The Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge is this year’s version of a Thanksgiving event, giving everyone a series of rewards for the number of creatures caught collectively as a community.
In addition to the appeal of double XP and Stardust, certain region-exclusive Pokémon will be temporarily migrating, perfect for those hoping to build up their Gen 1 Pokedex.
Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge capture goals and rewards
The Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge tasks the game’s community with collecting as many creatures as possible in seven days. With each milestone completed, a new set of rewards will be unlocked for a short period of time.
The capture objectives are:
|Bronze||500m||2x XP, 6 hours of lures, and “more Pokémon” appearing|
|Silver||1.5 billion||The above rewards plus 2x Stardust and “even more” Pokémon appearing|
|Gold||3 billion||Previous plus Farfetch’d rewards are available worldwide, Kangaskhan in East Asia|
That’s right: region-exclusive creatures Farfetch’d and Kangaskhan will be available in new regions for those who reach the 3 billion gold level.
Meanwhile, other levels add “more” and “even more” creature spawns, which we assume is simply a higher volume of normal creatures, but will be very useful as long as we have double XP and Stardust modifiers.
What is the end date of the Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge and how long do the rewards last?
The event is now live and players have until Sunday, November 26 (specific timing to be announced) to capture three billion creatures collectively.
Rewards will be unlocked after reaching each milestone, according to Niantic; We assume this means that if the community reaches 500 million creatures in two days, double XP and six-hour rewards will be active immediately, and all rewards will last until December 1st.
Meanwhile, Farfetch’d and Kangaskhan will be available for 48 hours after all three billion have been captured (again, we can assume this means as soon as all three billion have been captured and not from November 26; the wording is not exactly clear).
There’s no Global Catch Challenge tracker to follow, so we’ll likely have to rely on Niantic’s social media to announce whenever these milestones are reached.
Looking for more Pokémon Go tips, tricks, and guides? Our main Pokémon Go tips and tricks page gives you an overview of our guides for every aspect of the game. There is also currently a Global Catch Challenge event, as well as continued rotations of legendary Pokémon like Raiku, Entei, and Suicune from Pokémon Go Raids, following the Gym rework earlier this year, and also new ways to obtain PokéCoins. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to complete the ever-expanding Pokédex, Gen 2 and the first available Gen 3 Pokémon are listed, which you can unlock with special items, the various methods of determining Eevee evolutions, and hatching eggs. Finally, if you’re looking to strengthen your team, we’ve got tips on Pidgey’s XP chart and farming, the best moves and movesets, and the best Pokémon tier lists.
Why you should be interested in Pokémon Go’s ‘Thanksgiving’ Global Catch Challenge
This event is very similar to last year’s Thanksgiving event, and gives players much more XP and Stardust when the reward tiers begin.
To give you an idea of the difference, here’s how much XP will increase:
|Activity||normal XP||2x XP (during the event)||4x XP (2x with Lucky Egg)|
|Capture any Pokémon||100 XP||200 XP||400 XP|
|Catch a new Pokémon||+500 EXP||+1000 XP||+2000 EXP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a curveball||+10 EXP||+20 EXP||+40 EXP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a good throw||+10 EXP||+20 EXP||+40 EXP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Grand Throw||+50 EXP||+100 EXP||+200 EXP|
|Catch a Pokémon with an excellent throw||+100 EXP||+200 EXP||+400 EXP|
|Catch a Pokémon on the first try||+50 EXP||+100 EXP||+200 EXP|
|Pokémon flees||25 XP||40 XP||100 XP|
|Evolving a Pokémon||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Evolving a new Pokémon||500 XP (+ 500 XP)||1000 XP (+1000 XP)||2000 XP (+ 2000 XP)|
|Hatch a 2 km egg||200 XP||400 XP||800 XP|
|Hatch a 5 km egg||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Hatch a 10 km egg||1000 XP||2000 XP||4000 XP|
|Hatch a new Pokémon||+500 EXP||+1000 XP||+2000 EXP|
|Interact with PokéStop||50 XP||100 XP||200 XP|
|Interact with a new PokéStop||250 XP||500 XP||1000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for PokeStop||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Daily bonus for PokeStop on day seven||2000 XP||4000 XP||8000 XP|
|Daily bonus for catching Pokémon||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Daily bonus for catching Pokémon on day seven||2000 XP||4000 XP||8000 XP|
|Complete a raid||3000 XP||6000 XP||9000 XP|
|Spin a gym badge||+25XP per level, +25% if the gym is the same equipment||+50XP per level, +25% if the gym is the same equipment||+75XP per level, +25% if the gym is the same equipment|
As noted above, one of the most important things to know is that Lucky Eggs will be twice as effective during the Thanksgiving event, meaning that instead of the traditional double XP boost, any XP earned will be worth four times further.
Farfetch’d exclusive to the region.
This is particularly useful since using a Lucky Egg is the cornerstone of a quick XP hack that allows you to evolve lesser Candy Pokémon one after another, earning around 120,000 XP in just half an hour of sitting.
But with or without a Lucky Egg, you’ll want to catch and evolve as many Pokémon as you can during the period, especially if they’re new for the now 1000 XP (or with a Lucky Egg, a 2000 XP bonus), as well as spinning a PokeStop every days to get the improved daily bonus.
Meanwhile Stardust also doubles. Since it varies a lot between activities, it’s harder to put the differences into a table, but the best way to get the scarce good is to capture more creatures. Since one of the rewards is the appearance of “even more” creatures, hopefully there will be no shortage of things to catch.
Of course, perhaps the best reward of all is the possible release of the Farfetch’d region-exclusive creature to everyone outside of East Asia (who will get Kangaskhan instead).
This isn’t the first event to trade in regional exclusives, but it will be the first time Farfetch’d will be widely available, meaning you’ll no longer need to save up for a flight to Japan to get your hands on it. Catch everyone!