Professor Willow

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Professor Willow
ウィロー博士 Dr. Willow
GO Professor Willow.png
Art from Pokémon GO
Gender Male
Birthday July 21[1]
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Relatives Unnamed mother, father
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Generation VI, VII, VIII
Games Pokémon GO
English voice actor Robbie Daymond
Japanese voice actor Nobuyuki Sakemoto

Professor Willow (Japanese: ウィロー博士 Dr. Willow) is a Pokémon Professor who appears in the Pokémon GO mobile game. Similar to Professor Birch, he specializes in Pokémon habitats and distribution. Unlike other Professors who directly give Trainers their first Pokémon, Professor Willow gives Trainers their first Poké Balls to capture their first Pokémon.

While Pokémon GO does not include vocal performances, in The Two Professors, he is voiced by Robbie Daymond in English and Nobuyuki Sakemoto in Japanese.

Contents

Background information

Professor Willow was an only child who learned his love of Pokémon and exploring from his parents. His mother researched Pokémon ecology and his father was fascinated by the outdoors.[2] Before setting out on his own exploration, he worked in a lab studying Pokémon under Professor Oak, whom he still looks up to today.[3].

Besides Professor Oak in Kanto, Professor Sycamore in Kalos as well as Professor Magnolia in Galar are also part of his known colleagues.

Despite his confident presentation, Professor Willow confesses to a shy side and values spending time alone outdoors for his research.[4] He always wears his lab coat to help himself focus on his research.[5] His dream is to explore uncharted lands and to examine and document new Pokémon species yet to be discovered in their natural habitat.[6]

Upon discovery of many Meltan-disguised Ditto by his assistants at the conclusion of the Chikorita Community Day, Professor Willow contacted Professor Oak to discuss the matter.[7]

While investigating Team GO Rocket take-overs, Professor Willow recovered some corrupted files from his computer, uncovering data about Team GO Rocket Leaders Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo. He later found out that Team GO Rocket Grunts were dropping Mysterious Components behind them when defeated at invaded PokéStops. With the help of his assistants, the three team leaders, he was able to build an early Rocket Radar prototype to locate the Team GO Rocket Leaders and later the Super Rocket Radar to locate Giovanni himself.[8]

Transferring Pokémon

The player can transfer Pokémon to Professor Willow using the "Transfer" option on the status screen in exchange for one Candy for that Pokémon's evolutionary family. A Pokémon transferred to the Professor is permanently lost, equivalent to releasing a Pokémon in the core series games.

Assistants

Candela, Blanche, and Spark

Professor Willow has three assistants who each are head of a team that research Pokémon in different ways. They perform this research inside Gyms owned by their respective teams, with each team's mascot being one of the Legendary birds. The leader of the teams will also appraise the Pokémon of trainers on their teams when asked to.

His assistants are:

  • Spark, the leader of Team Instinct (Japanese: チーム・インスティンクト Team Instinct), who is researching Pokémon breeding. Team Instinct Trainers believe a Pokémon's intuition is linked to how they are hatched. Team Instinct is represented by Zapdos.
  • Blanche, the leader of Team Mystic (Japanese: チーム・ミスティック Team Mystic), who is researching Pokémon Evolution. Team Mystic Trainers believe that by staying calm and analyzing every situation, they can't lose. Team Mystic is represented by Articuno.
  • Candela, the leader of Team Valor (Japanese: チーム・ヴァーラー Team Valor), who is researching Pokémon strength. Team Valor Trainers believe that their Pokémon are the strongest because they train to naturally enhance a Pokémon's power in search of true strength. Team Valor is represented by Moltres.

Quotes

General

Intro
  • Previous versions of the game
"Hello there! I am Professor Willow. Did you know that this world is inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon? Pokémon can be found in every corner of the earth. Some run across the plains, others fly through the skies, some live in the mountains, or in the forests, or near water... I have spent my whole life studying them and their regional distribution. Will you help me with my research? That's great! I was just looking for someone like you to help! You'll need to find and collect Pokémon from everywhere! Now, choose your style for your adventure."
  • Current version of the game
"Hello there! I am Professor Willow. Did you know that this world is inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon? Pokémon can be found in every corner of the earth. Some run across the plains, others fly through the skies, some live in the mountains, or in the forests, or near water... I have spent my whole life studying them and their geography. Will you help me with my research? That's great! You'll need to find and collect Pokémon from everywhere! Choose your style to start your adventure!"
After customizing avatar
"There's a Pokémon nearby! Here are some Poké Balls. These will help you catch one!"
After catching starter
"Congratulations! You've caught your first Pokémon! You are such a talented Pokémon Trainer! What should I call you?"
"Oh, what a cool nickname! Nice to meet you! You will need more Poké Balls and other useful items during your exploration. You can find items at PokéStops. They're found at interesting places like sculptures and monuments. From now on, you'll be off exploring all over the world. I hope you get out there and catch Pokémon—and register them in your Pokédex! It's time to GO!"
Trying to enter a Gym while below Trainer level 5
  • Previous versions of the game
"This is a Gym, a place where you'll test your skills at Pokémon battles. It looks like you don't have much experience as a Pokémon Trainer yet. Come back when you've reached level 5!"
  • Current version of the game
"This is a Gym, a place where you'll test your skills at Pokémon battles. You need more experience as a Pokémon Trainer. Come back when you've reached level 5!"
First time entering a Gym
  • Previous versions of the game
"Wow! Looks like you've caught a bunch of Pokémon and gained a lot of experience as a Pokémon Trainer, huh? Great work! It looks like you're about ready to start participating in Pokémon battles! I have three excellent assistants. They each direct a team, and each has a slightly different approach to researching Pokémon. Part of their research is conducting Pokémon battles at Gyms. They're apparently excited to have you joining as a team member."
  • Current version of the game
"Looks like you've gained experience as a Pokémon Trainer! You're ready to participate in Pokémon battles! I have three excellent assistants. They each lead a team, and each has a slightly different approach to researching Pokémon. Part of their research is conducting Pokémon battles at Gyms. They're excited to have you join as a team member."
Tips or Quick Start
"This is a PokéStop. It's a real-world location where you can find Poké Balls and other items. The PokéStop will change its shape when you walk close enough. Tap it to interact with it. Spin the Photo Disc to generate items. Tap or swipe the items to collect them."
"This is a Gym. Teams battle for control of these real-world locations. Assign one of your Pokémon to an open Gym to claim it for your team. Strengthen a friendly Gym by assigning one of your Pokémon to help defend it. Train the Pokémon at a friendly Gym to increase the Gym's Prestige and level. Challenge a rival Gym to lower its Prestige and level. During battle, swipe right or left to dodge incoming attacks."
Every time seven Field Research stamps are earned
"Hey! Good job with your Field Research, it looks like we've learned a lot! Keep up the great work. Now...let's see what we've discovered!"
Daily Pokémon Incense
"Hey there, <player>! Recently, I've been working on a special kind of Incense, and I've gone ahead and equipped it for you. Now you'll be sure to find a Pokémon appearing just for you every day!"
Candy XL
"It looks like you found a Candy XL! I've heard you can use these to help your Pokémon become even stronger than what ordinary Candies alone can achieve! There's a chance that you can find Candies XL after you catch Pokémon. the stronger the Pokémon, the more likely you are to find Candies XL."
Level 40
"Congratulations on you remarkable progress, Trainer! Now that you've reached level 40, you'll have some new challenges you'll have to complete in order to progress to the next level."

Mythical Special Research

A Mythical Discovery

  • 1/8
"<Player>, how are you? It's been a while, hasn't it? You've become quite the Trainer! I wanted to ask for your help. As you know, I study Pokémon and their habitats. I've learned a lot over the years, but recently, I've found some hints of something mysterious. I was wondering if you would help me investigate what's going on. You will? That's great! First things first, let's calibrate my instruments to your area. Could you please complete the following research tasks?"
"Spin 5 PokéStops."
"Catch 10 Pokémon."
"Transfer 5 Pokémon."
  • 2/8
"Great. Thanks, <player>! Now I should be able to detect anything out of the ordinary. I believe we need to be on the lookout for a Mythical Pokémon! Mythical Pokémon are extremely rare and unique, and many consider their existence to be mere rumor. Could you help get my equipment set up around your local habitat? This'll be a great time to take your buddy out to explore a bit and hatch some Eggs! Please complete the following research tasks."
"Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy."
"Make 10 Great Throws."
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
  • 3/8
"Incredible! This confirms my initial suspicion. I think we're seeing evidence of Mew! A Pokémon found in a jungle far to the south that was thought to have been extinct. It is so rare that many experts say that it is a myth. Only a few people have seen it worldwide. Apparently, it appears only to those people who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to see it. My colleagues in Kanto, including my instructor, Professor Oak, spent a long time studying Mew. It looks like our findings match theirs! According to our research, Mew was said to be observed using moves of all kinds. This observation has led some of us to say that Mew is the ancestor of all Pokémon! Perhaps by studying Pokémon in battle, we'll learn more! Please perform the following research tasks."
"Reach level 15."
"Battle in a Gym 2 times."
"Battle in 2 raids."
  • 4/8
"Great work, <player>! This will help point us in the right direction. Did you know Mew is said to hold the genetic codes of all Pokémon? Mew's secrets could be a link to understanding the mystery of Pokémon growth and Evolution! Let's study some Pokémon Evolution to learn more about Mew! Please perform these research tasks for me."
"Earn a silver Kanto medal."
"Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy."
"Evolve 20 Pokémon."
  • 5/8
"Amazing. Just amazing! Isn't Evolution wondrous? I learn something new every time I see it! With the data we've collected so far, I should be able to pinpoint Mew's location! It looks like... Yes, it looks like Mew has visited your area recently! Hmm... Interesting. If that's the case, someone should have reported a sighting... Maybe Mew is hiding or disguised as another Pokémon? Let's study some other Pokémon that use these tricks and the best ways to catch them! Please perform the following research tasks."
"Catch a Ditto."
"Make 20 Great Throws."
"Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon."
  • 6/8
"Thank you, <player>! With your help, I've determined that Mew is invisible! Let's collect some data to build a tool to find it. I have an idea... I'll need you to study some powerful Pokémon up close to help me out! Could you complete the following research tasks?"
"Battle in 10 raids."
"Evolve a Magikarp."
"Reach level 25."
  • 7/8
"Nice! My prototype is functioning well. I've upgraded your AR camera with the new ability to see invisible Pokémon! The final step is to lure out Mew. Mew is said only to appear to those who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to meet it... Let's show Mew what a great Trainer you are and how excited we are to see it! Please carry out the following research tasks."
"Use 50 Berries to help catch Pokémon."
"Make an Excellent Curveball Throw."
"Earn a gold Kanto medal."
  • 8/8
"We found Mew! Awesome! This is an experience to remember forever. Now you can see why I love studying Pokémon so much! The whole world is out there to discover. So go have some fun! My assistants and I will request some Special Research from you in the future. Stay in touch!"

A Ripple in Time

  • 1/8
"<Player>, you've been such a help in conducting Field Research and Special Research! I have a feeling that there's so much more about this world that we've yet to discover, and I'm glad I can count on you to see it through. I've been doing some experiments of my own, and I suspect that I'm onto a further exciting discovery about another Mythical Pokémon that's rarely seen. Would you mind completing these tasks while I conclude my studies? Please Power up Pokémon 5 times, Battle in a Gym 2 times, and Battle in a raid."
"Power up a Pokémon 5 times."
"Battle in a Gym 2 times."
"Battle in a raid."
  • 2/8
"Wow, you and your Pokémon have some amazing power! But according to my most recent data, it seems that the Mythical Pokémon I'm tracking only appears in times of peace. Also, from what I've gathered, it seems fond of forests and lush greens. Would you mind exploring this further, <player>? Let's Make 3 new friends, Evolve an evolved Grass-type Pokémon, and Catch a Pokémon 3 days in a row."
"Catch a Pokémon 3 days in a row."
"Make 3 new friends."
"Evolve an evolved Grass-type Pokémon."
  • 3/8
"Excellent work, <player>! I feel we're getting closer to this Mythical Pokémon. I wonder if we can find some more friends for it by hatching some Eggs. Ah, and maybe you could put that Sun Stone you've earned to good use as well? Please Reach level 25, Use a Sun Stone to evolve Gloom or Sunkern, and Hatch 9 Eggs."
"Use a Sun Stone to evolve Gloom or Sunkern."
"Hatch 9 Eggs."
"Reach Level 25."
  • 4/8
"Oh wow, is that an Eevee you've caught? Perfect timing! Did you know that this Pokémon's unstable genetic makeup enables it to take on one of several different Evolutions? I'll bet if you spend some time with it during the day, you'll be able to evolve your Eevee into an Espeon—a Psychic-type Pokémon just like the Mythical Pokémon I'm researching! Can you Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy, Evolve Eevee into Espeon during the day, and Send 20 Gifts to friends?"
"Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy."
"Evolve Eevee into Espeon during the day."
"Send 20 Gifts."
  • 5/8
"Oh wow, is that an Eevee you've caught? Perfect timing! Wait... Have we... had this conversation already? I'm getting a funny feeling in the back of my mind—like we've been here before. <Player>, would you spend some time with this Eevee during the night? I think you'll be able to see an intriguing evolved form as a result. I wonder if this funny feeling will recur... Please Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy, Evolve Eevee into Umbreon at night, and Trade a Pokémon."
"Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy."
"Evolve Eevee into Umbreon at night."
"Trade a Pokémon."
  • 6/8
"<Player>, I have some exciting news! That funny feeling hasn't returned, but I did some important reading and learned that the Mythical Pokémon we're researching has the ability to travel across time! Maybe that's why all of this is occurring... or recurring... Maybe this Pokémon is nearby?! I suggest that you collect samples over the course of the next week and experiment with some Evolution items to see whether that feeling occurs again. While you're at it, do you have any Pinap Berries? My research could benefit from more data on their use. Return with that, and you can have these exotic Silver Pinap Berries! Please Visit PokéStops 7 days in a row, Use 25 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon, and Use items to evolve Pokémon 2 times."
"Use items to evolve 2 Pokémon."
"Visit PokéStops 7 days in a row."
"Use 25 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon."
  • 7/8
"This data is so helpful. Thank you! I'll use it to explore my theory. While you were in the field, I made more headway in learning about this Mythical Pokémon, and it seems that its mere presence causes grass and trees to flourish. I think if you catch more Grass-type Pokémon, this elusive time-traveling Pokémon will reveal itself! Let's Catch 40 Grass- or Psychic-type Pokémon, Make an Excellent Curveball Throw, and Earn a Gold Johto medal."
"Make an Excellent Curve Throw"
"Earn a Gold Johto Medal."
"Catch 40 Grass or Psychic-type Pokémon."
  • 8/8
"<Player>, what an amazing experience! The appearance of the Mythical Pokémon Celebi is thought to be a sign that a bright and shining future awaits us. You've come a long way in your research, and I must say you're inspiring me to discover even more Pokémon. Until next time, <player>!"
"Catch Celebi"

