Pokémon Go Anniversary Challenge Week Three: Friendship

Pokemon Go Fest Anniversary Weeklychallenges
Pokemon Go Fest Anniversary Weeklychallenges (Image credit: Niantic)

Pokémon GO Fest 2020 is almost here. To prepare, there will be three weeks of Timed Research Challenges. Trainers will get awesome individual rewards, as well as have the chance to unlock Pokémon for Pokémon GO Fest 2020. The third week has officially begun and we have everything you need to know to complete this week's Timed Research!

What is a Timed Research Challenge?

Introduced in the Throwback Challenge Event, a Timed Research Challenge is Special Research that must be completed in a set period of time. If it isn't completed before the time expires, it will disappear forever. There are bonuses during the Timed Research which will make it easier to complete and the bonuses are pretty awesome. For this Timed Research Challenge, there are both individual rewards and group rewards in the form of Pokémon unlocked for Pokémon GO Fest 2020.

Week Three: Friendship

Pokémon Go Buddy Adventure (Image credit: Niantic)

The third week is themed around Friendship. Research involves earning Hearts and Candies with your Buddy Pokémon and sending Gifts to your fellow Pokémon Trainer friends. It began on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 8 AM local time and will conclude on July 22, 2020 at 10 PM local time.

Step One

  • Earn a Heart with your Buddy Pokémon for one Razz Berry.
  • Send a Gift to a Friend for 100 Stardust.
  • Play with your Buddy Pokémon for one Pinap Berry.

Completion Rewards: 100 XP, 100 Stardust, and ten PokéBalls.

Step Two

  • Send five Gifts to Friends for ten Pinap Berries.
  • Earn five Hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for ten Razz Berries.
  • Earn a Candy walking with your Buddy Pokémon for one Rare Candy.

Completion Rewards: 300 XP, 300 Stardust, and an Alolan Raichu encounter.

Step Three

  • Take a snapshot of your Buddy Pokémon for ten Pinap Berries.
  • Send ten Gifts to Friends for 500 Stardust.
  • Earn ten Hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for 20 Razz Berries.

Completion Rewards: one Rare Candy, one Lucky Egg, and a Petilil encounter.

Elite Challenge

In addition to the set of Timed Research, there is also an Elite Challenge.

  • Use 30 Berries to help catch Pokémon for five Nanab Berries.
  • Send 30 Gifts to Friends for five Razz Berries.
  • Earn 30 Hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for five Pinap Berries.

Completion Rewards: 500 XP, 500 Stardust, and five Razz Berries.

Team Bonuses

Pokemon 176 Togetic (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokemon 147 Dratini (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokemon 607 Litwick (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Source: The Pokémon Company

In addition to the individual rewards, there are team based rewards as well.

  • One million Team Instinct Trainers completing the Research will unlock Togetic.
  • One million Team Mystic Trainers completing the Research will unlock Dratini.
  • One million Team Valor Trainers completing the Research will unlock Litwick.


On top of the Timed Research, Team Challenges, and Elite Challenge, there will be plenty of bonuses during the week:

  • Summer themed Pokémon will spawn in the wild, hatch from Eggs, and appear in raids.
  • Shiny Bellsprout will be appearing.
  • Petilil will be introduced, spawning in the wild when the weather is sunny and hatching from 5 KM Eggs.
  • Summer Style Pikachu will also be spawning in the wild.
  • A Snapshot Surprise will pop up during this event.


Do you have any questions about the first week of the Pokémon Go Anniversary Challenge? Which bonus or new Pokémon are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so you can be the very best like no one ever was!

Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.