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Menu for A Mythical Discovery

Special Research (Japanese: スペシャルリサーチ Special Research) are tasks assigned by Professor Willow in Pokémon GO. Unlike Field Research, Special Research tasks have separate, fixed objectives outlined by Professor Willow, and they cannot be obtained from spinning PokéStops.

Players receive rewards for each Special Research task they complete. As with Field Research rewards, the Pokémon that can be caught as a Special Research reward have a set minimum IV of 10 in each stat and an initial Power Up level of 15. Special Research is currently the only method of obtaining Mew (and its Shiny variant), Celebi (and its Shiny variant), Jirachi, Spiritomb, Victini, Galarian Yamask, Aria Forme Meloetta, Hoopa Confined, and Zarude. Those Pokémon are programmed to have a 100% catch rate.

Most Special Research tasks are available once the player reaches level 5. They can only be completed once, and tasks cannot be deleted. One set of Special Research tasks can be completed concurrently with tasks from another uncompleted set of Special Research.

List of Special Research

Globally available Special Research

Mythical Special Research

These Special Researches introduce the player to unique Mythical Pokémon. These researches reward a single non-Shiny Mythical Pokémon that cannot be traded or sent back to Professor Willow. With the exception of Mew, those Mythical Pokémon are introduced first as exclusive rewards during the paying GO Fest annual event before being available to other players, free of charge, through a different Special Research that becomes available a few months later.

A Mythical Discovery
Promotional artwork for A Mythical Discovery
The Mew encounter

A Mythical Discovery is the first set of the Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign to the player. It is split into eight steps, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Mew. These tasks have been available since March 31, 2018.

Task Rewards
1/8
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokémon 500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/8 Great Ball×10, Egg Incubator×1, Lure Module×3
2/8
Earn 2 Candies walking with your Buddy 1000 XP
Make 10 Great Throws 1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs 1000 XP
Completing 2/8 Stardust×1000, Incense×3, Great Ball×20
3/8
Reach level 15 1500 XP
Battle in a Gym 2 times 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP
Completing 3/8 Charged TM×1, Fast TM×1, Star Piece×2
4/8
Earn a silver Kanto medal 2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy 2000 XP
Evolve 20 Pokémon 2000 XP
Completing 4/8 Stardust×2000, Lure Module×3, Great Ball×20
5/8
Catch a Ditto 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon 2500 XP
Completing 5/8 Premium Raid Pass×1, Lucky Egg×1, Revive×15
6/8
Battle in 10 raids 3000 XP
Evolve a Magikarp 3000 XP
Reach level 25 3000 XP
Completing 6/8 Stardust×3000, Rare Candy×5, Incense×3
7/8
Use 50 Berries to help catch Pokémon 3500 XP
Make an Excellent Curveball Throw 3500 XP
Earn a gold Kanto medal 3500 XP
Completing 7/8 Mew, Stardust×4000, Ultra Ball×20
8/8
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Completing 8/8 Stardust×5000, Super Incubator×1, Mew Candy×20
A Ripple in Time
Promotional artwork for A Ripple in Time

A Ripple in Time is the second set of the Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign players, available to players since August 20, 2018. It is unlocked after completing part three of A Mythical Discovery. Much like the first Special Research task, it is split into eight steps, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Celebi.

Tasks that involve making friends, trading, or sending Gifts, are already completed for those under the age of 13 as these features are locked for younger players.

Task Rewards
1/8
Power up Pokémon 5 times 1000 XP
Battle in a Gym 2 times 1000 XP
Battle in a raid 1000 XP
Completing 1/8 Poké Ball×10, Fast TM×1, Super Incubator×1
2/8
Make 3 new Friends 1500 XP
Evolve an evolved Grass-type Pokémon 1500 XP
Catch a Pokémon 3 days in a row 1500 XP
Completing 2/8 Stardust×1500, Sun Stone×1, Premium Raid Pass×1
3/8
Reach level 25 2000 XP
Use a Sun Stone to evolve Gloom or Sunkern 2000 XP
Hatch 9 Eggs 2000 XP
Completing 3/8 Eevee, King's Rock×1, Premium Raid Pass×1
4/8
Walk 10 km with Eevee as your Buddy to earn Candy 2500 XP
Evolve Eevee into Espeon during the day 2500 XP
Send 20 Gifts to friends 2500 XP
Completing 4/8 Eevee, Stardust×2500, Metal Coat×1
5/8
Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy 3000 XP
Evolve Eevee into Umbreon at night 3000 XP
Trade a Pokémon 3000 XP
Completing 5/8 Star Piece×1, Pinap Berry×15, Upgrade×1
6/8
Visit PokéStops 7 days in a row 3500 XP
Use 25 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon 3500 XP
Use items to evolve Pokémon 2 times 3500 XP
Completing 6/8 Stardust×3500, Dragon Scale×1, Silver Pinap Berry×5
7/8
Catch 40 Grass- or Psychic-type Pokémon 4000 XP
Make an Excellent Curveball Throw 4000 XP
Earn a Gold Johto medal 4000 XP
Completing 7/8 Celebi, Charged TM×1, Silver Pinap Berry×10


Celebi Candy×20, Charged TM×1, Silver Pinap Berry×10 *

8/8
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Completing 8/8 Stardust×5500Stardust×, Super Incubator×1, Celebi Candy×20
A Thousand-Year Slumber
Promotional artwork for A Thousand-Year Slumber

A Thousand-Year Slumber is a set of Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign to the player. It is split into 7 steps, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Jirachi. These tasks have been available since August 20, 2019.

Task Rewards
1/7
Catch 25 Pokémon 1000 XP
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms Jigglypuff
Make 3 new friends Feebas
Completing 1/7 Mossy Lure Module×1, Glacial Lure Module×1, Magnetic Lure Module×1
2/7
Catch 3 Whismur Whismur Candy×10
Evolve a Feebas 1500 XP
Win a gold Hoenn medal 1500 XP
Completing 2/7 Stardust×2000, Poké Ball×10, Incense×3
3/7
Take a snapshot of Loudred Snorlax
Make 3 Great Throws in a row 2000 XP
Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy 2000 XP
Completing 3/7 Silver Pinap Berry×20, Star Piece×3, Stardust×2000
4/7
Catch 50 Psychic- or Steel-type Pokémon 2500 XP
Power up Pokémon 10 times 2500 XP
Send 10 gifts to friends 2500 XP
Completing 4/7 Fast TM×1, Premium Raid Pass×1, Charged TM×1
5/7
Battle a team leader 3 times Kricketune
Win against another Trainer 7 times 3000 XP
Win 5 raids 3000 XP
Completing 5/7 Rare Candy×3, Ultra Ball×20, Stardust×3000
6/7
Take 5 snapshots of Steel- or Psychic-type Pokémon Chimecho
Make 3 excellent Curveball throws Bronzong
Spin a PokéStop 7 days in a row 4000 XP
Completing 6/7 Silver Pinap Berry×10, Star Piece×10, Stardust×5000
7/7
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Completing 7/7 Jirachi, Jirachi Candy×20, Jirachi Shirt


Jirachi Candy×20, Jirachi Candy×20, Jirachi Shirt *

Investigate a Mysterious Energy

Investigate a Mysterious Energy, known as The Feeling of Victory before October 1, 2020, is a set of the Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign to the player. It is split into 6 steps, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Victini. These tasks have been available since September 29, 2020.

Task Rewards
1/6
Catch 30 Pokémon Pinap Berry×3
Spin 30 PokéStops or Gyms 1000 XP
Send 10 Gifts to friends GO Stardust.png×1000
Completing 1/6 Great Ball×30, Ralts, GO Stardust.png ×1000
2/6
Catch 30 Psychic-type Pokémon Elgyem
Catch 30 Fire-type Pokémon Darumaka
Hatch 3 Eggs Egg Incubator×1
Completing 2/6 1000 XP, Torchic, Great Ball×30
3/6
Take a snapshot of your buddy Poffin×1
Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy GO Stardust.png×1000
Power up Pokémon 3 times Hyper Potion×3
Completing 3/6

Revive×3, Espeon, GO Stardust.png×1000

4/6
Win 3 Gym Battles 1000 XP
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Lure Module×1
Win 3 raids GO Stardust.png×1000
Completing 4/6

Max Potion×3, Victini, Max Revive×3
Max Potion×3, Victini Candy×20, Max Revive×3 *

5/6
Take a snapshot of Victini Victini Candy×20
Catch 30 different species of Pokémon Incense×1
Send 3 Gifts to Friends 1000 XP
Completing 5/6 GO sticker pgo fest victini 05.png×5, GO Stardust.png×3000, Star Piece×1
6/6
Claim reward! 3000 XP
Claim reward! GO Stardust.png×3000
Claim reward! 3000 XP
Completing 6/6 Lure Module×1, Victini Candy×20, Lucky Egg×1
Misunderstood Mischief

Misunderstood Mischief is a set of Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign to the player in order to investigate the mischiefs of Hoopa following the happenings of both Pokémon GO Fest 2021 and Ultra Unlock Part 3: Sword & Shield. It is split into 8 parts consisting of 16 steps, some of which are temporary placeholders as the Special Research was progressively made available during the Season of Mischief from September 1, 2021 to December 1, 2021.

  • Part 1: September 1, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 2: September 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. local time.
  • Part 3: September 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 4: September 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 5: October 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 5: October 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 7: November 5, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 8: November 9, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time.