A Thousand-Year Slumber

  • 1/7
"Nice to see you again, <player>! I'm excited to get started on our next big adventure. What do we need to do? Well, I've come across something amazing, and I need your help. We're going to focus our efforts on Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, because I have some leads on a Pokémon I've never seen before! First, we need to get some baseline research to help track this Pokémon. Can you explore the area? Who knows—you might make some friends along the way."
"Catch 25 Pokémon"
"Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms"
"Make 3 new friends"
  • 2/7
"Great job, Trainer. Your work helped me get a better understanding of the search area for this mysterious Pokémon. I can't wait to show you what I've been working on. A few weeks ago, I came across an ancient text that was found in the Hoenn region. It was filled with fascinating information. It mentions a Mythical Pokémon that awakens once every thousand years and has the ability to grand whishes! I really want to get a deeper understanding of this text, and how better to do that than with some research? Can you help me collect some information on Pokémon from the Hoenn region?"
"Catch 3 Whismur"
"Evolve a Feebas"
"Win a gold Hoenn medal"
  • 3/7
"Thanks for your help, <player>. Your Hoenn Pokédex is really looking great! The Whismur you caught reminded me of a line from the text I told you about. It mentioned that a melody or a sound can awaken a sleeping Pokémon. That gives me an idea... Let's do a little experiment. There's a sleeping Snorlax that hasn't left my lab in months. And it's right in front of my Berry stash! Think we could wake it up with a loud noise? Let's document the Whismur Evolution line, too—some photos will do."
"Take a snapshot of Loudred"
"Make 3 Great Throws in a row"
"Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy"
  • 4/7
"Wow! That sure was loud, but it did the trick! Loudred worked just like an alarm clock for poor Snorlax. I should make up for the rude awakening with some Berries... Well, we've learned something important here, and I think this method could work to awaken even the deepest of sleepers. If my calculations are correct, the wish-granting Mythical Pokémon might be ready to awaken soon, and we should be prepared to do the waking! The text says that the Pokémon is a Steel- and Psychic-type, so I think a good next step is to catch a few Pokémon with similar characteristics. We'll need a few extra hands to get this done, too. Could you get some fellow Trainers to help out?"
"Catch 50 Psychic- or Steel-type Pokémon"
"Power up Pokémon 10 times"
"Send 10 gifts to friends"
  • 5/7
"Good work, <player>. With the help of your research, I've been able to decipher more of this ancient text. It says that when the Mythical Pokémon awakens, it will grand any wishes written on notes attached to its head. Another interesting tidbit: If this Pokémon senses danger, it will fight without awakening. Up for a Trainer Battle, <player>? If the battel causes any reaction nearby, I have sensors set up to detect them. It might seem like a long shot, but I have a good feeling about this!"
"Battle a team leader 3 times"
"Win against another Trainer 7 times"
"Win 5 raids"
  • 6/7
"It worked! I am picking up some vibrations nearby. I think we're on the right track. Maybe the Mythical Pokémon is close to awakening. Since what we're doing is working, let's keep it up. We need to pull out all the stops, though, as the timing has to be just right. I'll hold things down here with Loudred while you keep focusing on encountering Steel- and Psychic-type Pokémon. If you can do that, I think it'll help the Mythical Pokémon see that you're a worthy Trainer!"
"Take 5 snapshots of Steel- or Psychic-type Pokémon"
"Make 3 excellent Curveball throws"
"Spin a PokéStop 7 days in a row"
  • 7/7
"Simply astonishing! We encountered the Steel- and Psychic-type Pokémon Jirachi! That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Well, once in several lifetimes, if Jirachi truly only wakes once every thousand years. You've become such an accomplished Trainer, <player>. Thank you for going on this amazing adventure with me. You can bet I'll be in touch whenever another exciting research project comes up. Until then, let's get out there and GO!"

Investigate a Mysterious Energy

  • 1/6
"Hey there, <player>. As you know, I do a lot of research. There are just so many Pokémon to learn about and document! Recently, I've been investigating Ralts, the Feeling Pokémon, to learn more about how this Pokémon senses people's emotions by using the horns on its head. It's an amazing ability, don't you think? I thought studying this Pokémon's unique sensing powers could help me identify the strange feeling that's been stirring inside me these past few weeks. I've realized, though, that this isn't any ordinary emotion—it's a type of energy! This mysterious energy is filling me with hope and determination. I feel like I could take on any challenge and be victorious! I would appreciate your assistance in collecting more information on this strange and fascinating phenomenon. "
  • 2/6
"Thanks for completing the research we needed to get started, <player>. While you were catching Pokémon and visiting PokéStops, I started digging through my research and found references to a phenomenon that seems to have a lot in common with what I’ve been experiencing. The reports refer to a Mythical Pokémon that shares the infinite energy it creates with others to guarantee victory. The reports also state that this Pokémon is Psychic- and Fire-type. What an amazing combination! To get closer to confirming the source of the energy, let’s focus our efforts on catching Pokémon that share those same types."
  • 3/6
"Wonderful work, <player>. Thanks to your efforts researching Psychic- and Fire-type Pokémon, we’re well on our way to confirming the source of this mysterious energy. There’s many a mystery surrounding our path forward, so I’ll keep poring over our research notes. In the meantime, I’d like you to work on becoming better friends with your Pokémon. As a Trainer, strengthening the bond between you and your Pokémon is an important task that requires a specific set of skills. To further develop those skills, why don’t you try spending time with your buddy? Successful partnerships take work and dedication, and talented Trainers build lifelong friendships with their Pokémon. That being said, be sure to spend time with your buddy every day!"
  • 4/6
"You have a wonderful bond with your buddy, Trainer! It’s been a treat watching that friendship bloom. Now, though, it’s time to focus our efforts on the matter at hand! After further examination of the research you completed, I’m convinced that the Pokémon we’re looking for is Victini, the Victory Pokémon. Not only would this be consistent with the references to a Psychic- and Fire-type Pokémon, but it would also explain the mysterious surge of energy I’ve been experiencing. It’s time for you to befriend Victini. Since this Pokémon represents victory, I think winning a few battles might inspire it to come forward! I’ve been hearing reports that Team GO Rocket is causing trouble. Battling these troublemakers just might show this Pokémon you’re worthy of attention! Let’s see whether some victory will attract the Victory Pokémon!"
  • 5/6
"Absolutely astounding, <player>! I knew you’d be able to display your powerful bonds and battle prowess to impress the Mythical Pokémon Victini. It shares the infinite energy it creates when its body overflows with power, so I’m absolutely certain now that the energy I was feeling was coming directly from Victini! Be sure to use this power wisely, <player>, as you and Victini take on new challenges. But for now, your hard work calls for a celebration! Why don’t you take a few snapshots with Victini and share your success with fellow Trainers by sending them some Gifts?"
  • 6/6
"Once again, you have helped me uncover a huge discovery. I cannot thank you enough for your time and dedication. The world of Pokémon is filled with endless discoveries and it isn’t everyday we come across a Mythical Pokémon! I hope that you will take the lessons we learned together through this investigation and apply them to your training. I’m proud of you, <player>, and hope you continue to strive to be your very best. Until next time, let’s GO!"

Halloween

A Spooky Message 2018/2019

  • 1/3
"Oh, <player>! You've dropped by just in time. As I was out on my regular walk one evening, I stumbled upon this odd stone. Something told me to bring it back to my lab for further research, and ever since then, strange things have been happening. Papers shifting around, water glasses tipping all by themselves... When I tried using my computer to research it, I got an error message with the number 108 flashing! <Player>, can you help gather some data on nearby Ghost-type Pokémon? I have to believe we can solve these spooky occurrences with science! "
"Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon."
"Make 8 Great Throws."
"Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon."
  • 2/3
"<Player>, thanks so much for your help. I did some research on Ghost-type Pokémon, and I think there's a Ghost- and Dark-type Pokémon that is bound to a strange stone. I can't say for sure just yet, but it seems this Pokémon may actually be composed of 108 spirits bound together. So maybe if we catch 108 Pokémon, it will appear? Good luck, <player>! And...would you keep the light on in the lab for me? All this spooky research is making my hair stand on end."
"Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon."
"Spin 8 PokéStops you haven't visited before."
"Catch 108 Pokémon."
  • 3/3
"Wow, <player>! It seems we've had a spooky brush with Spiritomb! I can't tell if it's the weather, but I've got the shivers! You know, I feel confident that we can solve anything together, <player>, even when things get scary. I'll be in touch soon!"

A Spooky Message Unmasked

  • 1/4
"BOO! Haha, hey there, <player>! Hope I didn’t scare you too badly. I was just having a bit of fun during this spooky season. Say, since you’re here, I was wondering whether you could help me. I’ve heard some reports of an unusual Pokémon appearing in a nearby forest. Why aren’t I going into that dark forest to find this Pokémon myself? W-well, er, it’s certainly not because I’m scared! Y-you see I would, but I’m busy here with some...uh...research! Yes! Oh! I think I see Blanche over there near my lab. Maybe it’s time for some research into the Evolution of Ghost-type Pokémon! Could you go on ahead and let me know what you find, <player>? Thanks—and good luck!"
  • 2/4
"Blanche, do you really think this Galarian Pokémon can evolve? Oh, glad to see you again, <player>— AH! What’s that sound?! Oh, it’s just a Yamask. Seems like it’s looking at its mask and crying. Ah, so Yamask was the unusual Pokémon appearing in the forest? I see. Sorry, Trainer, but it looks like you’re going to have to venture back out there. After comparing eyewitness reports with some texts I found about Ghost-type Pokémon, it turns out we aren’t looking for this particular kind of Yamask, which was originally discovered in the Unova region, but another one entirely! The Yamask we’re looking for was first discovered in the Galar region and seems to be carrying a clay slab. The texts say that the slab absorbs that Yamask's dark power. Unfortunately, I can’t come along with you this time, either. Because, uh...it looks like Spark needs my help with some Strange Eggs! See ya later, and good luck!"
  • 3/4
"Yup, still seems like mostly Poison- and Dark-type Pokémon are hatching from Strange Eggs. I sure am glad we got to confirm what we already— Oh! Welcome back, <player>! How are— EGAD! A Spiritomb! What a tricky Ghost-type Pokémon. I’ve worked with Trainers to research Spiritomb in previous years. Maybe you’ve encountered a Spiritomb before! There seem to be a few more Spiritomb around than in the past. That’s quite frightening, given that each Spiritomb is formed by 108 spirits bound to a keystone. One might say that it’s BOUND to be a real spooky season! Haha, sorry, Spiritomb—too much? Anyway, I hate to ask you again, Trainer, but third time’s the charm, right? I’m sure you’ll encounter the illusive and elusive Galarian Yamask this time! I, uh, have to go help Candela prep for an upcoming Trainer Battle, but you go on ahead! Good luck, <player>!"
  • 4/4
"Poison-, Bug-, Ghost-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon—looks like you’re all set for a spooky Trainer Battle, Candela! Oh, hi there, <player>! And hello, Galarian Yamask! What a curious Pokémon this is. It gives off a totally different energy. Blanche and I were looking into the Evolution of Ghost-type Pokémon earlier, and it appears that Galarian Yamask evolves into an entirely different Pokémon than its counterpart from Unova does! All you need is to collect some Yamask Candies and get to evolving! I’m certain that its Evolution will be an exciting addition to your Pokédex! Anyway, I’m so glad we got to go on this spooky adventure and discover Galarian Yamask together! I hope you had a ghoulishly good time, and I hope you have an extra spoOoOoOoOoOoky day!"

