The Battle Stadium (Japanese: バトルスタジアム Battle Stadium) is a feature of the Generation VIII Nintendo Switch core series games Pokémon Sword and Shield that allows players to participate in Link Battles over the internet. It can be accessed from the Victory Station option in the menu. It is the successor to the Battle Spot in the Generation VI and VII games. To use the Battle Stadium, the Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required.
The available battle formats are Single Battles and Double Battles.
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 (a month) 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:
|Tier||Rank||BP reward at the end of the season|
|Master Ball Tier||MAX||600 BP|
|Ultra Ball Tier||10||300 BP|
|Great Ball Tier||7-9||100 BP|
|Poké Ball Tier||4-6||50 BP|
|Beginner Tier||1-3||50 BP|
Players can receive various items by meeting certain conditions.
Defeating a Master Ball Tier player earns all of the winner's participating Pokémon the Master Rank Ribbon.
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.
- Main article: Friendly Competition
Players can host or participate in Friendly Competitions through the Battle Stadium.
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