Completing this research before the end of Season of Mischief on December 1, 2021 at 10am local time, unlocks the Mischief Unbound Special Research for free.

Task Rewards
1/16
Make 10 Nice Throws Incense×1
Use an Incense Poké Ball×10
Take 3 snapshots of wild Psychic-type Pokémon Nanab Berry×10
Completing 1/16

Gothita, GO Stardust icon.png×1000, 500 XP

2/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 2/16

720 XP

3/16
Make 5 Curveball Throws Poké Ball×15
Catch 10 different species of Pokémon Great Ball×5
Earn 5000 Stadust Max Revive×3
Completing 3/16

Hoopa, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

4/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 4/16

720 XP

5/16
Power up Pokémon 10 times Great Ball×15
Catch 20 Psychic-type Pokémon Abra
Evolve 3 Psychic-type Pokémon Revive×10
Completing 5/16

Wobbuffet, Hyper Potion×10, Inkay Candy×10

6/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 6/16 720 XP
7/16
Take a snapshot of your buddy Furfrou
Catch a Furfrou Fast TM×1
Earn a heart with your buddy Charged TM×1
Completing 7/16

Minccino, Unova Stone×1, Furfrou Candy×15

8/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 8/16 720 XP
9/16
Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws Slowpoke Candy
Transfer 30 Pokémon Slowpoke (Galarian Slowpoke)
Evolve one Slowpoke 1990 XP
Completing 9/16 Shedinja, Max Potion×5, Slowbro Mega Energy×40
10/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 10/16 720 XP
11/16
Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy Yamask Candy×10
Catch 30 Ghost-type Pokémon Phantump Candy×10
Catch 30 Dark-type Pokémon Pumpkaboo Candy×10
Completing 11/16 Pikachu (Mimikyu costume), Ultra Ball×15, Gengar Mega Energy×40
12/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 12/16 720 XP
13/16
Make a new friend Meditite
Send 10 Gifts to friends Chinchou
Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon Silver Pinap Berry×2
Completing 13/16 Blitzle, Poffin×1, Dedenne Candy×10
14/16
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Claim Reward!

GO Stardust icon.png×720
Completing 14/16 720 XP
15/16
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts Rocket Radar×1
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Leaders Super Rocket Radar×1
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Lucky Egg×1
Completing 15/16 Absol, Golden Razz Berry×2, Houndoom Mega Energy×40
16/16
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Completing 16/16

Dusknoir, Hoopa Candy×20, Star Piece×1

Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice is a set of the Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign to the player. It is split into 6 steps, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Meloetta. These tasks have been available since September 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/6
Take a snapshot of your buddy 1000 XP
Catch 30 Normal-type Pokémon Glameow
Evolve 15 Pokémon Poké Ball×30
Completing 1/6

Eevee, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

2/6
Use 30 Berries to help catch Pokémon Pinap Berry×20
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy Poffin×1
Give your buddy 3 treats Chansey
Completing 2/6

Slugma, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

3/6
Win 3 Gym battles Monferno
Battle in 3 raids Max Potion×3
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Premium Raid Pass×2
Completing 3/6

Hariyama, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

4/6
Ean 20000 Stardust Chimecho
Catch 30 different species of Pokémon Loudred
Spin 3 PokéStops Kricketune
Completing 4/6

Meloetta, 2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×2000
Meloetta Candy×20, 2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×2000*

5/6
Take a snapshot of Meloetta Meloetta Candy×20
Make a new friend Lucky Egg×1
Send 3 Gifts to Friends Revive×3
Completing 5/6

GO sticker pgoFest2021 meloetta 1.png×5; 2500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×2500

6/6
Claim reward! 3000 XP
Claim reward! 3000 XP
Claim reward! 3000 XP
Completing 6/6 Lure Module×1, Meloetta Candy×20, Rare Candy×3

Let's GO, Meltan

Promotional artwork of Meltan

Let's GO, Meltan is a set of tasks introduced on November 16, 2018, to celebrate the release of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It is split into nine steps, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Meltan.

Task Rewards
1/9
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokémon 500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/9 Stardust×1000, Poké Ball×10, Egg Incubator×1
2/9
Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Make 10 Great Throws 1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs 1000 XP
Completing 2/9 Stardust×2000, Lucky Egg×2, Fast TM×1
3/9
Catch a Ditto 1500 XP
Win 2 Gym battles 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP
Completing 3/9 Great Ball×10, Incense×3, Max Revive×3
4/9
Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon 2000 XP
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon 2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy 2000 XP
Completing 4/9 Stardust×4000, Pinap Berry×5, Rare Candy×5
5/9
Evolve a Grimer 2500 XP
Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Completing 5/9 Stardust×5000, Great Ball×20, Lure Module×5
6/9
Evolve a Magnemite 3000 XP
Catch 5 Exeggcute 3000 XP
Battle in 10 raids 3000 XP
Completing 6/9 Silver Pinap Berry×1, Metal Coat×1, Ultra Ball×10
7/9
Evolve 1 Drowzee 3500 XP
Catch 1 Cubone 3500 XP
Evolve 1 Scyther 3500 XP
Completing 7/9 Ultra Ball×10, Charged TM×1, Premium Raid Pass×3
8/9
Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto 4000 XP
Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith 4000 XP
Catch an Aerodactyl 4000 XP
Completing 8/9

Stardust×8000, Meltan, Star Piece×1

9/9
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Completing 9/9 Stardust×9000, Super Incubator×1, Meltan Candy×5

Halloween Special Research

A Spooky Message
Promotional artwork for Halloween 2018

A Spooky Message is a time-limited set of the Special Research tasks introduced on October 23, 2018. This special research introduced Spiritomb into the game.

Task Rewards
1/3
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon Duskull
Make 8 Great Throws 1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon Lickitung
Completing 1/3 Poké Ball×10, Stardust×1080, Silver Pinap Berry×8
2/3
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon Misdreavus
Spin 8 PokéStops you haven't visited before 1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokémon Spiritomb
Completing 2/3 Poké Ball×10, Stardust×1080, Silver Pinap Berry×8
3/3
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Completing 3/3 Spiritomb Candy×10, Spiritomb Candy×8, Stardust×1080
A Spooky Message 2019
Promotional artwork for Halloween 2019

A Spooky Message 2019 is a time-limited set of the Special Research tasks introduced on October 17, 2019. This special research is a variant of the original one from 2018 with alternate updated rewards. It allows Trainers to catch Spiritomb.

Task Rewards
1/3
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon Litwick
Make 8 Great Throws 1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon Sableye
Completing 1/3 Poké Ball×10, Stardust×1080, Silver Pinap Berry×8
2/3
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon Yamask
Spin 8 PokéStops you haven't visited before 1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokémon Spiritomb
Completing 2/3 Poké Ball×10, Stardust×1080, Silver Pinap Berry×8
3/3
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Completing 3/3 Spiritomb Candy×10, Spiritomb Candy×8, Stardust×1080
A Spooky Message Unmasked
Promotional artwork for Halloween 2020

A Spooky Message Unmasked is a time-limited set of the Special Research tasks introduced on October 23, 2020. It allows Trainers to catch Spiritomb as well as Galarian Yamask.[1]

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 30 Ghost-type Pokémon Duskull
Transfer 4 Pokémon GO Stardust.png×340
Catch 34 Pokémon 340 XP
Completing 1/4 Yamask, Pinap Berry×3, Razz Berry×4
2/4
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon Sableye
Make 8 Nice Throws Poké Ball×10
Catch 108 Pokémon 1080 XP
Completing 2/4 Spiritomb, Potion×10, Great Ball×8
3/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon Litwick
Make 9 Great Throws GO Stardust.png×490
Catch 49 Pokémon 490 XP
Completing 3/4 Yamask, Silver Pinap Berry×4, Golden Razz Berry×9
4/4
Claim reward! 3400 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 4900 XP
Completing 4/4 Yamask Candy×4, Yamask Candy×9, Stardust×4900
What Lies Beneath the Mask
Promotional artwork for Halloween 2021

What Lies Beneath the Mask is a time-limited set of the Special Research tasks introduced on October 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon GO Stardust.png×400
Transfer 9 Pokémon Duskull
Make 49 Nice Throws Ultra Ball×9
Completing 1/4 Yamask, 4000 XP, Nanab Berry×9
2/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon Pikachu (Halloween Mischief Pichachu)
Make 9 Curveball Throws GO Stardust.png×490
USe 49 Berries to help catch Pokémon Banette
Completing 2/4 Yamask (Galarian Yamask), 4000 XP, Razz Berry×9
3/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon GO Stardust.png×490
Catch 9 different species of Ghost-type Pokémon Marowak (Alolan Marowak)
Make 49 Great Throws Poké Ball×49
Completing 3/4 Yamask, 4000 XP, Pinap Berry×9
4/4
Claim reward! XP
Claim reward! XP
Claim reward! XP
Completing 4/4 Yamask Candy×4, Yamask Candy×9, Stardust×4900

Jump-Start Research

Jump-Start Research is a time-limited set of tasks that may be unlocked between June 28 to September 2, 2019 for players level 10 or higher. This research became available again to new trainers on July 03, 2020 as part of the GO Fest 2020 leading up events.

