Special Research

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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! 49 XP
Claim reward! 49 XP
Claim reward! 49 XP
Completing 4/4 Yamask Candy×4, Yamask Candy×9, Stardust×4900
Mysterious Masks
File:GO Halloween 2022.png
Promotional artwork for Halloween 2022

Mysterious Masks is a time-limited set of the Special Research tasks introduced on October 20, 2022 at 10 a.m. local time.

Task Rewards
1/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon GO Stardust.png×1313
Make 9 Curveball Throws Yamask
Make 49 Nice Throws Ultra Ball×9
Completing 1/4 Yamask (Galarian Yamask), 4900 XP, GO Stardust.png×490
2/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon GO Stardust.png×1313
Earn 9 hearts with your buddy Yamask
Send 13 Gifts to friends Great Ball×40
Completing 2/4 Yamask (Galarian Yamask), 4900 XP, GO Stardust.png×490
3/4
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon GO Stardust.png×1313
Catch 9 different species of Ghost-type Pokémon Yamask
Use 49 Berries to help catch Pokémon Poké Ball×49
Completing 3/4 Yamask (Galarian Yamask), 4900 XP, GO Stardust.png×490
4/4
Claim reward! 49 XP
Claim reward! 490 XP
Claim reward! 4900 XP
Completing 4/4 Yamask (Galarian Yamask), 4900 XP, GO Stardust.png×490

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

Ultra Beast Protection Efforts

Ultra Beast Protection Efforts is a set of tasks that may be unlocked from November 14, 2022 at 12 a.m. to December 31, 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.

Task Rewards
1/4
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts Hyper Potion×10
Catch 4 Shadow Pokémon Poké Ball×10
Purify 2 Shadow Pokémon Pinap Berry×10
Completing 1/4

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

2/4
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1500 XP
Completing 2/4

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

3/4
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 3/4

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

4/4
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Claim Reward! 2500 XP
Completing 4/4

5000 XP, Stardust×2500, 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

Marowak (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 1 km 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 10 km 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 2/10 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 5 km 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!*


Catch 3 Pokémon

789 XP
Completing 8/10 Cosmog Candy×50, 3000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1500
9/10
Evolve a Cosmoem Staryu
Completing 9/10 Starmie, 2000 XP, GO Stardust icon.png×500
10/10
Evolve 3 Pokémon Nanab Berry×12
Walk 5 km Staryu
Make 15 Great Throws Pinap Berry×10
Completing 10/10 Solrock, 4000XP, GO Stardust icon.png×1000

Ticketed events

Main article: Ticketed event (GO)
Ticket

Ticketed Special Research tasks are available to players who purchased a ticket with real money in the in-game shop. Story events for those research tasks 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.


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 *

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 Super Incubator×3
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*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Fairy-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Ghost-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Ground-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon*

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*

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 Nidoking
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*

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

Take 1 snapshot of Ground-type Pokémon*

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

Take 1 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon*

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

Take 1 snapshot of Grass-type Pokémon*

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

Take 1 snapshot of Psychic-type Pokémon*

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

Take 1 snapshots of Steel-type Pokémon*

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*

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*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Water-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Grass-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Flying-type Pokémon*

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

Take 5 snapshots of Normal-type Pokémon*

Stardust×5000
Completing 3/5 Stardust×5000, Pinap Berry×1, Sinnoh Stone×5
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*

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

Safari Zone St. Louis 2020-2021

This Special Research was available to players who purchased ticket to the Safari Zone St Louis 2020. This event was supposed to be held in St Louis, Missouri, USA on March 27–29, 2020. This event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Special Research was instead made available worldwide to all ticket holders on March 27–29, 2020, local time at the same time and date of their original event ticket. It's a two-part Special Research that, upon completion, rewards a Shiny Teddiursa. The steps of the research were modified to prevent trainers from going outside or interacting with other players. This event was later rescheduled for ticket holders in St Louis, Missouri, USA on November 12–14, 2021. People with tickets from 2020 could also play worldwide at their location on November 12–14, 2021 on the same day and time as their original event ticket (i.e. ticket for Friday March 27, 2020 would translate to Friday November 12, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time).

