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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 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, Celebi, Jirachi and Spiritomb. 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.

Contents

List of Special Research

Globally available Special Research

A Mythical Discovery

Promotional artwork 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 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 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 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, Up-Grade×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
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 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

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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

Let's GO, Meltan

Promotional artwork of 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 1000Stardust×, 10 Poké Ball×, 1 Egg Incubator×
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

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 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, Eevee (Shiny), 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

A Thousand-Year Slumber

Promotional artwork for A Thousand-Year Slumber

A Thousand-Year Slumber is a set of the Special Research tasks that Professor Willow will assign to the player. It is split into 7 parts, 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 reweard! 4500 XP
Claim reweard! 4500 XP
Claim reweard! 4500 XP
Completing 7/7 Jirachi, Jirachi Candy×20, Jirachi Shirt

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 Candy walking with your buddy 500 XP
Catch 15 Pokémon 500 XP
Completing 1/5 Stardust×1000, Incense×3, Poké Ball×50
2/5
Catch 10 Fire-type Pokémon Torkoal
Catch 10 Water-type Pokémon Ludicolo
Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon Shiftry
Catch 10 Steel-type Pokémon Metagross
Catch 10 Rock-type Pokémon Aggron
Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon Walrein
Completing 2/5 Stardust×2000, Super Incubator×3, Ultra Ball×20
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, Golden Razz Berry×10, Stardust×3000
4/5
Catch 5 Plusle 2000 XP
Catch 5 Minun 2000 XP
Completing 4/5 Stardust×4000, Pinap Berry×10, Celebi Candy×20
5/5
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Completing 5/5 Stardust×5000, Premium Raid Pass×3, Lucky Egg×3

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 Super Incubator×
Catch 10 Beldum Metagross
Catch 10 Ralts Gardevoir
Catch 10 Slakoth Slaking
Hatch 3 Eggs 3000 XP
Completing 1/2 Golden Razz Berry×10, Rare Candy×20, Ultra Ball×10
2/2
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Claim reward! 2018 XP
Completing 2/2 Stardust×100000

GO Fest 2019—Chicago

GO Fest 2019 Chicago logo

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 Poké Ball×25
Make 3 new friends Pinap Berry×10
Send 3 Gifts to Friends Super Incubator×1
Completing 1/5 Poké Ball×25, Lure Module×15, Silver Pinap Berry×15
2/5
Catch 5 different species of Fairy-type Pokémon Gardevoir
Catch 5 different species of Water-type Pokémon Kingdra
Catch 5 different species of Grass-type Pokémon Gengar
Catch 5 different species of Steel-type Pokémon Hippowdon
Catch 5 different species of Rock-type Pokémon Abomasnow
Completing 2/5 Super Incubator×3, Golden Razz Berry×5, Incense×5
3/5
Catch 3 Unown

Hatch 3 Eggs (after event)

Star Piece×1
Take a snapshot of Ralts in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Gastly in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Hippopotas in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Snover in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Horsea in its GO Fest habitat

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

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

Evolve 3 Pokémon (after event)

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

GO Fest 2019—Dortmund

GO Fest 2019 Dortmund logo

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 Poké Ball×25
Make 3 new friends Pinap Berry×10
Send 3 Gifts to Friends Super Incubator×1
Completing 1/5 Poké Ball×25, Lure Module×15, Silver Pinap Berry×15
2/5
Catch 5 different species of Ground-type Pokémon Nindoking
Catch 5 different species of Water-type Pokémon Milotic
Catch 5 different species of Psychic-type Pokémon Medicham
Catch 5 different species of Steel-type Pokémon Magnezone
Catch 5 different species of Bug-type Pokémon Scizor
Completing 2/5 Super Incubator×3, Golden Razz Berry×5, Incense×5
3/5
Catch 3 Unown

Hatch 3 Eggs (after event)

Star Piece×1
Take a snapshot of Nidoran♂ in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Feebas in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Scyther in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Meditite in its GO Fest habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Magnemite in its GO Fest habitat

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

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

Evolve 3 Pokémon (after event)

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

GO Fest 2019—Yokohama

GO Fest 2019 Yokohama logo

Special Research was available to players at the GO Fest 2019 Yokohama held at Yokohama, Japan from August 6 to 12, 2019.

Task Rewards
1/5
Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms Poké Ball×25
Make 3 new friends Pinap Berry×10
Send 3 Gifts to Friends Super Incubator×1
Completing 1/5 Poké Ball×25, Lure Module×15, Silver Pinap Berry×15
2/5
Catch 5 different species of Ice-type Pokémon Froslass
Catch 8 different species of Water-type Pokémon Poliwrath
Catch 3 different species of Grass-type Pokémon Ludicolo
Catch 5 different species of Flying-type Pokémon Altaria
Catch 3 different species of Normal-type Pokémon Swellow
Completing 2/5 Super Incubator×3, Golden Razz Berry×5, Incense×5
3/5
Catch 3 Unown

Hatch 3 Eggs (after event)

Star Piece×1
Take a snapshot of Snorunt in the Snowy Habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Poliwag in the Ocean Habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Lotad in the Ocean Habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Swablu in the Cloudy Sky Habitat

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

Stardust×5000
Take a snapshot of Taillow in the Cloudy Sky Habitat

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

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

Evolve 3 Pokémon (after event)

Premium Raid Pass×3
Hatch 5 Eggs Star Piece×3
Take 3 snapshots of Jirachi Super Incubator×1
Completing 5/5 Jirachi Candy×20, Golden Razz Berry×5, Stardust×500

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 特殊調查 Dahksyùh Diuhchàh
Mandarin 特殊調查 Tèshū Diàochá
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

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