Task Rewards
1/6
Make a new friend 5000 XP
Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost 5000 XP
Hatch an Egg 5000 XP
Completing 1/6

Lucky Egg×2, Dratini, Stardust×15000

2/6
Evolve a Dratini 10000 XP
Take a snapshot of Dratini Dratini Candy×30
Earn a Candy with your Buddy Dratini Candy×30
Completing 2/6 Premium Raid Pass×1, Stardust×15000, Lucky Egg×2
3/6
Power up Pokémon 10 times 15000 XP
Battle a Trainer in the Great League 15000 XP
Battle in a raid 15000 XP
Completing 3/6 Lucky Egg×2, 15000 XP, Star Piece×2
4/6
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon Chimchar
Catch a Legendary from a Field Research Breakthrough or raid Piplup
Hatch 3 Eggs Turtwig
Completing 4/6

Lucky Egg×2, EeveeShiny, Stardust×15000

5/6
Take a Snapshot of Eevee 30000 XP
Send 5 Gifts to friends 30000 XP
Trade 3 Pokémon with a friend 30000 XP
Completing 5/6 Lapras, 30000 XP, Lucky Egg×2
6/6
Make a new friend Dratini Candy×60
Win a level 3 or higher raid Dratini Candy×60
Evolve a Dragonair 100000 XP
Completing 6/6 Lucky Egg×2, 100000 XP, Stardust×15000

A Troubling Situation

Promotional artwork of Team GO Rocket

A Troubling Situation is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting July 25, 2019 for players level 8 or higher.

Task Rewards
1/4
Evolve 2 Pokémon Murkrow
Power up a Pokémon 5 times Sableye
Completing 1/4 Stardust×1000, 2000 XP
2/4
Catch 2 Shadow Pokémon Koffing
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Ekans
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, 2000 XP, Golden Razz Berry×5
3/4
Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon Stardust×3000
Purify a Fire, Water, or Grass-type Shadow Pokémon 3000 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Silver Pinap Berry×5, Rare Candy×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×1000
Claim reward! 1000 XP
Claim reward! Stardust×1000
Completing 4/4 Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1, Rare Candy×3


Giovanni Special Research

These sets of tasks are available for players level 8 or higher who have finished A Troubling Situation. They are assigned to the player on the first day of every month[2] and can carry over to the following months if not completed on time. A player can have only one such task active at a time and once a player has completed the task that was active, he may receive the task of the current month. These Special Research sets reward the Super Rocket Radar, which is used to locate Giovanni. Those research tasks were put on hold from May 1, 2020, until the end of September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is still possible to encounter Giovanni for those who have not yet finished the Special Research or used up the Super Rocket Radar.

Looming in the Shadows
Promotional artwork of the Team GO Rocket Leaders

Looming in the Shadows is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting November 7, 2019, for players level 8 or higher who have finished A Troubling Situation. This set of Research tasks rewards players with a Super Rocket Radar to find Giovanni.

Task Rewards
1/6
Spin 10 PokéStops 500 XP
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/6 Stardust×500, Poké Ball×10, Razz Berry×10
2/6
Spin a PokéStop 5 days in a row 750 XP
Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon 750 XP
Win 5 raids 750 XP
Completing 2/6 Stardust×1000, Hyper Potion×3, Revive×3
3/6
Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym battles 1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer 1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP
Completing 3/6 Stardust×1500, Great Ball×15, Pinap Berry×5
4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1250 XP
Completing 4/6 Stardust×2000, Super Rocket Radar×1, Golden Razz Berry×3
5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Stardust×2500
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Silver Pinap Berry×3
Completing 5/6 Stardust×3000, Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1
6/6
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6 Max Revive×3, Ultra Ball×20, Rare Candy×3
A Challenging Development
Promotional artwork of Giovanni with Shadow Articuno, Shadow Zapdos and Shadow Moltres

A Challenging Development is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting December 1, 2019, for players level 8 or higher who have finished A Troubling Situation. This set of Research tasks is identical to and offers the same rewards as Looming in the Shadows.

The Take-Over Continues

The Take-Over Continues is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting January 1, 2020, for players level 8 or higher who have finished A Troubling Situation. This set of Research tasks presents some changes from the previous 2 Special Research sets.

Task Rewards
1/6
Spin 10 PokéStops Sudowoodo
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/6 Stardust×500, Poké Ball×10, Razz Berry×10
2/6
Spin a PokéStop 3 days in a row 750 XP
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon 750 XP
Win 5 raids 750 XP
Completing 2/6 Stardust×1000, Hyper Potion×3, Revive×3
3/6
Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym battles 1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer 1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP
Completing 3/6 Stardust×1500, Great Ball×15, Pinap Berry×5
4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1250 XP
Completing 4/6 Stardust×2000, Super Rocket Radar×1, Golden Razz Berry×3
5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Stardust×2500
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Silver Pinap Berry×3
Completing 5/6 Stardust×3000, Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1
6/6
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6 Max Revive×3, Ultra Ball×20, Rare Candy×3
A Professor’s Work is Never Done

A Professor’s Work is Never Done is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting February 1, 2020, for players level 8 or higher who have finished A Troubling Situation. This set of Research tasks is similar to The Take-Over Continues with slightly altered rewards. In February 2019, this research gave players opportunities to attempt to catch Shadow Raikou as a bonus reward for defeating Giovanni.

Task Rewards
1/6
Spin 10 PokéStops Sandslash
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/6 Stardust×500, Poké Ball×10, Razz Berry×10
2/6
Spin a PokéStop 3 days in a row 750 XP
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon 750 XP
Win 5 raids 750 XP
Completing 2/6 Stardust×1000, Hyper Potion×3, Revive×3
3/6
Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym battles 1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer 1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP
Completing 3/6 Stardust×1500, Great Ball×15, Pinap Berry×5
4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1250 XP
Completing 4/6 Stardust×2000, Super Rocket Radar×1, Golden Razz Berry×3
5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Stardust×2500
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Silver Pinap Berry×3
Completing 5/6 Stardust×3000, Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1
6/6
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6 Max Revive×3, Ultra Ball×20, Rare Candy×3
The Shadow Threat Grows

The Shadow Threat Grows is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting March 1, 2020, for players level 8 or higher who have finished A Troubling Situation. This set of Research tasks is similar to The Take-Over Continues with slightly altered rewards. This research task was extended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bonus reward for beating Giovanni remained Shadow Entei for the month of April.

Task Rewards
1/6
Spin 10 PokéStops Golem
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/6 Stardust×500, Poké Ball×10, Razz Berry×10
2/6
Spin a PokéStop 3 days in a row 750 XP
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon 750 XP
Win 5 raids 750 XP
Completing 2/6 Stardust×1000, Hyper Potion×3, Revive×3
3/6
Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym battles 1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer 1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP
Completing 3/6 Stardust×1500, Great Ball×15, Pinap Berry×5
4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1250 XP
Completing 4/6 Stardust×2000, Super Rocket Radar×1, Golden Razz Berry×3
5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Stardust×2500
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Silver Pinap Berry×3
Completing 5/6 Stardust×3000, Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1
6/6
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Claim reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6 Max Revive×3, Ultra Ball×20, Rare Candy×3
An Inter-egg-sting Development

An Inter-egg-sting Development is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting October 12, 2020, for players level 8 or higher who have finished The Shadow Threat Grows. It is the last Team GO Rocket-themed Special Research that can be unlocked in 2020.[3]. While this research is active, the player has a chance to catch Shadow Mewtwo after defeating Giovanni.

Task Rewards
1/6
Spin 5 PokéStops GO Stardust icon.png
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon Meowth
Completing 1/6 Stardust×500, Poké Ball×10, Razz Berry×10
2/6
Catch 5 Shadow Pokémon 750 XP
Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row 750 XP
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon 750 XP
Completing 2/6

Stardust×1500, Great Ball×10, Larvitar

3/6
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader 3 times 1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs 1000 XP
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Completing 3/6

Stardust×1500, Golden Razz Berry×3, Toxicroak

4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1250 XP
Completing 4/6 Hyper Potion×5, Super Rocket Radar×1, Revive×3
5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Stardust×2500
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Silver Pinap Berry×3
Completing 5/6 Stardust×3000, Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1
6/6
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6 Max Revive×3, Ultra Ball×20, Elite Charged TM×1
The Higher They Fly...

The Higher They Fly... is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting February 28, 2021, for players level 8 or higher who have finished The Shadow Threat Grows. It is the first Team GO Rocket-themed Special Research that can be unlocked in 2021.

Task Rewards
1/6
Win a raid Poké Ball×15
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Hyper Potion×3
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon Revive×1
Completing 1/6

Pinap Berry×10, Nanab Berry×10, Razz Berry×10

2/6
Catch 5 Shadow Pokémon Sun Stone×1
Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row Great Ball×15
Catch 10 Flying-type Pokémon Doduo
Completing 2/6

1500 XP, Stardust×500, Pidgeot Mega Energy×10

3/6
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon Pidgeot Mega Energy×30
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Pidgeot Mega Energy×30
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy Pidgeot Mega Energy×30
Completing 3/6

2000 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Pidgeot

4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1250 XP
Completing 4/6

2500 XP, Stardust×1000, Super Rocket Radar×1

5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Potion×5
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss Ultra Ball×20
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Revive×5
Completing 5/6

3000 XP, Fast TM×1, Charged TM×1

6/6
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6

Golden Razz Berry×2, Silver Pinap Berry×2, Premium Raid Pass×1

A Seven-Colored Shadow
Promotional artwork of Shadow Ho-Oh

A Seven-Colored Shadow is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting from June 17, 2021, at 12 a.m. to September 1, 2021, at 12 a.m. local time for players level 8 or higher who have finished The Shadow Threat Grows.

