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

The month-long Pokémon Go Throwback event begins Friday as trainers will celebrate the Kanto region with new Shinies and other in-game bonuses.

Pokémon from the Kanto region like Venonat and Chansey will be spawning more often during the event. Raids will be populated by Pokémon from the Kanto region and 7km Eggs will hatch the following 'Mon: Scyther, Venonat, Machop, Lapras, Pinsir, Eevee, Tangela, and Onix.

A new Pikachu will also be available to catch during each of the Throwback events in May. For the Kanto event, Pikachu wearing a Charizard hat will be catchable in the wild.

Charizard was voted the most popular Pokémon in the Kanto region, which is why Pikachu is wearing a hat based on the Fire and Flying-type Pokémon. Trainers can expect Pikachu to wear the hat of the Pokémon that won the vote for most popular in that respective region when each event starts.

Trainers will also be able to enjoy event-exclusive research and a ton of in-game bonuses. But to learn everything you need to know about the Kanto Throwback event read on.

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The Pokémon Go Kanto Throwback event begins Friday, May 1, at 1 p.m. and ends Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m. local time.


During the Kanto Throwback event, trainers can complete eight special tasks to win 10 Rare Candies and an encounter with Mewtwo knowing Psystrike.

Here's the field research:

  • Battle another trainer - Bulbasaur
  • Catch 3 Poison-type Pokémon - Venonat
  • Catch 7 Pokémon - Krabby
  • Give your buddy 3 treats - Mankey
  • Play with your Buddy - Muk
  • Power up a Pokémon - Squirtle
  • Take a snapshot of your Buddy - Pikachu (Charizard hat)
  • Transfer 7 Pokémon - Butterfree

The special research to obtain that special Mewtwo goes as follows:

Step 1

  • Catch 3 Grass, Water or Fire-type Pokémon
  • Take a snapshot of a Bug-type Pokémon
  • Catch a Rock-type Pokémon

Step 2

  • Battle in a Raid
  • Transfer 3 Pokémon
  • Catch 1 Water-type Pokémon

Step 3

  • Evolve 3 Pokémon
  • Hatch an Egg
  • Catch an Electric-type Pokémon

Step 4

  • Give your buddy a treat
  • Send a gift to a friend
  • Catch a Grass-type Pokémon

Step 5

  • Earn a candy while walking with your buddy
  • Make 3 Great Throws
  • Catch a Poison-type Pokémon

Step 6

  • Take a snapshot of a Ghost-type Pokémon
  • Catch a Fighting-type Pokémon
  • Catch a Psychic-type Pokémon

Step 7

  • Take a snapshot of an Ice-type Pokémon
  • Evolve a Pokémon
  • Catch a Fire-type Pokémon

Step 8

  • Power up a Pokémon 6 times
  • Battle another Trainer
  • Catch a Ground-type Pokémon


Venonat, the Bug and Poison-type Pokémon, is finally getting its Shiny variant in Pokémon Go.

Trainers will have a chance at finding a Shiny Venonat either through wild spawns, hatching 7km Eggs and possibly in Raids or field research. For wild spawns, trainers won't know if they've encountered a Shiny Venonat until they've interacted with it in the overworld and move to the catching stage.

Shiny Venonat has one noticeable difference from its normal coloring. The Bug type's eyes change from red to blue.


Trainers can double the experience of catching Pokémon, completing Raids, and hatching Eggs. This added experience will help trainers level up faster and earn more in-game items when they reach that next level.

What do you think of the upcoming Kanto Throwback event? Which Pokémon are you hoping to catch? Let us know in the comments section.