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Skill Go Fest Challenge tasks, rewards, Elite tasks and unlock goals in Pokémon Go explained

Everything you need to know about the first set of Go Fest Weekly Challenges.

The Go Fest Skill Challenge in Pokémon Go is one of three Timed Research quests that will be released prior to Go Fest 2020.

This challenge set focuses on your skills playing Pokémon Go and, if you manage to complete it, then you'll be helping every other member of your chosen team complete a special goal.

While Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill is active, you'll also have the chance to begin Jump Start Research if you missed it.

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How the 'Go Fest Skill Challenge' works in Pokémon Go

The Go Fest Skill Challenge works like the other previous Research quests that were introduced in March 2018, where players can complete various tasks for special rewards.

The only difference is that, like the Throwback Challenges that ran in May, Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill is a Timed Research quest, which means that you must complete it before the quest expires.

The Go Fest Skill Challenge consists of three quest steps, with each one containing three individual challenges. These challenges will be designed to test your skills at Pokémon Go, while the name of the questline suggests.

If you manage to complete Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill before the deadline, you'll be able to access the Go Fest Elite Skill Challenge.

Jump-Start Special Research, which debuted last year as part of the third anniversary celebrations, is also available during this week. This means, you missed it last year, you now have the opportunity to start this special research quest.

'Go Fest Skill Challenge' quest steps in Pokémon Go explained

Below you'll find all the steps and confirmed rewards for Go Fest Skill Challenge. This section does, however, contain spoilers for this Timed Research challenge.

'Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill' Step 1 of 3

  • Catch 20 Pokémon - 100 Stardust
  • Make 5 Nice Throws - 10 Pokéballs
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon - 5 Pinap Berries

Step 1 completion rewards: 100 XP, 1 Golden Razzberry, 10 Great Balls

'Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill' Step 2 of 3

  • Catch 30 Pokémon - 300 Stardust
  • Make 10 Great Throws - 10 Great Balls
  • Transfer 20 Pokémon - 20 Pokéballs

Step 2 completion rewards: Ducklett encounter, 300 XP, 1 Silver Pinap Berry

'Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill' Step 3 of 3

  • Catch 50 Pokémon - 1,000 Stardust
  • Make an Excellent Throw - 10 Ultra Balls
  • Catch 15 different species of Pokémon - 20 Great Balls

Step 3 completion rewards: Flying Pikachu encounter, 1 Rare Candy, 1 Star Piece

Remember, you have until Wednesday, 8th July 2020 at 10pm local time to complete these challenges.

Thanks to SilphScience on reddit for helping fill in the gaps with the above.

Elite 'Go Fest Skill Challenge' quest steps in Pokémon Go explained

Once you have completed the above steps before the Wednesday, 8th July 2020 deadline, the Elite Go Fest Skill Challenge will unlock.

You also have until Wednesday, 8th July 2020 at 10pm local time to complete the following. However, they do not contribute to the global competition tally for Go Fest (see below for more details) and, as you can see, the rewards aren't anything to lose sleep over if you struggle to do them in time.

Elite 'Go Fest Skill Challenge' Step 1 of 1

  • Catch 100 Pokémon - 5 Pokéballs
  • Catch 25 different species of Pokémon - 5 Great Balls
  • Make 50 Excellent Throws - 5 Ultra Balls

Elite step completion rewards: 500 XP, 500 Stardust, 5 Razz Berries

As Niantic itself says, these are for "personal bragging rights", so see their completion as their own reward.

'Go Fest Skill Challenge' unlock goals in Pokémon Go explained

Aside from the rewards you'll gain simply from completing Go Fest Skill Challenge, completing the challenge set will see you contribute to a global competition tally.

The tally you're assigned to depends on which Pokémon Go team you're currently one - Mystic, Instinct or Valor.

When a minimum of one million trainers for a specific team, Mystic for example, completes Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill, a new Pokémon will be unlocked for Go Fest 2020. If this goal is not reached, then the Pokémon will not appear during the event.

Below you can find which Pokémon have been assigned to each and will be released if the one million goal is reached:

  • One million Team Mystic - Alomomola
  • One million Team Instinct - Chimecho
  • One million Team Valor - Chansey
These Pokémon will be added to Go Fest 2020 if the goals can be reached.

Each Go Fest Weekly Challenge has it's own set of unlockable goals, which means that completing all three of the challenge sets will help add even more rare Pokémon to Go Fest 2020.


New to the game is a long overdue Mega Evolution update, which has arrived alongside the A Mega Moment research. May 2022 is closing with the Alola to Alola event and special research quest, which has four different sets of challenges for you to choose from. Currently both the Ultra League and Element Cup are running in the Go Battle League. Elsewhere, we've recently seen the release of more Gen 7 Pokémon as part of the Season of Alola. The first details surrounding Go Fest 2022 have also been announced, including the event date.


'Go Fest Skill Challenge' dates and times in Pokémon Go explained

The Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill is the first of three Timed Research challenge sets that will be released in the weeks prior to Go Fest 2020.

'Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill' runs from Friday, 3rd July to Wednesday, 8th July; beginning at 8am and ending at 10pm local time.

If you complete Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill before 10pm on Wednesday, 8th July, you'll unlock access to the Go Fest Elite Skill Challenge.

Good luck completing Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research quest!

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