Task Rewards
1/6
Catch 10 Pokémon Teddiursa
Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms Sun Stone×1
Purify 1 Shadow Pokémon Poké Ball×15
Completing 1/6

1500 XP, Stardust×500, Gloom

2/6
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts Hyper Potion×5
Catch 5 Shadow Pokémon Revive×5
Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon Great Ball×15
Completing 2/6

2000 XP, Stardust×500, Xatu

3/6
Use 3 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gyms Fast TM×1
Battle another Trainer in the Great League Charged TM×1
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon Ultra Ball×15
Completing 3/6

2500 XP, Stardust×1000, Rocket Radar×1

4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo Flareon
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff Vaporeon
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra Jolteon
Completing 4/6

2500 XP, Stardust×1000, Super Rocket Radar×1

5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Potion×5
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Revive×5
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss King's Rock×1
Completing 5/6

3000 XP, Stardust×2000, Larvitar

6/6
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Completing 6/6

Silver Pinap Berry×2, Stardust×2000, Lucky Egg×1

Silent Schemes

Silent Schemes is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting from April 3, 2022, at 12 a.m. to April 7, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. local time for players level 8 or higher who have finished The Shadow Threat Grows.

Task Rewards
1/6
Win a raid Breloom
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Hyper Potion×3
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon Revive×1
Completing 1/6

1000 XP, Poké Ball×15, Rare Candy×3

2/6
Catch 5 Shadow Pokémon Pinap Berry×10
Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row Razz Berry×10
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts Nanab Berry×10
Completing 2/6

1500 XP, Stardust×1000, Great Ball×10

3/6
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon 1000 XP
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP
Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Completing 3/6

2000 XP, Great Ball×15, Rocket Radar×1

4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1500 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1500 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1500 XP
Completing 4/6

2500 XP, Stardust×1000, Super Rocket Radar×1

5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Potion×5
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss Ultra Ball×20
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Revive×5
Completing 5/6

3000 XP, Lucky Egg×1, Golden Razz Berry×2

6/6
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Completing 6/6

Charged TM×1, Fast TM×1, Silver Pinap Berry×2

Field Notes: Team GO Rocket

Field Notes: Team GO Rocket is a set of tasks that may be unlocked starting from July 9, 2022 at 12 a.m. to September 1, 2022, at 10 a.m. local time for players level 8 or higher who have finished previous Team GO Rocket assignment. This Special Research is hosted by Rhi instead of Professor Willow.

Task Rewards
1/6
Win a raid Darumaka
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Hyper Potion×3
Catch a Shadow Pokémon Darumaka (Galarian Darumaka)
Completing 1/6

1000 XP, Poké Ball×15, Rare Candy×3

2/6
Catch 5 Shadow Pokémon Pinap Berry×10
Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row Razz Berry×10
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts Nanab Berry×10
Completing 2/6

1500 XP, Stardust×1000, Great Ball×10

3/6
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon 1000 XP
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP
Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Completing 3/6

2000 XP, Great Ball×15, Rocket Radar×1

4/6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1500 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1500 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1500 XP
Completing 4/6

2500 XP, Stardust×1000, Super Rocket Radar×1

5/6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Potion×5
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss Ultra Ball×20
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss Max Revive×5
Completing 5/6

3000 XP, Lucky Egg×1, Golden Razz Berry×2

6/6
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Completing 6/6

Charged TM×1, Fast TM×1, Silver Pinap Berry×2

Celebrate 2019

Celebrate 2019 is a set of tasks that can be unlocked starting December 14, 2019 at 9a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
Celebrate 2019
Catch 19 Pokémon 2019 XP
Catch 19 Pokémon 2019 XP
Catch 19 Pokémon 2019 XP
Completing Ultra Ball×20, Unova Stone×1, Rare Candy×9

Throwback Challenge Champion 2020

Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 is a set of research tasks that is only accessible to players who have completed the Timed Research Throwback Challenge 2020: Kanto, Throwback Challenge 2020: Johto, Throwback Challenge 2020: Hoenn and Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh starting June 3, 2020 1 p.m. local time. This challenge gives various Unova and Galarian Form Pokémon as rewards, as well as Genesect as a final reward. Unlike other challenges, Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 is not time limited and can be completed at a later date.

Task Rewards
1/5
Make 15 Great Throws Meowth
Catch 15 Pokémon Incense×1
Transfer 15 Pokémon Ultra Ball×30
Completing 1/5 Gothita, GO Stardust.png×500, 500 XP
2/5
Evolve 5 Pokémon Rare Candy×5
Hatch 15 Eggs Oshawott
Win 15 raids Max Revive×10
Completing 2/5 Darumaka, GO Stardust.png×500, 500 XP
3/5
Make an Excellent Throw Rare Candy×5
Battle another Trainer 15 times*


Battle in the GO Battle League 15 times*

Tepig
Power up Pokémon 15 times Stardust×500
Completing 3/5 Blitzle, GO Stardust.png×500, 500 XP
4/5
Give your buddy 15 treats Golden Razz Berry×1
Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon Snivy
Take 15 snapshots Silver Pinap Berry×1
Completing 4/5 Audino, GO Stardust.png×500, 500 XP
5/5
Claim reward! Fast TM×1
Claim reward! Stunfisk
Claim reward! Charged TM×1
Completing 5/5 Genesect, Rare Candy×5, Professor Willow Glasses

A Mega Discovery

A Mega Discovery is a set of Special Research that became available on August 27, 2020. This Special Research introduces the concept of Mega Evolution to the Trainers and allows the player to earn some amount of Beedrill Mega Energy so Mega Beedrill can be obtained.

Task Rewards
1/4
Send 3 Gifts to friends Poké Ball×10
Earn a Candy walking with your buddy Super Potion×10
Catch 15 Pokémon Beedrill Mega Energy×25
Completing 1/4 Weedle, Rare Candy×3, 5000 XP
2/4
Power up Pokémon 5 times Weedle Candy×20
Evolve 1 Weedle GO Stardust.png×2000
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Premium Raid Pass×1
Completing 2/4 Beedrill Mega Energy×100, Charged TM×1, 5000 XP
3/4
Win a raid Revive×6
Battle in a Mega Raid Silver Pinap Berry×2
Catch 10 Pokémon Hyper Potion×6
Completing 3/4 Beedrill Mega Energy×25, Rare Candy×3, 5000 XP
4/4
Claim reward! GO Stardust.png×1500
Claim reward! GO Stardust.png×1500
Claim reward! GO Stardust.png×1500
Completing 4/4 Beedrill Mega Energy×25, GO Stardust.png×1500, 5000 XP

Level Up Challenges

These Special Researches are unlocked when a trainer reaches level 43, 45, 48 and 50.

Level 43 Challenge

Level 43 Challenge is a Special Research that becomes available whenever a trainer reaches level 43.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power up Pokémon 43 times GO Stardust.png×4300
Catch 430 Pokémon Incense×3
Hatch 14 Eggs 4300 XP
Completing 1/4

GO Stardust.png×4300, Pawniard, 4300 XP

2/4
Battle 43 Team GO Rocket Grunts GO Stardust.png×4300
Win 14 raids Rare Candy×3
Use 43 Golden Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon 4300 XP
Completing 2/4 GO Stardust.png×4300, Premium Battle Pass×3, 4300 XP
3/4
Make 43 Great Curveball Throws GO Stardust.png×4300
Evolve 43 Pokémon Poffin×3
Transfer 430 Pokémon 4300 XP
Completing 3/4 GO Stardust.png×4300, Super Incubator×3, 4300 XP
4/4
Claim Reward! GO Stardust.png×4300
Claim Reward! Shedinja
Claim Reward! 43000 XP
Completing 4/4

GO Stardust.png×4300, Rare Candy XL×3, Tirtouga

Level 45 Challenge

Level 45 Challenge is a Special Research that becomes available whenever a trainer reaches level 45.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power up Pokémon 45 times GO Stardust.png×4500
Make 450 Nice Throws Star Piece×3
Spin 45 PokéStops or Gyms 4500 XP
Completing 1/4

GO Stardust.png×4500, Cryogonal, 4500 XP

2/4
Battle in the GO Battle League 45 times GO Stardust.png×4500
Earn 45 Candies walking with your Buddy Rare Candy×3
Catch 45 different species of Pokémon 4500 XP
Completing 2/4

GO Stardust.png×4500, Premium Raid Pass×3, 4500 XP

3/4
Make 7 Great Throw in a row GO Stardust.png×4500
Win 45 raids Lucky Egg×3
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader 7 times 4500 XP
Completing 3/4

GO Stardust.png×4500, Super Incubator×3, 4500 XP

4/4
Claim Reward! GO Stardust.png×4500
Claim Reward! Sandile
Claim Reward! 45000 XP
Completing 4/4

Rare Candy XL×3, Chimecho, Prized Poké Ball female

Level 48 Challenge

Level 48 Challenge is a Special Research that becomes available whenever a trainer reaches level 48.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power up Pokémon 48 times GO Stardust.png×4800
Make 480 Nice Throws Rocket Radar×3
Make 4 Excellent Throws in a row 4800 XP
Completing 1/4

GO Stardust.png×4800, Golett, 4800 XP

2/4
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader 14 times GO Stardust.png×4800
Earn 48 Candies walking with your buddy Rare Candy×3
Catch 480 Pokémon 4800 XP
Completing 2/4

GO Stardust.png×4800, Premium Raid Pass×3, 4800 XP

3/4
Catch 480 Normal-type Pokémon GO Stardust.png×4800
Win 14 raids Lure Module×3
Spin a PokéStop 14 days in a row 4800 XP
Completing 3/4

GO Stardust.png×4800, Super Incubator×3, 4800 XP

4/4
Claim Reward! GO Stardust.png×4800
Claim Reward! Lucario
Claim Reward! 4800 XP
Completing 4/4

GO Stardust.png×4800, Axew, Rare Candy XL×1

Level 50 Challenge

Level 50 Challenge is a Special Research that becomes available whenever a trainer reaches level 50.

