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Pokémon Go Hoenn Throwback Challenge event guide

Complete the tasks and get a Groudon

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Groudon in Pokémon Go Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

Pokémon Go’s Throwback Challenge for the Hoenn region takes place from May 15 until May 22.

Pokémon from the Hoenn region will start spawning more frequently, as well as hatching out of seven kilometer eggs you obtain during this event period. Pikachu with Rayquaza hats will spawn during the event period, adding yet another variation to the “Pikachu in hats” list. Skitty will also be spawning Shiny for the first time during this event.

A comparison between Shiny and regular Skitty and Delcatty. Shiny Skitty is slightly orange, whereas Delcatty changes from purple to pink. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image source: Niantic

Throughout the week, the distance you need to walk to hatch eggs and earn buddy candy will be halved.

There’s also a batch of Field Research tasks players can complete to encounter some Hoenn region Pokémon:

Pokémon Go Hoenn Throwback Challenge Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Battle another trainer Combusken encounter
Catch an electric-type Pokémon Swellow encounter
Catch 2 normal-type Pokémon Skitty encounter
Earn a heart with your buddy Marshtomp encounter
Evolve a Pokémon Snorunt encounter
Give your buddy a treat Corphish encounter
Play with your buddy Lotad encounter
Send 2 gifts Treecko encounter
Trade a Pokémon Ralts encounter

The star feature of this event is the special Throwback Challenge. Completing these tasks will reward you with a Groudon with the move Fire Punch. You’ll also get rewards like Incense and rare Pokémon encounters like Shedinja along the way.

There will be five weeks of challenges, Hoenn being the third. Finishing all five weeks (including the previous weeks’ Kanto tasks and Johto tasks) will reward you with a Genesect.

Hoenn Throwback Challenge Tasks

Step 1 of 9

  • Catch 3 grass-, water-, or fire-type Pokémon (10 Poké Balls)
  • 5 Rare Candy
  • Catch a rock-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Nosepass encounter, 1 Pinap Berry, 2 Razz Berries

Step 2 of 9

  • Power up a Pokémon (5 Pinap Berries)
  • Make 3 Nice Throws (Lairon encounter)
  • Catch a fighting-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Hariyama encounter, 1 Razz Berry, 2 Pinap Berry

Step 3 of 9

  • Send a gift to a friend (1 Incense)
  • Make 3 curveball throws (Wailmer encounter)
  • Catch an electric-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Manectric encounter, 1 Pinap Berry, 2 Razz Berries

Step 4 of 9

  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy (Trapinch encounter)
  • Catch 3 Pokémon with weather boost (Bagon encounter)
  • Catch a fire-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Camerupt encounter, 1 Razz Berry, 2 Pinap Berries

Step 5 of 9

  • Make 3 great throws (Shedinja encounter)
  • Power up a Pokémon 3 times (10 Great Balls)
  • Catch a normal-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Slakoth encounter, 1 Pinap Berry, 2 Razz Berries

Step 6 of 9

  • Catch a water-, electric, or bug-type Pokémon (10 Ultra Balls)
  • Battle another trainer (Absol encounter)
  • Catch a flying-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Swellow encounter, 1 Razz Berry, 2 Pinap Berries

Step 7 of 9

  • Catch a ghost-type Pokémon (5 Revives)
  • Give your buddy 3 treats (1 Charged TM)
  • Catch a psychic-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Claydol encounter, 1 Pinap Berry, 2 Razz Berries

Step 8 of 9

  • Take a snapshot of a water-type Pokémon (Clamperl encounter)
  • Evolve a Pokémon (1 Star Piece)
  • Catch a water-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Reward: Sealeo encounter, 1 Razz Berry, 2 Pinap Berries

Step 9 of 9

  • 3000 XP
  • 3000 XP
  • 3000 XP

Reward: Groudon encounter, 10 Rare Candy


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