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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 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, Celebi, Jirachi and Spiritomb. Those Pokémon are programmed to have a 100% catch rate.

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.

Contents

List of Special Research

Globally available Special Research

A Mythical Discovery

Menu for A Mythical Discovery

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 parts, 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 10 GO Great Ball.png, 1 GO Egg Incubator.png, 3 GO Lure Module.png
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 1000GO Stardust icon.png, 3 GO Incense.png, 20 GO Great Ball.png
3/8
Reach level 15 1500 XP
Battle in a Gym 2 times 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP
Completing 3/8 1 Charged TM, 1 Fast TM, 2 GO Star Piece.png
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 2000GO Stardust icon.png, 3 GO Lure Module.png, 20 GO Great Ball.png
5/8
Catch a Ditto 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon 2500 XP
Completing 5/8 1 GO Premium Raid Pass.png, 1 GO Lucky Egg.png, 15 GO Revive.png
6/8
Battle in 10 raids 3000 XP
Evolve a Magikarp 3000 XP
Reach level 25 3000 XP
Completing 6/8 3000GO Stardust icon.png, 5 GO Rare Candy.png, 3 GO Incense.png
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 Mew, 4000GO Stardust icon.png, 20 GO Ultra Ball.png
8/8
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Claim reward! 4000 XP
Completing 8/8 5000GO Stardust icon.png, 1 GO Super Incubator.png, 20 Mew Candy

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 parts, and completing these tasks will allow Trainers to catch Celebi.

Tasks which 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 10 GO Poké Ball.png, 1 Fast TM, 1 GO Super Incubator.png
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 1500GO Stardust icon.png, 1 GO Sun Stone.png, 1 GO Premium Raid Pass.png
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 Eevee, 1 GO King's Rock.png, 1 GO Premium Raid Pass.png
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 Eevee, 2500GO Stardust icon.png, 1 GO Metal Coat.png
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 1 GO Star Piece.png, 15 GO Pinap Berry.png, 1 GO Up-Grade.png
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 3500GO Stardust icon.png, 1 GO Dragon Scale.png, 5 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png
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 Celebi, 1 Charged TM, 10 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png
8/8
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Completing 8/8 5500GO Stardust icon.png, 1 GO Super Incubator.png, 20 Celebi Candy

A Spooky Message

A Spooky Message is a time-limited set of the Special Research tasks introduced on October 23, 2018. This is currently the only way of catching Spiritomb.

Task Rewards
1/3
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon Duskull Duskull
Make 8 Great Throws 1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon Lickitung Lickitung
Completing 1/3 10 GO Poké Ball.png, 1080GO Stardust icon.png, 8 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png
2/3
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon Misdreavus Misdreavus
Spin 8 PokéStops you haven't visited before 1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokémon Spiritomb Spiritomb
Completing 2/3 10 GO Poké Ball.png, 1080GO Stardust icon.png, 8 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png
3/3
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Claim reward! 1080 XP
Completing 3/3 10 Spiritomb Candy, 8 Spiritomb Candy, 1080GO Stardust icon.png

Let's GO, Meltan

Let's GO, Meltan are 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 parts, 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 1000GO Stardust icon.png, 10 GO Poké Ball.png, 1 GO Egg Incubator.png
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 2000GO Stardust icon.png, 2 GO Lucky Egg.png, 1 Fast TM
3/9
Catch a Ditto 1500 XP
Win 2 Gym battles 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP
Completing 3/9 10 GO Great Ball.png, 3 GO Incense.png, 3 GO Max Revive.png
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 4000GO Stardust icon.png, 5 GO Pinap Berry.png, 5 GO Rare Candy.png
5/9
Evolve a Grimer 2500 XP
Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Completing 5/9 5000GO Stardust icon.png, 20 GO Great Ball.png, 5 GO Lure Module.png
6/9
Evolve a Magnemite 3000 XP
Catch 5 Exeggcute 3000 XP
Battle in 10 raids 3000 XP
Completing 6/9 1 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png, 1 GO Metal Coat.png, 10 GO Ultra Ball.png
7/9
Evolve 1 Drowzee 3500 XP
Catch 1 Cubone 3500 XP
Evolve 1 Scyther 3500 XP
Completing 7/9 10 GO Ultra Ball.png, 1 Charged TM, 3 GO Premium Raid Pass.png
8/9
Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto 4000 XP
Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith 4000 XP
Catch an Aerodactyl 4000 XP
Completing 8/9 8000GO Stardust icon.png, Meltan Meltan, 1 GO Star Piece.png
9/9
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Claim reward! 4500 XP
Completing 9/9 9000GO Stardust icon.png, 1 GO Super Incubator.png, 5 Meltan Candy

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.

