Pokémon Go Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020 can be purchased

Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge Champion
Pokemon Go Throwback Challenge Champion (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Originally announced as a reward for completing four weeks of Timed Special Research, the final week of the Throwback Challenge can be purchased.
  • Players who earned the final week can also purchase tickets for slightly different additional rewards.
  • Players who neither earn, nor purchase the Timed Special Research will still encounter Galarian variants in the Wild, Raids, and Eggs.

Today, Niantic announced an addition to the Pokémon Go Throwback Challenge Event. Originally announced as reward for completing four weeks of Throwback Challenges, Trainers will now have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for the final week of the Throwback Challenge. Players who managed to complete all four weeks will also have the option to purchase a ticket which will create a second set of research in which the Pokémon Encounters will be replaced with ten Candies each, and the Avatar item of Professor Willow's glasses will be replaced with Stardust. Tickets will go on sale soon, and can only be purchased with real money - not PokéCoins. Tickets will cost $8 USD or your local equivalant.

Players who earn or purchase a ticket will receive:

  • Galarian Meowth and Galarian Stunfisk encounters.
  • Research Reward Encounters with Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Blitzle, Audino, Darumaka, Gothita, and Genesect.
  • An Avatar item based on Professor Willow's glasses.

The final week of the Throwback Challenge Event will take place on Wednesday, June 3 until Monday, June 8, 2020, at 1 PM local time. Even Trainers who neither earned the final week, nor purchased a ticket will have some fun to look forward to with the following:

  • Galarian Stunfisk will appear in the Wild and in Raids.
  • Galarian Meowth, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galarian Darumaka, and Galarian Stunfisk will hatch from 7 KM Eggs.
  • Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region will be appearing more frequently in the wild.

Are you excited to take part in the final week of the Pokémon Go Throwback Challenge? Have you completed the first three weeks already? 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 too can become a Pokémon Master!

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.