Let's GO, Meltan

  • 1/9
"<Player>, it's always great to see you! I'm sure you know this, but your help in progressing my research has been essential to major breakthroughs in my work. That's why I've come to talk to you again. You probably already know what I'll be asking! I need your assistance in learning more about the newly discovered Pokémon that has really sent me and other Pokémon researchers into quite a tizzy. Can you believe an undiscovered Pokémon just appeared out of the blue? You can imagine how everyone is talking about it! I was checking a nearby habitat when I ran into a nest of them, and I was so excited, I dropped my camera! Don't worry, though... I'm sure the repairs won't cost me too much at the shop... Although each Pokémon turned out to be a Ditto using the move Transform, that didn't put a damper on my day! So many Ditto taking on this unique Pokémon form must mean that the real Pokémon is truly out there, just waiting to be found. Let's get to work, <player>! I know we don't have much to go on, but I'm confident your hard work can only bring us good fortune! But first, let me recalibrate my instruments for your area. Could you please complete the following tasks?"
"Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms."
"Catch 10 Pokémon."
"Transfer 5 Pokémon."
  • 2/9
"Thanks, <player>! I think that will be enough to help me properly conduct calculations based on the data you'll gather in the field. While you were out, I scanned some academic journals to see if any of my fellow researchers have encountered a Pokémon matching the description of the species I saw, but I didn't have much luck. But I do have a hunch! Given that this Pokémon has been unseen until just recently, I think it's safe to say that we're tracking another Mythical Pokémon, like Mew and Celebi. If I'm right and this elusive Pokémon is a Mythical Pokémon, we should be able to draw it out by creating specific conditions under which it thrives. But let's step back for a minute, before we take a step forward. Or many steps forward, in this case! Great fieldwork starts with a walk. Could you complete a few tasks for me? Also, remind me to contact my mentor, Professor Oak. I'm certain his brilliant mind will have something to lend to all this... Please complete the following tasks."
"Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy."
"Make 10 Great Throws."
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
  • 3/9
"<Player>, I gave Professor Oak a call, and he pulled through! He says that the Pokémon is called Meltan! I think the name has a nice ring to it: don't you? Professor Oak got this information through an ancient text found in his archives, which included the appearance of Meltan. What luck! Did you know that when Professor Oak was my instructor, he was my role model? And he still is! He and I are of the same opinion that Meltan is a Mythical Pokémon, so I really think we're on to something! Still, a name alone isn't going to get us very far... Perhaps the Ditto know something we don't? I think that if we find Ditto, we'll be able to figure out how they acquired this curious transformation, and maybe that will lead us to Meltan. Observation will be the best way forward, so let's roll up our sleeves and get to work! Please complete the following tasks."
"Catch a Ditto."
"Win 2 Gym Battles."
"Battle in 2 Raids."
  • 4/9
"Excellent work, <player> The Ditto you've helped me analyze indeed has transformed into Meltan before. In fact, it was able to use Transform and let me analyze Meltan up close! This Ditto was very helpful, even though it couldn't replicate some of the finer details. It seems the memory of Meltan is fading away... But I have good news! I was able to tell that Meltan has a liquid-metal body with a nutlike head and a tail that looks like a power cord. Judging from the appearance, it may be an Electric- or Steel-type Pokémon. In order to make more progress, I think we should study these types of Pokémon! Can you complete the following tasks?"
"Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon."
"Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy."
  • 5/9
"Great news, <player>! Thanks to all the data you've collected, I was able to make a detailed study of the differences between Electric-type Pokémon and Steel-type Pokémon. Thankfully, the Ditto was able to use Transform one more time! It took me some time to figure out it was attracted to all my metal equipment. Then I realized that it was copying every aspect of Meltan, including its behavioral patterns. Given the Ditto's behavior, I believe Meltan is capable of assimilating metal by melting metal objects. What an interesting ability! I can now say that, according to my research, Meltan is a Steel-type Pokémon! I think our next step is to study more Pokémon that have similar characteristics. Can you complete the following tasks to learn more about Pokémon with fluid body surfaces or stomach acid strong enough to melt metals? Oh, and one more thing—Professor Oak is also studying a Ditto in his own lab that is able to Transform into Meltan. With our parallel research, I think we'll be able to make some breakthroughs soon! By the time you complete all the research tasks, I should be able to circle back to you with the latest development."
"Evolve a Grimer."
"Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin."
"Make 20 Great Throws."
  • 6/9
"Just in the nick of time, <player>! With careful study of the Ditto that I sent him and the small amount of documented Meltan encounters, Professor Oak was able to solve more mysteries related to this Pokémon. Meltan very well may have split from a Pokémon named Melmetal, which has been recorded even less than Meltan. Never before have we seen a Mythical Pokémon that can divide into multiple, independent Pokémon! This explains why the world saw a simultaneous appearance of so many Ditto disguised as Meltan. Professor Oak and I have made a guess as to how Meltan can re-form back into Melmetal—because Meltan have bodies similar to molten metal, they have a unique ability to merge and trigger an Evolution into Melmetal! Do you know what Pokémon we should research next? You're bright, <player>, so I know you know the answer! I need you to collect data on Pokémon for which several parts can come together and act as one. Can you complete the following tasks?"
"Evolve a Magnemite."
"Catch 5 Exeggcute."
"Battle in 10 Raids."
  • 7/9
"Wow, I'm impressed! <Player>! Your data has arrived just as I've finished putting pieces of evidence together to learn Melmetal's place in history. According to these records, Melmetal was once regarded as a sacred being in a secluded community deep inside a wooded land that was rich with magnetite-bearing sedimentary rock. People there developed ways to make unique tools out of metal shed by Melmetal. Without such metal, they couldn't have made these tools back then. We need to find out more about Pokémon that wield tools. Could you complete the following research tasks?"
"Evolve 1 Drowzee."
"Catch 1 Cubone."
"Evolve 1 Scyther."
  • 8/9
"I just received an important piece of news, <player>! Remember the ancient text? It seems that a mysterious box was also excavated from the same site where the ancient text was found. There was nothing in the box except a rusty lump of metal that bears interesting similarities to Meltan. Perhaps exposing the box to this vast natural environment could cause something enigmatic to happen, resulting in Meltan changing states as well. Exposing this metal to the open air could have had an entirely different effect on what's inside the box, but we won't know until we try it. We may be able to find a clue about the lump of metal by delving into the world of ancient Pokémon. Please complete the following tasks."
"Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto."
"Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith."
"Catch an Aerodactyl."
  • 9/9
"I was right, <player>! This artifact is truly Meltan! We did it! Of course, the reason for Meltan's presence inside this mysterious box can only be guessed. Maybe the people who glorified and worshiped Melmetal decided to keep it safe when the Pokémon somehow split itself apart. Doing so could have been thought of as the only way for the people to ever meet Melmetal again. That warms the heart a little, doesn't it, <player>? Make sure you give Meltan plenty of chances to see the vast world we live in by venturing out and exploring! Who knows what will happen from here... Enjoy exploring, <player>, and I'm sure we'll be in touch soon!"

Ticketed Event

GO Fest 2018

  • 1/5
"<Player>! Thank goodness you made it. I was ready for a fun-filled day of playing with Pokémon, but as you may have seen, the park has all sorts of unusual geological phenomena occurring! We need to figure out what's happening and set it right, so I'm asking for your help. Now that you’re here, I need you to be part of my Elite Research team. First things first—could you help survey the park and get some supplies? Please complete the following research tasks."
"Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms."
"Earn 1 Candy walking with your buddy."
"Catch 15 Pokémon."
  • 2/5
"Yowzers! As you may have noticed, the park has all sorts of unusual geological phenomena going on today! I'm not sure what could have caused it—they just appeared out of nowhere...and they seem to be getting bigger and bigger! Whatever is causing it, the local park habitat here is quite disrupted by all the changes. The local Pokémon have become confused… It looks like they're acting more aggressive and territorial! Let's see if we can help out by catching some Pokémon to make the situation a bit more stable. Please catch some Fire-, Steel-, Water-, Grass-, Rock-, and Ice-type Pokémon!"
  • 3/5
"Well, it looks like there were some pretty powerful Pokémon causing the ruckus. Thanks for taking care of them! I'm sure they'll make great friends. However, I'm not sure that was sufficient—the strange habitats are just as active as before. The local park and all the Pokémon here seem worried. We need to get to the bottom of this! I've been seeing some unusual Pokémon called Unown floating around the area... This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing...and I think they may be trying to tell us something! I think they want us to call on a powerful Pokémon—the Guardian of the Forest? I'll bet if we follow the Unown around the park, they'll lead us to this Pokémon! Let's do the following research tasks."
During GO Fest 2018
"Catch 7 Unown."
"Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms."
"Hatch 3 Eggs."'
After GO Fest 2018
"Catch 7 Psychic-type Pokémon."
"Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms."
"Hatch 3 Eggs."'
  • 4/5
"Amazing! Never thought I would see Celebi here. I think Celebi's time travel abilities may be exactly what we need to fix the situation. Celebi can go back in time and stop these distortions while they're still small! It's a difficult task... We need to ensure Celebi has all the support it needs! The Plusle and Minun in the park would be perfect to help us out. These Pokémon are famous for loving teamwork and cheering on their partners with their pom-poms made of sparks! If we collect a bunch, I think they'll be able to work together to get Celebi really pumped up! Then Celebi can focus its power to return to the past and prevent this problem before it starts! Quickly, <player>, let's complete these research tasks!"
"Catch 5 Plusle."
"Catch 5 Minun."
  • 5/5
"That did it! It seems like the strange habitats are slowly returning to normal. It appears that Celebi has safely returned from the past to stay with you. Looks like you two have formed a bond! I'll bet by next weekend the park will have returned to its old self! Celebi is truly a wondrous Pokémon! Thanks for all your help today! We couldn't have done it without you. This weekend will be one to remember!"

Pokémon GO Safari Zone in YOKOSUKA

  • 1/2
"<Player>! Thank goodness you made it to this important research site. I came to study Pokémon that commonly appear in this area, but it seems I need your help! The species of Pokémon I've observed today don't normally appear around here. What a strange occurrence! Would you be willing to travel throughout the park and perform some tasks for me? With all these wild Pokémon around, it almost feels like a safari! Please complete the following research tasks:"
"Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms."
"Catch 10 Beldum."
"Catch 10 Ralts."
"Catch 10 Slakoth."
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
  • 2/2
"Wow, great work today! In addition to completing some insightful research, you've skillfully helped me document the amazing nature around us and the fascinating migration patterns that Pokémon follow. I have a feeling there's even more to discover out here! The results of your work have produced an awesome amount of Stardust. Perhaps you could find good use for it in powering up or trading a Pokémon! Enjoy, <player>!"

GO Fest 2019—Chicago, GO Fest 2019—Dortmund and GO Fest 2019—Yokohama

  • 1/5
"Welcome to GO Fest 2019, <Player>! I'm glad you're here. I've discovered something fascinating during my research, and I need your help. I've come across what I believe is a rare Pokémon deep in slumber. We have our work cut for us, <Player>. I think this adventure is going to call for some resources and even the help of some friends. Could you collect some supplies? Meanwhile, I'll see if I can find anything about this Pokémon in any of my texts."
"Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms."
"Make 3 new friends."
"Send 3 Gifts to friends."
  • 2/5
"Good work, <Player>. I'm sure the resources you've earned will be crucial. I had some success in my research, as well. I came across an ancient text containing the story of a Mythical Pokémon that grant wishes. I'm still researching the best way to awaken this Pokémon, but I keep hearing reports of other Pokémon in the area showing signs of distress. Could I ask you to investigate these reports?"
GO Fest 2019—Chicago:
"Catch 5 different species of Fairy-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Water-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Ghost-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Ground-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Ice-type Pokémon."
GO Fest 2019—Dortmund:
"Catch 5 different species of Ground-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Water-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Psychic-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Steel-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Bug-type Pokémon."
GO Fest 2019—Yokohama:
"Catch 5 different species of Ice-type Pokémon."
"Catch 8 different species of Water-type Pokémon."
"Catch 3 different species of Grass-type Pokémon."
"Catch 5 different species of Flying-type Pokémon."
"Catch 3 different species of Normal-type Pokémon."
  • 3/5
"Well done, <Player>! I knew I could count on you. You know, something interesting came up when I reviewed your results. Many of the Pokémon you encountered seem to have strayed from their habitats. I'd like you to help them get back to their proper habitats, as I'm sure this will soothe them and make them more comfortable. This should be a breeze for an accomplished Trainer like you! As you return the Pokémon to their proper habitats, be sure to snap pictures to help document this unusual situation."
GO Fest 2019—Chicago during event:
"Catch 3 Unown."
"Take a snapshot of Ralts in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Gastly in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Hippopotas in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Snover in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Horsea in its GO Fest habitat."
GO Fest 2019—Chicago after event:
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
"Take 5 snapshots of Fairy-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Ghost-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Ground-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon."
GO Fest 2019—Dortmund during event:
"Catch 3 Unown."
"Take a snapshot of Nidoran in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Feebas in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Scyther in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Meditite in its GO Fest habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Magnemite in its GO Fest habitat."
GO Fest 2019—Dortmund after event:
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
"Take 1 snapshot of Ground-type Pokémon."
"Take 1 snapshot of Water-type Pokémon."
"Take 1 snapshot of Grass-type Pokémon."
"Take 1 snapshot of Psychic-type Pokémon."
"Take 1 snapshot of Steel-type Pokémon."
GO Fest 2019—Yokohama during event:
"Catch 3 Unown."
"Take a snapshot of Snorunt in the Snowy Habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Poliwag in the Ocean Habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Lotad in the Ocean Habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Swablu in the Cloudy Sky Habitat."
"Take a snapshot of Taillow in its Cloudy Sky Habitat."
GO Fest 2019—Yokohama after event:
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
"Take 5 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Grass-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Flying-type Pokémon."
"Take 5 snapshots of Normal-type Pokémon."
  • 4/5
"Wonderful work, <Player>! You're certainly getting the hang of that camera! Did you notice anything strange while taking photos of Pokémon in their habitats? Apparently, there's an unusual phenomenon where Pokémon leap out in an attempt to appear in your photos. I've heard Spark refer to it as a "photobomb". I'm eternally amused—and amazed—by the things we learn about Pokémon every day. That said, I did notice a connection. These Pokémon all seem to have something in common—music! I have a hunch that music may be the key to awakening our slumbering Pokémon. What do you think, <Player>? Shall we set the stage and see if some beautiful music is the answer to this perplexing situation? "
  • 5/5
"That's it! The pure melody created by your musical Pokémon has awakened the Steel- and Psychic-type Pokémon Jirachi! The ancient text was right—this Mythical Pokémon could only be awakened from its thousand-year slumber by a song of purity. The text also says that when Jirachi awakens, it grants wishes! Now that we've done the work of waking Jirachi up, I wonder what you and your fellow Trainers will wish for. I already know what my wish is going to be—I want you to enjoy this amazing experience! It isn't every day that you get to join Trainers from all over the world in exploring a park with so many Pokémon in such diverse habitats—not to mention meeting a Mythical Pokémon! I'm sure Jirachi was far from the last amazing discovery to be made, though. I'll no doubt be calling on your excellent research skills again the future! "
During event:
"Trade for 3 Pokémon from at least 100km away."
"Hatch 5 Eggs."
"Take 3 snapshots of Jirachi."
After event:
"Evolve 3 Pokémon."
"Hatch 5 Eggs."
"Take 3 snapshots of Jirachi."

Safari Zone St. Louis 2020, Safari Zone Liverpool 2020 and Safari Zone Philadelphia 2020

  • 1/2
"Welcome to <event>, <player>! Thank you for coming. There are a lot of interesting Pokémon appearing in the wild here. Let's discover and study them all together!"
  • 2/2
"Wow, <player>! That was such an exciting journey. Thanks to you, we've learned a lot about the Pokémon at <event>! Why not take the time to bond with the other Trainers here? Let's GO make some memories!"

GO Fest 2020: Welcome!

"Welcome to Pokémon GO Fest 2020, <player>! GO Fest this year is a little bit different from previous years; but it'll be just as fun—and challenging! I've noticed an amazing phenomenon—it seems as though different Pokémon are appearing in the area on what seems and hourly basis. I need your help collecting data on this situation. I thought it would be fun to give you some tasks to help you research this phenomenon. I'll make sure you get a reward for your hard work! Don't delay—since different Pokémon seem to be appearing each hour, you have limited tome to complete these tasks! You can see Trainers's progress by checking the Global Challenge Arena. To help with your research, be sure to use Incense to attract Pokémon. Remember, you can now activate several Incense at once and have them attract Pokémon to you for hours! Incense smells amazing, doesn't it? It brings a smile to my face knowing that millions of Trainers around the world are working together right now because of their shared love of Pokémon. Furthermore, I've been sensing a great energy that has filled me with hope and determination. Have you been feeling it as well? I wonder whether it's connected to the strange happenings that kicked off our research this weekend. I have a feeling today's just the beginning of an exciting adventure! We'll have another fun-filled day tomorrow. For now, I'm going to start looking into this situation. Perhaps it's related to a powerful Pokémon. Now, <player>, I'm sure you know what I am going to say next. Let's GO!"

