How to Catch Mewtwo for Kanto Throwback in Pokemon GO?

Niantic’s highly popular augmented reality game, Pokémon GO, has been widely acclaimed for its unique aspect of encouraging players to go against the age-old trend of playing video games alone in their darkened rooms, and actually stepping out into the open to find the magnificent creatures in their own neighborhood and the beautiful world out there, not only staying fit by walking several kilometers in the process but also mingling with the community and making friends with other Pokemon lovers. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to wreak havoc across the globe. However, the developers have been making efforts to make the game more playable from home for now.

Currently, we’re experiencing the grandest ever Special Research event ever featured in Pokémon GO until now. You can now catch Pokemon belonging to the Kanto Region from home by completing a wide variety of tasks. The event is undoubtedly long and requires significant effort on your part. However, as they say, the hardest tasks also tend to have the worthiest results, and if you’re persistent enough to complete them, you’ll be delighted to obtain reward encounters with some very rare Pokemon – including none other than one of the most highly popular Legendary Pokemon of Gen 1, Mewtwo!

How to Catch Mewtwo for Kanto Throwback in Pokemon GO?

A brief introduction to Mewtwo

In case you’re new to the world of Pokemon, here’s a small introduction to give you an idea about Mewtwo. It’s a Legendary Pokemon that was created by scientists using genetic manipulation, who endowed it with unimaginable power but failed to incorporate values of empathy and compassion in it. This Pokemon is popular among players of the vintage Game Boy Pokemon games and has also gained popularity among newer players after it was featured in last year’s popular movie, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

Most regular players probably have Mewtwo in their collection already, because it’s been featured for long in EX Raid Battles (including a unique Armoured form), but of course, what’s wrong with having more of this iconic Legendary Pokemon in your team? And of course, new members will definitely want to experience the joy of obtaining their first Mewtwo in this event. After all, it’s one of the most powerful and popular Pokemon of all time, and also especially relevant to the Pokémon GO MvE metagame that’s currently in progress.

How to obtain Mewtwo in the Kanto Throwback

Now, we arrive at the million-dollar question. In order to obtain your reward encounter with Mewtwo, you’ll have to make your way through all nine parts of the Kanto Research, the first third of this thrilling adventure that Niantic has planned out for us. Once you reach the last one, you’ll get the chance to come face to face with Mewtwo and capture it. We’re providing below a detailed list of all the tasks you need to accomplish in a stepwise guide in order to finish this mission successfully.


Step 1:

  • Catch 3 Grass, Water or Fire-type Pokemon (Reward: 10 Pokeballs)
  • Take a snapshot of a Bug-type Pokemon (Reward: 5 Pinap Berries)
  • Catch a Rock-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Onix encounter

Step 2:

  • Battle in a raid (Reward: Clefairy encounter)
  • Transfer 3 Pokemon (Reward: 10 Super Potions)
  • Catch a Water-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Starmie encounter

Step 3:

  • Evolve 3 Pokemon (Reward: 10 Great Balls)
  • Hatch an Egg (Reward: Snorlax encounter)
  • Catch an Electric-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Raichu encounter

Step 4:

  • Give your buddy a treat (Reward: Gastly encounter)
  • Send a gift to a friend (Reward: Dratini encounter)
  • Catch a Grass-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Tangela encounter

Step 5:

  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy (Reward: 5 Ultra Balls)
  • Make 3 Great Throws (Reward: Chansey encounter)
  • Catch a Poison-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Weezing encounter

Step 6:

  • Take a snapshot of a Ghost-type Pokemon (Reward: Hitmonchan encounter)
  • Catch a Fighting-type Pokemon (Reward: Lapras encounter)
  • Catch a Psychic-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Alakazam encounter

Step 7:

  • Take a snapshot of an Ice-type Pokemon (Reward: 10 Hyper Potions)
  • Evolve a Pokemon (Reward: Aerodactyl encounter)
  • Catch a Fire-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)


End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, Arcanine encounter

Step 8:

  • Power up a Pokemon 6 times (Reward: 1 Charged TM)
  • Battle another Trainer (Reward: 1 Star Piece)
  • Catch a Ground-type Pokemon (Reward: 500 Stardust)

End Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, Nidoking encounter

Step 9:

Rewards: 9000 XP, 10 Rare Candies, Mewtwo encounter

As you can see, most of these tasks are simple ones that you’ll be able to complete with relative ease, even at home. If you’ve been stocking up on Incense over the past month from the numerous one-time, weekly 1-Pokecoin bundles that had been made in the shop, you’ll be able to use them to encounter and catch the specific types of Pokemon you need to complete some of the above steps. Luckily, most of them are easily available at the moment, and you should be able to progress through this Research Event fairly swiftly if you go through the above guide and plan out what you need to do in order to finish the upcoming steps.

For now, if your main target is to strengthen your Battle Raid teams, your best bet is to keep an eye out for the strongest Unova region Pokemon in the game, such as Hydreigon, Emboar, and Serperior. We hope this guide helps you successfully complete this part of the Research and obtain your well-deserved Mewtwo in Pokémon GO.


This guide was to help the players of Pokémon GO, who want to catch Mewtwo for the Throwback event. After reading our stepwise guide, they will be able to do so quickly. We hope this guide helped you. If you have any queries or feedback, feel free to comment down below with your Name and E-mail ID. Likewise, check out our iPhone Tips and TricksPC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Tricks for more such tips and tricks. We urge you to participate in the $100 giveaway by subscribing to our YouTube Channel. Happy Gaming!

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