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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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

Cosplay

Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.

 

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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.

 

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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.