GO Fest 2020: Rocket Straight to Victory

  • 1/6
"<Player>, by the look on your face, I'm sure you've grasped the situation.Team GO Rocket confetti is raining down from the sky. Grunts are invading PokéStops all around the world. And...Team Go Rocket has taken over Pokémon GO Fest. We thought we put a stop to them when we ended their take-over during our research leading up to GO Fest. But that take-over appears to have been only part of a larger plan. We have yet to determine Team GO Rocket's ultimate goal, though. Regardless of what it is, <player>...you must prepare yourself. I'm impressed by your energy and that of your fellow Trainers around the world! If we work together, I know victory is within our reach!"
  • 2/6
"Great work, <player>. Your Pokémon are ready for battle, and I bet your fellow Trainers are thankful for the supplies you've sent their way. We'll need to work together to keep Team GO Rocket at bay and save Pokémon GO Fest! Oh, what's this? Looks like the snapshots you took feature some unwelcome guests! It's amazing that Team GO Rocket can organize these massive take-overs, but its members do seem a little silly. Or maybe these photobombs are actually all a part of their scheme? Anyway, why don't you put all your training to use? In the meantime, I'll do some more investigating with the team leaders."
  • 3/6
"Thanks to your hard work, you've caught a Golem! The team leaders and I have been scoping out the Team GO Rocket ballons and have discovered that the Team GO Rocket Leaders are using Flying-type Pokémon. Sources told me that Team GO Rocket might've captured some Legendary Pokémon and turned them into Shadow Pokémon too! If I recall correctly, the team leaders saw one of these ballons at GO Fest last year—and another during the Team GO Rocket take-over a few weeks ago. I wouldn't have imagined that Team GO Rocket would spend resources on such an...interesting means of transportation. However it's clear that the boss has put a lot of effort into providing his Grunts with ballons. Your Golem might be a helpful addition to your battle party, since Flying types are weak to Rock-type attacks! <Player>, it's time to rock Team Go Rocket's world and save those Legendary Shadow Pokémon!"
  • 4/6
"Good job defeating Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo. Now all that's left is their boss, Giovanni; <Player>, are you ready? Spark, Blanche, and Candela can handle the Team GO Rocket Leaders while you prepare to face the boss. It's interesting that the Team GO Rocket Leaders are commanding these Legendary Shadow Pokémon, which are usually reserved for the boss himself. Perhaps we'll learn what this means as we uncover Team GO Rocket's devious plans and discover what Pokémon Giovanni now has under his control. On the bright side, I received an encouraging message from the team leaders about a mysterious phenomenon. Remember that powerful energy I detected yesterday? The team leaders reported that Trainers worldwide suddenly felt a similar energy that filled them with hope and determination. Through my research, I found references to that very same energy. They document a Mythical Pokémon that shares its infinite energy with others and guarantees a winning battle. I have a feeling that why Team GO Rocket is here. Perhaps Team GO Rocket hopes to further its dastardly plans by using this powerful Pokémon? I hear Giovanni often begins his battles with his Buddy Pokémon, Persian, which is weak to Fighting Pokémon. The Machamp you caught earlier might help you there. Good luck, <player>. The fate of Pokémon GO Fest is in your hands."
  • 5/6
"<Player>, you did it! You defeated Giovanni and sent him packing! Who would've thought he could turn even Mewtwo into a Shadow Pokémon? That alone is a mystery we need to investigate. IT was a tough battle, and the fact that you defeated Mewtwo proves what an amazing Trainer you are. Spark, Blanche, and Candela were victorious against the Team GO Rocket Leaders and drove them away, too. Thanks to everyone's efforts, we've saved Pokémon GO Fest! It's time to celebrate! Turns out, Team GO Rocket was after Victini, the Victory Pokémon! Some say this Pokémon brings victory to its Trainer, regardless of the contest. I'm now sure that the energy we were all feeling was thanks to Victini. I'm in utter awe of your tenacity and determination. Pokémon GO Fest was saved because of your hard work. Thank you, <player>."
  • 6/6
"Phew! Now, I think we should get back to having fun. There's still time to enjoy the festivities! While this year's GO Fest was quite a bit different from previous ones, I'm overjoyed that Trainers all over the world could still come together to celebrate—and protect—our beloved Pokémon. Even when we're apart, we're still united by our love of Pokémon. No matter what obstacles appear in your path, you can always count on your Pokémon and you fellow Trainers. I know we'll all meet again under the same sky someday, so until then...let's GO!"

Jump-Start Research

  • 1/6
"Ah, <player>! Good to see you! There's a lot to do this summer! New things to expérience—new Pokémon to find! Let's start with a few simple tasks to help you get your bearings."
"Make a new friend."
"Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost."
"Hatch an Egg."
  • 2/6
"Wow, is that a Dratini you've found? That's quite a rare Pokémon! I can tell this Dratini has the potential to become a close friend of yours! Why don't you two take some time to get to know each other? "
"Earn a Candy walking with your buddy."
"Take a snapshot of Dratini."
"Evolve a Dratini."
  • 3/6
"Impressive! Dragonair is a powerful Pokémon in its own right. Let's get Dragonair ready to battle! You can try taking on other Trainers or working together to take down huge Raid bosses!"
"Power up Pokémon 10 times."
"Battle another Trainer in the Great League."
"Battle in a raid."
  • 4/6
"Nice work! You and your Pokémon make a great team! There are many new kinds of Pokémon that have started appearing recently in the world. You should take a look and see if you can find anything new."
"Catch 5 different species of Pokémon."
"Catch a Legendary Pokémon from either a Field Research Breakthrough or raid."
"Hatch 3 Eggs."
  • 5/6
"Amazing! You found some rare Pokémon that were first discovered in the Sinnoh region already? And is that... a Shiny Pokémon? Amazing! I've never seen an Eevee like that before! Shiny Pokémon have a rare and distinct coloration that sets them apart from others of their species! Let's commemorate this moment! Why don't you take a snapshot and celebrate with friends? "
"Take a snapshot of Eevee."
"Send 5 gifts to friends."
"Trade 3 Pokémon with a friend."
  • 6/6
"Wow, a wild Lapras sought out? Looks like you're going to do great this summer! They say Trainers and Pokémon are most powerful when they band together."
"Make a new friend."
"Win a level 3 or higher raid."
"Evolve a Dragonair."
"Good luck! It's time to GO!"

Team GO Rocket

A Troubling Situation

  • 1/4
"Hi <player>. I'm glad to see you! Can I get your help with investigating something? I've noticed an alarming number of reports from Trainers who have found PokéStops that look... discolored? Some Trainers have even spotted people wearing shirts with a big letter R on them who are guarding these PokéStops. These shady characters appear to have Pokémon with a mysterious dark aura around them! As I investigate this with Spark, it might be best to power up some of your Pokémon. You never know what we might encounter..."
"Evolve 2 Pokémon"
"Power up a Pokémon 5 times"
  • 2/4
"Great job strengthening your Pokémon! After visiting one of the PokéStops with Spark, we were challenged to a Trainer Battle by someone who belongs to an organization called Team GO Rocket! Turns out that Team GO Rocket has been stealing resources from PokéStops with the help of Pokémon that are cloaked in dark aura. They're called Shadow Pokémon! Luckily, we won the battle, and afterward, Team GO Rocket carelessly abandoned their defeated Shadow Pokémon! Help us protect local PokéStops from Team GO Rocket, Trainer! As you do so, please save any Shadow Pokémon that Team GO Rocket abandons!"
"Catch 2 Shadow Pokémon"
"Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts"
  • 3/4
"Thanks for all you hard work, <player>! Candela and I have done some research on Shadow Pokémon and learned some very unsettling things. While Pokémon naturally become stronger through training, these Shadow Pokémon seem to have been overpowered through unnatural means. As a result, their bodies painfully struggle with not knowing how to control this strength. But don't worry! It looks like we can help them harness this strength through a process called purification. Can you help me purify some Shadow Pokémon, <player>"
"Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon"
"Purify a Fire, Water, or Grass-type Shadow Pokémon"
  • 4/4
"WOW! Thanks for helping us learn more about the Shadow Pokémon that Team GO Rocket uses, <player>! After observing the purification process with Blanche, it's clear that the Pokémon's gratefulness to you for purifying them causes the move Frustration to be replaced with Return! Now that you have this knowledge, we need your help with saving as many Shadow Pokémon as possible by taking back PokéStops that are under Team GO Rocket's control! The world is under attack! Can we count on you to help protect it? I do hope there's nothing more to this..."

Looming in the Shadows

  • 1/6
"Thanks for your help in defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts, <player>! The team leaders and I have been observing Team GO Rocket, and something tells us this is far from over. The transmission sent during the Team GO Rocket take-over had a message from an unknown sender at the end. We’re going to need all the help we can get to reveal the identity of this unknown figure looming in the shadows, and you are just the Trainer for the job! Can you help us get to the bottom of this mystery?"
"Spin 10 PokéStops"
"Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts"
"Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon"
  • 2/6
"Thank you for your continued support against those pesky Team GO Rocket Grunts. As they flee, some Grunts are leaving behind Mysterious Components. I believe these are what Team GO Rocket is using to hack and steal resources from PokéStops. Clever little devices, aren’t they? There’s information we can glean from these components that will help us in our fight against this dangerous organization. Once you have enough pieces, you should be able to assemble something similar to the device I’ve modified in my lab. It might be best to prepare yourself for whatever might come, <player>"
"Spin a PokéStop 5 days in a row"
"Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon"
"Win 5 raids"
  • 3/6
"Interesting. It appears there’s more to Team GO Rocket than previously thought. Their ingenuity has got me thinking there might be another use for these Mysterious Components. We shouldn’t underestimate Team GO Rocket. It’s time to get battle ready, <player>. I don’t want to send you out to face another foe without some more training. While you sharpen your battle skills, I’ll be sure to get this little project of mine up and operational."
"Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym battles"
"Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer"
"Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts"
  • 4/6
"Fantastic work, Trainer. I’ve been working on a prototype for something I call the Rocket Radar, but I was missing some critical components. Your hard work in retrieving these components actually made my device work! If we combine my research and these Mysterious Components you’ve found, we can create a radar-like tool to track down Team GO Rocket Hideouts! Trainers all over the world are figuring out how to put together devices like this, and they’re identifying more hideouts than I originally anticipated. <player>, it’s time to head to these hideouts and face whatever—or whomever—is there head on. Let’s GO."
"Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo"
"Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff"
"Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra"
  • 5/6
"You battled well, <player>! You’ve done your team leaders—and me—proud. According to my observations, it appears the sender of that mysterious transmission during the Team GO Rocket take-over was not in attendance. There’s someone else calling the shots—someone above Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo. I’ve improved on my previous invention and put together a Super Rocket Radar that should help you track this mastermind down. If it is who I think it is, he signs all his messages with “G.”"
"Find the Team GO Rocket Boss"
"Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss"
"Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss"
  • 6/6
"Astounding work, <player>! You’ve put a stop to Team GO Rocket’s plans for the time being and rescued a special Shadow Pokémon! It’s unlikely that Giovanni will give up this easily, so I hope we can rely on you to take down Team GO Rocket members as they appear around your area. Spark, Blanche, and Candela will be on the lookout as well. I’m sure Team GO Rocket will try to hatch another villainous plot soon..."

A Challenging Development

  • 1/6
Previous versions of the game
"Hey there, <player>. Thanks for your help in holding back Team GO Rocket's forces, it is good to know I can rely on you. However, something tells me we're in it for the long haul and Team GO Rocket won't be going away anytime soon. We need to start thinking long-term about our strategy when it comes to Team GO Rocket. I hope to equip only the most prepared Trainers with Super Rocket Radars to take on Giovanni. I know you are an accomplished Trainer, but let's make sure you're up for the challenge."
Current version of the game
"Hey there, <player>. Thanks for your help holding back Team GO Rocket’s forces. It’s good to know I can rely on you. However, something tells me Team GO Rocket won’t be going away anytime soon, so we’re in it for the long haul. We need to think long-term about our strategy when it comes to Team GO Rocket. I want to make sure only the most-prepared Trainers are equipped with Super Rocket Radar devices to track Giovanni. I know you’re an accomplished Trainer, but let’s make sure your skills are keeping up with the challenge Team GO Rocket poses."
  • 2/6
Previous versions of the game
"Astounding work, <player>. Did you know that purifying Shadow Pokémon makes them stronger due to the gratitude they feel towards you for saving them? Maybe one of the Pokémon you purify will become a trusted partner in our efforts to fight against Team GO Rocket's invasion. We need to continue saving and purifying these Pokémon. Remember this: a good Trainer is strong, but a great Trainer is caring and kind."
Current version of the game
"Astounding work, <player>! You know how purifying Shadow Pokémon makes them stronger afterward due to the gratitude they feel toward you for saving them? Maybe one of the Pokémon you purify will become a trusted partner in our efforts to fight against Team GO Rocket’s invasion. We need to continue saving and purifying these Pokémon. Remember this: a good Trainer is strong, but a great Trainer is caring and kind."
  • 3/6
Previous versions of the game
"Fantastic! Good work purifying all of those Pokémon, <player>. They're practically glowing with gratitude towards you You can tell Shadow and Purified Pokémon apart because of the auras that surround them. One of my favorite sights is a Purified Pokémon standing proud atop their Trainer's team's Gym. It's truly a sight to behold Now it's time to take your new friends and train alongside them. A difficult challenge awaits you next, so prepare for battle, <player>."
Current version of the game
"Fantastic! Good work purifying all those Pokémon, <player>. They’re practically glowing with gratitude! It’s easy to tell Shadow and Purified Pokémon apart by the auras that surround them. One of my favorite sights is a Purified Pokémon standing proud atop a Gym controlled by its Trainer’s team. It’s truly a thing to behold. It’s time for you and your new friends to train alongside one another. A difficult challenge awaits you, so you need to be prepared for battle, <player>."
  • 4/6
Previous versions of the game
"You should feel proud of your progress, <player>. I know myself and the team leaders are proud of how much you have grown as a trainer. There is one final task before you can be trusted to take on an opponent like Giovanni. If you can show me that you can defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders, then I'll know that you are the trainer for the job."
Current version of the game
"You should feel proud of your progress, <player>. The team leaders and I are certainly proud of how much you’ve grown as a Trainer. I have one final task for you before I can be sure your skills are keeping up with an opponent like Giovanni. If you can show me that you can still defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders... then I’ll know that you and your Pokémon are in top form."
  • 5/6
Previous versions of the game
"Your skills are impressive. I think it is time for you to take the Super Rocket Radar and see if we can track down the boss himself. <Player>, I believe you are ready to take on Giovanni, again. You've proven your strength in battle, but also your compassion through saving and purifying Shadow Pokémon Confront Giovanni with your lessons and Pokémon in hand and I believe nothing can stop you Good luck, <player>!"
Current version of the game
"Your skills are as impressive as ever. It’s time for you to take a Super Rocket Radar and see if you can track down the boss himself. <Player>, I think you’re ready to take on Giovanni again. You’ve proven your strength in battle, and you’ve also shown your compassion by saving and purifying Shadow Pokémon. So get out there and confront Giovanni. With loyal Pokémon at your side and lots of experience under your belt, you’re unstoppable! Good luck, <player>!"
  • 6/6
Previous versions of the game
"Fantastic work, <player>! Enjoy your victory, but soon we will need to face everything we have discovered over the past month. While you were completing your tasks, I was doing some reconnaissance myself. I have to admit, it has been quite thrilling! As you might have guessed, there are many more hideouts and headquarters out there that the Team GO Rocket Leaders and Giovanni could be hiding at. We've secured the world of Pokémon GO for now, but know that they will come back. When they do, be sure you're ready for the challenge!"
Current version of the game
"Fantastic work, <player>! You should enjoy your victory, of course, but it looks like our work isn’t done. While you were busy, I was doing some reconnaissance. I have to admit, it’s been quite thrilling! As you might have guessed, there are many more hideouts and headquarters out there that the Team GO Rocket Leaders and Giovanni could be hiding in. We may have defeated them for the moment, but I’m sure they’ll be back and causing more trouble soon. When that day comes, be sure you’re ready for the challenge!"

