How To Complete The Johto Collection Challenge In Pokemon Go

Hurry! The Johto Collection Challenge is running alongside the Johto Celebration event in Pokemon Go, starting today up to January 31, 2021 only. This event is a lead up to Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto happening next month.


The Johto Celebration event means that Pokemon in the Johto region increase their spawn rates. So Pokemon like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Hoppip, Miltank (which will be made available as a Shiny variant for the first time), and other Pokemon will frequently appear more than usual.

What Is The Johto Challenge?

Pokemon Go releases Collection Challenges paired with in-game events. Collection Challenges make certain Pokemon appear more frequently in the wild. Players will have to catch all the Pokemon in the Collection Challenges to get the rewards. The rewards are usually a number of items and progress your Elite Collector medal.

For January 2021, it is the Johto Collection Challenge for the Johto Celebration in-game event.

Here is how the Field Research tab looks like on screen

How To Access The Collection Challenge

To access the Collection Challenge you have to go to "Today's View". Just press the Field Research button as represented by the little binoculars in the lower right corner of your screen. Scroll to your left if you have been looking at your current Field or Special Research tasks. Otherwise, the "Today's View" should have appeared right off the bat.

You will find here the list of Pokemon you have to catch to complete the Collection Challenge. Catching a Pokemon on the list will remove it off the Collection Challenge roster. You must complete the Collection Challenge before the in-game event ends or you will miss the rewards forever.

What Are the Pokemon Roster For The Johto Collection Challenge

Here is the list of the Pokemon for the Johto Collection Challenge and their locations:

Pokemon Location
  • In the wild
  • Field Research tasks
  • One-star raids
  • In the wild
  • Field Research tasks
  • One-star raids
  • In the wild
  • Field Research tasks
  • One-star raids
Sudowoodo Filed Research tasks, specifically the “Catch 5 Grass-type Pokemon"
Sunkern In the wild
Mukrow In the wild
Smeargle Photobomb method
  • In the wild
  • Three-star raids
  • 5km eggs
  • One-star raids

As you can observe, the Johto Collection Challenge tasks you to catch Gen 2 Pokemon during the event. Completing this challenge by capturing these Pokemon will reward you with 15 PokeBalls, 10 Ultra Balls, and an Incense.

The Johto Celebration Field Research Tasks

Back in 2018, the Field Research task was introduced in Pokemon Go as a major addition. These Field Research tasks are new objectives for the players to accomplish. Accomplishing these tasks unlocks rewards as part of research breakthroughs, while special research tasks help players uncover elusive and mythical Pokemon like Mew.

Mew can be encountered through Field Research task

For the Johto Celebration, there are four research tasks with its subsequent reward:

  1. Use 2 Berries to help catch Pokémon reward - Chikorita, Totodile, or Cyndaquil encounter
  2. Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon reward - Miltank encounter
  3. Catch 5 Grass-type Pokémon reward - Sudowoodo encounter
  4. Take a snapshot of your buddy reward - Mareep or Chinchou encounter

There is another research task for this Johto Celebration event: a timed research test. This timed research task does not end with the Johto event but rather it extends up to February 7, 2021. The extra week should help, but you must complete this quest or you will lose it forever.

Here are the steps for the timed quest and the rewards:

Johto Celebration Timed Event Step 1 of 2

  1. Catch 15 Dark-type Pokemon - 5 Great Balls
  2. Catch 15 Shadow Pokemon - 5 Revives
  3. Defeat a Team Go Rocket Leader 3 times - Larvitar encounter

The rewards for completing Step 1 are 15 PokéBalls, 1 Incense, and 5000 XP.

Johto Celebration Timed Event Step 2 of 2

  1. Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Arlo - 2 Max Revives
  2. Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff - 3 Hyper Potions
  3. Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra - 2 Max Potions

Completing Step 2 will have you encounter with Ho-Oh. There is also a chance that this would be a shiny variant. Good luck!

Jasper Nikki De La Cruz
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