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Pokemon Go New Regional Catch Challenge May Allow Players to Catch Pokemon From Other Regions Without Travelling

Whenever we hear that Niantic will be adding a new Regional Pokemon, we instantly get a headache. These Regional Pokemon can only be obtained if you travel to the part of the world that the designated Pokemon is assigned to, which in a pandemic is near to impossible.

A Regional Pokemon is a Pokemon that is exclusive to a certain region in the real world such as Sigilyph (Egypt), Corsola (Northern Australia), Zangoose (Europe) and Durant (East of Meridian Line). These Pokemon are available to those regions only, either through wild encounters or Egg hatching.
However, it seems that this is about to change.

Thanks to our hardworking bees known as PokeMiners, they have discovered a text in which there are hints that Niantic will soon implement a new challenge called Regional Catch Challenge. Judging from the name, we will be able to catch Regional Pokemon (possibly, not confirmed yet) without travelling halfway around the world.

So far, all we know is that the challenge will be revolving around Regional Pokemon, and we hope that we will be able to catch other current Regional Pokemon. Many players have a gap in their Pokedex, and that is a Regional Pokemon that is not available at their location. Currently, travelling is extremely strict, with certain regions in the world still being in a full lockdown, thus making it impossible to get those Regionals unless they are released worldwide.

The best-case scenario is that the Pokemon will be either rotated or we will get new ones and their shiny forms. Keep in mind that Heracross and Kangaskhan are the only Regional Pokemon that have their Mega-forms. Or maybe the above-mentioned challenge will be all about the local Regional Pokemon, which we do not want to happen. It is also possible that there will be an event dedicated to Generation II Regionals (similar to the event that was made for Generation I Regionals). This would be the greatest thing ever to be changed or implemented in Pokemon GO, especially during these horrible times.

What do you think about Regional Pokemon? Which ones do you have? If you would like to share, please leave a comment.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hey there, I'm Dejan! Let me take you through my life, where family, gaming, and CrossFit play prominent roles. Since day one, I've been surrounded by the love and support of my family. Growing up, every moment spent with my parents and siblings was filled with warmth and laughter, creating memories I hold dear. As a parent now, I've experienced a whole new level of love and responsibility. My two wonderful kids bring endless joy and a sense of purpose to my life. In the digital realm, I found my passion - gaming. Whether I'm conquering the world of Apex Legends or embarking on adventures in Pokemon Go, gaming fuels my sense of adventure and competition. Beyond the virtual world, I discovered the exhilaration of CrossFit. The challenging workouts, camaraderie with fellow fitness enthusiasts, and constant drive to push my limits have become an integral part of my life. Balancing family time, gaming, and CrossFit has been a journey of self-discovery. Each passion complements the other, bringing fulfillment and joy to my daily routine.


  1. I’ve always felt that Niantic should do away with regionals being “locked” to their area and should either rotate them or include them as something you could maybe receive in a gift from an in game friend. The idea of “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” combined with having them listed in the Dex, but then requiring players to travel extensively to do so, strikes me as unfair. Spoofing would possibly drop significantly as well. Or include them as pvp rewards, which in turn might drive even more players to give that a try. Just don’t lock them down to where only the top players get them. Anyway, tons of opportunity for Niantic to incorporate every ‘mon being available to every player, provided the player put in a reasonable amount of time/effort. Worldwide travel is NOT considered reasonable, even pre-pandemice.

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