How to Do a Team Leader Battle in Pokemon Go

The Pokemon Go mobile game has added a lot of new features since its release in 2016, including some different options for battling.

While you can take your Great, Ultra, Master, or Premier team and play against other trainers, you also have the ability to battle against the different team leaders.

You may have received tasks where you need to battle against Team Rocket, or against the Team Rocket leaders, but there are other tasks where you need to battle a team leader instead.

Team leader battles are found at the bottom of the Battle menu. Our guide below will show you how to find and start a team leader battle.

How to Start a Battle Against a Team Leader in Pokemon Go

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.5.1. I am using the most current version of the Pokemon Go app that was available when this article was written.

Step 1: Open Pokemon Go.

open Pokemon Go

Step 2: Touch the Pokeball button at the bottom of the screen.

tap the Pokeball icon

Step 3: Choose the Battle option.

open the Battle menu

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap on one of the team leaders, then tap the Train button.

select a team leader

Step 5: Select the type of battle you wish to perform.

select the league

Step 6: Tap on one of the Pokemon icons to select your team.

tap on a Pokemon

Step 7: Choose the Pokemon to use in the battle, then tap Done.

choose your team, then tap Done

Step 8: Tap the Use This Party button.

how to do a team leader battle in Pokemon Go

The Pokemon that each team leader uses will remain the same each time you battle them. Periodically Niantic will update these teams, but they typically remain the same for at least a few weeks or months.

You will receive rewards for the first battle that you do against a team leader each day.

Performing these team leader battles is a great way to familiarize yourself with how the battling system works, as well as the strengths of each of your Pokemon. Certain Pokemon are better against other types of Pokemon. For example, your three highest CP Pokemon may not be the best choices depending on the typing of the Pokemon that they team leaders have.

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