The latest Galar Research Update for Pokemon Sword and Shield is here! For this update, many online features were detailed including Battle Stadium. Ranked online battles and seasons will be introduced in Sword and Shield, allowing for competition against many trainers. Casual battles will also be available for those wanting to play for fun instead of glory. Legendary and Mythical Pokemon can be used in Casual battles as well, but not in Ranked battles. Here’s all the information from the official Pokemon Twitter account: 

Time to get battle ready, Trainers! In #PokemonSwordShield, you can get online and challenge Trainers from all over the world in the Battle Stadium. Rental Teams and Online Competitions allow for more ways to connect to other Pokémon Trainers. bit.ly/33zFr3D

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In Ranked Battles, you’ll take on Pokémon Trainers from across the globe! Your rank in Ranked Battles indicates how strong you are as a Trainer. bit.ly/2z2iB6m

Here’s how Ranked Battles work: Each rank belongs to a specific tier. The top tier is where Trainers aim to become the best in the world! Ranked Battles also have seasons. Once a season is over, your rank gets adjusted, then a new season begins.

Not into competition? No worries! In Casual Battles, you can enjoy Pokémon battles without worrying about who wins and who loses. You can also use certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon that are not eligible for Ranked Battles!

There are two formats for battles in #PokemonSwordShield: Single Battle and Double Battle formats. You can choose from these two battle formats for Ranked Battles and Casual Battles, too.

The two kinds of Online Competitions: Official Competitions and Friendly Competitions. Official Competitions consist of special battles with different rules. In Friendly Competitions, you can join competitions hosted by others—or host one yourself! bit.ly/2KMIrko