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Pokémon Go Mega Buddy Challenge event guide: Timed Research and rewards

Prepare for Mega Gengar’s arrival

A Pokémon trainer sends out a Mega Beedrill Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
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Pokémon Go is having another event to celebrate Mega Evolution from Sept. 22 until Sept. 28.

During the event period, Mega Evolution and Poffins will both last for 12 hours. Pokémon like Exeggutor, Onix, Arbok, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and others will also have increased spawns during the event.

Doduo is also making its Shiny debut, so keep your eyes out for a green bird.

Normal and Shiny Doduo and Dodrio. Instead of brown, the Shiny forms are a lime green. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Go Mega Buddy Challenge Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Battle another trainer 5 Venusaur, Charizard, or Blastoise Mega Energy
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon Doduo encounter
Defeat a Team Rocket grunt 10 Beedrill Mega Energy
Mega Evolve a Beedrill 20 Beedrill Mega Energy

The Timed Research during the event is important, as it needs to be completed in order to gain access to a Halloween Timed Research that will reward Mega Gengar.

Mega Buddy Challenge

Step 1 of 4

  • Catch 5 Pokémon (3 Razz Berries)
  • Make 5 Great Throws (3 Poké Balls)
  • Give your buddy 3 treads (Houndour encounter)

Reward: 35 Mega Beedrill Energy, 500 Stardust, 1,000 XP

Step 2 of 4

  • Catch 10 Pokémon (3 Pinap Berries)
  • Use 5 berries to help catch Pokémon (3 Poké Ball)
  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy (Buneary encounter)

Reward: 50 Mega Beedrill Energy, 1,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP

Step 3 of 4

  • Catch 9 different species of Pokémon (3 Golden Razz Berries)
  • Mega Evolve a Pokémon (3 Great Balls)
  • Earn 7 hearts with your buddy (Haunter encounter)

Reward: 60 Mega Beedrill Energy, 1,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP

Step 4 of 4

  • Claim reward (3 Silver Pinap Berry)
  • Claim reward (10 Poké Ball)
  • Claim reward (5 Ultra Ball)

Reward: Snorlax encounter, 2,000 Stardust, 5,000 XP

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