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Pokémon Go Welcome to Alola Collection Challenge and field research tasks explained

Gen 7 Pokémon have arrived in Pokémon Go.

The Welcome to Alola event in Pokémon Go hails the arrival of 22 Gen 7 Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

To celebrate their arrival, you complete the Welcome to Alola Collection Challenge and collect field research tasks. The legendary Tapu Koko is also awaiting you in five-star raids.

Don't forget to complete the A Melemele Adventure special research quest either; it's the first of four research quests themed around the Alola region and, if you complete them all, you'll gain free access to an end-of-season quest.

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Welcome to Alola Collection Challenge Pokémon List in Pokémon Go

The Welcome to Alola Collection Challenge is available during the current event in Pokémon Go, which means, if you want to add it to your Elite Collector medal, you must complete it before Wednesday, 9th March at 8pm (local time).

Here are the Pokémon you need to find for the Welcome to Alola Collection Challenge:

  • Rowlet - In the wild
  • Litten - In the wild
  • Popplio - In the wild
  • Pikipek - In the wild and field research task (Walk 1km)
  • Yungoos - In the wild and field research task (Walk 1km)
  • Gumshoos - Evolve (Yungoos, 50 Yungoos candy and evolved during the day)

Completing this challenge will reward you with 7,000 XP and 15 Ultra Balls.


Currently live is the Test Your Mettle event, and along with it the debut of Togedemaru and Mega Aggron. Recently, we've seen the arrival of Season of Light and special research quest A Cosmic Companion. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. There's also a new special research quest - A Mysterious Incense. Finally - don't forget about the new Prime Gaming rewards every fortnight.


Welcome to Alola field research tasks in Pokémon Go

By spinning PokéStops throughout the Welcome to Alola event in Pokémon Go, you can collect event field research tasks.

While these tasks can be saved and completed after the event, we recommend completing them during the event, because some of the Pokémon rewards will help you complete the Welcome to Alola Collection Challenge.

Below you can find the Welcome to Alola field research tasks:

  • Walk 1km reward - Pikipek or Yungoos encounter
  • Catch 7 Pokémon reward - 10 Poké Balls or 10 Great Balls
  • Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon reward - 7 Ultra Balls

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

Everything else we know about the Welcome to Alola event in Pokémon Go

The Welcome to Alola event in Pokémon Go is running until Wednesday, 9th March at 8pm (local time) and its main attraction is, of course, the release of 22 Pokémon from Gen 7. These are the first true members of Gen 7 to arrive in the game - the Alolan forms have been available for quite a while!

Some of these Pokémon can be found in the wild, while others can only be obtained once you've completed an evolution and two can be battled in raids.

Below you can find all of the Gen 7 Pokémon being released during the Welcome to Alola event and how to find them:

No. Pokémon Where to find them
722Rowlet
In the wild
5km eggs
723Dartrix
Evolve Rowlet using 25 Rowlet Candy
724Decidueye
Evolve Dartrix using 100 Rowlet Candy
725Litten
In the wild
5km eggs
726Torracat
Evolve Litten using 25 Litten Candy
727Incineroar
Evolve Torracat using 100 Litten Candy
728Popplio
In the wild
5km eggs
729Brionne
Evolve Popplio using 25 Popplio Candy
730Primarina
Evolve Brionne using 100 Popplio Candy
731Pikipek
In the wild
2km eggs
Welcome to Alola field research task
732Trumbeak
Evolve Pikipek using 25 Pikipek Candy
733Toucannon
Evolve Trumbeak using 100 Pikipek Candy
734Yungoos
In the wild
2km eggs
A Melemele Adventure reward
Welcome to Alola field research task
735Gumshoos
Evolve Yungoos using 50 Yungoos Candy during the day
744Rockruff
In one-star raids
10km eggs
745Lycanroc - Midday and Midnight Form
Evolve Rockruff using 50 Rockruff Candy during the day for Midday form or night for Midnight Form
764Comfey
In the wild
782Jangmo-o
In the wild
10km eggs
783Hakamo-o
Evolve Jangmo using 25 Jangmo-o Candy
784Kommo-o
Evolve Hakamo using 100 Jangmo-o Candy
785Tapu Koko
In five-star raids

The shiny forms for Rockruff and Yungoos, along with the ones for their evolutions, have also been released!

The A Melemele Adventure special research quest - the first of four special research quests themed around the islands of the Alola region - has been released as part of this event. The other three research quests will also be released as part of an upcoming in-game event and you have until Wednesday, 1st June, the end of the Season of Alola, to collect them all.

While none of these quests have a deadline, we recommend completing them before Wednesday, 1st June, because doing so will grant you free access to an end-of-season event.

A range of Pokémon are also appearing in raids throughout the Welcome to Alola event, including Bellsprout, Snubbul, Phanpy, Electrike and Rockruff in one-star raids. Meanwhile, in three-star raids, you can find Alolan Raichu, Alolan Graveler, Nidoqueen and Wigglytuff.

Finally, Tapu Koko is making its first appearance in five-star raids until Tuesday, 15th March and Mega Venusaur has returned to Mega Raids.

Have fun during the Welcome to Alola event and good luck catching the Gen 7 Pokémon!

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