'Pokémon Go' Hoenn Throwback Event: Shiny Skitty, Start Time and Everything You Need to Know

The third leg in the month-long Pokémon Go events is about to begin and trainers will transport themselves to the Hoenn region for a new list of tasks and rewards.

The Hoenn Throwback Event will begin this Friday and will be similar to the Kanto and Johto events in previous weeks. Pokémon from the Hoenn region will appear more frequently in the wild including Seviper and Zangoose, both who are region exclusives.

Raid Battles will be populated by Pokémon from the Hoenn region and 7km Eggs will have a higher probability of hatching 'mon from the third generation games. Niantic has confirmed the following Pokémon will hatch more often from 7km Eggs: Lotad, Slakoth, Nincada, Skitty, Sableye, Mawile, Trapinch, Feebas, and Clamperl.

The Legendary Rayquaza was voted as the most popular Pokémon from the Hoenn region in this year's Pokémon Day vote, so Pikachu wearing a Rayquaza hat will start appearing in the wild.

Event-exclusive research tasks and rewards will be what Pokémon Go players should really aim to complete as they'll receive a special Legendary Pokémon. There's a lot to know about the Hoenn Throwback event in Pokémon Go and you can read on for all the details.

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The Pokémon Go Hoenn Throwback Event begins Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. local time and ends Friday, May 22 at 1 p.m. local time.


Like past events, the research tasks this week will have Pokémon Go players complete missions based on the Hoenn region.

You'll be tasked with catching certain types of Pokémon among other activities. The tasks have yet to be revealed, but the Johto research tasks began a day early last week so it may happen again.

Upon completion, Pokémon Go players will receive 10 Rare Candies and an encounter with Groudon knowing the exclusive move, Fire Punch.

Here's the entire special tasks for the Hoenn Throwback event:

Step 1

  • Catch 3 Grass, Water or Fire-type Pokémon
  • Claim Reward
  • Catch a Rock-type Pokémon

Step 2

  • Power up a Pokémon
  • Make 3 Nice Throws
  • Catch a Fighting-type Pokémon

Step 3

  • Send a gift to a friend
  • Make 3 Curveball throws
  • Catch an Electric-type Pokémon

Step 4

  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy
  • Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost
  • Catch a Fire-type Pokémon

Step 5

  • Make 3 Great Throws
  • Power up a Pokémon 3 times
  • Catch a Normal-type Pokémon

Step 6

  • Catch a Water, Electric or Bug-type Pokémon
  • Battle another trainer
  • Catch a Flying-type Pokémon

Step 7

  • Catch a Ghost-type Pokémon
  • Give your buddy three treats
  • Catch a Psychic-type Pokémon

Step 8

  • Take a snapshot of a Water-type Pokémon
  • Evolve a Pokémon
  • Catch a Water-type Pokémon

Step 9

  • Claim Reward
  • Claim Reward
  • Claim Reward


The new Shiny Pokémon debuting in Pokémon Go is Skitty. The Normal-type Pokémon will change its coloring from its original pink to a more reddish/auburn color.

The probability of encountering a Shiny Skitty is increased during the event, and players will have plenty of chances to find one in the wild or by hatching 7km Eggs. It's likely that Skitty will be one of the rewards in the special research tasks as well.


As for the in-game bonuses, the Hoenn Throwback event will be about hatching Eggs and walking with your Buddy Pokémon.

During the duration of the event, the walking distance needed to hatch Eggs will be cut in half as well as the distance needed to earn Buddy Candy.

Are you excited for the Hoenn Throwback event in Pokémon Go? Let us know your favorite Pokémon from Gen 3 in the comments section.