Task Rewards
1/4
Make 500 Great Curveball Throws GO Stardust.png×5000
Visit PokéStop 15 days in a row Star Piece×10
Make 5 Excellent Throws in a row GO Stardust.png×5000
Completing 1/4

GO Stardust.png×5000, Unown*, GO Stardust.png×5000

2/4
Hatch 50 Eggs GO Stardust.png×5000
Win 15 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League Rare Candy×10
Catch 5000 Pokémon GO Stardust.png×5000
Completing 2/4

GO Stardust.png×5000, Premium Raid Pass×10, GO Stardust.png×5000

3/4
Earn 50 Candies while walking with your buddy GO Stardust.png×5000
Evolve 50 Pokémon Incense×10
Win 50 raids GO Stardust.png×5000
Completing 3/4

GO Stardust.png×5000, Super Incubator×10, GO Stardust.png×5000

4/4
Claim Reward! GO Stardust.png×50000
Claim Reward! Noibat
Claim Reward! GO Stardust.png×50000
Completing 4/4

Rare Candy XL×10, Mewtwo, Poké Ball Twist female

Secrets of the Jungle tie-ins

Distracted by Something Shiny

Distracted by Something Shiny is a Special Research that became available from December 14, 2020 at 8 a.m. local time until February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m. This research is a promotional tie-in for the Japanese release of Secrets of the Jungle. Unlike other Special Researches, it is given to the player by Jessie and James instead of Professor Willow. This research allows the player to catch a Shiny Celebi.

Task Rewards
1/4
Transfer 10 Pokémon Ultra Ball×10
Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon Nuzleaf
Evolve 3 Grass-type Pokémon Cottonee
Completing 1/4

Diglett, GO Stardust.png×500, 1000 XP

2/4
Play with your buddy 10 times Poffin×1
Take a snapshopt of a Grass-type Pokémon Combee
Give your buddy 10 treats Cherubi
Completing 2/4

Pinsir, GO Stardust.png×500, 1000 XP

3/4
Defeat Jessie or James 4 times


Defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts 4 times[4]*

Max Revive×5
Make 5 Great Curveball Throws Hoothoot
Hatch 3 Eggs Whimsicott
Completing 3/4

Vibrava, GO Stardust.png×500, 1000 XP

4/4
Claim Reward! 500 XP
Claim Reward! Oddish
Claim Reward! Foongus
Completing 4/4

CelebiShiny, GO Stardust.png×500, 1000 XP

Search for Zarude!

Search for Zarude! is a Special Research that became available on October 1, 2021, from 10 a.m. until October 10, 2021 at 8 p.m. local time. This research is a promotional tie-in for the worldwide Netflix release of Secrets of the Jungle.

Task Rewards
1/5
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon Sun Stone×1
Catch 7 Pokémon Diglett
Take 3 snapshots of wild Ground-type Pokémon Poké Ball×15
Completing 1/5

GO Stardust.png×250, Nanab Berry×10, Drilbur

2/5
Make 5 Great Throws in a row Pinap Berry×5
Catch 10 Bug-type Pokémon Dwebble
Take 3 snapshots of wild Bug-type Pokémon Great Ball×10
Completing 2/5

GO Stardust.png×250, Razz Berry×10, Combee

3/5
Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon Cherrim (Sunny Cherrim)
Catch 30 Grass- or Bug-type Pokémon Vileplume
Take 3 snapshots of wild Grass-type Pokémon Great Ball×10
Completing 3/5

GO Stardust.png×500, Pinap Berry×10, Nuzleaf

4/5
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts Ariados
Catch 15 Pokémon with Weather Boost Butterfree
Take 3 snapshots of wild Flying-type Pokémon Ultra Ball×10
Completing 4/5

GO Stardust.png×500, Poffin×1, Rufflet

5/5
Claim Reward! 1000 XP
Claim Reward! 1000 XP
Claim Reward! 1000 XP
Completing 5/5

Zarude, Zarude Candy×10, GO Stardust.png×1000

Season of Legends

Season of Legends is a Special Research that became available on March 09, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/5
Catch Rock-type Pokémon Poké Ball×10
Make 5 Great Throws Great Ball×10
Transfer 10 Pokémon Pinap Berry×10
Completing 1/5

GO Stardust.png×500, 1500 XP, Kabuto

2/5
Catch 10 Ground-type Pokémon Hyper Potion×10
Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost Mossy Lure Module×1
Take a snapshot of Landorus Landorus Candy×10
Completing 2/5

GO Stardust.png×500, 2000 XP, Drilbur

3/5
Catch 10 Flying-type Pokémon Max Revive×5
Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost Fast TM×1
Take a snapshot of Tornadus Tornadus Candy×10
Completing 3/5

GO Stardust.png×500, 2000 XP, Ducklett

4/5
Catch 10 Electric-type Pokémon Ultra Ball×10
Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost Charged TM×1
Take a snapshot of Thundurus Thundurus Candy×10
Completing 4/5

GO Stardust.png×500, 2000 XP, Joltik

5/5
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Claim Reward! 2000 XP
Completing 5/5

5000 XP, Unova Stone×1, Munna

BIDOOF

BIDOOF is a Special Research that became available on July 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. local time during Bidoof Day. This Special Research was the first one to contain optional choice paths.

Task Rewards
1/4
Use 3 Berries to help catch Pokémon Bidoof
Catch 6 Normal-type Pokémon Pinap Berry×3
Catch 3 Bidoof Bidoof
Completing 1/4

Bidoof, 399 XP, GO Stardust.png×399

2/4 "Choose Bidoof!" "Bidoof...?"
Catch 1 Normal-type Pokémon Bidoof Bidoof
Take a snapshot of Bidoof Pinap Berry×3 Razz Berry×5
Catch 5 Bidoof Bidoof Bidoof
Completing 2/4

Bidoof, 399 XP, GO Stardust.png×399

Bidoof, 399 XP, GO Stardust.png×399

3/4 "Nerves of steel" "Nests near water"
Transfer 10 Pokémon Super Potion×10 Poké Ball×10
Take a snapshot of Bidoof Bidoof Bidoof
Catch 10 Bidoof Razz Berry×5 Pinap Berry×3
Completing 3/4

Bidoof, 399 XP, GO Stardust.png×399

Bidoof, 399 XP, GO Stardust.png×399

4/4
Catch 5 Bidoof Bidoof
Catch 10 Bidoof Bidoof
Catch 15 Bidoof Bidoof
Completing 4/4

Bidoof, 3990 XP, Bidoof Hat

Voltorb from the Hisui Region?!

Voltorb from the Hisui Region?! is a Special Research that became available on January 30, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. local time. This research introduced Hisuian Voltorb to the game.

Task Rewards
1/2
Catch 10 Pokémon Voltorb
Use 10 Berries to help catch Pokémon Voltorb
Give your buddy 3 treats Voltorb
Completing 1/2

Voltorb (Hisuian Voltorb), Pinap Berry×3, Razz Berry×3

2/2
Catch 20 Pokémon Voltorb
Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon Voltorb
Make 10 Curveball Throws Voltorb
Completing 2/2

Voltorb (Hisuian Voltorb), Pinap Berry×9, Razz Berry×9

Season of Alola

These Special Researches became available during the Season of Alola and need to be completed to access the end of season reward.

