Field Research

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Field Research (Japanese: フィールドリサーチ Field Research) are small goals that can be completed in Pokémon GO, which were initially introduced by Professor Willow to aid him in his discoveries. Research tasks involve a range of objectives, such as catching Pokémon or battling in Gyms, and reward players with items, Pokémon encounters, or Stardust.

Pokémon obtained from Field Research tasks will have a minimum of 10 IVs in each stat and an initial Power Up level of 15. Weather bonuses are not applied for these types of encounters. Field Research Pokémon are guaranteed to never flee. If the player runs from the encounter, the Pokémon will be saved into a queue that can be later accessed by a "Claim Reward!" button above the Field Research tasks.

Tasks can be obtained by spinning PokéStops, and a maximum of three active tasks can be held at one time. A player can choose to discard a task to free up space for another. A single PokéStop will provide the same task for all players for a single day, and the task cannot be obtained again if the task from that PokéStop was completed for the day. A PokéStop that has had its task completed will have a blue Research completion icon on the top-right of the screen when viewed.

Completing a Research task will earn the player a Stamp up to once per day. Once the player has earned seven Stamps, the player will receive a Research Breakthrough, which includes various rewards and an encounter with a special Pokémon.

Separate Field Research tasks have been temporarily available on special events, including during Community Days.

List of Field Research tasks

The following is a list of all Field Research tasks that have been available to players since January 2021, along with all possible rewards for completing each task. Currently, Field Research tasks are expected to be rotated on the first day every month. The Shiny icon denotes Pokémon that have a chance of being Shiny during the reward encounter.

For a list of past Field Research tasks, see list of Field Research changes.

Catching Pokémon
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Catch 10 Pokémon MagikarpShiny Stardust×200
Poké Ball×5
Razz Berry×3
Pinap Berry×1
Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost PoliwagShiny
VulpixShiny
SwinubShiny
Stardust×200
Poké Ball×5
Razz Berry×3
Pinap Berry×1
Catch 10 Pokémon with Weather Boost Stardust×500
Great Ball×5
Razz Berry×6
Pinap Berry×2
Catch 10 Normal-type Pokémon Stardust×500
Great Ball×5
Razz Berry×6
Pinap Berry×2
Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon DratiniShiny Stardust×1500
Ultra Ball×10
Golden Razz Berry×2
Rare Candy×3
Catch 3 Fire-type Pokémon CharmanderShiny
CyndaquilShiny
TorchicShiny
ChimcharShiny
Tepig
Catch a Ditto Stardust×1500
Ultra Ball×10
Golden Razz Berry×2
Rare Candy×3
Catch 6 different species of Pokémon Pinap Berry×2
Throwing Poké Balls
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Make 5 Curveball Throws in a row Stardust×500
Great Ball×5
Razz Berry×6
Pinap Berry×2
Make 5 Nice Throws VoltorbShiny Stardust×200
Poké Ball×5
Razz Berry×3
Pinap Berry×1
Make 3 Nice Throws in a row Stardust×500
Great Ball×5
Ultra Ball×2
Pinap Berry×2
Make 2 Nice Curveball Throws in a row Stardust×200
Poké Ball×5
Razz Berry×3
Pinap Berry×1
Make 3 Great Throws GastlyShiny
LileepShiny
AnorithShiny
Stardust×200
Poké Ball×5
Razz Berry×3
Pinap Berry×1
Make 3 Great Throws in a row OnixShiny Stardust×1000
Poké Ball×10
Ultra Ball×5
Razz Berry×9
Pinap Berry×3
Rare Candy×1
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Stardust×1000
Poké Ball×10
Ultra Ball×5
Razz Berry×9
Pinap Berry×3
Rare Candy×1
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws in a row Stardust×1500
Ultra Ball×10
Golden Razz Berry×2
Rare Candy×3
Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row Spinda (Pattern 1)Shiny
Make an Excellent Throw Stardust×500
Great Ball×5
Ultra Ball×2
Pinap Berry×2
Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row GibleShiny
Using Berries
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon MakuhitaShiny Stardust×500
Great Ball×5
Razz Berry×6
Pinap Berry×2
Battling
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Win a raid Litwick
Win 5 raids AerodactylShiny
Win a level 3 or higher raid OmanyteShiny
KabutoShiny
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts ScytherShiny
Hatching Eggs
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Hatch an Egg MarillShiny
Powering up & evolving
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Evolve a Pokémon Exeggutor
EeveeShiny
Power up Pokémon 5 times BulbasaurShiny
CharmanderShiny
SquirtleShiny
Venusaur Mega Energyx10
Charizard Mega Energyx15
Beedrill Mega Energyx10
Miscellaneous
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms Stardust×200
Poké Ball×5
Razz Berry×3
Pinap Berry×1
Sponsored
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Sponsored: Catch 8 Pokémon Stardust×1000
Rare Candy×1
Sponsored: Send 3 Gifts to Friends Stardust×1000
Rare Candy×1
Buddy Pokémon/Friendship
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Give your buddy 3 treats MedititeShiny
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy LillipupShiny
Send 3 Gifts to friends JigglypuffShiny
Trade a Pokémon Seadra
AR Mapping
Task Potential rewards
Pokémon encounter GO.png Mystery Item GO.png
Scan <PokéStop> DratiniShiny
SkarmoryShiny
Poké Ballx10
Ultra Ballx5
Silver Pinap Berry×1
Fast TMx1
Charged TMx1
Poffinx1
Hyper Potionx3
Revivex3
Sinnoh Stonex1


Event-exclusive tasks

Main article: Field Research/Event-exclusive tasks

Certain events have had their own set of Field Research tasks that players may obtain during the event period. After the event period has ended, PokéStops that have event-exclusive tasks will switch back to standard tasks. After an event is over, players that have unfinished event-exclusive tasks may still complete them; however, tasks that would have rewarded event-exclusive forms (e.g. Pikachu wearing a flower crown or Spinda with a heart pattern) may reward their standard forms instead, and vice-versa.

Research Breakthrough

Reward box for Research Breakthrough

Collecting seven Field Research stamps awards players with a Research Breakthrough that includes an encounter with a special Pokémon, which rotates every month. The Pokémon encountered has either been exclusive rare Pokémon or Legendary Pokémon that were previously available in raids. The Shiny icon denotes Pokémon that can possibly be encountered as Shiny from a Research Breakthrough.

Along with the Pokémon encounter, players are also rewarded the following:

Item Quantity
XP Experience ×3,000
Stardust Stardust ×2,000
One of:
Rare Candy Rare Candy ×3
Pinap Berry Pinap Berry ×5
Poké Ball Poké Ball ×20
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball ×5
Sinnoh Stone Sinnoh Stone* ×1
Unova Stone Unova Stone* ×1


2023

Availability Pokémon encounter Notes
January - February 2023 Mr. Mime (Galarian Form)ShinyDelibirdShinyBagonShiny
DeinoShinyFurfrouShinyGoomy
Shiny release of Galarian Mr. Mime


2022

Availability Pokémon encounter Notes
January 2022 OnixShiny Originally, this Research Breakthrough would reward the player Steelix Mega Energy.
Due to an unforeseen issue, Niantic had to put 200 Mega Energy in a month-long Timed Research instead.[1]
February 2022 EspurrShiny Shiny release
March 2022 Vulpix (Alolan Form)Shiny
April 2022 Marowak (Alolan Form)Shiny
May 2022 Grimer (Alolan Form)Shiny
June 2022 KlinkShiny
July 2022 LickitungShiny
August 2022 StunfiskShiny
September 2022 Medicham Rewards one Premium Raid Pass from Research Breakthrough
October 2022 ShedinjaShiny Rewards one Incense from Research Breakthrough; Shiny release
November 2022 Starmie Rewards one Star Piece from Research Breakthrough
December 2022 Mr. Mime (Galarian Form)ShinyDelibirdShinyBagonShiny
DeinoShinyFurfrouShinyGoomy
Shiny release of Galarian Mr. Mime


2021


2020


2019


2018

In the anime

A Project Mew token in the anime
Main article: Project Mew

In Advice to Goh!, a concept similar to Field Research was introduced in the form of Project Mew's Trial Missions, which a Trainer hoping to join the research team must complete in order to earn tokens and qualify for the team.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 田野調查 Tìhnyéh Diuhchàh
Mandarin 田野調查 Tiányě Diàochá
France Flag.png French Étude de terrain
Germany Flag.png German Feldforschung
Italy Flag.png Italian Ricerche sul campo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 필드리서치 Field Research
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pesquisa de campo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Investigación de campo
Thailand Flag.png Thai งานวิจัยภาคสนาม Nganwichai Phak Sanam
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Alan Araştırması


See also


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