Pokémon GO Unova Collection Challenge has gone live a couple of hours – or even a day – earlier than it was initially expected. According to Niantic’s January 2021 Events schedule, Unova Celebration event starts tomorrow, at 10:00 a.m. local time, and we didn’t expect to see anything Collection Challenge related before that time.

Unova Collection Challenge

According to Today View, you have 7 days to catch the following Pokémon in order to complete the Unova Collection Challenge:

Tepig Oshawott Snivy
Lillipup Herdier Zebstrika
Roggenrola Solosis Ferroseed

The rarity of featured challenge Pokémon seems a bit too high for the Unova Challenge, but we’re need to see how Unova Celebration Event’s spawn table looks like before making the final judgment.

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You can see the challenge on your Today View screen:

If you’re looking to get a head start at completing this challenge, here are a few tips and tricks:

  • Lillipup is in Pokémon Spotlight tomorrow, on January 5th
  • Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig are sometimes found in the wild, not common, but I got a few using Incense recently. They’re also available in 2km eggs
  • Solosis, Blitzle and Roggenrola are currently available in 5km eggs and in wild encounters
  • Ferroseed is currently available in 10km eggs, not sure if I’ve seen a wild one… ever? In a while?

What are Collection Challenges?

Haven’t heard about Collection Challenges? No worries, you’re fine – they are not yet live.

Collection Challenges are an upcoming feature announced to become available in early January. Collection Challenges are timed challenges that task you with catching a Niantic-provided set of Pokémon (aka collection) during an event. Completing the challenge seems to improve your Elite Collector medal, which is a mystery at the moment.

Just as we expected, Collection Challenges seem like a cute way of promoting select Pokémon during events. We have no idea how the new Elite Collector medal is going to work, but there will be a time based component for sure.

Everything we know about Collection Challenges has been datamined earlier last year.

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