A Melemele Adventure

A Melemele Adventure is a Special Research that became available on March 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time. This research inaugurates the Season of Alola.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 10 Pokémon Rattata (Alolan Rattata)
Send 3 Gifts and add a sticker to each Poké Ball×10
Catch 5 Normal-type Pokémon Yungoos
Completing 1/4

Pinap Berry×10, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

2/4
Take a snapshot of a wild Pokémon Razz Berry×5
Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon Great Ball×10
Catch 10 Pokémon Pikipek
Completing 2/4

Charged TM×1, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

3/9
Catch 6 Normal-type Pokémon Yungoos
Catch 3 different species of Normal-type Pokémon Yungoos
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms Raticate (Alolan Raticate)
Completing 3/4

Premium Raid Pass×1, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

4/4
Send 5 Gifts to friends Great Ball×10
Catch 15 Pokémon Pinap Berry×7
Win a raid Meowth (Alolan Meowth)
Completing 4/4

Ultra Ball×15, 8000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×3000

An Akala Adventure

An Akala Adventure is a Special Research that became available on March 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 10 Pokémon Poké Ball×10
Complete 3 Field Research tasks Pikachu
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon Pinap Berry×5
Completing 1/4

Fomantis, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

2/4
Use 4 Berries to help catch Pokémon Parasect
Catch 2 Water-type Pokémon Alomomola
Take 3 snapshots of wild Fire-type Pokémon Marowak (Alolan Marowak)
Completing 2/4

Charged TM×1, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

3/4
Power up Pokémon 5 times Razz Berry×7
Walk 2 km Poké Ball×10
Take 3 snapshots of wild Pokémon Nanab Berry×10
Completing 3/4

Premium Raid Pass×1, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

4/4
Send 5 Gifts to friends Great Ball×10
Catch 15 Pokémon Pinap Berry×7
Win a raid Diglett (Alolan Diglett)
Completing 4/4

Ultra Ball×15, 8000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×3000

An Ula'ula Adventure

An Ula'ula Adventure is a Special Research that became available on April 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 10 Pokémon Poké Ball×10
Complete 3 Field Research tasks Pinap Berry×5
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy Razz Berry×3
Completing 1/4

Weepinbell, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

2/4
Take 3 snapshots of wild Pokémon Oddish
Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon Seedot
Catch 5 Pokémon with weather boost Sunkern
Completing 2/4

Charged TM×1, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

3/4
Walk 2 km Geodude (Alolan Geodude)
Complete 5 Field Research tasks Poké Ball×10
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon Sandshrew (Alolan Sandshrew)
Completing 3/4

Premium Raid Pass×1, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

4/4
Send 5 Gifts to friends Great Ball×10
Catch 15 Pokémon Pinap Berry×7
Win a raid Vulpix (Alolan Vulpix)
Completing 4/4

Ultra Ball×15, 8000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×3000

A Poni Adventure

A Poni Adventure is a Special Research that became available on May 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 10 Pokémon Poké Ball×10
Power up Pokémon 5 times Razz Berry×5
Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts Hyper Potion×3
Completing 1/4

Raticate (Alolan Raticate), 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

2/4
Catch 3 Water-type Pokémon Tentacruel
Take a snapshot of a Water-type Pokémon Wailmer
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon Wingull
Completing 2/4

Fast TM×1, 500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500

3/4
Walk 2 km Miltank
Catch 15 Pokémon Great Ball×10
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms Stufful
Completing 3/4

Premium Raid Pass×1, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

4/4
Send 5 Gifts to friends Great Ball×10
Catch 15 Pokémon Pinap Berry×7
Win a raid Exeggutor (Alolan Exeggutor)
Completing 4/4

Ultra Ball×15, 8000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×3000

Alola to Alola

Alola to Alola is a Special Research with branching paths that became available on May 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time for players who completed A Melemele Adventure, An Akala Adventure, An Ula'ula Adventure, and A Poni Adventure during the Season of Alola. Players who did not get this reasearch for free, can purchase it in the in game shop before June 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Players who got this research for free can also purchase a second copy of it but they will not receive an additional copy of the reward hat should they opt for the same research path in both copies of the Special Research.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 1 Pokémon Rowlet
Catch 4 Pokémon Litten
Catch 7 Pokémon Popplio
Completing 1/4

1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500, Poké Ball×15

2/4
Choose a Path Melemele Island Akala Island Ula'ula Island Poni Island
3/4
Catch 10 Pokémon Razz Berry×5
Make 3 Nice Throws Great Ball×15
Send 5 Gifts to friends Poffin×1 Walk 2 km Incense×1 Catch 5 different species of Pokémon Lure Module×1 Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts Rocket Radar×1
Completing 3/4

1500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500, Silver Pinap Berry×3

4/4
Send 15 Gifts to friends Poffin×1 Walk 7 km Incense×1 Catch 30 Pokémon Glacial Lure Module×1 Battle in the GO Battle League 10 times Rocket Radar×1
Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon Ultra Ball×15 Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms Ultra Ball×15 Make 10 Curveball Throws Ultra Ball×15 Defeat 4 Team GO Rocket Grunts Ultra Ball×15
Trade Pokémon 3 times Star Piece×1 Complete 3 Field Research Tasks Star Piece×1 Use 15 Berries to help catch Pokémon Star Piece×1 Power up Pokémon 10 times Star Piece×1
Earn 10 hearts with your buddy Golden Razz Berry×1 Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon Golden Razz Berry×3 Make 5 Nice Curveball Throws in a row Golden Razz Berry×3 Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader Golden Razz Berry×3
Make a new friend Lure Module×1 Hatch 3 Eggs Super Incubator×1 Catch 15 different species of Pokémon Magnetic Lure Module×1 Win 3 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League Premium Raid Pass×1
Completing 4/4

Raichu (Alolan Raichu), Lucky Egg×4, Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat

Marrowak (Alolan Marowak), Egg Incubator×2, P'au Style Oricorio Hat

Vulpix (Alolan Vulpix), Incense×4, Baile Style Oricorio Hat

Exeggutor (Alolan Exeggutor), Star Piece×3, Sensu Style Oricorio Hat

April Fool' 2-Oh?-22

April Fool' 2-Oh?-22 is a Special Research that became available on April 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/3
Catch 10 Pokémon Poké Ball×25
Catch 5 Normal-type Pokémon Potion×5
Make 5 nice throws Nanab Berry×5
Completing 1/3

GO Stardust icon.png×1000, Ditto Candy×15, Razz Berry×5

2/3
Catch 10 Pokémon Great Ball×15
Catch 3 of the Transform Pokémon Super Potion×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon Pinap Berry×5
Completing 2/3

1500 XP, Ditto Candy×15, Silver Pinap Berry×1

3/3
Claim Reward! Ultra Ball×10
Claim Reward! Hyper Potion×5
Claim Reward! 3500 XP
Completing 3/3

GO Stardust icon.png×3000, Ditto Candy×15, Ditto

A Mega Moment

A Mega Moment is a Special Research that became available on April 29, 2022. This Special Research introduces the new Mega Evolution mechanic and gives some Mega Energy to the trainer for the Kanto starter of his choice.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 3 Pokémon Bulbasaur
Catch 3 Pokémon Charmander
Catch 3 Pokémon Squirtle
Completing 1/4

500 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×200, Poké Ball×10

2/4 Choose Venusaur! Choose Charizard! Choose Blastoise!
Catch 5 Pokémon Poké Ball×10
Use 5 berries to help catch Pokémon Great Ball×10
Power up Pokémon 5 times Razz Berry×10
Completing 2/4

Venusaur Mega Energy×200, Premium Raid Pass×1, Venusaur

Charizard Mega Energy×200, Premium Raid Pass×1, Charizard

Blastoise Mega Energy×200, Premium Raid Pass×1, Blastoise

3/4
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy Venusaur Mega Energy×50 Charizard Mega Energy×50 Blastoise Mega Energy×50
Power up Pokémon 10 times Venusaur Mega Energy×50 Charizard Mega Energy×50 Blastoise Mega Energy×50

Mega Evolve a Venusaur*
Mega Evolve a Charizard*
Mega Evolve a Blastoise*

Charged TM×1
Completing 3/4

1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×600, Venusaur Mega Energy×100

1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×600, Charizard Mega Energy×100

1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×600, Blastoise Mega Energy×100

4/4
Win a raid Revive×6
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt Silver Pinap Berry×2
Take a snapshot of your buddy Hyper Potion×6
Completing 4/4

2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500, Venusaur Mega Energy×100

2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500, Charizard Mega Energy×100

2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500, Blastoise Mega Energy×100

A Mysterious Incense Part 1

A Mysterious Incense Part 1 is a Special Research that became available on July 25, 2022. This Special Research introduces the Daily Adventure Incense to the player. This research is hosted by Rhi.

Task Rewards
Claim Reward Daily Adventure Incense×1
Completing

1000 XP

A Mysterious Incense Part 2

A Mysterious Incense Part 2 is a Special Research that became available on July 25, 2022. This Special Research continues to elaborate on the Daily Adventure Incense usage. This research in unlocked after finishing "A Mysterious Incense Part 1" and is again hosted by Rhi.

Task Rewards
1/2
Use 1 Daily Adventure Incense 1000 XP
Use Daily Adventure Incense to help catch 10 Pokémon 1000 XP
Walk 1km 1000 XP
Completing 1/2

Poké Ball×25, Ponyta, GO Stardust icon.png×500

2/2
Use 6 Daily Adventure Incense 1000 XP
Use Daily Adventure Incense to help catch 100 Pokémon 1000 XP
Walk 10km 1000 XP
Completing 2/2

2500 XP, Dodrio, GO Stardust icon.png×2500

A Cosmic Companion

A Cosmic Companion is a limited-time Special Research that became available from September 1, 2022 to December 1, 2022. This Special Research inaugurates the Season of Light and introduces the Legendary Pokémon Cosmog. It is split into three parts, which is progressively unlocked during the Season of Light. This research is hosted by Professor Willow and Rhi.

