Pokémon GO: How to Fight a Challenger

Pokemon GO World Championship 2022 Challengers
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Pokémon GO joins the celebration of the Pokémon World Championship 2022 the good old-fashioned way – throwing new opponents at you!

These special World Championship Challengers are available to battle against Pokémon GO’s World Championship timed research quest, which you can get by redeeming one of the many codes that will be handed out during the live streams.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to find and fight World Championship Challengers, and how to play a pokemon world championship 2022 pikachu . can get.

Pokémon GO Challenger World Championship

Where can I find challengers?

From now until 8pm (local time) on August 23As long as you’ve redeemed one of the Pokémon World Championship’s timed research codes, you can find and challenge World Championship Challengers at a PokéStop near you.

Similar to Team GO Rocket Grunts and the Rocket Leaders battles, these challengers are common, so if you don’t have a World Championship Challenger near you, one should pop up soon enough.

You know if a PokéStop has a World Championship Challenger waiting for you when the PokéStop will wobble like the Rocket Grunt PokéStops, but without their signature darker color.


In our experience walking in a residential area with several PokéStops, we had no trouble finding Challengers, as they spawned nearby relatively often. As we battled on, another one that was there before disappeared, so it looks like they might despawn as well.

How do you fight a challenger

Fighting a World Championship Challenger is the same as any other Pokémon GO battle, and every time you beat one, it contributes to the World Championship timed quest.

There are six different Challengers that will appear during the event, but each of them has a number of different Pokémon in their arsenal, so you may not be fighting the same team twice. You can also fight multiple of the same Challenger type.

The World Championship Challengers don’t use shields, while you can use two, so any fight should be easy enough!

Challengers Pokémon Teams

As we mentioned above, each of the six World Championship Challengers you may encounter will battle a number of different Pokémon.

Pokémon GO veterans who have built up a strong and diverse roster of Pokémon to use in battle will have few problems during these battles – we beat the Challengers with relative ease using the Pokémon team featured in the game. Make sure your team is completely healthy before you fight of course, and make sure to use your two shields strategically.

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

How to beat an ambitious challenger?

These are the Pokémon used by Ambitious Challengers:

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araquanid Register Claw Flame
swampy Walrain Sablee
Obstagoon Nidoqueen greedy
Trevenant Alolan Ninetales swampy

Here’s a list of Pokémon types that are effective against Ambitious Challengers (with a strong Pokémon example):

  • Effective against Araquanid — fly (bravy), Stone (Tyranitar), Electric (Luxury Ray)
  • Effective against Swampert — Grass (Venasaurus)
  • Effective against Obstagoon — To fight (Lucario), animal (Heracross), Fairy (Zacian)
  • Effective against Trevenant — fly (Talon Flame), Spirit (Crown), Firework (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Registel — Firework (Crown), To fight (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)
  • Effective against Walrain — To fight (Lucario), Stone (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electric)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen — Ground (Mamos wine), Water (King), psychic (Espeon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Alolan Ninetales — Steel (Metagros), Poison (Overqwil), Stone (Rampardos), Firework (heat oil)
  • Effective against Talonflame — Stone (Rampardos), Water (Omastar), Electric (Luxury Ray)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekus)
  • Effective against Greedent — To fight (Lucario)

How do you fight a confident challenger?

These are the Pokémon used by Confident Challengers:

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Graversby Walrain Cresselia
Walrain Mandibuzz Deoxys Defense
swampy Trevenant Deoxys Defense
scrafty Nidoqueen Lickitung

Here’s a list of Pokémon types that are effective against Confident Challengers (with a strong Pokémon example):

  • Effective against Diggersby — To fight (Lucario), Water (Kyogre), Grass (Roserade), Ice (Mamos wine)
  • Effective against Walrain — To fight (Lucario), Stone (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electric)
  • Effective against Swampert — Grass (Venasaurus)
  • Effective against Scrafty — Fairy (Zacian), To fight (Lucario), fly (Togekus)
  • Effective against Mandibuzz — Stone (Rampardos), Electric (Electric), Ice (weaver), Fairy (Zacian)
  • Effective against Trevenant — fly (Talon Flame), Spirit (Crown), Firework (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen — Ground (Mamos wine), Water (King), psychic (Espeon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Cresselia — animal (Vulcarona), Spirit (Gengar), Dark (Darkrei)
  • Effective Against Deoxys – Defense — animal (Vulcarona), Spirit (Gengar), Dark (Darkrei)
  • Effective against Lickitung — To fight (Lucario)

How do you fight an eager challenger?

These are the Pokémon used by Eager Challengers:

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Medicham Sablee swampy
Nidoqueen Lickitung Walrain

Here’s a list of Pokémon types that are effective against Eager Challengers (with a strong Pokémon example):

  • Effective against Medicham — fly (Dragapult), Spirit (Gengar), Fairy (Hattereen)
  • Effective against Nidoqueen — Ground (Mamos wine), Water (King), psychic (Espeon), Ice (Darmanitan – Galarian Zen)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekus)
  • Effective against Lickitung — To fight (Lucario)
  • Effective against Swampert — Grass (Venasaurus)
  • Effective against Walrain — To fight (Lucario), Stone (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electric)

How do you fight an eccentric challenger?

These are the Pokémon used by Eccentric Challengers:

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Sirfetch’d Walrain Claw Flame
Walrain Lickitung Register
Sablee ?? ??

Here’s a list of Pokémon types that are effective against Eccentric Challengers (with a strong Pokémon example):

  • Effective against Sirfetch’d — To fight (Gallade), psychic (mewtwo), Fairy (Zacian) —
  • Effective against Walrain — To fight (Lucario), Stone (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electric)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekus)
  • Effective against Lickitung — To fight (Lucario)
  • Effective against Talonflame — Stone (Rampardos), Water (Omastar), Electric (Luxury Ray)
  • Effective against Registel — Firework (Crown), To fight (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)

How to fight a novice challenger

These are the Pokémon used by novice challengers:

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Sablee Alolan Ninetales Obstagoon
Trevenant Azumarill Galarian Stunfisk

Here’s a list of Pokémon types that are effective against novice challengers (with a strong example Pokémon):

  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekus)
  • Effective against Trevenant — fly (Talon Flame), Spirit (Crown), Firework (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)
  • Effective against Alolan Ninetales — Steel (Metagros), Poison (Overqwil), Stone (Rampardos), Firework (heat oil)
  • Effective against Azumarill — Poison (Roserade), Grass (Sceptile), Electric (Electric)
  • Effective against Obstagoon — To fight (Lucario), animal (Heracross), Fairy (Zacian)
  • Effective against Galarian Stunfisk — To fight (Lucario), Ground (Excadrill), Firework (Darmanitan), Water (Kyogre)

How do you fight a slippery challenger?

These are the Pokémon used by Slick Challengers:

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Azumarill Medicham Register
Walrain Sablee Trevenant

Here’s a list of Pokémon types that are effective against Slick Challengers (with a strong Pokémon example):

  • Effective against Azumarill — Poison (Roserade), Grass (Sceptile), Electric (Electric)
  • Effective against Walrain — To fight (Lucario), Stone (Rampardos), Grass (Breloom), Electric (Electric)
  • Effective against Medicham — fly (Dragapult), Spirit (Gengar), Fairy (Hattereen)
  • Effective against Sableye — Fairy (Togekus)
  • Effective against Registel — Firework (Crown), To fight (Darmanitan), Ground (Excadrill)
  • Effective against Trevenant — fly (Talon Flame), Spirit (Crown), Firework (Charizard), Ice (Weavile), and Dark (Houndoom)

Rewards

Competing against the World Championship Challengers will give you some useful rewards and one or two exclusive items for the event.

For beating them all, a World Championships 2022 Pikachu appears, plus you get an Elite Fast TM and an Elite Charge TM.

Here are the rewards you get for beating each challenger:

  • 1 Challenger – 10 Poke Balls
  • 2 challengers – 1 quick TM
  • 3 challengers – 10 awesome balls
  • 4 challengers – 1 load of TM
  • 5 Challengers – 10 Ultra Balls

If you win one of these battles, you can also win three bundles, including berries, dust, Poke Balls and Great Balls.


As the event is currently live, this information will be continuously updated as players discover new details. We will definitely keep this as up to date as possible! Good luck finding and taking down those challengers!


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