Week 1 challenges and bonuses of Pokemon Go Fest 2020 event

Paul Cot

Pokemon Go Fest 2020 is edging ever closer. In the build to the hugely anticipated event, Niantic have set up three weekly challenges to get trainers rearing to go.

Week 1 of the Go Fest challenge overlaps with July 6, the anniversary of Pokemon Go’s release date. The first of these challenges will put the skills you have learned over the past four years to the test.

The first week will start on Friday, July 3, 8am and finish on Wednesday, July 8, 10pm local time. This means you will have just over five days to complete the “Skill” Timed Research.

Week 1 Skill Challenge tasks and rewards – Full list

There are only three sets of tasks to complete and they are as follows:

GO Fest Skill Challenge 1/3

  • Catch 20 Pokemon – 100 Stardust
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – 10 Poke Balls
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon – 5 Pinap Berries
  • Rewards: 100 XP, 1 Golden Razz Berry, 10 Great Balls

GO Fest Skill Challenge 2/3

  • Catch 30 Pokemon – 300 Stardust
  • Make 10 Great Throws – 10 Great Balls
  • Transfer 20 Pokemon – 20 Poke Balls
  • Rewards: 300 XP, Ducklett encounter, 1 Silver Pinap Berry

GO Fest Skill Challenge 3/3

  • Catch 50 Pokemon – 1,000 Stardust
  • Make an Excellent Throw – 10 Ultra Balls
  • Catch 15 different species of Pokemon – 20 Great Balls
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Flying Pikachu encounter, 1 Star Piece

GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge

  • Catch 100 Pokemon – 5 Poke Balls
  • Catch 25 different species of Pokemon – 5 Great Balls
  • Make 50 Excellent Throws – 5 Ultra Balls
  • Rewards: 500 XP, 500 Stardust, 5 Razz Berries
Pokemon Go Fest 2020 Date
Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will take place on the weekend of the 25th/26th July…

Join forces with other teams to unlock Pokemon

Trainers from each of Instinct, Mystic and Valor will be responsible for unlocking additional Pokemon in the actual Go Fest 2020 on July 25. If one million trainers from each team complete the Skill Timed Research the following species will be made available:

  • Instinct Trainers: Chimecho
  • Mystic Trainers: Alomomola
  • Valor Trainers: Chansey

Completing the Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research will grant you access to the Go Fest Elite Skill Challenge. These are an additional group of difficult tasks but won’t count towards the group unlock goals.


During these five days special Pokemon will also be appearing in the wild. At the top of that list will be Flying Pikachu which is brand new to Pokemon Go.

The dual electric/flying-type (you would have never guessed) can be found not only in the wild but in Raids, too. If you’re really lucky you may even come across its Shiny form as well.

Elsewhere, Ducklett will be introduced to the Pokemon Go world. The Gen 5 dual flying and water-type will be in the wild and 5km eggs.

Finally, the Jump-Start Special Research will be making a return for trainers that haven’t completed it. It was added to Pokemon Go during last year’s anniversary event and will give you the chance to earn a lot of XP, Stardust and Pokemon encounters.

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