  • Part 1: September 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Part 2: October 5, 2022.
  • Part 3: November 23, 2022.
Task Rewards
1/10
Catch 15 Pokémon Razz Berry×5
Make 10 Curveball Throws Staryu
Catch 15 Psychic-type Pokémon Pinap Berry×5
Completing 1/10 Cosmog, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500
2/10
Give your buddy 3 treats Woobat
Earn 10 Candies walking with your buddy Staryu
Catch 15 Psychic-type Pokémon Munna
Completing 2/? Poffin×1, 2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500
3/10
Earn 15 hearts with your buddy Ralts
Send 10 Gifts to friends Staryu
Catch 20 different species of Pokémon Poké Ball×25
Completing 3/10 Pinap Berry×5, 3000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×100
4/10
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!*


Catch 1 Pokémon

789 XP
Completing 4/10 Cosmog Candy×25, 3000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000
5/10
Complete 5 Field Research tasks Baltoy
Power up Pokémon 10 times Staryu
Evolve a Cosmog GO Stardust icon.png×1000
Completing 5/10 Cosmog Candy×25, 1000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×750
6/10
Complete 10 Field Research tasks Elgyem
Power up Pokémon 10 times Staryu
Walk 5km Girafarig
Completing 6/10 Cosmog Candy×25, 2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×750
7/10
Earn 15 hearts with your buddy Kirlia
Hatch an Egg Staryu
Catch 20 different species of Pokémon Great Ball×25
Completing 7/10 Poké Ball×10, 3000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500
8/10
Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!* 789 XP
Completing 8/10 Cosmog Candy×50, 3000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500
9/10
Completing 9/10
10/10
Completing 10/10

Ticketed events

Ticket

Ticketed Special Researches are available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. Story events for those research occur on event days such as raid days with specific bosses or community days. The ticket disappears from the player's Bag once the event ends. Players who do not complete the Special Research during the event can still do so later as the research may be altered with alternate tasks less reliant on event encounters.

EX Raid Boss introduction

Those special researches give exclusive access to new EX Raid bosses before they are formally introduced to the EX raid rotation the following month.

A Colossal Discovery

A Colossal Discovery is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop between October 24 and November 2, 2019.[5] The story event takes place on November 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. It is a four-part Special Research that, upon completion, allows players to catch Regigigas before it becomes available in EX Raids in December 2019.

Along with the rewards listed for completing the Special Research tasks, players with the ticket can also receive up to 10 additional free Raid Passes from spinning Gyms during the event period. Ticket holders may also receive event-exclusive Field Research tasks from spinning PokéStops.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch a Regirock, Regice, or Registeel from a raid

Win 3 raids*

3000 XP
Catch 7 Rock-type Pokémon

Catch 49 Pokémon*

Cranidos
Evolve 7 Rock-type Pokémon Tyranitar
Completing 1/4 Golden Razz Berry×3, Stardust×3000, Great Ball×10
2/4
Catch a Regirock, Regice, or Registeel from a raid

Win 3 raids*

3000 XP
Catch 7 Ice-type Pokémon

Catch 49 Pokémon*

Lapras
Evolve 7 Ice-type Pokémon Abomasnow
Completing 2/4 Sinnoh Stone×1, Stardust×3000, Great Ball×10
3/4
Catch a Regirock, Regice, or Registeel from a raid

Win 3 raids*

3000 XP
Catch 7 Steel-type Pokémon

Catch 49 Pokémon*

Shieldon
Evolve 7 Steel-type Pokémon Steelix
Completing 3/4 Unova Stone×1, Stardust×3000, Great Ball×10
4/4
Take a snapshot of Regirock

Take 7 snapshots of Rock-type Pokémon*

3000 XP
Take a snapshot of Regice

Take 7 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon*

3000 XP
Take a snapshot of Registeel

Take 7 snapshots of Steel-type Pokémon*

3000 XP
Completing 4/4 Regigigas, Regigigas Candy×10, GO Time! pose
A Drive to Investigate

A Drive to Investigate is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2020. The story event takes place from March 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. to March 26, 2020 at 10 p.m. local time. It is a five-part Special Research that allows players to catch Genesect before it becomes available in EX Raids in April 2020.[6]

Along with the rewards listed for completing the Special Research tasks, players with the ticket can also receive up to 5 additional free Raid Passes from spinning Gyms during the event period. Ticket holders may also receive event-exclusive Field Research tasks from spinning PokéStops.

Task Rewards
1/5
Battle another Trainer 5 times Stardust×1000
Catch 25 Normal-type Pokémon Rare Candy×3
Give your buddy 1 treats Trubbish
Completing 1/5

Premium Raid Pass×5, Pinsir, Genesect Cap

2/5
Power up a Pokémon 5 times Stardust×1000
Catch 25 Fire-type Pokémon Rare Candy×3
Send 3 gifts to friends Karrablast
Completing 2/5

Charged TM×3, Skarmory, Super Incubator×3

3/5
Transfer 3 Pokémon Stardust×1000
Catch 25 Water-type Pokémon Rare Candy×3
Hatch an Egg Shelmet
Completing 3/5

Incense×3, Scizor, Genesect Bag

4/5
Make 3 Great Throws in a row Stardust×1000
Catch 25 Electric-type Pokémon Rare Candy×3
Play with your buddy Kabuto
Completing 4/5

Fast TM×3, Genesect, Glacial Lure Module×1

5/5
Battle a Team Leader 3 times Stardust×1000
Catch 25 Ice-type Pokémon Rare Candy×3
Take 3 snapshots of Genesect Durant
Completing 5/5 Poffin×1, Genesect Candy×10, Star Piece×3

Community Day

Starting April 2020 Community Days, optional Special Researches are proposed in the in-game shop for enhanced game play experience. The Special Research that was supposed to be played during the Weedle Community Day in June 2020 never went on sale for reasons unknown.

Investigating Illusions

Investigating Illusions is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The ticket was initially planned to be sold between March 14 and March 15, 2020 with the story event taking place on March 15, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time on the day of the Abra Community Day, but the whole event was postponed worldwide to April 25, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a four-part Special Research.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 10 Abra Abra Candy×20
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Make 5 Nice Throws Abra
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Abra

2/4
Catch 15 Abra Abra Candy×20
Evolve 3 Abra 1000 XP
Transfer 10 Pokémon Kadabra
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Abra Candy×20
Evolve 1 Kadabra Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×5
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Alakazam

Seeing Double

Seeing Double is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on May 24, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Seedot Community Day. The steps of the research are identical to those from the Special Research Investigating Illusions with slightly altered rewards and task order.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 10 Seedot Seedot Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Seedot
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Seedot

2/4
Catch 15 Seedot Seedot Candy×20
Transfer 10 Pokémon Nuzleaf
Evolve 3 Seedot 1000 XP
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Seedot Candy×20
Evolve 1 Nuzleaf Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×5
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Shiftry

The Great Gastly

The Great Gastly is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on July 19, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Gastly Community Day. The steps of the research are identical to those from the Special Research Investigating Illusions with slightly altered rewards and task order.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 10 Gastly Gastly Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Gastly
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Gastly

2/4
Catch 15 Gastly Gastly Candy×20
Transfer 10 Pokémon Haunter
Evolve 3 Gastly 1000 XP
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Gastly Candy×20
Evolve 1 Haunter Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×5
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Gengar

Making a Splash

Making a Splash is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on August 08, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Magikarp Community Day.


Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Magikarp Magikarp Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Magikarp
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Pinap Berry×10, Magikarp

2/4
Catch 15 Magikarp Magikarp Candy×50
Transfer 10 Pokémon GO Stardust.png×500
Use 15 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon 1000 XP
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Magikarp Candy×50
Evolve 1 Magikarp Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×5
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Gyarados

Decoding Porygon

Decoding Porygon is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on September 20, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Porygon Community Day. This Special Research awards evolution items required to evolve Porygon into Porygon2 and then Porygon-Z.


Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Porygon Porygon Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Porygon
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Porygon

2/4
Catch 15 Porygon Upgrade×1
Transfer 10 Pokémon Porygon2
Evolve 3 Porygon Porygon Candy×20
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Porygon Candy×20
Evolve 1 Porygon2 Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon Sinnoh Stone×1
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×5
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Porygon-Z


A Tale of Tails

A Tale of Tails is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on October 17, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Charmander Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/5
Power up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Charmander Charmander Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Charmander
Completing 1/5

Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Charmander

2/5
Catch 15 Charmander Charmander Candy×20
Transfer 10 Pokémon Charmeleon
Evolve 3 Charmander 1000 XP
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/5
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Charmander Candy×20
Evolve 1 Charmeleon Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/5 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Make 15 Nice Throws Silver Pinap Berry×5
Take a snapshot of a Fire-type Pokémon*

Catch 15 Charmander[7]*

1500 XP
Power up Pokémon 10 times Stardust×5000
Completing 4/5

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Charizard

5/5
Claim reward! Charizard Mega Energy×50
Claim reward! Charizard Mega Energy×50
Claim reward! Charizard Mega Energy×50
Completing 5/5

Stardust×2000, 3000 XP, Charizard Mega Energy×150

Electric for Electabuzz

Electric for Electabuzz is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on November 15, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Electabuzz Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Electabuzz Electabuzz Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Electabuzz
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Pinap Berry×10, Electabuzz

2/4
Catch 15 Electabuzz Electabuzz Candy×50
Transfer 10 Pokémon GO Stardust.png×500
Use 15 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon Sinnoh Stone×1
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Electabuzz Candy×50
Evolve 1 Electabuzz Golden Razz Berry×2
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Electivire

No Match for Magmar

No Match for Magmar is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on November 21, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Magmar Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Magmar Magmar Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Magmar
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Pinap Berry×10, Magmar

2/4
Catch 15 Magmar Magmar Candy×50
Transfer 10 Pokémon GO Stardust.png×500
Use 15 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon Sinnoh Stone×1
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Magmar Candy×50
Evolve 1 Magmar Golden Razz Berry×2
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Magmortar

December Community Day

December Community Day is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place from December 12, 2020; 11 a.m. to December 13, 2020, 5 p.m. local time on the days of the December 2020 Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 15 Piplup Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Rhyhorn Razz Berry×10
Catch 15 Abra 1500 XP
Completing 1/4

Pinap Berry×10, Sinnoh Stone×1, GO Stardust.png×2000

2/4
Catch 15 Seedot Ultra Ball×10
Catch 15 Weedle 1500 XP
Catch 15 Gastly GO Stardust.png×2000
Completing 2/4 Incense×1, Poffin×1, GO Stardust.png×2000
3/4
Catch 15 Magikarp Pinap Berry×10
Catch 15 Porygon Sinnoh Stone×1
Catch 15 Charmander Elite Fast TM×1
Completing 3/4 Upgrade×1, Rocket Radar×1, GO Stardust.png×2000
4/4
Catch 15 Electabuzz Sinnoh Stone×1
Catch 15 Magmar Sinnoh Stone×1
Catch 15 Pokémon Elite Charged TM×1
Completing 4/4

Rare Candy×3, 1500 XP, GO Stardust.png×2000

Straight to the Top, Machop!

