'Pokémon Go' Kanto Challenge: Start Time, Research Tasks, Raids and More

Less than a day after the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto, the mobile game is giving trainers a second dose of Kanto region goodness with another event.

The Kanto Challenge event, similar to other Challenge events from other regions, will not just have trainers catching a slew of Pokémon from Generation One, but see the return of four Legendary Pokémon and access to previous Community Day attacks.

Here's everything you need to know about the Pokémon Go Kanto Challenge.

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POKEMON GO KANTO CHALLENGE START TIME

The Pokémon Go Kanto Challenge event begins Sunday, February 21 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. local time.

POKEMON GO KANTO CHALLENGE RESEARCH TASKS

During the event, trainers will be able to complete special Field Research tasks that will reward Stardust and lead to encounters with Doduo, Magnemite, Diglett, Omanyte, Kabuto, Snorlax, Jigglypuff, Clefairy and more.

Some of the Collection Challenges from Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto will continue throughout the Kanto Celebration event.

We'll update this section with the exact tasks and rewards once the event goes live.

POKEMON GO KANTO CHALLENGE RAID UPDATE

Like the past Challenge events, the Raids in Pokémon Go will be occupied by Pokémon from a specific region. For the Kanto Challenge, Pokémon from Gen One will be appearing in Raids throughout the event including the Starters and much more.

Here's a rundown of the Pokémon that will appear in specific Raids:

Level 1

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Pikachu
  • Magikarp
  • Dratini

Level 3

  • Scyther
  • Pinsir
  • Machoke
  • Kadabra
  • Haunter
  • Graveler
  • Lapras

Level 5

  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mewtwo

EXCLUSIVE ATTACKS

Previous Community Day-exclusive attacks will become available again during the Kanto Challenge event. Evolving certain Pokémon during the event window will grant the new Pokémon an exclusive move.

Here's a rundown of the exclusive attacks:

  • Evolve Ivysaur (the evolved form of Bulbasaur) to get a Venusaur that knows Frenzy Plant.
  • Evolve Charmeleon (the evolved form of Charmander) to get a Charizard that knows Blast Burn.
  • Evolve Wartortle (the evolved form of Squirtle) to get a Blastoise that knows Hydro Cannon.
  • Evolve Pichu to get a Pikachu that knows Surf.
  • Evolve Eevee into any of its Evolutions to get an evolved form that knows Last Resort.
  • Evolve Dragonair (the evolved form of Dratini) to get a Dragonite that knows Draco Meteor.

IN-GAME BONUSES

Aside from the Raids and exclusive moves, trainers will be able to catch a slew of Gen One Pokémon in the wild and hatch from Eggs.

  • Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Weedle, Pikachu, Geodude, Clefairy, Psyduck, Slowpoke, Gastly, Voltorb, Magikarp, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild.
  • The following Pokémon will be attracted to Incense: Caterpie, Pidgey, Spearow, Poliwag, Abra, Seel, Machop, Krabby, Exeggcute, Horsea, Goldeen, and more.
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Oddish, Bellsprout, Tangela, Dratini, Pichu, Elekid, Magby, and more.

Are you excited for the upcoming Kanto Challenge event? What is your favorite Gen One Pokémon? Let us know in the comments section.