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Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge starting soon: All legendary rewards, more

Published: 30/Apr/2020 19:27

by Paul Cot


The 2020 Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge event is starting. The month long event features challenges related to the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh regions and there’s even a Legendary Pokemon from each generation waiting for you.

It starts on May 1, 1pm PDT and concludes four weeks later on May 29, 1pm PDT. Each of these four weeks is broken down into four Timed Research events, starting with Kanto going all the way through to Gen 4’s Sinnoh region.


Throwback Legendary Pokemon

It is this Timed Research that you’ll need to complete in order to earn an encounter with each generations’ respective Legendary Pokemon. They are as follows:

  • Kanto: Mewtwo with Psystrike
  • Johto: Ho-Oh with Earthquake
  • Hoenn: Groudon with Fire Punch
  • Sinnoh: Cresselia with Grass Knot
Throwback Challenge Cresselia
Cresselia will be available as a reward encounter alongside other legends in Mewtwo, Ho-Oh and Groudon…

The tasks to earn these encounters have yet to be revealed. However, some lucky trainers were given the Kanto portion of the Timed Research early which revealed the entirety of the tasks and rewards available.


Trainers will be delighted by some of the encounters they can earn and will hope the quality of these rewards applies to Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh, too. Given the simplicity of the tasks in the Kanto section, we imagine the following regions’ tasks will be of a similar level.

Champion 2020 Special Research

If you manage to complete all of the above, which seems likely, you’ll be eligible to enter the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research unlock and event. This will focus on Pokemon from the Unova region and even Pokemon from the Galar region. There’s a massive reward awaiting at the end of it too, an encounter with the Mythical Pokemon Genesect!

Throwback Challenge Genesect
The Mythical Genesect will be available outside of a ticketed event for the first in Pokemon Go…

Features and bonuses from each region

The Pokemon featured and bonuses available will change between each week of the Throwback 2020 Challenge event. They are as follows:



  • Appearing more frequently: Chansey, Venonat, more
  • 7km eggs: Venonat, Machop, Onix, Lickitung, Tangela, Scyther, Pinsir, Lapras, and Eevee
  • Pikachu will be wearing a Charizard hat in honor of the fire-starter winning Pokemon of the Year for the Kanto region
  • Bonuses: 2× Catch XP, 2× Raid XP, and 2× Hatch XP


  • Appearing more frequently: Dunsparce, Skarmory, more
  • 7km eggs: Chinchou, Yanma, Girafarig, Pineco, Dunsparce, Gligar, Shuckle, Skarmory, and Phanpy
  • Pikachu will be wearing an Umbreon hat as the Eevee evolution won the Johto Pokemon of the Year award
  • Bonuses: 2× Catch Stardust and 2× Raid Stardust


  • Appearing more frequently: Skitty, Zangoose, Seviper, more
  • 7km eggs: Lotad, Slakoth, Nincada, Skitty, Sableye, Mawile, Trapinch, Feebas, and Clamperl
  • Pikachu will be wearing a Rayquaza hat as the Gen 3 legend won the Heonn Pokemon of the Year
  • Bonuses: Half egg hatch distance and Buddy Candy distance


  • Appearing more frequently: Cherubi, Glameow, more
  • 7km eggs: Cranidos, Shieldon, Glameow, Chingling, Bonsly, Happiny, Gible, Munchlax, Riolu, and Mantyke
  • Pikachu will be wearing a Lucario hat – the popular fighting-type won the Sinnoh Pokemon of the Year award
  • Bonuses: One hour Star Piece, Lucky Egg and Incense duration

Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.