Straight to the Top, Machop! is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. This ticket was also available to player who have purchased a ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto before January 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The story event takes place on January 16, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Machop Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Machop Machop Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Machop
Completing 1/4

Stardust×1000, Incense×1, Machop

2/4
Catch 15 Machop Machop Candy×20
Transfer 10 Pokémon Machoke
Evolve 3 Machop 2000 XP
Completing 2/4 Poké Ball×10, Incense×1, Great Ball×15
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Machop Candy×20
Evolve 1 Machoke Golden Razz Berry×5
Transfer 10 Pokémon 2500 XP
Completing 3/4 Poké Ball×10, Incense×1, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×4000
Claim reward! 2500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×5
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×3, Machamp

Stop and Smell the Roselia

Stop and Smell the Roselia is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. This ticket was also available to player who have purchased a ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto before February 03, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The story event takes place on February 07, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Roselia Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Roselia Roselia Candy×20
Make 5 Nice Throws Roselia
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Pinap Berry×10, Roselia

2/4
Catch 15 Roselia Roselia Candy×50
Transfer 10 Pokémon Stardust×500
Use 15 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon Sinnoh Stone×1
Completing 2/4 Stardust×2000, Incense×1, Poffin×1
3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Roselia Candy×50
Evolve 1 Roselia Golden Razz Berry×2
Transfer 10 Pokémon 1500 XP
Completing 3/4 Stardust×2000, Great Ball×15, Rocket Radar×1
4/4
Claim reward! Stardust×5000
Claim reward! 1500 XP
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×2, Roserade

The Bravest Bird

The Bravest Bird is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on March 06, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Fletchling Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×10
Catch 15 Fletchling Fletchling
Make 5 Nice Throws Fletchling Candy×20
Completing 1/4

Stardust×1000, Fletchling, Pinap Berry×10

2/4
Catch 15 Fletchling Fletchling Candy×20
Transfer 10 Pokémon Fletchinder
Evolve 3 Fletchling Poké Ball×10
Completing 2/4

1000 XP, Fletchling, Great Ball×10

3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Fletchling Candy×20
Evolve 1 Fletchinder Golden Razz Berry×2
Transfer 10 Pokémon Great Ball×5
Completing 3/4

2000 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Ultra Ball×10

4/4
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Claim reward! Fletchling
Claim reward! 3000 XP
Completing 4/4

Stardust×2000, Rare Candy×2, Talonflame

Snivy in the Sunshine

Snivy in the Sunshine is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on April 11, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Snivy Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×15
Catch 15 Snivy Snivy
Make 5 Nice Throws Snivy Candy×20
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Snivy, Pinap Berry×10

2/4
Catch 15 Snivy Snivy Candy×30
Transfer 10 Pokémon Servine
Evolve 3 Snivy Poké Ball×15
Completing 2/4

1500 XP, Snivy, Great Ball×15

3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Snivy Candy×50
Evolve 1 Servine Star Piece×1
Transfer 10 Pokémon Great Ball×10
Completing 3/4

2500 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Ultra Ball×15

4/4
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Claim reward! Snivy
Claim reward! 3500 XP
Completing 4/4

Stardust×3000, Serperior, Rare Candy×2

Cotton-Winged Bird

Cotton-Winged Bird is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on May 15, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Swablu Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×15
Catch 15 Swablu Swablu
Make 10 Nice Throws Pinap Berry×10
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Swablu, Incense×1

2/4
Catch 15 Swablu Swablu Candy×100
Transfer 10 Pokémon Stardust×1000
Use 15 pinap Berries while catching Pokémon Great Ball×15
Completing 2/4

1500 XP, Swablu, Incense×1

3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Swablu Candy×100
Evolve 1 Swablu Egg Incubator×1
Transfer 10 Pokémon Swablu Candy×100
Completing 3/4

2500 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Ultra Ball×15

4/4
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×3
Claim reward! Swablu
Claim reward! 3500 XP
Completing 4/4

Stardust×3000, Altaria, Rare Candy×3

Just a Nibble

Just a Nibble is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on June 06, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Gible Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×15
Catch 15 Gible Gible
Make 5 Nice Throws Gible Candy×20
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Gible, Incense×1

2/4
Catch 15 Gible Gible Candy×30
Transfer 10 Pokémon Gabite
Evolve 3 Gible Pinap Berry×10
Completing 2/4

1500 XP, Gible, Incense×1

3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Gible Candy×50
Evolve 1 Gabite Lucky Egg×1
Transfer 10 Pokémon Great Ball×15
Completing 3/4

2500 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Ultra Ball×15

4/4
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Claim reward! Gible
Claim reward! 3500 XP
Completing 4/4

Stardust×3000, Garchomp, Rare Candy×2

Roasted Berries

Roasted Berries is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on July 03, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the day of the Tepig Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×15
Catch 15 Tepig Tepig
Make 5 Nice Throws Tepig Candy×20
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Tepig, Incense×1

2/4
Catch 15 Tepig Tepig Candy×30
Transfer 10 Pokémon Pignite
Evolve 3 Tepig Pinap Berry×10
Completing 2/4

1500 XP, Tepig, Incense×1

3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Tepig Candy×50
Evolve 1 Pignite Star Piece×1
Transfer 10 Pokémon Great Ball×15
Completing 3/4

2500 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Ultra Ball×15

4/4
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Claim reward! Tepig
Claim reward! 3500 XP
Completing 4/4

Stardust×3000, Emboar, Rare Candy×2

What You Choose to Be

What You Choose to Be is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on August 14-15, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the days of the Eevee Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/5
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Pinap Berry×15
Catch 15 Eevee Eevee
Make 7 Nice Throws Eevee Candy×50
Completing 1/5

Stardust×2000, Poké Ball×25, Incense×1

2/5
Catch 15 Eevee Vaporeon
Transfer 10 Pokémon Jolteon
Evolve 3 Eevee Flareon
Completing 2/5

1500 XP, Eevee Candy×50, Incense×1

3/5
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Espeon
Transfer 10 Pokémon Eevee
Evolve 2 Eevee Umbreon
Completing 3/5

2500 XP, Great Ball×15, Rocket Radar×1

4/5
Catch 15 Eevee Leafeon
Use 15 Berries to help catch Pokémon Eevee
Evolve 2 Eevee Glaceon
Completing 4/5

3500 XP, Ultra Ball×15, Egg Incubator×1

5/5
Claim reward! Eevee Candy×100
Claim reward! Eevee
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Completing 5/5

Stardust×3000, Sylveon, Rare Candy×2

From Scalchops to Seamitars

From Scalchops to Seamitars is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on September 19, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the days of the Oshawott Community Day. The name of this Special Research is related to the shell weapons used by Oshawott, Dewott, and Samurott.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×15
Catch 15 Oshawott Oshawott
Make 5 Nice Throws Oshawott Candy×20
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Oshawott, Rainy Lure Module×1

2/4
Catch 15 Oshawott Oshawott Candy×30
Transfer 10 Pokémon Dewott
Evolve 3 Tepig Pinap Berry×10
Completing 2/4

1500 XP, Oshawott, Incense×1

3/4
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Oshawott Candy×50
Evolve a Dewott Star Piece×1
Transfer 10 Pokémon Great Ball×15
Completing 3/4

2500 XP, Rocket Radar×1, Ultra Ball×15

4/4
Claim reward! Silver Pinap Berry×2
Claim reward! Oshawott
Claim reward! 3500 XP
Completing 4/4

Stardust×3000, Samurott, Rare Candy×2

Nothin' Dull About Duskull

Nothin' Dull About Duskull is available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. The story event takes place on October 9, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on the days of the Duskull Community Day.

Task Rewards
1/4
Power Up Pokémon 10 Times Poké Ball×15
Catch 15 Duskull Duskull
Make 5 Nice Throws Duskull Candy×20
Completing 1/4

Stardust×2000, Duskull, Incense×1

2/4
Catch 15 Duskull Duskull Candy×30
Transfer 10 Pokémon Dusclops
Evolve 3 Duskull Great Ball×15