Task Rewards
1/2
Evolve 3 Pokémon Great Ball×100
Transfer 10 Pokémon Incense×1
Catch 10 Different Species of Pokémon Rare Candy×5
Completing 1/2 Super Incubator×1, Fast TM×1, Golden Razz Berry×10
2/2
Take a Snapshot of your buddy Lucky Egg×1
Give your buddy 3 treats Great Ball×100
Play with your buddy 3 times Star Piece×1
Completing 2/2

Premium Raid Pass×1, TeddiursaShiny, Stardust×20000

Safari Zone Liverpool 2020-2021

This Special Research was available to players who purchased ticket to the Safari Zone Liverpool 2020. This event was supposed to be held in Liverpool, UK on April 17–19, 2020. This event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Special Research was instead made available worldwide to all ticket holders on April 17–19, 2020, local time at the same time and date of their original event ticket. It's a two-part Special Research that, upon completion, rewards a Shiny Chinchou. The steps of the research are identical to those from the Special Research Safari Zone St. Louis 2020 with slightly altered rewards and task order. This event was later rescheduled for ticket holders in Liverpool, UK on October 15–17, 2021. People with tickets from 2020 could also play worldwide at their location on October 15–17, 2021 on the same day and time as their original event ticket (i.e. ticket for Friday April 17, 2020 would translate to Friday October 15, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time).

Task Rewards
1/2
Transfer 10 Pokémon Incense×1
Evolve 3 Pokémon Great Ball×100
Catch 10 Different Species of Pokémon Rare Candy×5
Completing 1/2 Super Incubator×1, Fast TM×1, Golden Razz Berry×10
2/2
Take a Snapshot of your buddy Lucky Egg×1
Give your buddy 3 treats Great Ball×100
Play with your buddy 3 times Star Piece×1
Completing 2/2

Premium Raid Pass×1, ChinchouShiny, Stardust×30000

Safari Zone Philadelphia 2020-2021

This Special Research was available to players who purchased ticket to the Safari Zone Philadelphia 2020. This event was supposed to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on May 8–10, 2020. This event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Special Research was instead made available worldwide to all ticket holders on May 8–10, 2020, local time at the same time and date of their original event ticket. It's a two-part Special Research that, upon completion, rewards a Shiny Voltorb. The steps of the research are identical to those from the Special Research Safari Zone St. Louis 2020 with slightly altered rewards and task order. This event was later rescheduled for ticket holders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on October 29–31, 2021. People with tickets from 2020 could also play worldwide at their location on October 29–31, 2021 on the same day and time as their original event ticket (i.e. ticket for Friday May 8, 2020 would translate to Friday October 29, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time).

Task Rewards
1/2
Transfer 10 Pokémon Incense×1
Evolve 3 Pokémon Great Ball×100
Catch 10 Different Species of Pokémon Rare Candy×5
Completing 1/2

Super Incubator×1, Rufflet, Fast TM×1

2/2
Take a Snapshot of your buddy Lucky Egg×1
Give your buddy 3 treats Great Ball×100
Play with your buddy 3 times Star Piece×1
Completing 2/2

Premium Raid Pass×1, VoltorbShiny, Stardust×30000

City Spotlight 2020

City Spotlight 2020 is a Special Research that was available to players who purchased ticket to City Spotlight events held in Auckland, New Zealand or Busan, South Korea or Tainan, Taiwan on November 22, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. A fourth City Spotlight event was supposed to be held in Kyoto, Japan on the same date and time but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Task Rewards
Spin 30 PokéStops or Gyms Incense×1
Hatch 3 Eggs Super Incubator×1
Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy Lapras
Earn 9 hearts with your buddy Poffin×1
Send 3 Gits to friends 2000 XP
Completing

Lucky Egg×3, GO Stardust.png×2000, Lure Module×1

Safari Zone Seville 2022

This Special Research was available to players who purchased ticket to the Safari Zone Seville 2022. This event was held in Seville, Spain on May 13–15, 2022. This Special Research was initially mislabelled Safari Zone Seville 2020.