The Take-Over Continues

  • 1/6
"Good to see you again, <player>. I’m sure you’ve seen that Team GO Rocket has continued their plans to take over PokéStops and turn even more Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon. Have you seen an increase in Team GO Rocket activity in your area? The team leaders and I have been getting reports from Trainers all over the world that these villains haven’t given up. We need to keep working to save Pokémon from these no-good Grunts and their leaders."
  • 2/6
"Incredible work, <player>. Persistence and determination are key in our continued efforts to take down Team GO Rocket! Please keep it up. It’s time to purify more Shadow Pokémon. They have you to thank for saving them! Perhaps one of the Pokémon you saved will become an essential member of your battle team."
  • 3/6
"How has your training been going, <player>? Be sure to build a healthy habit of improving yourself! Training isn’t a one-and-done thing. Becoming a great Trainer is something that comes with continued practice. It’s important that you’re prepared for the challenges ahead, so let’s GO!"
  • 4/6
"All right! You make the team leaders—and me—proud, <player>. It’s time to head out and show those Team GO Rocket Leaders that we’re strong enough to hold our own. We can’t let these bullies get in our way when we’re saving Pokémon!"
  • 5/6
"Fantastic work. Have you noticed, <player>? There seems to be a trend behind which Pokémon Giovanni is turning into Shadow Pokémon. I’m thinking about the fact that he has Legendary Shadow Pokémon. Could that have anything to do with why he’s here? In any case, the time has come to track him down. The more we battle Giovanni and his team of Grunts, the more we learn about why he’s waging these take-overs."
  • 6/6
"You’ve shown what it takes to be a true Trainer, <player>. Your battle with Giovanni wasn’t easy, but the skills you’ve learned through practice and patience have paid off. Keep your eyes open, Trainer. Giovanni does not like to lose, so I’m sure he’ll be back soon, trying to further his plans. I’m sure I can count on you when he returns."


A Professor’s Work is Never Done

  • 1/6
"Hey there, <player>. Thanks for your help battling Team GO Rocket. Trainers like you help keep Pokémon safe! But this battle is far from over, and we must continue learning about Team GO Rocket, their leaders, and their boss, Giovanni. Looks like the Rocket Radar I developed is helping the cause. I remember when this strange activity started happening... Back then, I had a hunch the Mysterious Components that Team GO Rocket Grunts were leaving behind held more secrets than we originally thought. We’ve come quite a long way since then! On that note, could you continue your work battling Grunts and helping Shadow Pokémon?"
  • 2/6
"Wonderful work, <player>. I remember the first time we came across Shadow Pokémon. It was heartbreaking to see the pain they were in, and I knew I had to do something. As a Pokémon Professor, I always want to contribute and help where I can. I may not be an accomplished battler like you, <player>, but I can use my skills as a researcher and scientist to assist you on your journey. That was why I started using Mysterious Components to build the prototype for the Rocket Radar. I hoped that Trainers like you could use it in our ongoing fight against Team GO Rocket and in our efforts to rescue more Pokémon. So let’s get out there and do just that. I’m grateful for your help, especially now. It’s when times are toughest that we have the greatest opportunity to shine!"
  • 3/6
"Thank you for purifying those Pokémon, <player>. I’m sure they are just as grateful as I am for your dedication. Rescuing these Pokémon was the main reason for my work on the Rocket Radar prototype. Luckily, with the help of the team leaders and motivated Trainers like you, we were able to develop a functioning Rocket Radar and even start work on the Super Rocket Radar! While a terrible situation, the Team GO Rocket invasion has been a thrilling adventure and research opportunity. I’m anxious but excited to send our findings over to my mentor, Professor Oak. I’ll be sure to let him know you said hello! Now, it’s time to get back to work. Let’s test your battle skills, <player>"
  • 4/6
"I’m always so impressed when Trainers use supereffective moves in battle. It’s a sign of greatness when you see a Trainer using type effectiveness to their advantage. All our work lately seems to have gotten Team GO Rocket’s attention. Reports are coming in that Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo are currently lurking in the area. You know what to do, <player>!"
  • 5/6
"I knew you could do it, <player>. The more you practice, the better you’ll be able to take on those pesky Team GO Rocket Leaders. I’m sure they’re already scheming up their next plan after this defeat. But now, Giovanni is waiting. Using the Super Rocket Radar, track him down and defeat him. We must remain strong—Giovanni is relentless. I wonder why he continues his invasion... There are so many resources and Pokémon in our world. His evil plans must have something to do with that. My research will continue, but we need you to face him. Good luck, <player>. We’re counting on you."
  • 6/6
" Fantastic work, <player>! I will definitely be adding your victory as a note to the research I send over to Professor Oak. I’m sure he will be interested in anything you’ve learned about Shadow Pokémon and the continuing Team GO Rocket invasion, so please keep up your research and send it my way. It may seem small, but every little bit helps! I’ll be in touch soon, since we know Team GO Rocket isn’t likely to go anywhere. I know you’ll be ready for whatever happens next!"

The Shadow Threat Grows

  • 1/6
"Hey there, <player>. You’ve been instrumental in keeping back Team GO Rocket’s forces. Thanks to your hard work, we’ve learned so much about this enemy. Team GO Rocket won’t be going away anytime soon, so I’m glad I can rely on you and your fellow Trainers. While you’ve done an amazing job so far, I’m looking for more opportunities for you to hone your skills. Every good Trainer needs to stay on their toes! The Super Rocket Radar is in good hands with you on the task, but I wouldn’t be a good Professor if I didn’t make sure you were keeping up with Giovanni."
  • 2/6
"As expected, <player>. Fantastic work! Even though we’ve been fighting off the threat of Team GO Rocket for some time, I’m still concerned about the fact that Shadow Pokémon keep appearing. It seems even more Pokémon are being turned into Shadow Pokémon despite our efforts. I’ve been tracking this situation, and the numbers have almost tripled since all this began. We need to keep pushing forward—those Pokémon need our help! Can I rely on you to purify more Shadow Pokémon? I’m sure you’ll see them shine with gratitude once you do!"
  • 3/6
"Thank you for your efforts, <player>. I’m getting more and more concerned about the growing number of Shadow Pokémon, so we need to keep fighting back against this threat. Your talent has made it clear that you’re ready for the next step in your preparations. Use your battle skills to take on some Grunts. I think with some further observation, I can figure out what you need to do to make sure you’re at your best!"
  • 4/6
"All right! You should feel proud of your progress, <player>. You consistently impress me and the team leaders. Candela could learn a thing or two from your battle prowess. I’m sure the Team GO Rocket Leaders see you as a challenge. Take that challenge to them, and drive them out of wherever they’re holed up!"
  • 5/6
"<Player>, your preparations are complete—you’re ready to take on Giovanni. It’s time for you to use the Super Rocket Radar to track down the boss himself. You’ve proven not only your strength in battle but also your compassion through saving and purifying Shadow Pokémon. Confront Giovanni with that strength and compassion, and I believe he won’t be able to stop you! Good luck, <player>!"
  • 6/6
"Well done, <player>. You’ve shown Team GO Rocket just how strong your training has made you. Although your battle with Giovanni wasn’t easy, the skills you’ve learned through practice and patience have paid off. But keep your wits about you, <player>. Giovanni doesn’t like to lose, so I’m sure he’ll be back soon to further his plans. I know I can count on you when he returns, but until then, I’ll work on finding some training opportunities for you so you can keep developing your skills."

An Inter-egg-sting Development

  • 1/6
"Hey there, <player>! It’s good to see you, though I’m sorry it has to be under such dire circumstances. What circumstances, you ask? Well, it appears as if Team GO Rocket is—you guessed it—stirring up more trouble! We’ve just received word that they’re doing something strange at PokéStops. What exactly they’re doing—and to what end—is what we need to figure out. Let’s get out there and see what we can find!"
  • 2/6
"Welcome back, <player>. It looks like Grunts aren’t involved in whatever new experiments Team GO Rocket is performing. As you might recall, Grunts use Shadow Pokémon, which are Pokémon that have been trained in unnatural and harmful ways to become incredibly powerful. We’ve heard rumors that Arlo was the one who spearheaded the Shadow Pokémon program not long after he parted ways with Candela and Team Valor. More recently, Spark discovered that Team GO Rocket may be hatching a plot involving Pokémon Eggs! Is Arlo involved in this, too? Let’s investigate more PokéStops and purify some Shadow Pokémon while we’re at it. Something is bound to come up!"
  • 3/6
"Great job saving and purifying those Shadow Pokémon, <player>! I noticed you caught a Larvitar. It’s highly unusual to see one in the wild. Maybe it came from one of the Pokémon Eggs that Team GO Rocket has been collecting... While you were out battling Grunts, the team leaders and I discovered that Team GO Rocket has been collecting a mysterious kind of Pokémon Egg we’re calling Strange Eggs. It appears that mostly Poison- or Dark-type Pokémon hatch from these Eggs. Let’s save and hatch as many Strange Eggs as possible before Team GO Rocket is able to grow their ranks! The Team GO Rocket Leaders seem to be guarding these Strange Eggs, so let’s start by finding them. Be sure you have space for Eggs and some Incubators at the ready!"
  • 4/6
"Great job defeating those leaders, <player>! You’ve saved some pretty cute Pokémon in the process, if I do say so myself. While you were off fighting Team GO Rocket, Spark and I did some more sleuthing and discovered that Sierra might actually be the brains behind the Strange Eggs! It appears there’s more to a Team GO Rocket Leader’s duties than just taking over PokéStops and challenging Trainers to battle. First Arlo with Shadow Pokémon, and now Sierra with these Strange Eggs... I wonder what else Team GO Rocket’s got tucked up their sleeves. This doesn’t sit well with me, <player>. Let’s track down those leaders again! We have to do all we can to disrupt their plans!"
  • 5/6
"Incredible work, <player>! Hopefully that’ll keep them at bay for a little while. I managed to craft another Super Rocket Radar for you that’ll help you track down Giovanni. But be careful—according to a field report from Blanche and Candela, he’s got Shadow Mewtwo with him! You might have encountered Shadow Mewtwo the last time Giovanni appeared. We’d thought that was the last we’d see of it, but it looks like it’s back! You need to save Shadow Mewtwo, Trainer! I have a feeling Giovanni plans on using this poor Pokémon for nefarious ends."
  • 6/6
"Celebrations are in order, <player>. You’ve done it again—you’ve defeated Team GO Rocket’s Grunts, its leaders, and even Giovanni! Not to mention all the Shadow Pokémon you saved along the way, including Shadow Mewtwo! This is probably not the last that we’ll see of Giovanni or Team GO Rocket, but that also means there’ll likely be more Strange Eggs to collect and Shadow Pokémon to save! Let’s get cracking, Trainer!"

EX Raid Boss introduction

A Colossal Discovery

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>. Good to see you again. Your research inspired me to do some more research of my own, and I think I’ve come across something...groundbreaking. I was investigating the digging patterns of Diglett, and I wound up heading deep into a cave. Inside, I came across some unusual markings carved heavily into the cavern walls. At first, I thought them to be random, but then I realized the carvings formed four unique patterns, each consisting of seven circles. These patterns look incredibly familiar, and I think we need to take a closer look at some Pokémon in particular. Can I count on you to help me research some Rock-type Pokémon? I have a hunch that this will lead us to our first clue."
During event
"Catch a Regirock, Regice, or Registeel from a raid"
"Catch 7 Rock-type Pokémon"
"Evolve 7 Rock-type Pokémon"
After event
"Win 3 raids"
"Catch 49 Pokémon"
"Evolve 7 Rock-type Pokémon"
  • 2/4
"Simply amazing! The pattern on the Regirock you caught matches perfectly with the first pattern of carvings on the cave walls. This leads me to believe we should move our investigation to Ice-type Pokémon. I wonder if we’ll find another Pokémon that will help us solve this puzzle. I have one in mind, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself! I’m sure with the help of an accomplished Trainer such as yourself, we’ll be on our way to figuring this out in no time."
During event
"Catch a Regirock, Regice, or Registeel from a raid"
"Catch 7 Ice-type Pokémon"
"Evolve 7 Ice-type Pokémon"
After event
"Win 3 raids"
"Catch 49 Pokémon"
"Evolve 7 Ice-type Pokémon"
  • 3/4
"As expected, Regice clearly has similar markings to the second carving I found in the cave. I remember an ancient legend that told a story about a Colossal Pokémon. It’s said that it made Pokémon that looked like itself from a special ice mountain, rocks, and magma. Could it be these Pokémon these patterns originate from? This is starting to get exciting, isn’t it? If the first two Pokémon were Regirock and Regice...then there’s only one left that we must research further."
During event
"Catch a Regirock, Regice, or Registeel from a raid"
"Catch 7 Steel-type Pokémon"
"Evolve 7 Steel-type Pokémon"
After event
"Win 3 raids"
"Catch 49 Pokémon"
"Evolve 7 Steel-type Pokémon"
  • 4/4
"Excellent work. I believe we’re going in the right direction. This could only mean one thing, <player>. We’re close to coming across the Legendary Pokémon Regigigas! According to legend, this Pokémon towed continents with rope. Maybe it can help move my research lab next time it gets stuck. Hahaha! Anyway...I have a feeling that once you fully document these amazing creatures, you’ll make a colossal discovery of your own."
During event
"Take a snapshot of Regirock"
"Take a snapshot of Regice"
"Take a snapshot of Registeel"
After event
"Take 7 snapshots of Rock-type Pokémon
"Take 7 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon
"Take 7 snapshots of Steel-type Pokémon

