Recently, the Pokemon GO team announced via Twitter that players could look forward to a new PvP system «soon». At the time, it was only revealed that the system was on the way, leaving details on what players could expect from it for later.
As it turns out, today is later.
According to a post on Comicbook.com, the PvP system features three different leagues: Great League, Ultra League, and Master League. Each has its own limits on the CP of the Pokemon playing in it. It will include changes to the game’s existing battle system. While it will keep the «tap» system, players will now be able to use Stardust and Candy to unlock a second Charged Attack.
In addition, the system is replacing the ability to dodge with a «Protect Shield» that players can use on their Pokemon. These shields are limited, however, so players will need to be well-versed of when to use them.
The system will provide players with a few options for initiating battle, ranging from challenging nearby players to challenging Ultra and Best Friends long distance. Players participating in battles will earn rewards and even eventually earn an Ace Trainer medal.