'Pokémon Go' Battle League Leaderboards Coming; First Go Battle Day Announced

Niantic's journey into competitive Pokémon Go battling is getting its next upgrade in the form of leaderboards and the announcement of a brand new event type for the popular mobile game.

Starting Friday, April 10, the Go Battle League leaderboards will launch on PokemonGOLive.com.

The new leaderboards will launch just after the Go Battle League changes from Ultra League to Master League, which will give player an opportunity to see where they stand when the competition switches to a new format.

Here's what you can expect from the Go Battle League leaderboard, according to the official Niantic blog post:

* It will show the top five hundred Trainers in the world and their Trainer nicknames, teams, ranks, ratings and total matches.

* Rankings are based on the previous day's in-game ratings for Trainers rank 7 and up.

* The leaderboard is scheduled to update between approximately 4 p.m. EDT and 6 p.m. EDT every day. (Note that leaderboard updates may be delayed by things such as maintenance.)

* Trainers with active disciplinary action or inappropriate Trainer nicknames will be excluded without prior notice.

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In addition, Niantic is announcing a brand new event type for Pokémon Go called GO Battle Day. Similar to Community Days, GO Battle Day will feature a Pokémon that is popular in one of the three formats of the Go Battle League.

On Sunday, April 12, Marill, the Water- and Fairy-type Pokémon, will be the featured 'Mon. During the event, players can enjoy activities related to the Go Battle League. For instance, the more Go Battle League battles you win from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time during the event, the more chances you'll get to encounter Marill.

Marill will also appear as a guaranteed Basic Reward after your first and third wins of each set of five battles. If you use a Premium Battle Pass, Marill will appear after every win.

Trainers can also enjoy double the catch Stardust for catching Marill during this time period.

Niantic notes that special Pokémon encounters like Pikachu Libre at Rank 10 will stay the same so don't worry about battling too much during this event.

Also, all day Sunday—from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time—you'll be able to complete 20 sets of Go Battle League battles, up from the regular five sets, for a total of up to 100 battles.

What do you think of these new developments in the Pokémon Go Battle League? Let us know in the comments section.