How to complete Pokemon Go’s Sinnoh Collection Challenge

Published: 12/Jan/2021 10:42

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go is celebrating the Sinnoh region with a new Collection Challenge for players to take on. Here’s how to complete it, and the rewards you’ll get for doing so.

In the build-up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated with a Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto event in February, Niantic’s popular mobile app is revisiting a number of fan-favorite regions for a series of celebration events.

Following a week focused on Unova, attention now turns to the region of Sinnoh, which made its debut in 2006’s Diamond and Pearl on the Nintendo DS. As well as raids and Shiny Buizel, there’s a new Collection Challenge to complete.

Collection Challenges are a new feature for Pokemon Go in 2021. They require trainers to catch a specific list of Pokemon in a set amount of time, and they’ll be rewarded with a medal and other useful items for their efforts.

How to complete Pokemon Go’s Sinnoh Collection Challenge

Pokemon Go Sinnoh event 2021
Pokemon Go’s Sinnoh event comes with a new Collection Challenge to complete.

With so many Sinnoh Pokemon appearing during the event, there will of course be a Collection Challenge that players can complete. You can view your progress for this in the Today View section of the app.

You must catch each of the following Pokemon to complete the Sinnoh Collection Challenge:

  • Turtwig
  • Chimchar
  • Piplup
  • Cranidos
  • Shieldon
  • Combee
  • Buizel
  • Shadow Stunky
  • Shadow Snover

All of these Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the Wild during the event, making them easier to catch. There are a few other ways to increase your chance of encountering these creatures, too.

Completing event-exclusive Field Research tasks will lead to encounters with Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cranidos, Shieldon, and Buizel. One-star raids will include Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, and Buizel. Finally, Cranidos and Shieldon will hatch from 5km Eggs.

Using items such as Incense or a Lure Module will also help bring the Pokemon you need to your location.

Getting your hands on Shadow Stunky and Shadow Snover will be a little more difficult. To encounter Shadow Pokemon, you’ll need to defeat the Team Rocket Grunts that have taken over local PokeStops, and catch the creatures they leave behind.

Combining all of these methods, you should be well on your way to completing the Sinnoh Collection Challenge.

Pokemon Go Sinnoh Collection Challenge rewards

Pokemon Go Sinnoh event
Epic Games
Completing the Sinnoh Collection Challenge will get you some sweet rewards.

There are some decent rewards for completing the Sinnoh Collection Challenge, with 3,000 Stardust, a Magnetic Lure, and 15 Ultra Balls being given to those who manage to catch all nine Pokemon.

Trainers will also be able to add to their new Elite Collector medal when they complete the challenge.

The Sinnoh celebration event runs from Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 10 AM local time to Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 8 PM local time, meaning you have six days to finish the Collection Challenge.


Sailor Moon x Disney crossover Overwatch skin is the perfect fit for Mercy

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:45

by Bill Cooney


One dedicated Overwatch fan and Mercy stan has come up with an awesomely creative skin design for the hero that mixes Sailor Moon and the Disney classic Snow White all into one.

Concepts for fairytale skins have been a favorite of Overwatch players almost since the game was introduced. While there are even a few oficial ones in Overwatch now (like Red Riding Hood Ashe and Dragon Mercy), there’s no way Blizzard would be able to keep up with all the ideas floating around out there.

That hasn’t stopped the artistically talented fans among us from adding on to that pile though, and one of the best we’ve seen lately is from artist u/aerisycloud. Their creation combines not not only Disney’s Snow White, but also everyone’s favorite Guardian of Earth, Sailor Moon, into a Mercy skin that fits the hero just perfectly.

Mercy Snow White skin concept
A skin that might even give Mercy’s pink skin a run for its money in popularity.

This skin would be one of the few that recasts Mercy as a brunette, obviously a nod to Snow White. The colors and materials are also reminiscent of the fairy tale, but the cut and boots are practically common-issue for the Sailor Scouts.

Her Cadecus Pistol and Staff, along with her wings, are now solid gold (whether this is with or without 3000 CP is unknown), which would also pass in an instant for accessories that Sailor Moon would rock.

We love seeing these kinds of skin concepts, especially ones as cool as this, but it can be easy to forget how much time and effort goes into each one. To show us how much work it took, along with the finished product, aerisycloud also posted a time-lapse of their creation – which is worth watching in its own right.

My Mercy skin idea: Snow White x Sailor Moon from Overwatch

If this skin were to be made, it’d also be neat to see a Torbjorn skin featuring him as one of the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy, preferably), and a voice clip along the lines of “Moon healing… escalation!” as a nod towards the anime.

As far as actual in-game skins go, you can currently unlock the new Kyogisha Hanzo skin until January 25, and the 2021 Lunar New Year event — which brings a ton of new skins with it — should get going shortly after that wraps up.