Pokémon Go Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 tasks, rewards and ticket price explained

Everything you need to know about the grand finale to the Throwback quest series.

'Throwback Challenge Champion' is the last of the Throwback Challenges special research questlines that have been running in Pokémon Go.

While the previous Throwback Challenge quests have been themed are a specific region in the Pokémon universe - Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh - 'Throwback Challenge Champion' is more focused on achieving great feats in Pokémon Go.

It also introduces a range of Galarian Pokémon, such as Galarian Meowth, which, like the Alolan Pokémon before them, are Pokémon forms that are specific to the Galar region.

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How 'Throwback Challenge Champion' works in Pokémon Go, including event date and time

'Throwback Challenge Champion' is a unique research quest in Pokémon Go, because it's both a paid in-game event along the lines of 'A Drive to Investigate' and is unlocked for free by players who completed the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh Throwback quests.

The 'Throwback Challenge Champion' research quest will be available for purchase or unlocking between Wednesday, 3rd June to Monday, 8th June 2020. It will both start and end at 1pm your local time.

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If you haven't completed the past four Throwback Challenges, then you can partake in this event by purchasing a ticket throughout its duration. The Special Research will become available to do shortly after this purchase.

'Throwback Challenge Champion' works like the other Special Research questlines, such as the previous paid in-game event, 'A Colossal Discovery.'

The questline will be broken down into several steps, which each contain three individual challenges that you need to complete. You'll be rewarded for each individual challenge and quest step that you complete.

If you're unable to complete 'Throwback Challenge Champion' during the event's time period, then you'll still be able to finish the Special Research after Monday, 8th June.

The only restriction is that you must either purchase or collect 'Throwback Challenge Champion' by Monday, 8th June or else you won't be able to partake in the questline.

'Throwback Challenge Champion' quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find the five quest steps that 'Throwback Challenge Champion' consists of, including the three individual challenges each one contains.

Be warned, however, this section is full of spoilers for both the challenges and the rewards you'll receive for completing them.

Thank you to eyeyams from reddit for the help with these challenges.

'Throwback Challenge Champion' Step 1 of 5

Rewards: Gothita encounter, 500 Stardust and 500 XP

'Throwback Challenge Champion' Step 2 of 5

  • Evolve 5 Pokémon - x5 Rare Candy
  • Hatch 15 eggs - Oshawott encounter
  • Win 15 raids - x10 Max Revive

Rewards: Darumaka encounter, 500 Stardust and 500 XP

'Throwback Challenge Champion' Step 3 of 5

  • Make an Excellent Throw - x30 Ultra Balls
  • Battle another Trainer 15 times - Tepig encounter
  • Power up Pokémon 15 times - 500 Stardust

Rewards: Blitzle encounter, 500 Stardust and 500 XP

'Throwback Challenge Champion' Step 4 of 5

  • Give your buddy 15 treats - x1 Golden Razz Berry
  • Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon - Snivy encounter
  • Take 15 snapshots - x1 Silver Pinap Berry

Rewards: Audino encounter, 500 Stardust and 500 XP

'Throwback Challenge Champion' Step 5 of 5

  • Claim reward - x1 Fast TM
  • Claim reward - Galarian Stunfisk
  • Claim reward - x1 Charged TM

Rewards: Genesect, x5 Rare Candies and Prof. Willow Glasses

Everything else you need to know about 'Throwback Challenge Champion' in Pokémon Go

Even if you don't take part in the 'Throwback Challenge Champion' research quest, there are still a variety of bonuses that you can take advantage of throughout this event.

The first is that Gen 5 Pokémon will appear more frequently in Pokémon Go.

Secondly, Galarian Stunfisk will appear both in the wild and in raids. This means that you can still add it to your Pokédex even if you're not completing the 'Throwback Challenge Champion' research.

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Pokemon_Galarian_Zigzagoon
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You can hatch Galar region Pokémon from 7km eggs.

Finally, for the duration of this event, 7km eggs will hatch a variety of Galarian Pokémon and, sadly, their usual forms too.

The Pokémon available from 7km eggs are:

  • Galarian Meowth
  • Galarian Zigzagoon
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Galarian Stunfisk
  • Meowth
  • Zigzagoon
  • Darumaka

How much does 'Throwback Challenge Champion' in Pokémon Go cost?

If you haven't unlocked 'Throwback Challenge Champion' by completing the past Throwback challenges, then a ticket will cost £7.99 / $7.99.

The ticket is nonrefundable and you can't purchase it using PokéCoins.

Tickets will be available for purchase from when the event goes live at 1pm on Wednesday, June 3rd to 1pm on Monday, June 8th. This means that, if you haven't unlocked the research quest, you can purchase a ticket at any point during the event.


Pokemon Go has a busy summer ahead! Start by completing the Skill Go Fest challenges and catching newly released Gen 5 Pokémon. For new starters, the Jump-start Research has returned, too. 2020 has seen several new features - such the arrival of the Go Battle League, Remote Raids and the trade evolution feature. There are also planned changes to PokéCoins on the way. Last year saw the release of new regional exclusive Pokémon and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day.


How to purchase a ticket for 'Throwback Challenge Champion' in Pokémon Go

You can purchase a ticket for 'Throwback Challenge Champion' research quest from the in-game Pokémon Go store.

You can access the in-game sore from the main Poké Ball menu. While you're in the store, scroll down until you find a ticketed-event banner advertising 'Throwback Challenge Champion.'

Select 'Learn More' beneath this banner and then the option to 'Purchase.' This will then take you through the steps to purchase the event ticket.

After this has been completed successfully, you'll receive a pop-up informing you that a ticket for 'Throwback Challenge Champion' has been purchased and is in your Item Bag.

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