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.

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.

In-Game Special Research

A Mythical Discovery

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

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 8
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms
500 XP
Great BallGreat Ball * 10
Egg IncubatorEgg Incubator * 1
Lure ModuleLure Module * 3
Catch 10 Pokémon
500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokémon
500 XP
2 / 8
Earn 2 Candies from Walking
1000 XP
StardustStardust * 2000
IncenseIncense * 3
Great BallGreat Ball * 20
Make 10 Great Throws
1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs
1000 XP
3 / 8
Reach Level 15
1500 XP
Charged TMCharged TM * 1
Fast TMFast TM * 1
Star PieceStar Piece * 2
Battle In A Gym Twice
1500 XP
Battle in a Raid Twice
1500 XP
4 / 8
Earn a silver Kanto medal
2000 XP
StardustStardust * 4000
Lure ModuleLure Module * 3
Great BallGreat Ball * 20
Evolve 20 Pokémon
2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies from Walking
2000 XP
5 / 8
Catch a Ditto
2500 XP
Premium Raid PassPremium Raid Pass * 1
Lucky EggLucky Egg * 1
ReviveRevive * 15
Make 20 Great Throws
2500 XP
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon
2500 XP
6 / 8
Evolve a Magikarp
3000 XP
StardustStardust * 6000
Rare CandyRare Candy * 5
IncenseIncense * 3
Battle 10 Raids
3000 XP
Reach Level 25
3000 XP
7 / 8
Catch 50 Pokémon using a Berry
3500 XP
MewMew Encounter
Ultra BallUltra Ball * 20
StardustStardust * 8000
Make 1 Excellent Curveball Throw
3500 XP
Earn a gold Kanto Medal
3500 XP
8 / 8
Catch Mew
4000 XP
StardustStardust * 10000
Super IncubatorSuper Incubator * 1
Mew CandyMew Candy * 20
A Ripple In Time

The second main Special Research focused on the Pokémon Celebi, released on August 20th 2018. You can only start it after you've completed Part 3 of the "A Mythical Discovery" Special Research

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 8
Power Up A Pokémon 5 Times
1000 XP
Poke BallPoke Ball * 10
Fast TMFast TM * 1
Super IncubatorSuper Incubator * 1
Battle in a Gym 2 Times
1000 XP
Battle In A Raid
1000 XP
2 / 8
Make 3 new friends
1500 XP
StardustStardust * 1500
Sun StoneSun Stone * 1
Premium Raid PassPremium Raid Pass * 1
Evolve an evolved Grass-type Pokémon
1500 XP
Catch a Pokémon 3 days in a row
1500 XP
3 / 8
Reach Level 25
2000 XP
EeveeEevee Encounter
Kings RockKings Rock * 1
Premium Raid PassPremium Raid Pass * 1
Use a Sun Stone to evolve Gloom or Sunkern
2000 XP
Hatch 9 Eggs
2000 XP
4 / 8
Walk 10km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy
2500 XP
EeveeEevee Encounter
StardustStardust * 2500
Metal CoatMetal Coat * 1
Evolve Eevee into Espeon during the Day
2500 XP
Send 20 Gifts to Friends
2500 XP
5 / 8
Walk 10km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy
3000 XP
Star PieceStar Piece * 1
Pinap BerryPinap Berry * 15
Up-GradeUp-Grade * 1
Evolve Eevee into Umbreon at night
3000 XP
Trade a Pokémon
3000 XP
6 / 8
Visit PokéStops 7 Days in a Row
3500 XP
StardustStardust * 3500
Dragon ScaleDragon Scale * 1
Silver Pinap BerrySilver Pinap Berry * 5
Use 25 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon
3500 XP
Use items to evolve Pokémon 2 times
3500 XP
7 / 8
Catch 40 Grass- or Psychic-type Pokémon
4000 XP
CelebiCelebi Encounter
Charge TMCharge TM * 1
Silver Pinap BerrySilver Pinap Berry * 10
Make an Excellent Curveball Throw
4000 XP
Earn a Gold Johto Medal
4000 XP
8 / 8
Catch Celebi
4500 XP
StardustStardust * 5500
Super IncubatorSuper Incubator * 1
Celebi CandyCelebi Candy * 20
Catch Celebi
4500 XP
Catch Celebi
4500 XP
A Spooky Message

As part of the 2018 Halloween Event, some new Special Research was released. This research focuses on Professor Willow finding the Odd Keystone, a mysterious item said to be connected to a Pokémon. It's your task to catch various Pokémon and do missions to uncover the history behind it and find the mysterious Pokémon, Spiritomb.

