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Ranked Battles (Japanese: ランクバトルRank Battle) determine the player's ranking, which increases or decreases after each battle depending on whether the battle was won or lost and the rating of the opponent. Ratings are decreased at the end of each season before being carried over to the next season. Special Pokémon are prohibited. Rankings can be viewed in Pokémon HOME. It replaces the Rating Battle feature of the Battle Spot.
Depending on the number of points the player has, the player can reach one of several ranks, which themselves belong to one of five tiers, as detailed in the table below:
Casual Battles (Japanese: カジュアルバトルCasual Battle) allow players to freely battle other players online. Unlike Ranked Battles, players can use special Pokémon. It replaces the Free Battle feature of the Battle Spot.
There are two types of Online Competitions (Japanese: インターネット大会Internet Competition): Official Competitions and Friendly Competitions.
Official Competitions (Japanese: 公式大会Official Competition) are competitions held with special battles with different regulations and formats. It replaces the Online Competitions of the Battle Spot. Players can receive Championship Points from certain competitions to qualify for the World Championships.