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The events dedicated to the regions of the Pokémon world continue. The one dedicated to the Sinnoh region is active from 12 to 18 January, the stage for fourth generation adventures. This is also in preparation for the arrival in late February of the Pokémon GO Tour of Kanto.

The event features spawns, raids and themed eggs. Among these appear rarities such as Gible, which is usually very difficult to obtain. Watch out for gyms and especially the rest of the article: here's what awaits you.



  • Event
  • Capture challenges

The event

For the event they are increased spawns of some Pokémon discovered in Sinnoh. These are the three initials Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup, along with Bidoof, Cranidos, Shieldon, Combee, Drifloon, Purugly, Hippopotas, Snover, Skorupi and Buizel. Not only some (like Snover or Skorupi) can come in handy in Battle League, others are also available in chromatic form:

  • Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup
  • Drifloon
  • Purugly
  • Hippopotamus
  • Crusted
  • Snover
  • Buizel (just released)


To learn more:
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From the eggs Kricketot, Budew, Bronzor, Hippopotas, Croagunnk, Bonsly (these also chromatic ones), Shieldon and Cranidos could be born. In raids instead, various of these Pokémon will appear (the complete list in our dedicated guide), together with the much rarer Gible - which we recommend you buy up. Heatran returns to legendary raids, already appeared in the past and also available in chromatic form.


Even the megaraids perform a rotation. You can meet again the new arrival MegaAbomasnow, flanked by MegaCharizard Y and MegaBlastoise. During the month we will see others: we just have to wait.


Some missions are also available themed field research. They can help you land a catch for the active time challenge in the Today tab, so let's see who you can get.

Sinnoh's Capture Challenge

As happened last week, this time too we will have a catch challenge dedicated to the region we are revisiting. By capturing specific Pokémon we will therefore get rewards, as well as a medal to show off in the game's Trainer Profile. Here's who to catch:

  • Turtwig
  • Chimchar
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Snover (shadow)
  • Stunky (shadow)
  • Warp
  • Cranidos
  • Shieldon


To learn more:
How to find the GO Rocket team and defeat Sierra, Arlo, Cliff


While most of these Pokémon have improved raids or spawns going on, some will still have a harder time getting around. The shadow versions of Snover and Stunky for example they can only be obtained by fighting against the GO Rocket team, thus adding a touch of RNG to the challenge. Mask in hand, hunt down every Pokéstop conquered by the recruits, or wait for the balloons from the comfort of your home.


Remember that every day you can meet at most four balloons, in time slots of six hours each (between midnight and 5:59, between 6 and 11:59, between noon and 17:59, between 18 and 23:59). If you have a Radar or Super Radar Rocket active, the balloon you will encounter will only be able to accommodate one of the leaders or Giovanni - so defeat them if you are in front of them, or you will not be able to continue the challenge using the balloons.

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