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 2 GO Lucky Egg.png, Dratini Dratini, 15000 GO Stardust.png
2/6
Evolve a Dratini 10000 XP
Take a snapshot of Dratini 30 Dratini Candy
Earn a Candy with your Buddy 30 Dratini Candy
Completing 2/6 1 GO Premium Raid Pass.png, 15000 GO Stardust.png, 2 GO Lucky Egg.png
3/6
Power up Pokémon 10 times 15000 XP
Battle a Trainer in Great League 15000 XP
Battle in a raid 15000 XP
Completing 3/6 2 GO Lucky Egg.png, 15000 XP, 2 GO Star Piece.png
4/6
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon Chimchar Chimchar
Catch a Legendary from either Research Breakthrough or raid Piplup Piplup
Hatch 3 Eggs Turtwig Turtwig
Completing 4/6 2 GO Lucky Egg.png, Eevee Shiny Eevee,
15000 GO Stardust.png
5/6
Take a Snapshot of Eevee 30000 XP
Send 5 Gifts to friends 30000 XP
Trade 3 Pokémon 30000 XP
Completing 5/6 Lapras Lapras, 30000 XP, 2 GO Lucky Egg.png
6/6
Make a new friend 60 Dratini Candy
Win a level 3 or higher raid 60 Dratini Candy
Evolve a Dragonair 100000 XP
Completing 6/6 2 GO Lucky Egg.png, 100000 XP, 15000 GO Stardust.png

Event-exclusive Special Research

These are sets of Special Research that are exclusive to certain real-world events.

GO Fest 2018

GO Fest 2018 logo

Special Research was available to players at the GO Fest 2018 held at Chicago, Illinois on July 14 and 15, 2018.

Task Rewards
1/5
Spin 15 PokéStops or Gyms 500 XP
Earn 1 Candies walking with your buddy 500 XP
Catch 15 Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/5 1000GO Stardust icon.png, 3 GO Incense.png, 50 GO Poké Ball.png
2/5
Catch 10 Fire-type Pokémon Torkoal Torkoal
Catch 10 Water-type Pokémon Ludicolo Ludicolo
Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon Shiftry Shiftry
Catch 10 Steel-type Pokémon Metagross Metagross
Catch 10 Rock-type Pokémon Aggron Aggron
Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon Walrein Walrein
Completing 2/5 2000GO Stardust icon.png, 3 GO Super Incubator.png, 20 GO Ultra Ball.png
3/5
Catch 7 Unown

Catch 7 Psychic-type Pokémon (after event)

1500 XP
Spin 20 PokéStops or Gyms 1500 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs 1500 XP
Completing 3/5 Celebi Celebi, 10 GO Golden Razz Berry.png, 3000GO Stardust icon.png
4/5
Catch 5 Plusle 2000 XP
Catch 5 Minun 2000 XP
Completing 4/5 4000GO Stardust icon.png, 10 GO Pinap Berry.png, 20 Celebi Candy
5/5
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Completing 5/5 5000GO Stardust icon.png, 3 GO Premium Raid Pass.png, 3 GO Lucky Egg.png

Pokémon GO Safari Zone in YOKOSUKA

GO Safari Zone logo

Special Research was available to players at the Pokémon GO Safari Zone in YOKOSUKA event held from August 29 to September 2, 2018.

Task Rewards
1/2
Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms 3 GO Super Incubator.png
Catch 10 Beldum Metagross Metagross
Catch 10 Ralts Gardevoir Gardevoir
Catch 10 Slakoth Slaking Slaking
Hatch 3 Eggs 3000 XP
Completing 1/2 10 GO Golden Razz Berry.png, 20 GO Rare Candy.png, 10 GO Ultra Ball.png
2/2
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Completing 2/2 100000GO Stardust icon.png

GO Fest 2019—Chicago

Special Research was available to players at the GO Fest 2019 Chicago held at Chicago, Illinois from June 14 to 16, 2019.

