Pokémon GO: How To Battle A Challenger

Pokemon GO World Championships 2022 Challengers
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During the Pokémon World Championship 2022, Pokémon GO celebrated the good old-fashioned way — by throwing new adversaries at you!

These special World Championship Challengers were available to fight Pokémon GO’s World Championship timed research quest, which you could challenge by redeeming one of the many codes being handed out during the livestreams.

In this guide, we’ll be showing you how to find and battle World Championship Challengers, and how to get a Pokémon World Championships 2022 Pikachu.

Pokémon GO World Championship Challengers

Where Can I Find Challengers?

As the Championship is now over, World Champion Challengers are no longer available to battle.

Originally, you could fight these from 19th to 23rd August as long as you have redeemed one of the Pokémon World Championship timed research codes. World Championship Challengers would at a PokéStop near you, and pretty frequently.

A PokéStop has a World Championship Challenger waiting for you as the PokéStop would wiggle like the Rocket Grunt PokéStops, but without their signature darker colour.


In our experience walking around a residential area with several PokéStops, we had no trouble finding Challengers as they spawned close by relatively frequently. As we battled on, another who was previously there disappeared, though, so it appears they can despawn, too

How To Battle A Challenger

Battling a World Championship Challenger played out exactly the same way as any other Pokémon GO fight, and every time you defeated one, it contributed to the timed research quest for the World Championship.

Six different Challengers appeared throughout the event, but each of them had a number of different Pokémon in their arsenal, so you might not fight the same team twice. Alternatively, you could potentially fight multiple of the same Challenger type.

The World Championship Challengers didn’t use shields, while you could use two so each fight was designed to be easy enough!

Challengers Pokémon Teams

As we mentioned above, each of the six World Championship Challengers came with a number of different Pokémon to battle.

Pokémon GO veterans who have built up a strong and varied selection of Pokémon to use in battle likely had little trouble during these fights — we managed to beat the Challengers relatively easily using the Pokémon team recommended in-game.

Here is a list of potential teams for the World Championship Challengers (many thanks to The Silph Road subreddit for putting this together!)

How To Battle An Ambitious Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Ambitious Challengers:

Pokémon Slot 1 Pokémon Slot 2 Pokémon Slot 3
Araquanid Registeel Talonflame
Swampert Walrein Sableye
Obstagoon Nidoqueen Greedent
Trevenant Alolan Ninetales Swampert

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Ambitious Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Araquanid — Flying (Braviary), Rock (Tyranitar), Electric (Luxray)
  • Effective against Swampert — Grass (Venasaur)
  • Effective against Obstagoon — Fighting (Lucario), Bug (Heracross), Fairy (Zacian)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (Chandelure), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Registeel — Fire (Chandelure), Fighting (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)
  • Effective against Walrein — Fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electivire)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen — Ground (Mamoswine), Water (Kingler), Psychic (Espeon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Alolan Ninetales — Steel (Metagross), Poison (Overqwil), Rock (Rampardos), Fire (Heatran)
  • Effective against Talonflame — Rock (Rampardos), Water (Omastar), Electric (Luxray)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Greedent — Fighting (Lucario)

How To Battle A Confident Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Confident Challengers:

Pokémon Slot 1 Pokémon Slot 2 Pokémon Slot 3
Diggersby Walrein Cresselia
Walrein Mandibuzz Deoxys Defence
Swampert Trevenant Deoxys Defence
Scrafty Nidoqueen Lickitung

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Confident Challengers (with a stong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Diggersby — Fighting (Lucario), Water (Kyogre), Grass (Roserade), Ice (Mamoswine)
  • Effective against Walrein — Fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electivire)
  • Effective against Swampert — Grass (Venasaur)
  • Effective against Scrafty — Fairy (Zacian), Fighting (Lucario), Flying (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Mandibuzz — Rock (Rampardos), Electric (Electivire), Ice (Weavile), Fairy (Zacian)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (Chandelure), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen — Ground (Mamoswine), Water (Kingler), Psychic (Espeon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Cresselia — Bug (Volcarona), Ghost (Gengar), Dark (Darkrai)
  • Effective against Deoxys – Defence — Bug (Volcarona), Ghost (Gengar), Dark (Darkrai)
  • Effective against Lickitung — Fighting (Lucario)

How To Battle An Eager Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Eager Challengers:

Pokémon Slot 1 Pokémon Slot 2 Pokémon Slot 3
Medicham Sableye Swampert
Nidoqueen Lickitung Walrein

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Eager Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Medicham — Flying (Dragapult), Ghost (Gengar), Fairy (Hatterene)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen — Ground (Mamoswine), Water (Kingler), Psychic (Espeon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Lickitung — Fighting (Lucario)
  • Effective against Swampert — Grass (Venasaur)
  • Effective against Walrein — Fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electivire)

How To Battle An Eccentric Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Eccentric Challengers:

Pokémon Slot 1 Pokémon Slot 2 Pokémon Slot 3
Sirfetch’d Walrein Talonflame
Walrein Lickitung Registeel
Sableye ?? ??

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Eccentric Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Sirfetch’d — Fighting (Gallade), Psychic (Mewtwo), Fairy (Zacian) —
  • Effective against Walrein — Fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electivire)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Lickitung — Fighting (Lucario)
  • Effective against Talonflame — Rock (Rampardos), Water (Omastar), Electric (Luxray)
  • Effective against Registeel — Fire (Chandelure), Fighting (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)

How To Battle A Novice Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Novice Challengers:

Pokémon Slot 1 Pokémon Slot 2 Pokémon Slot 3
Sableye Alolan Ninetales Obstagoon
Trevenant Azumarill Galarian Stunfisk

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Novice Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (Chandelure), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Alolan Ninetales — Steel (Metagross), Poison (Overqwil), Rock (Rampardos), Fire (Heatran)
  • Effective against Azumarill — Poison (Roserade), Grass (Sceptile), Electric (Electivire)
  • Effective against Obstagoon — Fighting (Lucario), Bug (Heracross), Fairy (Zacian)
  • Effective against Galarian Stunfisk — Fighting (Lucario), Ground (Excadrill), Fire (Darmanitan), Water (Kyogre)

How To Battle A Slick Challenger

Here are the Pokémon used by Slick Challengers:

Pokémon Slot 1 Pokémon Slot 2 Pokémon Slot 3
Azumarill Medicham Registeel
Walrein Sableye Trevenant

Here is a list of Pokémon types effective against Slick Challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Azumarill — Poison (Roserade), Grass (Sceptile), Electric (Electivire)
  • Effective against Walrein — Fighting (Lucario), Rock (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electivire)
  • Effective against Medicham — Flying (Dragapult), Ghost (Gengar), Fairy (Hatterene)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekiss)
  • Effective against Registeel — Fire (Chandelure), Fighting (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)
  • Effective against Trevenant — Flying (Talonflame), Ghost (Chandelure), Fire (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)

Rewards

Battling the World Championship Challengers netted you some useful rewards as well as one or two event-exclusive items. These items are no longer available to get.

For beating all of them, a World Championships 2022 Pikachu appeared, plus you also got an Elite Fast TM and an Elite Charge TM.

Here are the rewards you got for beating each Challenger:

  • 1 Challenger — 10 Poké Balls
  • 2 Challengers — 1 Fast TM
  • 3 Challengers — 10 Great Balls
  • 4 Challengers — 1 Charge TM
  • 5 Challengers — 10 Ultra Balls

If you happen to win any of these fights, you also won three bundles which include berries, dust, Poke Balls, and Great Balls.


As the event is no longer live, we have updated this guide to reflect this. We will update this if a new version of the event takes place at a later date.

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