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The Season of Heritage in Pokémon GO is mixing things up! While we’ll be helping out Professor Willow uncover the mysterious giant door at a historical cave site during the three-month-long season, there will be other events, research tasks, and more to complete. For January 2022, a month-long Timed Research task headed by Team Instinct’s leader, Spark, is available to all Trainers for free and it’s all about collecting XP. Aptly titled the XP Challenge, Trainers will be given a grand challenge of collecting 240,000 XP !

The XP Challenge is, thankfully, accumulative, and split into 15 different tasks with 15 different rewards and a completion reward.

Note: This Timed Research will only be available to Trainers who pre-purchase a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour: Johto prior to Monday, January 10th, 2022.


When is the Season of Heritage XP Challenge?


Pokémon GO’s Season of Heritage XP Challenge will be available from Saturday, January 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, January 31st, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. your local time.


XP Challenge Tasks and Rewards


Bonus: 2× XP for the first catch of each day


Task/Step #XP Earned (Accumulative)Reward
11,000Poké Ball x15
26,000Lure Modle x1
315,000Cranidos* Encounter
425,000Razz Berry x15
535,000Poké Ball x25
647,500Porygon* Encounter
760,000Great Ball x20
870,000Pinap Berry x15
990,000Shedinja Encounter
10110,000Ultra Ball x25
11130,000Togetic Encounter
12150,000Golden Razz Berry x3
13175,000Goomy Encounter
14200,0002,500 Stardust
15240,000Star Piece x1
16Complete AllGoomy Hat (Male and Female versions for Avatar)

*: If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!


If you’re unable to complete the XP Challenge and really want the Goomy Hat, there’s another way to get it. According to Niantic, “[t]he Goomy Hat avatar item will be available for purchase in the shop after the Season ends.” As for how much, that info is currently unknown.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)