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Hoenn tasks and rewards revealed for Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge

by Paul Cot
Pokemon Company

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The Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge has been giving us weekly special research, going through the franchise's first four regions. Here are all the Hoenn tasks and rewards.

Officially, the Hoenn portion of the Throwback Challenge begins on May 15 at 1pm in your local time. Thanks to time differences across the world, we can now share all the tasks and rewards for the Hoenn research.

Trainers have been completing the nine stages of tasks, being rewarded with various items and encounters along the way. The real incentive for completing them, though, is the Legendary Pokemon that awaits at the end.

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Hoenn Pokemon Ruby Sapphire
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The Hoenn region was first introduced in the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games.

All Hoenn tasks and rewards list

There is a pre-reward of 5 Rare Candy which makes up for a mistake in the previous challenge.

Hoenn Tasks 1/9

  • Catch 3 Grass, Water or Fire-type Pokemon - 10 Poke Balls
  • Claim reward - 5 Rare Candy
  • Catch a Rock-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Pinap Berry, Nosepass Encounter and 2 Razz Berries

Hoenn Tasks 2/9

  • Power Up Pokemon - 5 Pinap Berries
  • Make 3 Nice Throws - Lairon encounter
  • Catch a Fighting-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Razz Berry, Hariyama encounter and 2 Pinap Berries

Hoenn Tasks 3/9

  • Send a Gift to a friend - 1 Incense
  • Make 3 Curveball Throws - Wailmer encounter
  • Catch an Electric-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Pinap Berry, Manectric encounter and 2 Razz Berries

Hoenn Tasks 4/9

  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy - Trapinch encounter
  • Catch 3 Pokemon with Weather Boost - Bagon encounter
  • Catch a Fire-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Razz Berry, Camerupt encounter and 2 Pinap Berries

Hoenn Tasks 5/9

  • Make 3 Great Throws - Shedinja encounter
  • Power up Pokemon 3 times - 10 Great Balls
  • Catch a Normal-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Pinap Berry, Slakoth encounter and 2 Razz Berries

Hoenn Tasks 6/9

  • Catch a Water, Electric or Bug-type Pokemon - 10 Ultra Balls
  • Battle another Trainer - Absol encounter
  • Catch a Flying-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Razz Berry, Swellow encounter and 2 Pinap Berries

Hoenn Tasks 7/9

  • Catch a Ghost-type Pokemon - 5 Revives
  • Give your buddy 3 treats - 1x Charged TM
  • Catch a Psychic-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Pinap Berry, Claydol encounter, 2 Razz Berries

Hoenn Tasks 8/9

  • Take a snapshot of a Water-type Pokemon - Clamperl encounter
  • Evolve a Pokemon - Star Piece
  • Catch a Water-type Pokemon - 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Razz Berry, Sealeo encounter, 2 Pinap Berries

Hoenn Tasks 9/9

  • Claim Reward (x3) - 3,000 XP
  • Rewards: 10 Rare Candy and Groudon encounter

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Groudon awaits

Special editions of Mewtwo and Ho-Oh were the respective rewards for the first two challenges and now we're getting a special Groudon. The Gen III legend will have the exclusive move Fire Punch.

This is by no means a powerful move, even within the fire category. It is great for GO Battle League due to it being a three-bar Charge Move, and having a low energy requirement.

A fire-type move will also be unexpected. Nevertheless, we'd recommend giving it another Charge Move – Earthquake – although this will cost a painful 100,000 Stardust.


Trainers will have until May 22, 1pm local time to complete the challenge and then the Sinnoh portion will begin. If you have already completed the first two and then complete the Hoenn and Sinnoh challenges, further special research awaits.