Task Rewards
1/5
Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms 25 GO Poké Ball.png
Make 3 new friends 10 GO Pinap Berry.png
Send 3 Gifts to Friends 1 GO Super Incubator.png
Completing 1/5 25 GO Poké Ball.png, 15 GO Lure Module.png, 15 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png
2/5
Catch 5 different specie of Fairy-type Pokémon Gardevoir Gardevoir
Catch 5 different specie of Water-type Pokémon Kingdra Kingdra
Catch 5 different specie of Grass-type Pokémon Gengar Gengar
Catch 5 different specie of Steel-type Pokémon Hippowdon Hippowdon
Catch 5 different specie of Rock-type Pokémon Abomasnow Abomasnow
Completing 2/5 3 GO Super Incubator.png, 5 GO Golden Razz Berry.png, 5 GO Incense.png
3/5
Catch 3 Unown 1 GO Star Piece.png
Take a snapshot of Ralts in its GO Fest habitat

Take 5 snapshots of Fairy-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Gastly in its GO Fest habitat

Take 5 snapshots of Ghost-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Hippopotas in its GO Fest habitat

Take 5 snapshots of Ground-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Snover in its GO Fest habitat

Take 5 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Horsea in its GO Fest habitat

Take 5 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Completing 3/5 5000 GO Stardust icon.png, 5 GO Pinap Berry.png, 1 GO Sinnoh Stone.png
4/5
Claim reward! 2019 XP
Claim reward! 2019 XP
Claim reward! 2019 XP
Completing 4/5 Jirachi Jirachi
5/5
Trade for 3 Pokémon from at least 100km away

Evolve 3 Pokémon (after event)

3 GO Premium Raid Pass.png
Hatch 5 Eggs 3 GO Star Piece.png
Take 3 snapshots of Jirachi 1 GO Super Incubator.png
Completing 5/5 20 Jirachi Candy, 5 GO Golden Razz Berry.png, 5000 GO Stardust icon.png

GO Fest 2019—Dortmund

Special Research was available to players at the GO Fest 2019 Dortmund held at Dortmund, Germany from July 4 to 7, 2019.

Task Rewards
1/5
Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms 25 GO Poké Ball.png
Make 3 new friends 10 GO Pinap Berry.png
Send 3 Gifts to Friends 1 GO Super Incubator.png
Completing 1/5 25 GO Poké Ball.png, 15 GO Lure Module.png, 15 GO Silver Pinap Berry.png
2/5
Catch 5 different specie of Ground-type Pokémon Nindoking Nidoking
Catch 5 different specie of Water-type Pokémon Milotic Milotic
Catch 5 different specie of Psychic-type Pokémon Medicham Medicham
Catch 5 different specie of Steel-type Pokémon Magnezone Magnezone
Catch 5 different specie of Bug-type Pokémon Scizor Scizor
Completing 2/5 3 GO Super Incubator.png, 5 GO Golden Razz Berry.png, 5 GO Incense.png
3/5
Catch 3 Unown 1 GO Star Piece.png
Take a snapshot of Nidoran♂ in its GO Fest habitat

Take 1 snapshot of Ground-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Feebas in its GO Fest habitat

Take 1 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Scyther in its GO Fest habitat

Take 1 snapshot of Grass-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Meditite in its GO Fest habitat

Take 1 snapshot of Psychic-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Take a snapshot of Magnemite in its GO Fest habitat

Take 1 snapshots of Steel-type Pokémon (after event)

5000 GO Stardust icon.png
Completing 3/5 5000 GO Stardust icon.png, 5 GO Pinap Berry.png, 1 GO Sinnoh Stone.png
4/5
Claim reward! 2019 XP
Claim reward! 2019 XP
Claim reward! 2019 XP
Completing 4/5 Jirachi Jirachi
5/5
Trade for 3 Pokémon from at least 100km away

Evolve 3 Pokémon (after event)

3 GO Premium Raid Pass.png
Hatch 5 Eggs 3 GO Star Piece.png
Take 3 snapshots of Jirachi 1 GO Super Incubator.png
Completing 5/5 20 Jirachi Candy, 5 GO Golden Razz Berry.png, 5000 GO Stardust icon.png

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Études spéciales
Germany Flag.png German Forschungsprojekte
Italy Flag.png Italian Ricerca speciale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스페셜리서치 Special Research
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pesquisa especial
Spain Flag.png Spanish Investigación especial

See also

Project Sidegames logo.png This article is part of Project Sidegames, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Sidegames.