Research are a new element of Pokémon GO. At all times, you can complete a various amount of missions. These missions are based on simply doing activities within the game such as winning Gym Battles, catching specific Pokémon and so forth. These come with various rewards such as Rare Candy, Potions, TMs and more.

Field Research

Field Research is the more general of the Research tasks. These are obtained by spinning PokéStops. Each PokéStop will give a specific research task to all players each day, but Gyms do not give them. The tasks players receive is the same and the PokéStop changes it up each day. Players can store up to 3 Research tasks at any one time, but can delete any they wish. They can get that task again by spinning the same PokéStop. Each Field Research task has a special reward, decided at random, for completion. These include items such as Rare Candy, Poké Balls, Berries and even Pokémon encounters. These Pokémon are over Level 15 with IVs of 10 or higher in each stat. Each task will have the same rewards for all players. The possible research tasks are:

  • Battle in a Gym
  • Battle in a Raid
  • Catch a Pokémon with Weather Boost
  • Catch Bug-type Pokémon
  • Catch Dark-type Pokémon
  • Catch Ditto
  • Catch Dragon-type Pokémon
  • Catch Electric-type Pokémon
  • Catch Fairy-type Pokémon
  • Catch Fighting-type Pokémon
  • Catch Fire-type Pokémon
  • Catch Flying-type Pokémon
  • Catch Ghost-type Pokémon
  • Catch Grass/Fire or Ground-type Pokémon
  • Catch Grass-type Pokémon
  • Catch Ground-type Pokémon
  • Catch Ice-type Pokémon
  • Catch Meowth or Skitty
  • Catch Normal-type Pokémon
  • Catch Oddish or Bellsprout
  • Catch Pidgey or Murkrow
  • Catch Poison-type Pokémon
  • Catch Pokémon
  • Catch Psychic-type Pokémon
  • Catch Rock-type Pokémon
  • Catch Swablu
  • Catch Treecko or Mudkip
  • Catch Water-type Pokémon
  • Earn a gold Kanto medal
  • Earn a silver Kanto medal
  • Earn Candies walking with your buddy
  • Evolve a Magikarp
  • Evolve Fire Type Pokémon
  • Evolve Pokémon
  • Hatch Eggs
  • Make Curveball Throws in a row
  • Make Excellent Curveball Throws in a row
  • Make Excellent Throws
  • Make Great Curveball Throws
  • Make Great Curveball Throws in a row
  • Make Great Throws
  • Make Nice Curveball Throws in a Row
  • Make Nice Throws in a Row
  • Make Nice Throws in a Row
  • Power up Pokémon X times
  • Spin PokéStops
  • Spin PokéStops you haven't visited before
  • Use a Super Effective Charged Attack in a Gym battle
  • Use Berries to help catch Pokémon
  • Win Gym Battles
  • Win level 3 or higher raids
  • Win raids

Field Research can be completed in any number in any way players like, however for the first bit of Research completed each day, players will receive a special stamp. 7 stamps lead to Research Breakthroughs.

Research Breakthroughs

When you have collected 7 stamps through Field Research, you get a Research Breakthrough. This is a special box that has a variety of different things in. It has rarer items, stronger Stardust and most notably, the ability to capture even rarer Pokémon including Legendary Pokémon.

Special Research

Special Research is a story mode featuring the story of Professor Willow and the task to find rare Mythical Pokémon. This is accessed when Professor Willow has an icon notification at the bottom right of the screen indicating he has a task for you. There are 8 different elements of the story, each with various tasks to complete, all of which getting more difficult with each stage.

Once complete, players then have a chance to get Mythical Pokémon including Mew.

Players can only go through each Special Research story once.

A Mythical Discovery

The first story focuses on the Mythical Pokémon Mew and has you help Professor Willowfind the Mythical Pokémon.

Number Tasks Sole Rewards Total Reward
#1 Spin 5 PokéStops
Catch 10 Pokémon
Transfer 5 Pokémon
500XP 10 Great Balls
1 Incubator
3 Lure Modules
#2 Earn 2 Candies from Walking
Make 10 Great Throws
Hatch 3 Eggs
1000XP 2000 Stardust
3 Incense
20 Great Balls
#3 Reach Level 15
Battle In A Gym Twice
Battle In A Raid Twice
1500XP 1 Charge TM
1 Fast TM
2 Star Pieces
#4 Earn a silver Kanto medal
Evolve 20 Pokémon
Earn 5 Candies from Walking
2000XP 4000 Stardust
3 Lure Modules
20 Great Balls
#5 Catch a Ditto
Make 20 Great Throws
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon
2500XP 1 Premium Raid Pass
1 Lucky Egg
15 Revives
#6 Evolve A Magikarp
Battle 10 Raids
Reach Level 25
3000XP 6000 Stardust
5 Rare Candy
3 Incense
#7 Catch 50 Pokémon using a Berry
Make 1 Excellent Curve Throw
Earn a gold Kanto medal
3500XP Mew Encounter
20 Ultra Balls
8000 Stardust
#8 Catch Mew 4000XP 10000 Stardust
1 Super Incubator
20 Mew Candy
Mythical Encounters

Once you have cleared the quests, you then have the chance to capture the Mythical Pokémon. These are often set encounters and you can't change ball or use a berry. However, where possible the game forces Augmented Reality to run it.

For Mew, Mew will turn invisible in a short while, leaving a slight distortion. It will break the first two balls that hit it but then guarantee capture when the third ball hits. It is Level 15 and minimum of 10 IV in each stat.

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