Collection Challenges launch in Pokémon GO

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Pokémon GO is introducing a new feature – Collection Challenges! Collection Challenges are a handy concept that tasks players with collecting Pokémon featured during certain events.

Completing Collection Challenges grants various in-game rewards and adds levels to your new Elite Collector medal. Collection Challenges are available from the Today View and they are tied to the corresponding in-game event.

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Once the in-game event ends, the tied Collection Challenge closes and can’t be completed anymore. In a sense, Collection Challenges are like Timed Research, but completing them counts towards your Elite Collector medal.


Unova Collection Challenge is the first Collection Challenge in Pokémon GO

The Unova Celebration event is coming tomorrow, on January 5th 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time. In order to promote the event, and to cross promote the launch of Collection Challenges, the first collection challenge features Unova Pokémon!

The Challenge accidentally leaked earlier today – check out our Unova Collection Challenge goes live ahead of the Unova Celebration Event – mistake? article for more details – and we’re only going to share the Pokémon included in the challenge here:

Judging by the initially leaked in-game timer, the challenge is live from Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Completing the Unova Collection Challenge will reward the following:

For more details on the entire event, check out our Unova Region Celebration Event published on December 23, 2020.


Our thoughts on Collection Challenges

Initially, I felt like Collection Challenges will be another FOMO (fear of missing out) moment for Pokémon GO players, but my stance on the matter has changed since.

Given that the challenge has a low participation bar, and given that the rewards are not overwhelmingly lucrative, this actually feels like a small nudge towards increased player participation during in-game events.

Fine by me, especially if you consider Niantic is boosting spawns for the Pokémon required to complete the challenge during the Unova Celebration event. Sure, the spawn table can be boosted in a really bad way, but we hope that won’t be the case.

Casually optimistic on the feature – let’s see how it shapes up over the next few events.

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