Collection Challenges launch in Pokémon GO

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Pokémon GO introduces a new feature: Collection challenges! Collection Challenges are a useful concept that tasks players with collecting Pokémon that appear during certain events.

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

Once the in-game event ends, the tied collection challenge closes and can no longer be completed. In a sense, Collection Challenges are like Timed Research, but completing them counts toward your Elite Collector’s medal.


Unova Collection Challenge is the first Collection Challenge in Pokémon GO

The Unova Celebration Event will arrive tomorrow, January 5, 2020 at 10:00 am local time. In order to promote the event and to promote the launch of Collection Challenges, the first Collection Challenge features Pokémon Unova!

The Challenge was accidentally leaked earlier today. Take a look at our Unova Collection Challenge that kicks in before the Unova Celebration Event. Error? article for more details, and we’re only going to share the Pokémon included in the challenge here:

Judging from the game timer that was initially leaked, the challenge is live from Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:00 am to Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm 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 posted on December 23, 2020.


Our thoughts on the collection challenges

Initially, I felt that Collection Challenges would be another FOMO (fear of getting lost) moment for Pokémon GO players, but my position on it has since changed.

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

I’m fine, especially when you consider that Niantic is boosting the Pokémon spawns needed to complete the challenge during the Unova celebration event. Sure, the build table can be improved in a really bad way, but we hope that’s not the case.

Casually optimistic about the feature – let’s see how it plays out at upcoming events.

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