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Every Pokemon GO Johto Throwback Challenge Task and Reward

by Thomas Wilde

Pokemon GO trainers have a big weekend ahead of them with the Johto Throwback Challenge. You have one week, starting at 1 PM local time on Friday the 8th and ending exactly one week later on May 15th at 1 PM, to complete all the tasks in this Timed Research quest. Here’s what you need to do, and what you’ll get along the way.

Every Pokemon GO Johto Throwback Challenge Task and Reward

During the week of the timed Johto Throwback Challenge, Johto-region Pokemon will spawn more frequently out in the world, in raids, and from any seven-kilometer eggs that you get during the event. (Note: not that you hatch during the event, but that you acquire in the next week.) You’ll also earn double the XP from catching Pokemon and raiding. Watch out for your chance to catch a Shiny Dunsparce, which you couldn’t get before now, as well as a new hat for Pikachus. This time, it’s an Umbreon cap, as an obvious attempt at camouflage.

Here’s what you have to do to complete this week’s Timed Research, earn a fat stack of rewards, and get your shot at capturing a legendary Ho-Oh. There are 27 steps on the quest in total, but the last 3 are just showing up to collect your bonus XP. Go ahead and take that victory lap while you’re at it.

Note: the tasks in the below table are organized by when you earn rewards, not task order. You don’t need to do these all in a row, and in fact, will probably end up unlocking a bunch of these accidentally over the course of your usual activities. Encounters that you earn via one of the steps or tasks can also be leveraged to complete another step or task; for example, if you capture the Spinarak from the encounter in the first task of Step 2, you get credit for the third task.




Completion Reward


Catch three grass, water, or fire-type Pokemon

10 Pokeballs

1 Silver Pinap Berry, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Xatu encounter

Send a gift to a friend

Dunsparce encounter

Catch a flying-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Play with your buddy

Spinarak encounter

1 Rare Candy, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Starmie encounter

Give your buddy three treats

5 Razz Berries

Catch 1 bug-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Make 3 Great Throws

1 Charged TM

1 Silver Pinap Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Miltank encounter

Hatch an Egg

Snubbull Encounter

Catch 1 normal-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Evolve a Pokemon

Sudowoodo encounter

1 Golden Razz Candy, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Misdreavus encounter

Catch 5 different species of Pokemon

10 Great Balls

Catch 1 ghost-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Take a snapshot of your buddy

Shuckle encounter

2 Golden Razz Berries Candy, 1 Silver Pinap Berry, Hitmontop encounter

Make 4 Nice Curveball Throws

Mantine encounter

Catch 1 fighting-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Catch 1 electric-type Pokemon

1 Incense

1 Golden Razz Berry, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Skarmory encounter

Power up Pokemon three times

Lapras encounter

Catch 1 steel-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Evolve a Pokemon

1 King’s Rock

1 Silver Pinap Berry, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Piloswine encounter

Catch 1 water-type Pokemon

Gilgar encounter

Catch 1 ice-type Pokemon

500 Stardust


Take a snapshot of an ice-type Pokemon

1 Dragon Scale

1 Golden Razz Berry, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Donphan encounter

Battle another Trainer

10 Ultra Balls

Power up Pokemon 6 times

500 Stardust


Collect the rewards!

3,000 XP x3

10 Rare Candies, Ho-Oh encounter

This is the second of four Throwback Challenge quests during the month of May. If you can complete all four, you’ll earn access to the Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research, which rewards encounters with Genesect, Galarian Meowth, and Galarian Stunfisk. You’ll also receive Professor Willow’s glasses as a cosmetic item for your avatar. It’s cool, he doesn’t care. It’s not like he ever actually wears them on his face, as people do.

 Good luck during the Challenge, trainers. Stop by our Pokemon GO hub page for more useful tips and tricks, including:

Pokemon GO is heating up this week, between the next season of the Battle League on the 11th and the Johto Challenge. Have you already burned through all 27 steps and earned your bird, or are you watching the clock and waiting for your time zone to tick over? Check in with our Pokemon trainers via our official Twitter, @PrimaGames.

Thomas Wilde

Thomas has been writing about video games in one capacity or another since 2002. He likes survival horror, Marvel Comics, and 2D fighters, so that one part of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite where Spider-Man teams up with Frank West and Chris Redfield was basically his fanboy apotheosis. He has won World War II 49 separate times.