The XP Challenge runs throughout January 2022 in Pokémon Go.
Throughout January, you'll receive double catch XP for your first catch every day and, if you have access, you'll be able to complete the XP Challenge for a new avatar item.
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How to access the XP Challenge in Pokémon Go
If you want to complete the XP Challenge in Pokémon Go, then you need to pre-purchase a Tour: Johto ticket before Monday, 10th January 2022.
These tickets can be brought through the in-game store - accessed via the main menu - and can not be purchased using PokéCoin. A ticket costs £9.99 / $11.99.
Pre-purchasing a ticket will not only grant you access to the XP Challenge and the full Tour: Johto event, but the Catch Challenge running in February as well.
XP Challenge quest steps and rewards in Pokémon Go
Below you'll find all of the requirements and rewards for the January XP Challenge in Pokémon Go.
This section does contain spoilers for the full quest, so, if you want to be surprised, we recommend skipping.
The XP Challenge, like last month's Stardust Challenge, is divided into an overall tally for the XP you'll earn for the main reward and 15 individual steps.
It's important to note that, while the overall tally records every piece of XP you earn till the goal is reached, the individual steps reset. This means if you receive 10,000 XP when you're 100 XP away from completing a step, the remaining XP will not count as progress towards the next step.
The main reward for the XP Challenge is the Goomy Hat and, if you either don't complete the challenge or don't partake in it, this item will be available from the in-game avatar store when January ends.
Playing daily, catching a good number of Pokémon, partaking in raids, increasing your friendship level and completing special or timed research quests are excellent ways to earn XP. If you haven't completed the XP Challenge by the final days of January, we recommend using a Lucky Egg to double your XP earnings.
Along with the rewards listed below, you'll also receive a small amount of XP for completing each step.
|1||1,000 total XP||15 Poké Balls|
|2||6,000 total XP||1 Lure Module|
|3||15,000 total XP||Cranidos encounter|
|4||25,000 total XP||15 Razz Berries|
|5||35,000 total XP||25 Poké Balls|
|6||47,500 total XP||Porygon encounter|
|7||60,000 total XP||20 Great Balls|
|8||70,000 total XP||15 Pinap Berries|
|9||90,000 total XP||Shedinja encounter|
|10||110,000 total XP||25 Ultra Balls|
|11||130,000 total XP||Togetic encounter|
|12||150,000 total XP||3 Golden Razz Berries|
|13||175,000 total XP||Goomy encounter|
|14||200,000 total XP||2,500 Stardust|
|15||240,000 total XP||1 Star Piece|
The Season of Heritage continues in 2022, along with the XP Challenge and a refreshed Go Battle League. Ongoing are Arlo, Cliff, Sierra counters and Giovanni counters. The major updates in the previous year include a level cap increase, the introduction of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.
XP Challenge dates and bonuses in Pokémon Go
The XP Challenge includes a bonus running throughout January 2022, which will be available to everyone - whether you've pre-purchased a Tour: Johto ticket or not.
This bonus is double catch XP for your first catch of the day.
Both the XP Challenge and its bonus will be available from Saturday, 1st January to Monday, 31st January 2022 at 11:59pm (local time). Remember - to partake in the XP Challenge you must pre-purchase a Tour: Johto ticket before Monday, 10th January 2022.
Pre-purchasing this ticket will also grant you access to February's challenge, which focuses around the number of Pokémon you catch.
Good luck completing this month's challenge!