The Voyager Cup
April 1st - 30th, 2020
Announcing April's Global Cup: The Voyager Cup!
Get ready for a new challenge beginning on April 1st! With it comes a new chance to prove your skill and increase your global and local player ranking! The Voyager Cup - designed to test your mastery of Pokemon from every region - 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 Voyager 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 Pokemon GOTM tournament play.
During the Cup (April 1st - April 30th), 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.
The Voyager Cup will be the format for all Regional Invitationals held during the 2019-2020 PvP 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!
Voyager Cup Rules
The Voyager Cup was designed to demonstrate your mastery of all the regions of the Pokemon world. A few special rules 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.
Master the Regions: Rather than selecting a team from restricted types, competitors will build their team based on the region Pokemon are originally from:
Step 1: Pick one Pokemon from each of the following regions:
- Unova/Alola/Galar/Other (Includes Meltan)
- There are no restrictions or bans on these first 5 slots, as long as you have one Pokemon from each region.
Step 2: Pick a wildcard. Your wildcard can come from any region, but it can NOT be one of the following:
- Ivysaur, Venusaur, Hypno, Lapras, Dewgong, Wigglytuff, Mew
- Azumarill, Skarmory, Umbreon
- Registeel, Altaria, Deoxys (Defense Forme), Swampert, Tropius, Medicham, Gardevoir, Whiscash
- Bastiodon, Probopass, Cresselia, Togekiss
- Zweilous, Scrafty, Melmetal, Marowak (Alolan), Jellicent, Mandibuzz
- * Wildcard restrictions also apply to the shadow forms of these Pokemon
- Step 1: Pick one Pokemon from each of the following regions:
- 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 April Cup will become available to local community leaders on March 18th, 2020 - but Voyager Cups must be scheduled for dates between April 1st and April 30th, 2020. Find a Cup tournament near you via the Tournament Map!
Frequently Asked Questions
Community Leader Questions:
How Do I Host a Voyager 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
- On Discord, use the
@SilphRoad add-tournament-admin @username#0000command in your
#silph-leaguechannel. (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 Voyager Cups in my community in April?
Yes. However, only one Voyager Cup will have significant impact in the participant’s Global Ranking. Participants can choose at the start of the Cup if they want that specific Cup to be weighted more heavily than the others.
Does the Voyager Cup have to be hosted on a specific date?
Any date between April 1st and April 30th, 2020 is a valid date to hold your community's Voyager 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 Voyager 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!
How Do I Join a Voyager 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 Voyager 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.
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: Voyager Cup
It's time to start building your Voyager Cup team, so bargain hunters rejoice! Nifty or Thrifty is here with your monthly picks to really stretch that stardust.
Meta Simplified Guide from GamePress!
A simplified break-down of the elements you'll want to prepare for and include on your team in the Voyager Cup!
Live Cup Data
As you plan your battle team, consider the species which appear most frequently in this meta: