Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Competitive Ranked, Series 1, dates, rules

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Competitive Ranked: A trainer can be seen throwing a Pokeball

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet competitive ranked battles allow competitive trainers from all over the world to duel with some of the strongest teams in the game. Throughout Scarlet and Violet, the meta and the ruleset will shift over time with new ranked series, keeping the grind to the top of the Pokémon ranked ladder fresh.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Ranked Series 1 is now here, giving trainers their first opportunity to grind ranked battles in the new games. However, it’s never quite as simple as just picking your best Pokémon Scarlet Pokémon or best Pokémon Violet Pokémon team and jumping into battle – here’s everything you need to know about competitive play, as well as this series’ dates, ruleset, and more.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet competitive ranked explained

Competitive Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ranked battles can be found in the Battle Stadium, which is accessed via your in-game menu. You’ll be matched up with players at a similar rank to you. As you climb the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ranks, you’ll face off against tougher opponents.

The most commonly played and most competitive ranked mode is double battles. In this, you enter a match with a roster of six Pokémon, then select four to take into battle. While your opponent can see your team of six, they won’t know which four you selected.

If your own Pokémon that you caught during your playthrough of Scarlet and Violet aren’t strong enough, you can always use a rental team. Popular YouTubers and professional Pokémon players will often share rental codes online so that you can use their teams in competitive play too.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Ranked Series 1 dates

The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Ranked Series 1 start date is December 1 at 8pm PT/ 11pm ET/ 4am GMT (December 2). Ranked Series 1 will end on January 31, 2023, at 3pm PT/ 6pm ET/ 11:59 GMT, meaning this series will last two months in total.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Ranked Series 1 ruleset

The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Ranked Series 1 ruleset allows any Pokémon found in the Paldea Pokedex, except for legendaries (such as Miraidon and Koraidon) and paradox Pokémon (such as Iron Hands or Flutter Mane).

This also means that Pokémon that can technically be bred or caught via Raid Battles but aren’t in the Paldea Pokedex (such as regular Wooper and Quasire, or the Mightiest Mark Charizard caught in Black Crystal Tera Raids) are also excluded. A full list of restricted Pokémon can be found below.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ranked banned Pokémon

These are the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet banned Pokémon in ranked battles during Series 1:

  • Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard
  • Galarian Meowth, Perrserker
  • Wooper and Quagsire
  • Great Tusk
  • Brute Bonnet
  • Sandy Shocks
  • Scream Tail
  • Flutter Mane
  • Slither Wing
  • Roaring Moon
  • Iron Treads
  • Iron Moth
  • Iron Hands
  • Iron Jugulis
  • Iron Thorns
  • Iron Bundle
  • Iron Valiant
  • Ting-Lu
  • Chien-Pao
  • Wo-Chien
  • Chi-Yu
  • Koraidon
  • Miraidon

So that’s everything you need to know about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ranked battles for this season. If you’re a battling novice, check out our Pokémon type chart, which will tell you everything you need to know about type matchups.