A Drive to Investigate

  • 1/5
"Great to see you again, <player>. I always run into you when I find something exciting. Maybe you’re my Special Research good-luck charm! Last night, I was studying the chemical reaction that causes Trubbish to appear. Suddenly I saw bright flashing lights in the near distance and went to investigate. When I arrived at the site, I noticed a lot of damage to the ground and the surrounding area. At first, the damage looked to be caused by Trainers practicing for the GO Battle League, but my gut told me to investigate further in the morning. While I look into this, can you help me research Normal-type Pokémon? Some of the damage looks like it was caused by a Normal-type attack."
  • 2/5
"Thanks for getting that baseline research taken case of for me, <player>. I have some updates to share with you. After I returned to the site we’re studying, I realized there was actually a trail of damage. When I followed that trail, I started finding areas that were clearly burned. That damage must have been done by a Fire-type Pokémon or at least a Pokémon that knows Fire-type attacks. You know what this means, Trainer! Time to research Fire-type Pokémon. The more information we have about this type of Pokémon, the more clue we’ll have to determine whatever did all this damage. Meanwhile, I’ll continue following the trail of damage."
  • 3/5
"Thanks, <player>! You’ve been on fire when it comes to getting these research tasks done! Get it? You’re on fire? Anyway… the damage can’t have been caused by a Trainer Battle. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It seems almost… unnatural? Could it really have been causes by Pokémon? This is getting fascinating! Could you do some research on Water-type Pokémon for me? As I followed the damage trail further, the burned area suddenly ended and strange water damage started appearing, and it just doesn’t seem to line up with any Pokémon I’ve encountered."
  • 4/5
"<Player>, I’m so glad you’r back! We might have stumbled upon something incredible. I contacted one of my colleague in the Unova region. She shared some notes about a Mythical Pokémon called Genesect that was restored from a 300-million-year-old fossil and then altered. Pretty cool, huh? The notes say that though this Pokémon is Bug and Steel type, it’s known to be able to use attacks with types Fire and Water, among others. This lines up with the damage at the site we’ve been researching! One of the other types Genesect can attack with is Electric-type attack. I’ll see if anything else lies even farther down the trail, but in the meantime, I know I can count on you to start investigating Electric-type Pokémon to help us get to the bottom of this."
  • 5/5
"I can’t thank you enough for your help, <player>. You really are my Special Research good-luck charm! With the information you collected combined with the notes from Unova, I think we’ve uncovered the Bug- and Steel-type Pokémon Genesect! I know what you’re thinking: Bug AND Steel with such odd attack types? Apparently, when this Pokémon is holding a specially developed item called a Drive, its Techno Blast attack changes to a type that corresponds to the Drive the Pokémon’s holding. I wonder what kind of Dives exist for this Pokémon. I still have so many questions, but for now, why not do a little research on Ice-type Pokémon? I hear Ice is another type Genesect can wield. You ought to take a snapshot of Genesect to commemorate your meeting, too!"

Celebrate 2019

  • Introduction
"How was 2019 for you, <player>? For me, it was a fantastic year, and I want to thank you and all our Trainers around the world for your hard work. Together, we took on Team GO Rocket, uncovered the Wish Pokémon, Jirachi, and began encountering Pokémon originally discovered in Unova. I want to make sure you know how proud I am of how much you and all the other Trainers have grown this last year! And now with 2020 on the horizon, there are sure to be many more adventures awaiting! Until then, let’s get up and GO!"

Community Day

Investigating Illusions

  • 1/4
"Good to see you again, <player>. Have you noticed an increased number of Abra in the area? Yes, so did I. I originally thought this strange phenomenon was happening due to Abra's ability to teleport. When Abra decides to teleport randomly, it creates the illusion that it's made copies of itself. However, what's happening right now really does seem to be a large number of Abra appearing in the wild! Let's research more about Abra and see what we can discover about the Psi Pokémon!"
  • 2/4
"Fantastic work, <player>! Are you having difficulty catching Abra you encounter? It's said that you must clear your mind if you want to catch an Abra. Or maybe you could ask your buddy for some catching assistance! I've got a few more things about Abra that I could use your help researching. How about you give me a hand, and I'll see if I can find a nice treat for your buddy?"
  • 3/4
"I'm sure your buddy appreciates that delicious Poffin! I'm more of a Pinap Berry man myself. While researching Abra, I read that it can sense danger and maintains a telepathic radar even while it's sleeping! What amazing abilities! Why don't you keep researching? As a token of my thanks, I'll give you one of the Rocket Radars I've developed. While it won't give you Abra's ability to sense danger while sleeping, it will help you track down any trouble the Team GO Rocket Leaders are stirring up."
  • 4/4
"Thank you again, <player>, for all your help today. It was incredible researching Abra with you. We learned so much about this Psychic-type Pokémon. Rumor has it that some lucky Trainers even encountered Shiny Abra in the wild! Pokémon are truly amazing creatures. There's always something to discover. Until next time, <player>!"

Seeing Double

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>! You surprised me, much like the Seedot that just fell from that tree over there. It really scared a Pidgey that was foraging nearby, and I’m pretty sure it did that on purpose. It’s easy for Seedot to trick people and Pokémon alike because Seedot are almost indistinguishable from acorns. Are they appearing in higher numbers right now, or am I seeing double? Could you help me investigate this nutty situation?"
  • 2/4
"Welcome back, <player>! While you were away, I was just refreshing my memory on Seedot. Apparently, it attaches itself to a tree branch using the top of its head and sucks moisture from the tree it’s hanging from. The more water Seedot drinks, the glossier its body becomes. Thanks, Seedot, for reminding us to stay hydrated! Did you know that Seedot can evolve? AHHH! Sorry, I was just startled by another one. Why don’t you try evolving Seedot? Maybe it’ll get calmer and stop playing pranks on everyone!"
  • 3/4
"On the one hand, fantastic work, Trainer. Your little Seedot has evolved into Nuzleaf, the Wily Pokémon. On the other hand, our plan to calm Seedot down by evolving it has backfired. Apparently, Nuzleaf can make a flute out of the leaf on its head, and the sound of that flute strikes fear and uncertainty into the hearts of people who hear it. I’m sorry. But I have faith that a brave Trainer like yourself can handle Nuzleaf just fine! Maybe if we try evolving it again...its next form will be less scary! Personally, I’ve been startled enough for one day of research!"
  • 4/4
"So...your Nuzleaf has evolved into Shiftry, the Wicked Pokémon. Unfortunately, upon reviewing data on Shiftry, I learned it can be quite fearsome, too. Using its leafy fan, Shiftry can create wind gusts with speeds of up to one hundred feet per second. That’s strong enough to level houses! I think I need to go tie my mobile lab down! I’d rather be surprised by a Seedot than blown away by a Shiftry! Hah...lesson learned—stay up-to-date with Pokémon, even familiar ones! Thank you for your help researching this odd occurrence. Once these winds die down, I’ll be in touch about our next research adventure!"


The Great Gastly

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>! I'm glad you're here. Something odd is happening and I need your help investigating it. While I was on a walk last night with my Buddy Pokémon, Meltan, I noticed a strange light flickering in my mobile lab. It was so spooky! One might've called it...a gastly sight! Apparently, some Gastly were in my mobile lab hiding from the wind. It's common for them to take shelter when massive gusts are blowing about so their gaseous bodies aren't blown away. However, the sheer number of Gastly seemed unusual. They're still in the mobile lab, so could you help me look into this situation?"
  • 2/4
"Thank, <player>! While you were helping with our research, I was assisting the Gastly in the mobile lab. I had to be careful when I got near the Gastly. I don't want to be engulfed by their gaseous bodies! Now that the Gastly are out of the mobile lab, I think it's time for us to start looking into Gastly's Evolution. I've done some reading on the matter, and I think we'll need to prepare for a dangerous Pokémon."
  • 3/4
"Excellent work, <player>. Seems as though your Gastly has evolved into Haunter. I had a feeling I was being watched. It's said that Haunter lurks into walls to keep an eye on its foes, but in this case, I have a feeling it's just being playful. I've noticed the team leaders tripping and stumbling around the lab today. Seems as if Haunter is having a bit of fun with them, but I don't think Blanche is amused. Let's go ahead and fix that problem by evolving Haunter."
  • 4/4
"Congrats, Trainer. Your Haunter has now become the Shadow Pokémon, Gengar! Are you ready for a spooky story? Let me get my flashlight. If you ever see your shadow suddenly and startlingly overtake you, it might be a Gengar running past you, pretending to be your shadow! Do you feel that chill in the air? That means a Gengar is near. OOOoooOOOooo... BOO! Hahaha, got you <player>! I crack myself up. Although...it looked for a second like there was a ghostly hand on your shoulder... Maybe it was just my imagination. Anyway, I know an accomplished Trainer such as yourself has nothing to fear when it comes to training a Pokémon like Gengar. Being both Poison- and Ghost-type, it's a fantastic Pokémon to have on your team. Thanks to your help, I think we all learned something today! I'll be in touch when I have another adventure for you!"

Making a Splash

  • 1/4
"Good to see you, <player>! Do you hear that sound? All morning, I've been hearing the distinct sound of splashing water. While somewhat relaxing, it's definitely not a normal thing to hear around the lab. Upon further investigation, I noticed an increased number of Magikarp in the wild. It was quite the sight to see so many of them splashing about. Guess it's time to GO fishing! Get it? Because Magikarp is the Fish Pokémon? Anyway, I think it'll be safe to approach Magikarp, as documentation indicates they're harmless. However, I see potential in this Pokémon. It's time to head out and investigate."
  • 2/4
"Great work, Trainer! While you were out, I did a bit of a refresher on Magikarp. Did you know that some Magikarp can jump so high, they can leap over a mountain? Now that's something I'd like to see! Also, while having a reputation for being worthless, this hardy Pokémon can thrive in any body of water, regardless of how dirty or polluted the water might be. I think Magikarp deserves a bit more credit, don't you think? Let's focus on evolving Magikarp, since doing so takes some effort. Maybe you should try using Pinap Berries when trying to catch Magikarp. Not only are Pinap Berries tasty, but they're quite useful as well!"
  • 3/4
"Good job, <player>. Thanks to the research you've completed, it's time to evolve that Magikarp of yours! Remember when I said that Magikarp is harmless? Well, that isn't the case with its evolved form, Gyarados. Known as the Atrocious Pokémon, Gyarados has a reputation for being destructive. Tales of its rampaging nature are consistent across all research materials we have on it. So much for being harmless, am I right? Of note, Gyarados is both Water- and Flying-type—something you might not expect from its humble beginnings. Looks like you'll add a powerful Pokémon to your team, but let's proceed with caution."
  • 4/4
"Wonderful work, <trainer>. Looks like all your efforts have paid off, and you've got yourself a Gyarados. I'm sure this Pokémon will be a great member of your team when battling other Trainers or even Team GO Rocket! Even though Gyarados is known for being vicious and extremely aggressive, a talented Trainer such as yourself will be able to befriend and train it so it can meet its full potential. I'm excited to see what kinds of challenges you'll demolish together! Just make sure that the demolition is limited to battles—not entire cities. Anyway, until next time!"

Decoding Porygon

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>! It’s great to see you again! I’m always grateful to have a helping hand with my research. Speaking of research, have you heard of Porygon, the Virtual Pokémon? Well, I’m not entirely sure why, but Porygon have been appearing more frequently in the area as of late! I’d like to take this opportunity to learn more about this odd Pokémon. How about it, Trainer? Will you go out and catch some Porygon for me?"
  • 2/4
"Fantastic work, <player>! I was able to review the data you collected, and I discovered that Porygon is made entirely of programming code! Other reports I dug up mention that it was created by a group of scientists using state-of-the-art technology. Can you believe it? A man-made Pokémon! Porygon have made a name for themselves by protecting cyberspace from suspicious activity! For something artificial, they sure do seem caring. Maybe I should keep a Porygon around in case Team GO Rocket tries a digital take-over... Well, in the meantime, I’d like to learn more about Porygon’s evolved form, Porygon2. I have a hunch that you’ll need to use an Upgrade to evolve Porygon. Let's get back out there and see if we can't find one!"
  • 3/4
"Excellent work, <player>! Thanks to your efforts, I’ve realized just how different Porygon2 is from Porygon. According to my findings, further research and the implementation of artificial intelligence into its code allowed Porygon2 to develop the ability to learn independent of its programming. The power of science is just astounding, isn’t it? These reports also mention that Porygon2 was upgraded to enable extraterrestrial exploration and planetary development, though it has yet to accomplish much. I wonder what this means for Porygon’s final Evolution, Porygon-Z? For your next batch of research, I want you to evolve Porygon2 into Porygon-Z using a Sinnoh Stone. Good luck out there, Trainer!"
  • 4/4
"Congrats on evolving your Porygon2 into a Porygon-Z, <player>! I’ve uncovered some notes about this Pokémon that I thought you’d find interesting. According to reports, an update was added to Porygon-Z’s programming that was supposed to allow it to move between dimensions. But the upgrade also caused Porygon-Z to become unstable, and it began behaving erratically. Because the update caused instability, academics can’t seem to agree on whether Porygon-Z should be considered a true Evolution of Porygon2. It’s going to take a bit of time to file away all this research, but I’m thrilled we were able to learn more about Porygon and its Evolutions! Your hard work is always appreciated, <player>, and I’ll be in touch as soon as I’m in need of another inquisitive eye! Until then, let’s GO!"

A Tale of Tails

  • 1/5
"Hey there, <player>! I hope you and your fellow Trainers have been taking care of yourselves. Remember to take a break every now and then to do something you really enjoy! I like to go on short walks, myself. In fact, I was out for a stroll with my Buddy Pokémon earlier when I heard a strange crackling sound. Upon further inspection, I realized it was a large group of Charmander gathered in an open field! The source of the noise was the soft crackling of their tail flames. Seeing so many Charmander at once was highly unusual, though this wasn’t the first time I’ve witnessed such a gathering... Well, whatever the reason, this is the perfect chance to learn more about Charmander! Would you mind giving me a hand by catching some, Trainer?"
  • 2/5
"Wonderful work, Trainer. While you were out in the field, I looked through some research focused on Charmander and its Evolutionary line and came away with some interesting information. For starters, Charmander is also known as the Lizard Pokémon and seems to be fond of hot things. You can tell how a Charmander is feeling by looking at the flame burning at the tip of its tail. What a fascinating Pokémon! Hmmm... Perhaps those Charmander I ran into while walking were gathered to enjoy the sun? We may be able to learn more by evolving one. Charmander’s evolved form is Charmeleon—but be careful when evolving Charmander! Charmeleon is known for its fiery temper!"
  • 3/5
"That’s a fine Charmeleon you’ve got with you, <player>! Known as the Flame Pokémon, Charmeleon is hotheaded by nature and is constantly seeking out worthy opponents for battle. When it finally encounters a worthy foe, it becomes so excited that the flame at the tip of its tail flares up and turns a bluish-white color. The easiest way to calm a Charmeleon down is by winning a battle. That sure sounds like a certain team leader I know! Now, did you know Charmeleon can evolve? Not only that, but its evolved form, Charizard, is also known as the Flame Pokémon! Come back and see me once you’ve evolved your Charmeleon."
  • 4/5
"Congrats, Trainer! Your Charmeleon has now become the Flame Pokémon Charizard! Charizard is a truly amazing Pokémon. Its wings can carry it close to an altitude of 4,600 feet, and its fiery breath packs such great heat that it can melt almost anything! While all that raw power seems intimidating, Charizard never turns its flames on any opponent weaker than itself. What a superb display of control! It’s amazing to see how this Pokémon chooses to take on only the mightiest of opponents! They say the key to a successful partnership is a powerful bond, Trainer, so why not celebrate by spending a little time with your new Charizard?"
  • 5/5
"I can see you’re really putting an effort into strengthening the bond between you and your Pokémon, <player>. Did you know that that bond can become a source of power for certain Pokémon? That’s right—I’m talking about Mega Evolution! Mega Evolution is the result of a strong connection between a Pokémon and its Trainer. Charizard is unique not only because it can Mega Evolve but also because it has two different Mega-Evolved forms! Its two Mega Evolutions, Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y, each come with their own strengths. It’s said that the overwhelming power dwelling within Mega Charizard X is so intense that it turns its body black and causes blue flames to spill from its mouth. Other research suggests that Mega Charizard Y uses its bond with its Trainer as the source of its power, resulting in speed and maneuverability greater than that of a fighter jet’s. Simply amazing! I can’t wait to see how Trainers use these Mega Evolutions in their Gym battle strategies! Thanks again for your help, <player>. I’ll be in touch as soon as I have more exciting research to share!"

