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Pokémon Go - Fifth Anniversary event: Collection Challenge and field research tasks explained

Happy fifth birthday Pokémon Go!

The Fifth Anniversary event celebrates five years of Pokémon Go!

During this event, you can join in the festivities by completing the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge and the limited-time field research tasks.

There are also a variety of bonuses you can enjoy through the Fifth Anniversary event, including the release of shiny Darumaka and a new Pikachu costume.

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List of Pokémon and rewards for the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go

The Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go tasks you with finding 19 Pokémon.

Here are the Pokémon you need to catch for the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge:

  • Bulbasaur - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Catch 5 Pokémon'
  • Charmander - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Catch 5 Pokémon'
  • Squirtle - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Catch 5 Pokémon'
  • Chikorita - From lures or from field research task - 'Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon'
  • Cyndaquil - From lures or from field research task - 'Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon'
  • Totodile - From lures or from field research task - 'Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon'
  • Treecko - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon'
  • Torchic - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon'
  • Mudkip - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon'
  • Turtwig - From lures or from field research task - 'Make 5 Great Throws'
  • Chimchar - From lures or from field research task - 'Make 5 Great Throws'
  • Piplup - From lures or from field research task - 'Make 5 Great Throws'
  • Snivy - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Send 5 Gifts to friends'
  • Tepig - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Send 5 Gifts to friends'
  • Oshawott - In the wild, from lures or from field research task - 'Send 5 Gifts to friends'
  • Chespin - From lures, in one-star raids or from field research task 'Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms'
  • Fennekin - From lures, in one-star raids or from field research task 'Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms'
  • Froakie - From lures, in one-star raids or from field research task 'Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms'
  • Flying Pikachu - In the wild or one-star raids

Upon completing the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge, you'll receive 3 Rare Candies, 80 PokéBalls and a Flying Pikachu encounter.

Tips for completing the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go

Below you can find a collection of tips which will help you complete the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go:

  • All of the starter Pokémon required for the Collection Challenge will be attracted to Lure Modules throughout the Fifth Anniversary event, which means, with the added bonus of lures lasting an hour, you can easily catch most of these Pokémon by finding a good PokéStop to hang out at.
  • Don't forget to use a Remote Raid Pass to join any raid from any distance.
  • Incense will also attract Pokémon to your location, making the Collection Challenge easier to defeat.
  • Both Razz and Nanab Berries make it easier to catch Pokémon for this challenge.
  • Most of the Pokémon for the Collection Challenge can be encountered by completing field research tasks, which are listed below.

Field research for Fifth Anniversary event in Pokémon Go

Throughout the Fifth Anniversary for Pokémon Go, you'll be able to collect a variety of event exclusive field research tasks by spinning PokéStops.

While these tasks can be completed after the event ends, we recommend completing them during the Fifth Anniversary as the rewards of various Pokémon encounters will help you finish the Collection Challenge.

Here are the field research tasks for the Fifth Anniversary event:

  • Catch 5 Pokémon reward - Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle encounter
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon reward - Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile encounter
  • Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon reward - Treecko, Torchic or Mudkip encounter
  • Make 5 Great Throws reward - Turtwig, Chimchar or Piplup encounter
  • Send 5 Gifts to friends reward - Snivy, Tepig or Oshawott encounter
  • Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms reward - Chespin, Fennekin or Froakie encounter
  • Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy reward - 8 PokéBalls

Thank you to Amiibofan101 from reddit for the help with this information!

Everything else you need to know about the Fifth Anniversary event in Pokémon Go

The Fifth Anniversary event in Pokémon Go sees the release of a new Flying Pikachu who is holding a 5-shaped balloon.

Once you've caught this special Pikachu, it's time to start hunting down shiny Darumaka or shiny Meltan, which may appear when you activate the Mystery Box during this event.

The Jump-Start Special Research will also be available for any player who missed it during last year's anniversary. You simply need to play Pokémon Go during this event and, if you haven't started or completed this quest line already, it will automatically unlock.

Throughout the Fifth Anniversary event, you can also expect to encounter the Pokémon listed below more frequently:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott

All of the starter Pokémon currently released in Pokémon Go will also be attracted to Lure Modules throughout the event. Additionally, every Lure Module - from Rainy or regular - will last for an hour throughout the event.

Finally, you'll be able to battle Darumaka, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie and Flying Pikachu in one-star raids!


The Season of Mythical Wishes has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! We got a new Team Go Rocket quest - Shadowy Skirmishes! The team lineups for Giovanni and the Team Go Rocket Leaders has also changed. Don't forget to partake in the new Go Battle League season. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.


How the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge works in Pokémon Go

Collection Challenges in Pokemon Go, which were first released in January 2021, run alongside certain in-game events. Each Collection Challenge tasks you with finding a specific number of Pokémon through a number of means.

Once you've completed the Collection Challenge by acquiring all of the required Pokemon, you'll be rewarded with a number of items and progress for your Elite Collector medal.

The Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge, along with the Fifth Anniversary event, runs from Tuesday, 6th July at 10am (local time) to Thursday, 15th July at 8pm (local time).

Collection Challenges can be found on the 'Today View,' which is accessed by pressing the field research button (the little binoculars) in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

After accessing 'Today View,' you'll find the list of Pokémon you need to obtain to complete the Collection Challenge. Once you've found one of the Pokémon, it will be ticked off the Collection Challenge rooster, which will help you keep track of which ones you've caught and which you haven't.

The Pokémon will be ticked off as you complete the Collection Challenge.

Remember - the Collection Challenge must be completed before its associated event ends and it vanishes forever.

Enjoy Pokémon Go's fifth anniversary!

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