Pokémon Go: Throwback Challenge guide

Pokémon Go: Throwback Challenge guide

Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge

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Announced on April 28, 2020, a new type of event is coming to Pokémon Go: the Throwback Challenge event. This event will take place throughout the month of May and will feature timed research lines, which players will need to complete within a specified period of time to unlock a final set of challenges during the first week of June.

What is a Throwback Challenge?

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Return challenges are much like special research, but with the added difficulty of being timed. When you log in during Throwback Challenge week, you get the Timed Search line in your Today view. From there, you can complete the search for a defined period of time, after which all that remains incomplete will disappear.

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  • 2020 Return Challenge: Kanto Timed Research: Friday May 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. until Friday May 8 at 1 p.m. local time.
  • 2020 Return Challenge: Johto Timed Research: Friday May 8, 2020 at 1 p.m. until Friday May 15 at 1 p.m. local time.
  • 2020 Return Challenge: Hoenn Timed Research: Friday May 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. until Friday May 22 at 1 p.m. local time.
  • Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh Timed Research: From Friday May 22, 2020 at 1 p.m. to Friday May 29 at 1 p.m. local time.
  • 2020 Special Research Throwback Challenge Champion: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 1 p.m. to Monday June 8, 1 p.m. local time.

We don’t yet know what the specific tasks will be for each of these timed research lines, but Niantic has promised that they could be completed solo. Given the resounding success of the recent edition of Community Day: Stay at Home, we hope that even players who are sheltered on the spot or who socially distance themselves can still finish this event!

2020 Return Challenge: Kanto Timed Research

The Kanto Timed Research line will focus on original Pokémon games and Pokémon from the Kanto region, looking at Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. During this week, there will be many bonuses and features to help players complete the timed research line, including:

  • Pokemon from the Kanto region will appear more frequently, including Venonat and Chansey.
  • Kanto region Pokémon will also be in more raids.
  • The Kanto region Pokémon will be presented in 7 KM eggs, including Venonat, Machop, Onix, Lickitung, Tangela, Scyther, Pinsir, Lapras and Eevee.
  • Pikachu wearing a Charizard hat will be available.
  • Shiny Venonat will be presented.
  • Event-specific field research will reward players with encounters featuring Pokémon originally found in the Kanto region.
  • Catch, Raid and Hatch XP will be doubled all week.

Completing all of Kanto’s timed research will also reward players with ten rare candies and an encounter with Psystrike Mewtwo, in addition to all individual task rewards.

2020 Return Challenge: Johto Timed Research

On the other hand, the Johto Timed Research line will focus on the Pokémon Gen II of the Johto region, inspired by Pokémon Gold and Silver. This week’s features and bonuses will include:

  • Johto region Pokémon will spawn more frequently, including Dunsparce and Skarmory.
  • Johto area Pokémon will also be in more raids.
  • Pokémon from the Johto region will be presented in 7 KM eggs, including Chinchou, Yanma, Girafarig, Pineco, Dunsparce, Gligar, Shuckle, Skarmory and Phanpy.
  • PIkachu wearing a Umbreon hat will be available.
  • Shiny Dunsparce will be presented.
  • Event-specific field research will reward players with encounters featuring Pokémon originally found in the Johto area.
  • Catch and Raid Stardust will be doubled all week.

Completing all of Johto’s timed research will also reward players with ten rare candies and a meeting with Ho-Oh who knows about the event’s exclusive Earthquake movement, in addition to all of the individual task rewards.

2020 Return Challenge: Hoenn Timed Research

The Hoenn Timed Research line will focus on the Pokémon Gen III of the Hoenn region, thinking about it, you guessed it, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. This week’s features and bonuses will include:

  • Hoenn area Pokémon will spawn more frequently, including Skitty, Zangoose, and Seviper.
  • Hoenn area Pokémon will also be in more raids.
  • Hoenn area Pokémon will be featured in 7 KM eggs, including Lotad, Slakoth, Nincada, Skitty, Sableye, Mawile, Trapinch, Feebas and Clamperl.
  • Pikachu wearing a Rayquaza hat will be available.
  • Shiny Skitty will be presented.
  • Event-specific field research will reward players with encounters featuring Pokémon originally found in the Hoenn area.
  • Hatch and Buddy Candy Distance will both be cut in half all week.

Completing all of Hoenn’s timed searches will also reward players with ten rare candies and a meeting with Groudon who knows the event’s exclusive Fire Punch hit, in addition to all of the individual task rewards.

Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh Timed Research

The Sinnoh Timed Research line will focus on the Pokémon Gen IV from the Sinnoh region and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. This week’s features and bonuses will include:

  • Pokémon from the Sinnoh region will appear more frequently, including Cherubi and Glameow.
  • Sinnoh area Pokémon will also be in more raids.
  • Pokémon from the Sinnoh region will be presented in 7 KM eggs, including Cranidos, Shieldon, Glameow, Chingling, Bonsly, Happiny, Gible, Munchlax, Riolu and Mantyke.
  • Pikachu wearing a Lucario hat will be available.
  • Shiny Glameow will be presented.
  • Event-specific field research will reward players with encounters featuring Pokémon originally found in the Sinnoh area.
  • The star pieces, the incense and the lucky eggs will all last an hour.

Completing all timed research Hoenn will also reward players with ten rare candies and an encounter with Cresselia who knows the exclusive Grass Knot movement, in addition to all the rewards for individual tasks.

2020 Special Research Throwback Challenge Champion

Players who complete the four weeks of Throwback challenges will unlock an additional challenge that will be presented during the first week of June. Professor Willow will join the players as they study Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, and Pokémon Gen V of Unova. Players will also discover Pokémon from the Gal VIII Gen region! This return challenge will have four sets of tasks, but players who unlock it will be able to complete it at any time, unlike previous return challenges, which are all timed. For five days, however, players can take advantage of the following bonuses and features:

Completing all Champion 2020 special research will reward players with five rare candies, a pair of Professor Willow’s glasses for their avatar, and encounters with Galarian Meowth, Galarian Stunfisk, and the legendary Pokémon Genesect.

Questions?

Do you have questions about the success of the return challenges? What do you think of this new type of event? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so that you too can become a Pokémon master!

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