Electric for Electabuzz

  • 1/4
"I’ve been dealing with some strange power outages in my mobile lab and wanted to investigate what could be causing them. It didn’t take me long to find the cause. Seems as though a group of Electabuzz decided that the mobile lab’s electricity would make an excellent snack. Electabuzz seem to be appearing in higher numbers, which could lead to more outages. Do you think you could catch some of these Pokémon? The research would be valuable, and I’d be grateful to have my power restored!"
  • 2/4
"Thanks for the assistance—I really appreciate it! While you were out catching Electabuzz, I did some research on this Pokémon’s Evolutionary line. Did you know that Electabuzz evolves from Elekid? A weak electric current flows between Elekid’s horns. Be careful, Trainer! Sticking a hand between its horns will shock you! Hmm... I wonder whether Spark has tried that with his Buddy Pokémon... Anyway, let’s keep researching these Electabuzz and make sure they aren’t snacking on any electricity meant for other uses!"
  • 3/4
"Also known as the Electric Pokémon, it loves to feed on strong electricity. That explains why so many Electabuzz were attracted to my mobile lab. Electricity runs across the surface of Electabuzz’s body. In darkness, its entire body glows a whitish blue. Simply amazing! Let’s continue our research. Go ahead and use a Sinnoh Stone to evolve Electabuzz into Electivire! I can’t wait to see what electrifying facts we’ll learn about that Evolution!"
  • 4/4
"I just don’t ever know whether they find my jokes funny... Should I take a comedy class? OH! I didn’t see you there, <player>. I see you’ve evolved your Electabuzz into Electivire like I asked. Thank you! According to the Pokédex, as Electivire’s electric charge amplifies, blue sparks begin to crackle between its horns. When in battle, Electivire pushes the tips of its two tails against its foe, then lets loose with over 20,000 volts of power. I guess you could say its opponent is in for a shock! Be careful with this Pokémon when battling with it—that’s a lot of power you’re dealing with! With the lights back on in the mobile lab, I’m going to head back and wrap up some other projects."

No Match for Magmar

  • 1/4
"Ah, <player>! Perfect timing. I’ve just encountered something strange! I’ve been feeling a bit warm lately, so I walked to a nearby clearing to enjoy the cool breeze—but the temperature seemed to rise as I arrived! Curious, isn’t it? I suspect it’s the work of a certain Pokémon. There’s one that’s known to dislike cold areas so much, it’ll blow scorching flames to heat up its surroundings. I believe there are large groups of this particular Pokémon appearing all over the place right now. Ah, you’re wondering which Pokémon I’m talking about? I think I’ll keep that to myself for now. But here—I'll write it on this piece of paper, and we can check later to see if I was right! Can you go investigate and let me know what you find? Thanks, Trainer!"
  • 2/4
"As promised, I’ll now reveal my guess as to which Pokémon is responsible for these recent temperature spikes. As you can see, I wrote down...Magmar! My intuition is pretty “lit,” eh? Am I using that ri—AH! Wow, that little fireball turned my paper straight to ash! Anyway, it seems the cause of these irregular warm fronts is indeed Magmar, the Spitfire Pokémon. When it breathes deeply, heat waves form around its body, making it hard to see clearly. Isn’t that just incredible? And to think that this intimidating Pokémon evolves from the adorable Magby, the Live Coal Pokémon! As adorable as Magby is, though, field studies have shown that whenever it inhales and exhales, hot embers dribble out of its mouth and nostrils. Still doesn’t stop me from trying to hug it! Anyway, <player>, you should try evolving your Magmar! Check in with me again before you do, though—I’ll have more hot tips for you then."
  • 3/4
"You’re almost there, <player>! Soon, you’ll have yourself a Magmortar, the Blast Pokémon. Exciting stuff! Watch out for the ends of its arms, though—they can produce fireballs as hot as 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit! Yowch! Can you imagine if you could blast fireballs out of your arms? Fwoosh! Fwoosh! Hahaha! Hey, that’s pretty fun! Fwoosh! There I go getting fired up about Pokémon again. Get it? “Fired up”? Haha, my hot streak continues! Anyway, with this Sinnoh Stone and the Magmar Candy you’ve acquired, you should be able to evolve your Magmar into Magmortar pretty soon—so keep up the great work, <player>! "
  • 4/4
"Excellent work, <player>! Looks like you’ve got your very own Magmortar. Magmortar, like Magby and Magmar, tends to live in volcanos. Its body can even take on a whitish hue from the intense heat generated by the fireballs it shoots from the ends of its arms! Wow, learning about Magmar and its Evolutionary line has really lit a fire in my heart. I need to get back to my research, pronto! See you around, <player>!"

December Community Day

  • 1/4
"Hello there, <player>! It’s so great to see you. Can you believe this year is already coming to a close? It’s almost as if Pokémon in the wild can feel it, too. A few seem to be appearing in greater numbers than usual! Strangely enough, the Pokémon appearing more frequently at the moment seem to be the same as those that did so previously throughout this year. Seeing all these Abra, Rhyhorn, and Piplup in the wild is making me a bit nostalgic. We’ve had quite a year, haven’t we? As you venture out to catch these Pokémon, I think it might be nice to reminisce on some of the highlights from this year and how much you’ve grown as a Pokémon Trainer along the way. Who knows—you might even surprise yourself!"
  • 2/4
"Great job catching all those Abra, Rhyhorn, and Piplup, Trainer. As you were doing that, I was busy thinking about all we’ve accomplished together this year. We discovered the secrets of trade Evolution and met a vast variety of Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region. We even encountered Legendary Pokémon like Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, and Kyurem! Then there were the Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region. I was particularly excited to see Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash, and Sirfetch’d! Oh! And who could forget the mysterious appearance of Mega-Evolved Pokémon? Hard to believe we fit all that into one year, eh, <player>? Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough. It’s time for you to get back out there and catch some more Pokémon!"
  • 3/4
"Ah—Weedle, Gastly, and Seedot. The stars of some memorable days this past year! I still get a bit jumpy at the sight of acorns. Haha! Gastly gave us a bit of a fright as well. Remember? OOOooooOOOoooo… BOO! Haha, sorry—I couldn’t help it. You know, Gastly isn’t the only gaseous thing we saw in abundance this year. That’s right—I’m talking about Team GO Rocket taking to the sky in balloons! An almost cartoonish mode of transportation, and yet surprisingly effective. You know, if the members of Team GO Rocket weren’t so devoted to villainy, their assets and energy would likely make them great allies. I hope that world comes to be someday. Ah, pardon my wistfulness. I tend to get more and more pensive as the day wears on. Does that happen to you as well? Perhaps you can ponder that while you go out and catch more Pokémon, <player>!"
  • 4/4
"It’s certainly been an interesting year, hasn’t it, <player>? I can’t remember another one like it, and I’ve seen a few! But despite all the ways it’s challenged us, I can’t help but think that it’ll make future experiences feel even more precious and special. After all, no matter what happens, we’re all on this Pokémon journey together—every Trainer, regardless of where they are in the world. That’s truly something special. So when the going gets tough, remember that you’re not in this alone. And while bad days are inevitable, I like to think they make the good ones that much sweeter. I hope today has been one of the good ones for you! The world is ever-changing, <player>. What doesn’t change, however, is the fact that we have each other and our Pokémon. And as the mysterious world of Pokémon continues to grow, so do we—as Trainers, as a community, and as people. So here’s to a year for the books—and many more exciting ones to come!"

Straight to the Top, Machop!

  • 1/4
"Oh! <player>, you caught me by surprise. I was just thinking about some movies I’ve seen recently. What, you didn’t take me for a movie guy? Haha! Well, while the world of Pokémon is my greatest passion, I’ve been trying to explore my interests outside of research and Pokémon as well. Self-discovery is important for personal growth in all walks of life. It can also be quite fun! I’ve learned that I really enjoy watching a film to pass the time now and again. Also, a lot of movies feature Pokémon! Don’t you love it when your interests overlap? I saw an incredibly thrilling action movie the other day. It was about a fighter who, against all odds, becomes a professional boxer alongside his trusty Machop. Life had him on the ropes, but he just kept punching back! Talk about inspiring. Did you know that Machop love to work out and build their muscles? They’re never satisfied, even when they train hard all day long! I wish I had that energy when I do fieldwork! Speaking of Machop: Did you notice that more of them are appearing in the wild? That’s what reminded me of that movie in the first place! Could you head out and learn more about Machop?"
  • 2/4
"Hey there, <player>! Great job catching all those Machop. I wonder if you’ll grow as close as the two characters in that movie. The main character started in a pretty tough place, but his Machop kept him motivated and inspired. Then, he was given an incredible opportunity to compete against other fighters. My favorite part was when his Machop evolved into Machoke! Isn’t the relationship between a Trainer and their Pokémon wonderful? Machoke are truly remarkable Pokémon, too. A Machoke’s muscular body is so powerful, the Pokémon must wear a power-save belt to regulate its motions. As it happens, you should have enough Machop Candies now to evolve Machop into a Machoke of your own. It’s almost like you’re living out that movie yourself!"
  • 3/4
"Wow—that’s one muscular Machoke! Great work evolving it. Sometimes, Machoke will head to fields and mountains to exercise and train. Isn’t that dedication amazing? It reminds me of a training montage in that film. The Trainer and his Machoke traveled to the mountains to train together. Watching their friendship blossom almost moved me to tears! The way they encouraged each other reminded me why I love Pokémon, especially when the Machoke evolved into Machamp! Oops, there I go again… Anyway, Machop and Machoke are very impressive Pokémon, but Machamp is on an entirely different level. Its four arms react more quickly than it can think, so Machamp can execute several punches at once! Hoo-hah! That was the movie Machamp’s signature move. Haha, who knew I’d become such a film buff? Get it? Buff? Moving right along... How about you do a bit of research on Machamp? Your Machoke seems pumped to get stronger. Let’s try evolving it into Machamp and see what happens!"
  • 4/4
"Wow, <player>! I saw you approaching with your newly evolved Machamp, and I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. It was just like the end of that movie! The Trainer ended up winning the tournament, and he couldn’t have done it without his Machamp by his side. Movies are so powerful! Especially ones about Pokémon and their Trainers. I suppose you and Machamp don’t need to watch that particular film, though—you practically lived it today! It’s been inspiring to witness, and I hope to carry that inspiration with me as I grow closer to my own Pokémon. You never know what you’ll discover about yourself when you try new things—just like how you never know which Pokémon you’ll end up forming a lifelong friendship with until you catch them! Thanks for coming along with me on this journey, Trainer. I wish you and your Machamp well, and I’ll see you next time. Let’s GO!"

Stop and Smell the Roselia

  • 1/4
"Ahhh… Do you smell that, Trainer? I first caught a whiff of that curious aroma as I was out on my daily morning walk. Upon investigation, I discovered that the scent was being produced by an uncommonly large group of Roselia that had assembled nearby. Did you know you can judge a Roselia’s health by the strength of its aroma? Well, let me tell you—those were VERY healthy Roselia! But while they certainly smell nice and look pretty, I advise you to take care when encountering them. The thorns on Roselia’s head contain a vicious poison, and it can launch them at any opponent bold enough to try to steal the flowers on its arms. Every rose, as they say! It’s unusual to see so many Roselia in one place. Would you mind assisting me in researching this phenomenon?"
  • 2/4
"Welcome back, <player>! While you were out in the field, I did some reading on Roselia. When it comes to Pokémon, new discoveries are being made all the time—so it’s important to make sure your information is up to date. Roselia, the Thorn Pokémon, evolves from Budew, the Bud Pokémon. Budew is sensitive to changes in temperature, and its bud is said to bloom when warmed by the sun. It’s also both Grass and Poison type, much like Roselia. In reviewing these two Pokémon, I remembered something tremendously exciting! I still need to conduct a bit more research before sharing my findings, however. Would you mind assisting me?"
  • 3/4
"As aromatic Pokémon go, we’re pretty fortunate it’s Roselia appearing en masse and not, say, Muk. A big group of Muk gathered under the sun… The whole place would smell like baked garbage! Oh! Hey there, <player>. Didn’t realize you were back. I found that interesting bit of information I wanted to share with you. According to my research, Roselia that drink nutritionally rich springwater are said to reveal rare coloration when they bloom. Isn’t that fascinating? Have you seen anything like that while you’ve been out doing research? You seem to have a lucky streak, so I wouldn’t put it past you! Now that you’re back, I’d like you to evolve a Roselia with the Sinnoh Stone I gave you."
  • 4/4
"Great work, Trainer! Your Roselia has evolved into the Bouquet Pokémon, Roserade! It moves like a dancer and strikes with whips that are densely lined with poison thorns. Oh, and have you noticed that each of Roserade’s hands is a different color? Each contains a different toxin. The poison in its right hand is quick acting, while the poison in its left hand is slow acting. What an amazing Pokémon! Thanks for all your assistance today, Trainer. Documenting situations like this is essential to learning more about the Pokémon in the world around us. Until next time, let’s GO!"

Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 and Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020

  • 1/5
"Hi there, <player>. I can't help but be impressed by your progress. You've done fantastic work in researching Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions. Now that we've researched Pokémon that were found in those regions... let's take a closer look at Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region! I think it's fascinating that even though we know a lot about Pokémon from all over the world, there's always more to learn! Speaking of discoveries, I've been doing some additional research and heard about an interesting phenomenon that has to do with Meowth in the Galar region. I was speaking with a researcher who's the granddaughter of a colleague from Galar, and she shared some intriguing information. It seems that Galarian Meowth lived with seafaring people, which toughened their bodies so much that parts of them turned to iron. May be I could get a few workout tips—I've been looking to some ways to toughen up myself! Anyway...let's do some more research on Pokémon originally discovered in Unova, but be sure to keep your eyes open for other exciting discoveries."
  • 2/5
"Wonderful work, Trainer. You might be familiar with the tradition in which a Pokémon Trainer selects their very first partner from a group of three Pokémon. These first-partner Pokémon are normally Fire, Water or Grass types. In Unova, many Trainers choose the Water-type Oshawott as their first-partner Pokémon. This Sea Otter Pokémon is known to use the scalchop on its stomach during battle. Isn't that just adorable? Please continue your research, and let me know your findings."
  • 3/5
"I can't stop thinking about how cute Oshawott is— Oh! You're back! Excellent work catching that Patrat! Now that we've researched the Water-type first-partner Pokémon of many Unovan Trainers, let's shift focus to the Fire-type one—Tepig! I'm a particular fan of Tepig because it uses the fireballs that come from its nose to roast Berries. It's such a clever use of an ability. I just love roasted Pinap Berries! We should continue our work and see what else we can discover."
  • 4/5
"Being the savvy Trainer you are, I'm sure you know which type of Pokémon we're going to research next. That's right—Grass type! In Unova, many Trainers choose Snivy, the Grass Snake Pokémon, as their first partner. Snivy is intelligent and calm, and being exposed to lots of sunlight makes it move more swiftly. Perhaps there's a lot we could learn from such a sagacious Pokémon! Anyway, let's get started on these research tasks. Be sure to listen carefully, as you never know what you might encounter!"
  • 5/5
"You're a natural, <player>. I'm so glad we could research some of the amazing Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region. I can't thank you enough for your hard work. I hope you put this Charged TM and Fast TM to good use! By the way, I literally stumbled across a mysterious Pokémon I've never encountered before. I think you're the perfect Trainer to take this Pokémon and help it reach its potential. Best of luck, and I'll be in touch soon!"

A Mega Discovery

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>! I think I've got an exciting adventure for you. I've been working on something...BIG. Recently, we observed a large number of Weedle appearing in the wild. I wanted to investigate that phenomenon further. After a day of research, I saw something sparkling in the tall grass near where the Weedle were gathering. It turned out to be a smooth, stonelike object with a symbol etched into it. It glowed with an energy I've never encountered before! I'd seen that symbol before in documents about Mega Evolution that I received from my colleague in Kalos, Professor Sycamore. That led me to believe that the object was somehow related. After digging further into the documents, I theorized that Pokémon can Mega Evolve using the energy from the object I found, which I named Mega Energy. It also occurred to me that the object I found might be related to Weedle. Now that I've caught you up on my BIG discovery, let's get started on some research. We'll need a Weedle--I think that Pokémon has mega potential!"
  • 2/4
"Great work, <player>! Let's document our findings for other Trainers. Now, Weedle can't Mega Evolve, but its final Evolution, Beedrill, can. My theory is that there is Mega Energy for different Pokémon and that each Pokémon needs a certain amount of Mega Energy to Mega Evolve. It also seems that Mega-Evolved Pokémon return to normal once their Mega Energy is depleted. It may be difficult to gather the Mega Energy needed to Mega Evolve a Pokémon for the first time. However, it seems that once a Pokémon has Mega Evolved, it requires less Mega Energy to do so again. Maybe it's because Mega Evolution strengthens a Trainer's bond with their Pokémon. Let's continue this investigation. How about you evolve your Weedle to its final Evolution and see whether you can find enough Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your new Beedrill."
  • 3/4
"Again, you never cease to amaze me, <player>. I think you and Beedrill are going to be great partners. I've learned that some other Pokémon can Mega Evolve, too. While I've been able to confirm only a fez, I'm sure we'll discover more in time. At this point, you should be able to Mega Evolve your Beedrill, if you're read. Now, I'm sure you are going to ask, "Professor Willow, how do I get Mega Energy for other Pokémon?" Well, don't worry, Trainer. Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise are appearing in Mega Raids all around the world. It appears you can get Mega Energy by challenging those Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Why don't you Mega Evolve your Beedrill and battle with it in Mega Raids? There seem to be benefits to battling in raids alongside Mega-Evolved Pokémon for both you and your fellow Trainers. I'm curious to see what effect Mega-Evolved Pokémon have on other Pokémon when they battle together. Why don't you give it a try!"
  • 4/4
"I dare to say, this was a successful research project! It looks like you were able to acquire some Mega Energy by battling those Mega-Evolved Pokémon. I've documented that you and your Mega-Evolved Pokémon can do many other things together, too. I hope to see you and your Mega-Evolved Pokémon battling at Gyms, challenging other Trainers, combating Team GO Rocket, and, of course, taking some snapshots to send back to yours truly. Mega-Evolved Pokémon are extremely powerful, so I think it's best that we don't bring our new friends into the GO Battle League just yet, at least until more research is done. I wanted to give you a token of my appreciation for all your hard work on this project—a Mega Bracelet. In other regions, Trainers use Mega Bracelets to help their Pokémon Mega Evolve. Based on my research into Mega Energy, it seems you won't need a Mega Bracelet to Mega Evolve your Pokémon. However, I thought a Mega Bracelet would be a trendy way to show off your Mega Evolution skills. You can check it out when you want to change up your look. I hope you accept this gift with my sincerest thanks for a job well done. Until next time, let's GO!"

City Spotlight 2020

  • 1/1
"It's time to explore with your buddy, <player>! I'm excited to do the same with my trusty Buddy Pokémon too. It’s easy to take the familiar for granted. Where we live our lives and spend most our time can quickly become mundane, but with a spirit of adventure and a friend by your side--anything can be an adventure! And even the familiar can hide exciting new things to discover! Let's GO and explore your city together, Trainer."

Level Up Challenges

Level 43 Challenge

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>! Can I just say how impressed I am with your progress as a Trainer? You've really put in the time and effort to become one of the very best. Well done! Say, do you remember when we first met? You were just a beginner back then, and I sent you off to catch your very first Pokémon. And look at you now! I'm glad we can share that memory together. Now, I'm sure an elite Trainer like yourself has mastered the art of catching Pokémon, but it's important to keep your skills sharp. How about you head out and catch some Pokémon? I've assigned some tasks that should challenge even a Trainer of your caliber. Good luck—and have fun!"
  • 2/4
"Good work as always, <player>. I'm sure those tasks were a breeze for someone with your skills, but they were just a warm-up! These next tasks should prove a bit more challenging. I'm sure you've built special bonds with several Pokémon over the course of your adventures. I'd like to see how powerful those bonds are. Why don't you head out, challenge a few Team GO Rocket Grunts, and battle in some raids? After all, the best Trainers never stop training! Good luck!"
  • 3/4
"How did it go, <player>? I’m sure you had a great time working with your closest Pokémon companions. It’s always fascinating to see how Trainers and Pokémon work together, and I can tell that you take a lot of pride in training your team. Well done! Say, why don’t you evolve some of the Pokémon you’ve caught so they can reach their full potential? You might even discover some new options for battles. Enough about that, though—back to our research! This next batch will test your Pokémon-catching skills again, but with a twist. Or perhaps I should say a curve? Haha! That’s right—you’ll need to test your skills with Curvball Throws! Make sure to stretch your throwing arm!"
  • 4/4
"Nice work, Trainer! I can tell you put a lot of effort into that research. I have Blanche assisting me with the analysis and care of all those Pokémon you sent over. It’s an impressive display of your progress, Trainer, and it’s caught Blanche’s eye as well. Anyway, I should probably get back to work. But before I go, I want to say how nice it was to reminisce about our first memories as professor and Trainer. I’m truly proud of you and how much you’ve grown! I know you’re far from finished on that front, too, so I’ll be watching closely as you progress and checking in whenever I have more challenges for you. Until then, <player>…let’s GO!"

Level 45 Challenge

  • 1/4
"Hey there, <player>! I wanted to check in on your progress. It looks like you’ve grown even more as a Trainer since we last spoke! As for me, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my Buddy Pokémon lately, and it’s helped me think of some new research opportunities. Do you remember your first Buddy Pokémon? I remember mine—it was the mysterious Hex Nut Pokémon Meltan! I still remember the day it earned its very own Best Buddy ribbon. That’s a proud moment in any Trainer’s journey, don’t you think? Meltan and I have been around the block a few times, but I still look forward to the next PokéStop we’ll visit. Why don’t you and your buddy go out and visit some of your favorite places together? "
  • 2/4
"Hope you enjoyed a few walks together with your buddy, Trainer. Did you come across any interesting PokéStops? I was inspired to head outdoors myself. I joined Spark and his buddy for a long walk after he won a battle. I even took a celebratory snapshot to mark the occasion! Going on walks together can be a great way to strengthen your bond with your Pokémon. It’s also a wonderful form of exercise! Seeing the bond Spark shares with his Pokémon gave me some ideas for more research. Oh, and Spark also wanted me to let you know that he’s cheering you on! How about you and your buddy go out for a walk, challenge another Trainer and their Pokémon to battle, and take a few snapshots to capture some fun moments together? Working hard is important, but so is savoring the memories made along the way! Have fun!"
  • 3/4
"Did you make any fun memories with your Pokémon, <player>? I’m always amazed by the variety in the snapshots taken by Trainers from all over the world. I’m especially fond of ones that capture surprise encounters with Pokémon like Smeargle! That’s one of the best parts of taking snapshots—you never know what you’re going to see! Hmm… That reminds me of when Team GO Rocket decided to start showing up in Trainers’ snapshots uninvited. And THAT reminds me of some more research I need your help with! To start, why don’t you and your buddy get warmed up with some raids? When you’re ready, I think we’ll need some help clearing out the Team GO Rocket Leaders in the area. They’re always up to something, so it’s good to keep an eye out in case they try to take over any nearby PokéStops. Good luck!"
  • 4/4
"Fantastic work, <player>. The Team GO Rocket Leaders are a challenge for most Trainers, but I knew they wouldn’t stand a chance against you and your Buddy Pokémon! The power of friendship is strong indeed—and just one of many benefits to building relationships with your Pokémon. The trust between a Trainer and their Pokémon is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Make sure to cherish it! I’m glad I was able to check in on your progress, Trainer. I’ll be back with more fun challenges as you continue your journey. Until next time!"

Tap... Tap... Tappity-Tap...

  • 1/5
"<Player>! It’s so great to see you! The strangest things have been happening lately. You see, I begin each day with a Pinap Berry and coffee for breakfast, then head outside my lab to take in the crisp morning air before starting my research. A couple days ago, however, I stepped outside and slipped on a sheet of ice right outside the entrance of my lab! Coffee—spilled. Pinap Berry—squished. Day—ruined. At first, I thought the ice formed because it was an especially chilly day, but it was in fact nowhere near cold enough to create a sheet of ice that thick! For my sake—and my breakfast’s—can you help me research Ice-type Pokémon to see whether we can discover anything? *sniffle* My poor breakfast..."
  • 2/5
"Great work, <player>! We’ve learned quite a bit about Ice-type Pokémon, and it looks as if you’ve caught a few interesting ones! I feel like we’re getting closer to finding out the cause of my breakfast’s untimely demise. Oh! There’s something I forgot to mention. That very evening—after an incredibly sad, breakfast-less day—I was trying to cheer myself up by dressing in my comfiest pajamas and drinking a cup of herbal tea before tucking into bed. As I lay there, ready to count Mareep and fall asleep, I was suddenly awoken by some unnerving tapping outside my lab! It sounded like...tap-dancing? I was simply too comfortable in bed—and too frightened—to get up and check. All I could do was lie there and hope the tapping would end soon. I now believe source of that tapping was the same Pokémon that created the sheet of ice in front of my mobile lab. Can you investigate some Pokémon related to making peculiar sounds? Let’s see whether we can get closer to solving this case before it goes cold."
  • 3/5
"... ... ... OH! <player>, you scared me. I was a bit distracted thinking about the tap-dancing I heard last night, as well as the shadow I saw pass by my window. Oh, I didn’t mention that last part? Yes, it was quite an unnerving experience! Anyway, let me take a look at all the research you’ve done. Oh! OH! Oh my goodness! All right, I think I know the source of these strange occurrences now. I believe the culprit is the Galarian form of the Barrier Pokémon—Mr. Mime! Galarian Mr. Mime is known as the Dancing Pokémon. It likes to create a sheet of ice and tap-dance on it. What a strange Pokémon! While Galarian Mr. Mime is the prime suspect, it’s still just a hunch. Can you go out and do a bit more research to confirm? Maybe you might even come across a Galarian Mr. Mime!"
  • 4/5
"Phew! Great job catching that Galarian Mr. Mime, <player>! I guess it’s not as frightening as I first thought. Perhaps it’ll become even more approachable when it evolves? I’ve read that Galarian Mr. Mime evolves into Mr. Rime, the Comedian Pokémon. Mr. Rime is apparently highly skilled at tap-dancing and waves its cane of ice in time with its graceful movements. I wonder whether it could teach me some new moves. Haha! Anyway, how about you try evolving your Galarian Mr. Mime?"
  • 5/5
"What a fascinating Pokémon Mr. Rime is! Thank you for evolving your Galarian Mr. Mime, <player>. I've heard stories of Mr. Rime’s amusing movements, and you know what? Color me amused. What a COOL discovery this was! This has definitely been an unforgettable adventure, but I’m not sure I can say I’d do it again, given the chilling way it started. My poor breakfast... Until next time, <player>. Let’s GO!"

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 酒元信行 Nobuyuki Sakemoto
English Robbie Daymond
European Spanish Marc Zanni

Trivia

  • Professor Willow is the only Pokémon Professor to be named after a tree outside of the core series games.
  • Professor Willow is the first Pokémon Professor from a spin-off game to have a colleague from the core series.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ウィロー博士 Willow-hakase From willow
English, German, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese
Professor Willow Same as Japanese name
French Professeur Willow
Professeur Saule*
Same as Japanese name
From saule (willow)
Spanish Profesor Willow Same as Japanese name
Korean 윌로우박사 Willow-baksa Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 維羅博士 / 维罗博士 Wéiluó-bóshì Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 維羅博士 Wàihlòh-boksih
Thai ศาสตราจารย์วิลโลว์ Satsatrachan Willow Transcription of his Japanese name
Russian Профессор Уиллоу Professor Uillou Transcription of his English name

References

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Sycamore (animeMasters) • Kukui (animeMasters) • Burnet (anime) • SamsonMohnMagnoliaSonia
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