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How to Catch Tepig in Pokemon GO

Tepig evolves into Emboar, the Mega Fire Pig Pokemon
Tepig evolves into Emboar, the Mega Fire Pig Pokemon / Photo courtesy of Niantic Labs

Many trainers are wondering how to catch Tepig in Pokemon GO to complete the Pokemon GO Fifth-Anniversary Collection Challenge.

To celebrate five years since its release, Pokemon GO is challenging all trainers to capture every starter Pokemon that's been added to the game, from Bulbasaur to Froakie. Trainers will encounter lots of starter Pokemon in the wild, around lure modules, and as rewards for completing Field Research missions. Tepig and its Unova region siblings, Snivy and Oshawott, are part of the collection challenge.

Here's how to add Tepig to your collection.

How to Catch Tepig in Pokemon GO

There are three ways to find Tepig in this event: encounter it in the wild, attract it with a lure module, or encounter it as a Field Research mission reward.

Luckily for trainers who need Tepig, all three Unova region starters have boosted spawn rates in the wild, so trainers can typically find Tepig just by taking a walk around the block. If Tepig is nowhere to be found, a lure module will boost its chances of appearing, alongside all starter Pokemon currently in the game.

Another way to obtain Tepig is to encounter it as a Field Research mission reward. During this event, the three Unova region starters are included as rewards for the "Send 5 gifts to friends" mission.

Tepig's Pokedex number is 498. Also known as the "Fire Pig" Pokemon, Tepig loves eating roasted berries, but sometimes it gets too excited and burns them to a crisp. Trainers can evolve Tepig into Pignite with 25 candy, then into Emboar with another 100 candy.

By catching Tepig, trainers can progress toward the Fifth-Anniversary Collection Challenge reward, which includes a flying Pikachu encounter, 80 Poke Balls, and 3 Rare Candy.

Looking for more starter Pokemon? Check out our guides on how to catch Chespin and how to catch Cyndaquil!