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Throwback Challenge 2020 Kanto tasks leaked in Pokemon Go

Published: 28/Apr/2020 17:00

by Paul Cot

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The first of the Throwback Challenges has been revealed, by mistake, in Pokemon Go. The Kanto Tasks were accidentally made available, showing the tasks and rewards that trainers can look forward to.

They were first leaked when text references to a “Throwback 2020 Celebration” were found. We now know that celebration will come in the form of a Special Research challenge event.

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The timed research events will be broken down into Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and the Sinnoh region. Each will last a week and their times are as follows:

  • Kanto: Friday, May 1, 1pm local time to Friday, May 8, 1pm local time
  • Johto: Friday, May 8, 1pm local time to Friday, May 15, 1pm local time
  • Hoenn: Friday, May 15, 1pm local time to Friday, May 22, 1pm local time
  • Sinnoh: Friday, May 22, 1pm local time to Friday, May 29, 1pm local time
Kanto Johto Hoenn SinnohThere will be Timed Research for each of the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh regions…

Throwback Challenge Champion 2020

If you complete all of the Timed Research for each region you’ll unlock the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research. It will focus on not just Pokemon from the Unova region but also the Galar region, as many trainers will be excited to hear.

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There will be less pressure on this Special Research as it won’t be time-limited. This means you can take as long as you want to complete it – just make sure you complete the four timed ones beforehand.

Notably, one of the rewards within this final challenge is Genesect. The Mythical Unova Pokemon has only been previously available as part of a paid research event.

Kanto tasks and rewards

While we have to wait for May 1 to begin the timed research, the Kanto tasks and rewards have been revealed ahead of time. Some trainers had the research appear for them but it isn’t clear what caused this for those lucky players.

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The tasks and rewards have therefore been captured ahead of time. They are as follows:

Kanto Tasks 1/9

  • Catch 3 Grass, Water or Fire-type Pokemon – 10 Poke Balls
  • Take a snapshot of a Bug-type Pokemon – 5 Pinap Berries
  • Catch a Rock-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Onix Encounter and 2 Golden Razz Berries

Kanto Tasks 2/9

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  • Battle in a raid – Clefairy encounter
  • Transfer 3 Pokemon – 10 Super Potions
  • Catch 1 water-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Starmie encounter and 2 Silver Pinap Berries

Kanto Tasks 3/9

  • Evolve 3 Pokemon – 10 Great Balls
  • Hatch an egg – Snorlax encounter
  • Catch an Electric-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Raichu encounter and 2 Golden Razz Berries

Kanto Tasks 4/9

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  • Give your buddy a treat – Gastly encounter
  • Send a gift to a friend – Dratini encounter
  • Catch a grass-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Tangela encounter and 2 Silver Pinap Berries

Kanto Tasks 5/9

  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy – 10 Ultra Balls
  • Make 3 Great Throws – Chansey encounter
  • Catch a Poison-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Weezing encounter and 2 Golden Razz Berries

Kanto Tasks 6/9

  • Take a snapshot of a Ghost-type Pokemon – Hitmonchan encounter
  • Catch a Fighting-type Pokemon – Lapras encounter
  • Catch a Psychic-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Alakazam encounter and 2 Silver Pinap Berries

Kanto Tasks 7/9

  • Take a snapshot of an Ice-type Pokemon – 10 Hyper Potions
  • Evolve a Pokemon – Aerodactyl encounter
  • Catch a Fire-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Arcanine encounter and 2 Golden Razz Berries

Kanto Tasks 8/9

  • Power up a Pokemon 6 times – 1 Charged TM
  • Battle another Trainer – 1 Star Piece
  • Catch a Ground-type Pokemon – 500 Stardust
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Nidoking encounter and 2 Silver Pinap Berries

Kanto Tasks 9/9

  • Claim Reward (x3) – 3,000 XP
  • Rewards: 10 Rare Candy and Mewtwo encounter
Mewtwo Kanto Tasks Reward
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Mewtwo is a very generous reward for completing the relatively easy Kanto tasks…

Mewtwo encounter

Many of you will notice how easy these tasks are in comparison to other research. This is likely part of the ‘play at home’ initiative.

Getting a Mewtwo encounter is by far the most notable takeaway from this research. Some trainers may even feel they haven’t earned the encounter with the Gen 1 legend given how easy the tasks are.

Regardless, make the most of it and who knows there may even be a shiny available. Given the Kanto tasks, we can expect a similar level of legend for the Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh rewards, too.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Snivy

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.