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Pokémon Go Sinnoh Throwback Challenge event guide

Complete these tasks within a week to get a Cresselia

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Pokémon Go’s Throwback Challenge for the Sinnoh region takes place from May 22 until May 29.

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

A comparison between regular and Shiny Glameow and Purugly. While usually both grey, the Shiny versions are purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image source: Niantic

Throughout the week, Star Pieces and Lucky Eggs will also last for an hour instead of the usual 30 minutes.

The star feature of this event is the special Throwback Challenge. Completing these tasks will reward you with a Cresselia with the move Grass Knot.

There will be five weeks of challenges, Sinnoh being the fourth. Finishing all five weeks (including the previous weeks’ Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn tasks) will reward you with a Genesect. You can also buy a pass for the Genesect challenge, if you missed out on any of the previous weeks’ challenges.

Hoenn Throwback Challenge Tasks

Step 1 of 9

  • Catch 3 grass-, water-, or fire-type Pokémon (10 Poké Balls)
  • Power up a Pokémon (Burmy encounter)
  • Catch a snapshot of a rock-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 2 of 9

  • Take a snapshot of a grass-type Pokémon (5 Razz Berries)
  • Send a gift to a friend (Combee encounter)
  • Catch a grass-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 3 of 9

  • Make 3 nice throws (1 Magnetic Lure Module)
  • Hatch an egg (Bronzor encounter)
  • Catch an fighting-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 4 of 9

  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy (10 Great Balls)
  • Catch a ground-type Pokémon (Skorupi encounter)
  • Catch a water-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 5 of 9

  • Battle another trainer (1 Charged TM)
  • Use 3 berries to help catch Pokémon (1 Sinnoh Stone)
  • Catch a ghost-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 6 of 9

  • Take a snapshot of a steel-type Pokémon (10 Ultra Balls)
  • Give your buddy 3 treats (Hippopotas encounter)
  • Catch a steel-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 7 of 9

  • Evolve a Pokémon (Gible encounter)
  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy (1 Glacial Lure Module)
  • Catch an ice-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 8 of 9

  • Power up Pokémon 3 times (1 Star Piece)
  • Make 3 great throws (1 Fast TM)
  • Catch a electric-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

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

Step 9 of 9

  • 3000 XP
  • 3000 XP
  • 3000 XP

Reward: Cresselia encounter, 10 Rare Candy


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