The Naiad Cup


February 1st - February 28th, 2023
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Announcing February's Global Cup: The Naiad Cup!

Get ready for a new challenge beginning on February 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Naiad 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 Naiad 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 (February 1st - February 28th), 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!

Naiad Cup Rules

The Naiad 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 mythical team: Snorlax, Miltank and Greedent, and Pokémon with Bug, Dragon, Psychic or Water typings (including dual types) are allowed with a few exceptions
    • Dark-Types, Fairy-Types, Rock-Types, Galarian Articuno, Lanturn, Forretress, Medicham, Cresselia, Toxapex, and Araquanid are not eligible to use in the Naiad Cup.
    • Mega Pokémon are not eligible to use in the Naiad Cup.
  • Eligible List: What follows is the official list of exactly which species are permitted for use in the Naiad Cup:

    Gen 1

    #7
    #8
    #9
    #10
    #11
    #12
    #13
    #14
    #15
    #46
    #47
    #48
    #49
    #54
    #55
    #60
    #61
    #62
    #63
    #64
    #65
    #72
    #73
    #79
    #80
    #86
    #87
    #90
    #91
    #96
    #97
    #98
    #99
    #102
    #103
    #116
    #117
    #118
    #119
    #120
    #121
    #123
    #124
    #127
    #129
    #130
    #131
    #134
    #143
    #147
    #148
    #149
    #150
    #150
    #151

    Gen 2

    #158
    #159
    #160
    #165
    #166
    #167
    #168
    #170
    #177
    #178
    #186
    #193
    #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
    #202
    #203
    #204
    #211
    #212
    #214
    #223
    #224
    #226
    #230
    #238
    #241
    #245
    #249
    #251

    Gen 3

    #201
    #201
    #258
    #259
    #260
    #265
    #266
    #267
    #268
    #269
    #270
    #271
    #272
    #278
    #279
    #283
    #284
    #290
    #291
    #292
    #307
    #313
    #314
    #320
    #321
    #325
    #326
    #329
    #330
    #334
    #339
    #340
    #341
    #343
    #344
    #349
    #350
    #351
    #358
    #360
    #363
    #364
    #365
    #366
    #367
    #368
    #370
    #371
    #372
    #373
    #374
    #375
    #376
    #380
    #381
    #382
    #382
    #384
    #385
    #386
    #386
    #386
    #386

    Gen 4

    #393
    #394
    #395
    #400
    #401
    #402
    #412
    #412
    #412
    #413
    #413
    #413
    #414
    #415
    #416
    #418
    #419
    #422
    #422
    #423
    #423
    #433
    #436
    #437
    #443
    #444
    #445
    #451
    #456
    #457
    #458
    #469
    #475
    #479
    #480
    #481
    #482
    #483
    #484
    #487
    #487

    Gen 5

    #494
    #501
    #502
    #503
    #515
    #516
    #517
    #518
    #527
    #528
    #535
    #536
    #537
    #540
    #541
    #542
    #543
    #544
    #545
    #550
    #550
    #561
    #574
    #575
    #576
    #577
    #578
    #579
    #580
    #581
    #588
    #589
    #592
    #593
    #594
    #595
    #596
    #605
    #606
    #610
    #611
    #612
    #616
    #617
    #621
    #632
    #636
    #637
    #643
    #644
    #646
    #647
    #648
    #649
    #649
    #649
    #649
    #649

    Gen 6

    #655
    #656
    #657
    #664
    #665
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #666
    #677
    #678
    #678
    #690
    #691
    #692
    #693
    #704
    #705
    #706
    #714
    #715
    #720

    Gen 7

    #26
    #103
    #728
    #729
    #736
    #737
    #738
    #741
    #747
    #751
    #765
    #767
    #768
    #779
    #782
    #783
    #784
    #789
    #790
    #791
    #792
    #794
    #795

    Gen 8

    #77
    #79
    #80
    #122
    #199
    #628
    #820
    #866
    #895

    And in text form:

    • Abra, Accelgor, Alakazam, Alomomola, Altaria, Ariados, Armored Mewtwo, Axew, Azelf, Bagon, Baltoy, Barboach, Basculin (Blue-Striped Form), Basculin (Red-Striped Form), Beautifly, Beedrill, Beheeyem, Beldum, Bibarel, Blastoise, Brionne, Bronzong, Bronzor, Bruxish, Buizel, Burmy (Plant Cloak), Burmy (Sandy Cloak), Burmy (Trash Cloak), Butterfree, Buzzwole, Cascoon, Caterpie, Celebi, Charjabug, Chimecho, Chinchou, Chingling, Clamperl, Clauncher, Clawitzer, Claydol, Cloyster, Combee, Corphish, Cosmoem, Cosmog, Croconaw, Delphox, Deoxys, Deoxys (Attack Forme), Deoxys (Defense Forme), Deoxys (Speed Forme), Dewgong, Dewott, Dewpider, Dialga, Dragalge, Dragonair, Dragonite, Dratini, Drowzee, Druddigon, Ducklett, Duosion, Durant, Dustox, Elgyem, Empoleon, Escavalier, Espeon, Espurr, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Exeggutor (Alolan), Feebas, Feraligatr, Finneon, Floatzel, Flygon, Fraxure, Frillish, Froakie, Frogadier, Gabite, Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Slowbro, Galarian Slowking, Galarian Slowpoke, Gallade, Galvantula, Garchomp, Gastrodon (East Sea), Gastrodon (West Sea), Genesect, Genesect (Burn Drive), Genesect (Chill Drive), Genesect (Douse Drive), Genesect (Shock Drive), Gible, Girafarig, Giratina (Altered Forme), Giratina (Origin Forme), Goldeen, Golduck, Golisopod, Goodra, Goomy, Gorebyss, Gothita, Gothitelle, Gothorita, Greedent, Grubbin, Grumpig, Gyarados, Hakamo-o, Haxorus, Heracross, Hisuian Braviary, Hoopa (Confined), Horsea, Huntail, Hypno, Illumise, Jangmo-o, Jellicent, Jirachi, Joltik, Jynx, Kadabra, Kakuna, Karrablast, Keldeo, Kingdra, Kingler, Kommo-o, Krabby, Kricketot, Kricketune, Kyogre, Kyurem, Lapras, Larvesta, Latias, Latios, Leavanny, Ledian, Ledyba, Lombre, Lotad, Ludicolo, Lugia, Lumineon, Lunala, Luvdisc, Magikarp, Mantine, Mantyke, Mareanie, Marshtomp, Masquerain, Meditite, Meloetta (Aria Forme), Meowstic (Female), Meowstic (Male), Mesprit, Metagross, Metang, Metapod, Mew, Mewtwo, Milotic, Miltank, Mothim, Mr. Rime, Mudkip, Munna, Musharna, Natu, Nincada, Ninjask, Noibat, Noivern, Octillery, Oranguru, Oricorio (Pa’u Style), Oshawott, Palkia, Palpitoad, Panpour, Paras, Parasect, Pelipper, Pheromosa, Pineco, Pinsir, Piplup, Politoed, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Popplio, Primal Kyogre, Prinplup, Psyduck, Quagsire, Qwilfish, Raichu (Alolan), Rainy Castform, Rayquaza, Regidrago, Remoraid, Reshiram, Reuniclus, Salamence, Samurott, Scatterbug, Scizor, Scolipede, Scyther, Seadra, Seaking, Sealeo, Seel, Seismitoad, Sewaddle, Shedinja, Shelgon, Shellder, Shellos (East Sea), Shellos (West Sea), Shelmet, Sigilyph, Silcoon, Simipour, Skorupi, Skrelp, Sliggoo, Slowbro, Slowking, Slowpoke, Smoochum, Snorlax, Solgaleo, Solosis, Spewpa, Spheal, Spinarak, Spoink, Squirtle, Starmie, Staryu, Suicune, Surskit, Swadloon, Swampert, Swanna, Swoobat, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Totodile, Tympole, 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, Uxie, Vaporeon, Venipede, Venomoth, Venonat, Vespiquen, Vibrava, Victini, Vikavolt, Vivillon (Archipelago Pattern), Vivillon (Continental Pattern), Vivillon (Elegant Pattern), Vivillon (Garden Pattern), Vivillon (High Plains Pattern), Vivillon (Icy Snow Pattern), Vivillon (Jungle Pattern), Vivillon (Marine Pattern), Vivillon (Meadow Pattern), Vivillon (Modern Pattern), Vivillon (Monsoon Pattern), Vivillon (Ocean Pattern), Vivillon (Polar Pattern), Vivillon (River Pattern), Vivillon (Sandstorm Pattern), Vivillon (Savanna Pattern), Vivillon (Sun Pattern), Vivillon (Tundra Pattern), Volbeat, Volcarona, Wailmer, Wailord, Walrein, Wartortle, Wash Rotom, Weedle, Whirlipede, Whiscash, Wimpod, Wingull, Wobbuffet, Woobat, Wooper, Wormadam (Plant Cloak), Wormadam (Sandy Cloak), Wormadam (Trash Cloak), Wurmple, Wynaut, Xatu, Yanma, Yanmega, Zekrom
    • 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 February Cup will become available to local community leaders on December 21st, 2022 - but Naiad Cups must be scheduled for dates between February 1st and February 28th, 2022. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Community Leader Questions:

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

    Any date between February 1st and February 28th, 2023 is a valid date to hold your community's Naiad 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 Naiad 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 Naiad 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 Naiad 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:

NAIAD CUP META SIMPLIFIED!!!

By: STEEEEEEEEEEVE7

Jump into the Naiad Cup with this meta simplified video by PVPSteve to give you a first look at teams for this Cup.

Meta Copa Naiad

By: BARBATOSRV

Goal and guide to build your Naiad Cup team!

Team Building with CORE Pokémon: Uncover the Power of the Naiad Cup!

By: Sosaflo

Sosaflo and NHoff are live on PokeBattleNetwork1 to discuss team picks for the Naiad Cup.

Naiad with CLeonardo77!!!

By: RUUMIGUEL

Tune in for Naiad Cup meta analysis with CLeonardo77!

Silph Naiad Cup Meta Simplified

By: countxevious

In the video, CountXevious breaks down the most viable Pokémon for this cup, using is typical "rectangle of life." He also includes some good safe swaps and potential core breakers to look out for!

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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