #141
    #144
    #147
    #148
    #149
    #150
    #150
    #151

    Gen 2

    #158
    #159
    #160
    #167
    #168
    #169
    #170
    #177
    #178
    #183
    #186
    #194
    #195
    #196
    #199
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #201
    #203
    #211
    #215
    #220
    #221
    #222
    #223
    #224
    #225
    #226
    #230
    #238
    #245
    #249
    #251

    Gen 3

    #201
    #201
    #258
    #259
    #269
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #278
    #279
    #280
    #281
    #283
    #307
    #315
    #316
    #317
    #318
    #319
    #320
    #321
    #325
    #326
    #329
    #330
    #336
    #337
    #338
    #339
    #340
    #341
    #342
    #343
    #344
    #349
    #350
    #351
    #351
    #358
    #360
    #361
    #362
    #363
    #364
    #365
    #366
    #367
    #368
    #369
    #370
    #371
    #372
    #373
    #374
    #375
    #376
    #378
    #380
    #381
    #382
    #382
    #384
    #385
    #386
    #386
    #386

    Gen 4

    #393
    #394
    #395
    #400
    #406
    #407
    #418
    #419
    #422
    #422
    #423
    #423
    #433
    #434
    #435
    #436
    #437
    #439
    #443
    #444
    #445
    #451
    #452
    #453
    #456
    #457
    #458
    #459
    #460
    #461
    #471
    #473
    #475
    #478
    #479
    #480
    #481
    #482
    #483
    #484
    #487
    #487

    Gen 5

    #494
    #501
    #502
    #503
    #515
    #516
    #517
    #518
    #527
    #528
    #535
    #536
    #537
    #543
    #544
    #545
    #550
    #550
    #561
    #564
    #565
    #568
    #569
    #574
    #575
    #576
    #577
    #578
    #579
    #580
    #581
    #582
    #583
    #584
    #590
    #591
    #592
    #594
    #605
    #606
    #610
    #611
    #612
    #613
    #614
    #615
    #621
    #633
    #634
    #635
    #643
    #644
    #646
    #647
    #648

    Gen 6

    #655
    #656
    #657
    #658
    #677
    #678
    #678
    #686
    #687
    #688
    #689
    #690
    #691
    #692
    #693
    #696
    #697
    #698
    #699
    #704
    #705
    #706
    #712
    #713
    #714
    #715
    #720
    #720

    Gen 7

    #26
    #28
    #37
    #88
    #89
    #103
    #728
    #729
    #730
    #740
    #741
    #747
    #748
    #751
    #752
    #757
    #758
    #765
    #767
    #768
    #779
    #782
    #783
    #784
    #786
    #788
    #789
    #790
    #791
    #792
    #793
    #799

    Gen 8

    #77
    #78
    #79
    #80
    #110
    #122
    #144
    #199
    #211
    #215
    #554
    #555
    #628
    #713
    #866
    #895
    #903
    #904

    And in text form:

    • Alolan Vulpix, Armored Mewtwo, Galarian Articuno, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash, Galarian Slowbro, Galarian Slowking, Galarian Slowpoke, Hisuian Avalugg, Hisuian Braviary, Hisuian Qwilfish, Hisuian Sneasel, Overqwil, Primal Kyogre, Rainy Castform, Regidrago, Sneasler, Snowy Castform, 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, Wash Rotom, 三首惡龍, 不良蛙, 亞克諾姆, 人造細胞卵, 代歐奇希斯, 代歐奇希斯 (Attack Forme), 代歐奇希斯 (Speed Forme), 保母曼波, 信使鳥, 傑尼龜, 催眠貘, 具甲武者, 冰伊布, 冰寶, 冰岩怪, 冰雪巨龍, 冰雪龍, 冰鬼護, 冷水猴, 冷水猿, 凍原熊, 凱西, 凱路迪歐, 利牙魚, 刺甲貝, 刺龍王, 勇基拉, 化石盔, 千針魚, 卡咪龜, 卡璞・蝶蝶, 卡璞・鰭鰭, 原蓋海龜, 叉字蝠, 口呆花, 古空棘魚, 可達鴨, 吞食獸, 含羞苞, 吼吼鯨, 吼鯨王, 呆呆獸, 呆呆王, 呆殼獸, 呱呱泡蛙, 呱頭蛙, 哈克龍, 哎呀球菇, 哥德寶寶, 哥德小姐, 哥德小童, 哥達鴨, 喇叭芽, 單卵細胞球, 單首龍, 嗡蝠, 噗噗豬, 噴嚏熊, 圓絲蛛, 圓蝌蚪, 圓陸鯊, 坦克臭鼬, 垃垃藻, 基拉祈, 墨海馬, 多刺菊石獸, 多多冰, 夜盜火蜥, 夢夢蝕, 夢幻, 大劍鬼, 大力鱷, 大嘴蝠, 大嘴鷗, 大宇怪, 大尾狸, 大舌貝, 大針蜂, 大鉗蟹, 大食花, 天然雀, 天然鳥, 天秤偶, 太陽伊布, 太陽岩, 太陽珊瑚, 奇魯莉安, 好勝毛蟹, 好啦魷, 好壞星, 妖火紅狐, 妙喵, 妙蛙種子, 妙蛙花, 妙蛙草, 寶寶暴龍, 寶石海星, 寶貝龍, 小山豬, 小果然, 小海獅, 小灰怪, 小球飛魚, 小鋸鱷, 尖牙陸鯊, 尼多力諾, 尼多后, 尼多娜, 尼多朗, 尼多王, 尼多蘭, 巨牙鯊, 巨翅飛魚, 巨金怪, 巨鉗蟹, 帕路奇亞, 帝牙海獅, 帝牙盧卡, 帝王拿波, 幾何雪花, 引夢貘人, 心蝙蝠, 心鱗寶, 快龍, 念力土偶, 急凍鳥, 怪顎龍, 惡食大王, 愛心魚, 拉帝亞斯, 拉帝歐斯, 拉普拉斯, 拉魯拉絲, 捷克羅姆, 摩魯蛾, 敗露球菇, 斧牙龍, 時拉比, 智揮猩, 暴雪王, 暴飛龍, 暴鯉龍, 月石, 杖尾鱗甲龍, 椰蛋樹, 椰蛋樹 (Alolan), 樂天河童, 櫻花魚, 毒刺水母, 毒粉蛾, 毒薔薇, 毒藻龍, 比克提尼, 毛球, 水伊布, 水君, 水水獺, 水箭龜, 水躍魚, 沙漠蜻蜓, 沼王, 沼躍魚, 波加曼, 波皇子, 泥泥鰍, 泳圈鼬, 洛奇亞, 浮潛鼬, 海兔獸 (East Sea), 海兔獸 (West Sea), 海刺龍, 海星星, 海豹球, 海魔獅, 溜溜糖球, 溶食獸, 滴蛛, 滴蛛霸, 滾滾蝙蝠, 灰塵山, 烈咬陸鯊, 烈空坐, 烏波, 烏賊王, 無殼海兔 (East Sea), 無殼海兔 (West Sea), 焰后蜥, 燈籠魚, 牙牙, 狃拉, 獨角蟲, 獵斑魚, 珍珠貝, 球球海獅, 瑪力露, 瑪沙那, 瑪狃拉, 瑪瑙水母, 瓦斯彈, 由克希, 甲殼龍, 甲賀忍蛙, 白海獅, 百足蜈蚣, 破破袋, 磨牙彩皮魚, 科斯莫古, 科斯莫姆, 穿山王 (Alolan), 章魚桶, 索爾迦雷歐, 羅絲雷朵, 美洛耶塔 (Aria Forme), 美納斯, 耿鬼, 肋骨海龜, 胡地, 胡帕 (Confined), 胡帕 (Unbound), 膽小蟲, 臭泥, 臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭泥, 臭臭泥 (Alolan), 臭臭花, 臭鼬噗, 舞天鵝, 艾姆利多, 艾路雷朵, 花漾海獅, 花舞鳥 (Pa’u Style), 菊石獸, 萊希拉姆, 蓋歐卡, 蓮帽小童, 蓮葉童子, 藍蟾蜍, 藍鱷, 虛吾伊德, 蚊香君, 蚊香泳士, 蚊香蛙皇, 蚊香蝌蚪, 蛋蛋, 蜈蚣王, 螢光魚, 蟾蜍王, 西獅海壬, 角金魚, 象徵鳥, 象牙豬, 赤面龍, 走路草, 超壞星, 超夢, 超能妙喵 (Female), 超能妙喵 (Male), 超音波幼蟲, 超音蝠, 跳跳豬, 踏冰人偶, 車輪毬, 輕飄飄, 迷你冰, 迷你龍, 迷唇姐, 迷唇娃, 酋雷姆, 醜醜魚, 野蠻鱸魚 (Blue-Striped Form), 野蠻鱸魚 (Red-Striped Form), 金屬怪, 金魚王, 鈴鐺響, 鉗尾蠍, 銅鏡怪, 鋼炮臂蝦, 鐮刀盔, 鐵啞鈴, 鐵殼蛹, 鐵炮魚, 鐵臂槍蝦, 鐵螯龍蝦, 長毛豬, 長翅鷗, 阿利多斯, 阿柏怪, 阿柏蛇, 雙倍多多冰, 雙刃丸, 雙卵細胞球, 雙彈瓦斯, 雙彈瓦斯 (Galarian), 雙斧戰龍, 雙首暴龍, 雪妖女, 雪童子, 雪笠怪, 雷丘 (Alolan), 雷吉艾斯, 霓虹魚, 露奈雅拉, 霸王花, 青銅鐘, 音波龍, 風鈴鈴, 食夢夢, 飯匙蛇, 騎拉帝納 (Altered Forme), 騎拉帝納 (Origin Forme), 鬼斯, 鬼斯通, 魔尼尼, 魔牆人偶, 鯉魚王, 鯰魚王, 鱗甲龍, 鴨寶寶, 麒麟奇, 黏美兒, 黏美龍, 黏黏寶, 龍王蠍, 龍蝦小兵, 龜腳腳, 龜足巨鎧
  • 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 December Cup will become available to local community leaders on November 23th, 2021 - but Glacial Cups must be scheduled for dates between December 1st and December 31st, 2021. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Leader Questions:

How Do I Host a Glacial 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 Glacial Cups in my community in December?

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

Any date between December 1st and December 31st, 2021 is a valid date to hold your community's Glacial 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 Glacial 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 Glacial 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 Glacial 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:

Nifty Or Thrifty: Glacial Cup

By: JRE_Seawolf

It's time to start building your Glacial Cup team, so bargain hunters rejoice! Nifty or Thrifty is here with your monthly picks to really stretch that stardust.

Glacial 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.

Glacial Cup Meta Simplified

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

PVP Steve is back again with another video to help you understand the Glacial Cup Meta!

Silph Arena Glacial Cup First Looks

By: Sosaflo

Team Rocket Academy's Sosaflo shares his initial look at The Glacial Cup!

Glacial Cup Meta Simplified

By: CountXevious

School is back in session with CountXevious of My PVP Academia as he breaks down the meta for the Glacial Cup!

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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