Task Rewards
1/2
Transfer 10 Pokémon Incense×1
Evolve 3 Pokémon Great Ball×100
Catch 10 Different Species of Pokémon Rare Candy×5
Completing 1/2 Super Incubator×1, Fast TM×1, Golden Razz Berry×10
2/2
Take a Snapshot of your buddy Lucky Egg×1
Give your buddy 3 treats Great Ball×100
Play with your buddy 3 times Star Piece×1
Completing 2/2

Premium Raid Pass×1, CorphishShiny, Stardust×30000

Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Berlin

This Special Research was available to players who purchased ticket to the Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Berlin. This event was held at Britzer Garten, Berlin, Germany on July 1–3, 2022.

Task Rewards
1/7
Take 3 Snapshots of Pokémon Rare Candy×2
Walk 1 km GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms 2022 XP
Completing 1/7

Star Piece×1, Poké Ball×22, Lucky Egg×2

2/7
Catch 5 Water-type Pokémon Clamperl
Catch 5 Rock-type Pokémon Darumaka
Catch 5 Fairy-type Pokémon Ponyta (Galarian Ponyta)
Catch 5 Poison-type Pokémon Skorupi
Completing 2/7

Great Ball×22, Rare Candy×2, Poké Ball×22

3/7
Power up Pokémon 3 times File:GO sticker Pheromosa.png×22
Completing 3/7

Poké Ball×22, Pheromosa, Ultra Ball×22

4/7
Take a snapshot of Rufflet in the Windy Coast Habitat GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Take a snapshot of Darumaka in the Molten Rock Habitat GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Take a snapshot of Cherrim in the Living Meadow Habitat GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Take a snapshot of Lileep in the Electric Garden Habitat GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Completing 4/7

Super Incubator×2, Poffin×2, Ultra Ball×22

5/7
Hatch an Egg Silver Pinap Berry×2
Earn 3 hearts with your buddy 2022 XP
Complete 3 Field Research Tasks Rare Candy×2
Completing 5/7

Great Ball×22, Snorlax (Cowboy Hat Snorlax),Hyper Potion×22

6/7
Catch 22 Pokémon 2022 XP
Completing 6/7

Golden Razz Berry×2, Shaymin (Sky Forme Shaymin),Razz Berry×2

7/7
Send 10 gifts to friends Lucky Egg×1
Spin 3 PokéStops you haven't visited before 2022 XP
Win a Raid GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Completing 7/7

Lure Module×2, Shaymin Candy×25, Incense×2

Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Seattle and Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Sapporo

Those Special Researches were available to players who purchased ticket to the Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Seattle and Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Sapporo events. The Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Seattle event was held at Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington, USA on July 22–24, 2022. The Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Sapporo event was held at Nakajima Park, Sapporo, Japan on August 5–7, 2022. Unlike Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Berlin, those 2 events had separate experience and schedule for morning and afternoon sessions and players could decide if they would start playing in the park in the morning or in the afternoon when purchasing their participation ticket.

Park Experience
Task Rewards
1/5
Take 3 snapshots of your Pokémon Rare Candy×2
Explore 1 km GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms 2022 XP
Completing 1/5

Star Piece×2, Poké Ball×22, Egg Incubator×2

2/5

Catch 5 Psychic-type Pokémon*
Catch 5 Fighting-type Pokémon*

Litwick*
Makuhita*

Catch 5 Water-type Pokémon

Lapras

Catch 5 Flying-type Pokémon*
Catch 5 Psychic-type Pokémon*

Rufflet*
Litwick*

Catch 5 Poison-type Pokémon*
Catch 5 Fairy-type Pokémon*

Skorupi*
Ponyta (Galarian Ponyta)*

Completing 2/5

Great Ball×22, Rare Candy×2, Poké Ball×22

3/5

Take a snapshot of Abra in the Dreamy Mindscape habitat
Catch 5 Ghost-type Pokémon (After Event)*

GO Stardust icon.png×2022

Take a snapshot of Dwebble in The Oasis habitat*
Catch 5 Rock-type Pokémon (After Event)*
Take a snapshot of Cherrim in The Living Meadow habitat*

GO Stardust icon.png×2022

Take a snapshot of Swablu in the Cloud Sanctuary habitat*
Catch 5 Fairy-type Pokémon (After Event)*
Take a snapshot of Hitmontop in the Athletic Park habitat*

GO Stardust icon.png×2022

Take a snapshot of Lileep in the Electric Garden habitat*
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon (After Event)*
Take a snapshot of Darumaka in the Frozen Lake habitat*

GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Completing 3/5

Poké Ball×22, Snorlax (Cowboy Hat Snorlax), Ultra Ball×22

4/5
Catch 22 Pokémon 2022 XP
Completing 4/5

Golden Razz Berry×2, Razz Berry×2, Shaymin (Sky Forme Shaymin)

5/5
Send 10 gifts to friends File:GO sticker Sky Forme Shaymin.png×22
Walk 3 km 2022 XP
Win a Raid GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Completing 5/5

Lure Module×1, Shaymin Candy×25, Egg Incubator×2

City Experience
Task Rewards
1/5
Give 3 treats to your buddy Poffin×2
Earn 3 hears with your buddy Incense×2
Use an Incense Poké Ball×22
Completing 1/5

Poké Ball×22, Pinap Berry×2, Lucky Egg×2

2/5
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms 2022 XP
Complete 3 Field Research Tasks GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Earn a candy walking with your buddy

Lapras

Completing 2/5

Egg Incubator×2, Super Incubator×2, Premium Raid Pass×2

3/5
Hatch 2 Eggs Silver Pinap Berry×2
Battle in 2 raids 2022 XP
Earn 10,000 XP Rare Candy×2
Completing 3/5

Great Ball×22, Snorlax (Cowboy Hat Snorlax), Hyper Potion×2

4/5
Power up Pokémon 3 times Max Revive×2
Completing 4/5

Poké Ball×22, Buzzwole, Ultra Ball×22*
Poké Ball×22, Xurkitree, Ultra Ball×22*

5/5
Spin 3 PokéStops you have not visited before Pinap Berry×2
Hatch 3 Eggs GO Stardust icon.png×2022
Send 10 Gifts to friends Rare Candy×2
Completing 5/5

2022 XP, Buzzwole Candy×22, Elite Charged TM×1*
2022 XP, Xurkitree Candy×22, Elite Charged TM×1*

Safari Zone Goyang 2022

This Special Research was available to players who purchased ticket to the Safari Zone Goyang 2022. This event was held in Goyang, South Korean on September 23 - 15, 2022.

Task Rewards
1/2
Transfer 10 Pokémon Incense×1
Evolve 3 Pokémon Great Ball×100
Catch 10 Different Species of Pokémon Rare Candy×5
Completing 1/2 Super Incubator×1, Fast TM×1, Golden Razz Berry×10
2/2
Take a Snapshot of your buddy Lucky Egg×1
Give your buddy 3 treats Great Ball×100
Play with your buddy 3 times Star Piece×1
Completing 2/2

Premium Raid Pass×1, SpritzeeShiny, Stardust×30000

Promotional Research

Professor's Research

This Special Research becomes available when the player registers a 16 digit code found on Professor Willow's TCG card from July 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. UTC to August 1, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. UTC.

Task Rewards
1/6
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms Poké Ball×10
Use 10 Berries to help catch Pokémon Great Ball×10
Make 10 Great Throws Ultra Ball×10
Completing 1/6

GO Stardust.png×500, 500 XP, Klink

2/6
Catch 20 Pokémon Spheal
Evolve 10 Pokémon Feebas
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon Incense×1
Completing 2/6

GO Stardust.png×500, 500 XP, Lapras

3/6
Hatch 5 Eggs Egg Incubator×1
Tade a Pokémon Magnemite
Send 5 Gifts to Friends Electrike
Completing 3/6

GO Stardust.png×1000, 1000 XP, Electabuzz

4/6
Battle another Trainer 5 times Premium Raid Pass×3
Win 5 Raids Houndour
Mega Evolve 3 Pokémon Slugma
Completing 4/6

GO Stardust.png×1000, 1000 XP, Rapidash

5/6
Give your buddy 3 treats Poffin×1
Earn a heart with your buddy Porygon
Earn 10 Candies walking with your buddy Ditto
Completing 5/6

GO Stardust.png×5000, 5000 XP, Meltan

6/6
Claim Reward! 5000 XP
Claim Reward! 5000 XP
Claim Reward! 5000 XP
Completing 6/6 Meltan Candy×10, Meltan Candy×10, Meltan Candy×10

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 Spezialforschung
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
Thailand Flag.png Thai งานวิจัยพิเศษ Nganwichai Phiset
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Özel Araştırma

See also

References


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