Pokemon Go’s Throwback Challenge of the Hoenn region takes place this weekend until 22nd May giving you a chance to get a Groudon.
The quest is designed to celebrate the third generation of Pokemon and the games released around them – Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.
Just like the previous weekend challenges, Kanto and Johto, the Hoenn Throwback Challenge means the Pokemon from the region will spawn more often.
You can also hatch the seven-kilometer eggs you get during the event, and if you want another Pikachu with a hat on your list, well, there’s another kind during the event.
Skitty will also spawn Shiny for the first time during the challenge event.
How does the Hoenn Throwback Challenge 2020 work in Pokemon Go?
Just like the other Research quests back players complete tasks to earn special rewards.
The Hoenn Throwback Challenge has eight quest steps linked to the Gym Leaders in the games Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.
The other recent quest was paid, but this one is free for all players. You only have a week to access it though and complete every challenge in the event.
When does Hoenn Throwback Challenge start and end?
The Hoenn Throwback Challenge is the third of the five special events running concurrently and starts from Friday, 15th May to Friday, 22nd May at 1pm local time.
If you completed the Kanto and Johto Throwback Challenge then continue on to complete Hoenn and the following Sinnoh Throwback Challenge.
Once you complete all four you’ll unlock the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 event that will run from 3rd June to 8th June. Finishing all five weeks will reward you with a Genesect.
Hoenn Throwback Challenge 2020 quest steps
Catch a Rock-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Catch three Fire, Grass or Water-type Pokemon – 10x Poke Balls
Johto Throwback Challenge make-up reward – 5x rare candies
Rewards: 2x Razz Berry, 1x Pinap Berry and a Nosepass encounter
Catch a Fighting-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Power up a Pokemon – 5x Pinap Berries
Make three nice throws – Lairon encounter
Rewards: 1x Razz Berry, 2x Pinap Berries and a Hariyama encounter
Catch an Electric-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Send a gift to a friend – 1x incense
Make three Curveball Throws – Wailmer encounter
Rewards: 2x Razz Berries, 1x Pinap Berry and a Manectric encounter
Catch a Fire-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Earn a candy while walking your Buddy – Trapinch encounter
Catch three weather boosted Pokemon – Bagon
Rewards: 1x Razz Berry, 2x Pinap Berries and Camerupt encounter
Catch a Normal-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Make three Great Throws – Shedinja encounter
Power up a Pokemon three times – 10x Great Balls
Rewards: 2x Razz Berries, 1x Pinap Berry, Slakoth encounter
Catch a Flying-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Catch a Water, Bug or Electric-type Pokemon – 10x Ultra balls
Battle another trainer – Absol encounter
Rewards: 1x Razz Berry, 2x Pinap Berries and a Swellow encounter
Catch a Psychic-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Catch a Ghost-type Pokemon – 5x Revives
Give your Buddy 3x treats – 1x Charge TM
Rewards: 2x Razz Berries, 1x Pinap Berry and Claydol encounter
Catch a Water-type Pokemon – 500 stardust
Take a snapshot of Water-type Pokemon – Clamperl encounter
Evolve a Pokemon – 1x Star Piece
Rewards: 1x Razz Berry, 2x Pinap Berries and a Sealeo encounter
3x claim reward 3000 XP
Reward: 10 Rare Candies, Groudon encounter with Fire Punch
Hoenn Throwback Challenge 2020 Research Tasks
There are a range of themed Research Tasks that you get from spinning PokeStops. They are as follows:
Battle another trainer – Combusken encounter
Catch an Electric-type Pokemon – Swellow encounter
Catch 2x Normal-type Pokemon – Skitty encounter
Earn a heart with your Buddy – Marshtomp encounter
Evolve a Pokemon – Snorunt encounter
Give your Buddy a treat – Corphish encounter
Play with your Buddy – Lotad encounter
Send 2x Gifts – Treecko encounter
Trade a Pokemon – Ralts encounter
The Research Tasks will only appear for the event, but if you collect it, you can hold on to it after the event and complete it then.
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