Pokémon Go: Throwback Challenge week three

Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge

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The last Pokémon Go event, Throwback Challenge 2020, is here, and it’s going to be a busy month for all of you Pokémon trainers! Each week, new timed research will be presented, and we at iMore have all the details for the third week – Hoenn Timed Research!

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 for a week of the Throwback Challenge, you get the timed search line in your view today. From there, you can finish the search for a defined period of time, after which all that remains incomplete will disappear.

Each week in May 2020 will have a different timed search line, and by completing them all, you will unlock an additional line in the first week of June. Weeks should start every Friday at 1 p.m. local hour. The second week in Johto just ended on May 15, 2020 and we are now moving to the third week in the Hoenn area.

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Throwback Challenge 2020: Hoenn Timed Research

This week’s special timed research line includes a large number of Gen III Pokémon in the Hoenn area. We have Pokémon reward encounters for each stage, as well as for some of the individual tasks, and more of these Pokémon have the potential to be brilliant. Almost all of the steps in this timed research line can be done without ever leaving home, and all can be done solo. The only task that might require leaving the house is to win a Candy Walking with your Buddy Pokémon. For this, we recommend that you assign a Pokémon Buddy that requires only one kilometer to win a Candy, like Magikarp or Pikachu.

  • The asterisk indicates that Pokémon have the potential to be brilliant

The first step

Pokemon Go 299 Nosepass

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  1. Catch three Grass, Water, or Fire Pokémon for ten Poké Balls.
  2. Semi-automatic entry for five rare sweets.
  3. Catch a Rock-type Pokémon for 500 Stardust.

Completion Rewards: Meet Nosepass, a Pinap Berry, two Razz Berries.

Second step

Pokemon Go 297 Hariyama

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  1. Power up a Pokémon for five Pinap berries.
  2. Make three pretty throws for a meeting with Lairon *.
  3. Catch a Combat-type Pokémon for 500 Stardust.

Completion rewards: meeting with Hariyama *, two Pinap bays, a Razz bay.

Third step

Pokemon Go 310 Manectric

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  1. Send a gift to a friend for an incense.
  2. Make three Curve Ball throws for a meeting with Wailmer *.
  3. Catch an electric-type Pokémon for 500 Stardust.

Completion Rewards: Manectric * encounter, one Pinap bay, two Razz bays.

Step four

Pokemon Go 323 Camerupt Man

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  1. Earn a treat by walking with your Pokémon friend for a Trapinch * encounter. Tip: you can use a 1 KM Buddy Pokémon like Magikarp or Pikachu to finish as fast!
  2. Catch three Pokémon with weather boost for an encounter with Bagon *.
  3. Catch a Fire-type Pokémon for 500 Stardust.

Completion Rewards: Camerupt encounter, two Pinap bays, one Razz bay.

Step five

Pokemon Go 287 Slakoth

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  1. Make three big shots for a meeting with Shedinja.
  2. Feed Pokémon three times for ten large balls.
  3. Catch a Normal type Pokémon for 500 Stardust.

Completion Rewards: Meet Slakoth *, a Pinap Berry, two Razz Berries.

Step six

Pokemon Go 277 Swellow

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  1. Catch a Water, Electric, or Bug-type Pokémon for ten Ultra Balls.
  2. Fight another trainer for an Absol * match.
  3. Catch a Flying type Pokémon for 500 Stardust.

Completion Rewards: Swellow * encounter, two Pinap bays, one Razz bay.

Step seven

Pokemon Go 344 Claydol

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  1. Catch a ghost-type Pokémon for five resuscitations.
  2. Treat Buddy Pokémon to three treats for a Charged TM.
  3. Catch a Psychic Pokémon for 500 Star Dust.

Completion Rewards: Claydol * encounter, one Pinap berry, two Razz bays.

Step eight

Pokemon Go 364 Sealeo

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  1. Take a snapshot of a Water-type Pokémon for a meeting with Clamperl *.
  2. Evolve a Pokémon to get a star coin.
  3. Catch a Water-type Pokémon for 500 Star Dust.

Rewards for completion: meeting with Sealeo, two Pinap bays, a Razz bay.

Step nine

Pokemon Go 383 Groudon

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  1. Automatically completed for 3000 XP
  2. Automatically completed for 3000 XP
  3. Automatically completed for 3000 XP

Completion Rewards: Groudon * meets the exclusive Fire Punch and ten rare candies.


To help you accomplish these timed search tasks, the following features and bonuses will be in effect throughout the week:

  • Hoenn region Pokémon will appear more frequently, including Skitty *, Zangoose * and Seviper *.
  • Hoenn area Pokémon will also be in more raids.
  • Pokémon from the Hoenn region 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.

And after?

Once you’ve completed these timed search tasks, you can sit back, relax, and wait for next week’s Throwback challenge to unlock. From Friday May 22 at 1 p.m. local time, the Sinnoh Timed Research line will be unlocked. As soon as he does, we will be there to update you on each task involved.


Do you have questions about the end of the third week of the Throwback Challenge event? What Pokémon and Rewards do you hope to see next week? 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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