Global Catch Challenge 2017 Event

The Pokémon GO Travel event (2017) begins on November 20th and lasts through November 26th, 2017. The event includes the first-ever Pokemon GO Global Catch Challenge, which challenges participants to capture 3 billion Pokémon throughout the globe.

Global Catch Challenge 2017 Event is Here!

Global Catch Challenge 2017 event

Once the challenge is completed, the following benefits will be unlocked: double XP, double stardust, six hour lures, improved Pokemon spawn rates, and 48 hour global and East Asian availability of Farfetch’d.

Pokémon GO Travel 2017 and Global Catch Challenge
Name Pokémon GO Travel Event featuring Global Catch Challenge
Description Join us as we discover new places, meet new people, and work together in an attempt to catch 3 billion Pokémon in just 7 days. 
Start date November 20 2017
End date November 26 2017
Challenge metrics
  • Bronze: 500 M catches
    • double XP, 6 hour Lures
  • Silver: 1.5 B catches
    • double Stardust, double XP, 6 hour lures
  • Gold: 3 B catches
    • double Stardust, double XP, 6 hour lures
    • Farfetch’d available worldwide for 48 hours
    • Kangashkan available in East Asia for 48 hours
  • If trainers manage to catch 3 billion Pokemon from November 20th to 26th, a number of worldwide bonuses will be unlocked, including Farfetch’d appearing worldwide and Kangashkan in East Asia
  • The Global Catch Challenge starts now and concludes with a special celebration at the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in Tottori, Japan, on November 26.

Global Catch Challenge Rewards

This event includes the first-ever Pokemon GO Global Capture Challenge. If trainers capture 3 billion Pokemon between November 20th and November 26th, 2017, the whole world will benefit from various tremendous boosts. Players must collaborate and play together to fulfill a shared objective, similar to how GO Fest global challenges were handled.

The following awards will become available:

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Update 11/22: We’re up to 1.2 billion. Still on track, overall.

This year’s Thanksgiving celebration in Pokémon GO comes with a twist. It’s a “Global Catch Challenge,” which means that all in-game incentives are now related to players worldwide capturing a set amount of Pokémon: 3 billion over the course of six days for the highest tier, which unlocks East Asia’s regionally unique Pokémon for the whole globe. It’s a difficult industry fraught with uncertainty, but the community looks to be on the right course. Niantic said last night that players have already collected 500,000,000 Pokémon, paving the path for the first prize tier. This means longer lures, double experience, and, most importantly, more Pokémon spawning globally.

Global Catch Challenge 2017

That puts the community on pace to complete, particularly considering that things should pick up speed from here on out. Not only do experience benefits increase the likelihood that people will go out there and play, but the first day got off to a sluggish start as time zones all over the globe began rolling with what was deemed the first day of catching in any particular location. Each 24 hours of catching now seems like a complete 24 hours, and I expect the numbers to improve over the next several days, even though American catches may suffer due to Thanksgiving and accompanying travel.

Some perplexing details: I have yet to get a push notice about this event, and there is no in-game pop-up when I launch the app. It means the only way to learn about the worldwide catch challenge is to follow the game on social media or via blogs. It’s a rather amusing omission in an event that seems to demand all players, active and passive, to pitch in and perform their parts, but it’s also a remarkable tribute to how attentively gamers are watching what’s going on with the game, whether or not the app informs them. A committed player base for Pokémon GO, like usual, has a way of redeeming the game despite its own blunders.

Nonetheless, it’s encouraging. Failing to fulfill the catch challenge would be a significant setback for a game that has been dealing with something like to an excitement gap for more than a year. Nobody hates to fail, and 3 billion is such a high amount that individual participants might easily get disoriented. Niantic has also promised additional feature improvements in the coming days, which remain a mystery but must be related to the developer’s difficulty to deploy the poorly-conceived EX Raids in some manner.

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