This event was time limited. You needed to begin it in the time of the event, but it could be finished at any time.

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 3
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon
DuskullDuskull Encounter
Poke BallPoke Ball * 10
StardustStardust * 1080
Silver Pinap BerrySilver Pinap Berry * 8
Make 8 Great Throws
1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon
LickitungLickitung Encounter
2 / 3
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon
MisdreavusMisdreavus Encounter
Poke BallPoke Ball * 10
StardustStardust * 1080
Silver Pinap BerrySilver Pinap Berry * 8
Spin 8 PokéStops you haven't visited before
1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokémon
SpiritombSpiritomb Encounter
3 / 3
Claim Reward
1080 XP
Spiritomb CandySpiritomb Candy * 10
Spiritomb CandySpiritomb Candy * 8
StardustStardust * 1080
Claim Reward
1080 XP
Claim Reward
1080 XP
Meltan Research

To tie in with the release of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu & Eevee, some Special Research was released for Meltan

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 5
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms
500 XP
StardustStardust * 1000
Poke BallPoke Ball * 10
Egg IncubatorEgg Incubator * 1
Catch 10 Pokémon
500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokémon
500 XP
2 / 5
Earn 2 Candies Walking With Your Buddy
1000 XP
Lucky EggLucky Egg * 2
StardustStardust * 2000
Fast TMFast TM * 1
Catch 10 Pokémon
1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs
1000 XP
3 / 5
Catch a Ditto
1500 XP
Great BallGreat Ball * 10
IncenseIncense * 3
Max ReviveMax Revive * 3
Win 2 Gym Battles
1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids
1500 XP
4 / 5
Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon
2000 XP
StardustStardust * 4000
Pinap BerryPinap Berry * 5
Rare CandyRare Candy * 5
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon
2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies Walking With Your Buddy
2000 XP

Real Life Event Special Research

GO Fest 2018

An event only bit of Special Research, at GO Fest 2018, you could run a special mission quest that gets you to get Celebi. This featured a story about disruptions causing Pokémon spawning where they wouldn't normally and it's your task to investigate to put it right

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 5
Spin 15 PokéStops or Gyms
500 XP
StardustStardust * 1000
IncenseIncense * 3
Poke BallPoke Ball * 50
Earn 1 Candy walking with your buddy
500 XP
Catch 15 Pokémon
500 XP
2 / 5
Catch 10 Fire-type Pokémon
TorkoalTorkoal Encounter
StardustStardust * 2000
Super IncubatorSuper Incubator * 3
Ultra BallUltra Ball * 20
Catch 10 Water-type Pokémon
LudicoloLudicolo Encounter
Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon
ShiftryShiftry Encounter
Catch 10 Steel-type Pokémon
MetagrossMetagross Encounter
Catch 10 Rock-type Pokémon
AggronAggron Encounter
Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon
WalreinWalrein Encounter
3 / 5
Catch 7 Unown
1500 XP
CelebiCelebi Encounter
Golden Razz BerryGolden Razz Berry * 10
StardustStardust * 3000
Spin 20 PokéStops or Gyms
1500 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs
1500 XP
4 / 5
Catch 5 Plusle
2000 XP
StardustStardust * 4000
Pinap BerryPinap Berry * 10
Celebi CandyCelebi Candy * 20
Catch 5 Minun
2000 XP
5 / 5
Claim Reward
2018 XP
StardustStardust * 5000
Premium Raid PassPremium Raid Pass * 3
Lucky EggLucky Egg * 3
Claim Reward
2018 XP
Claim Reward
2018 XP
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka

During the Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka, a special set of research was released

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 2
Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms
SuperSuper Incubator * 3
Golden Razz BerryGolden Razz Berry * 10
Rare CandyRare Candy * 20
Ultra BallUltra Ball * 10
Catch 10 Beldum
MetagrossMetagross Encounter
Catch 10 Ralts
GardevoirGardevoir Encounter
Catch 10 Slakoth
SlakingSlaking Encounter
Hatch 3 Eggs
3000 XP
2 / 2
Claim Reward
2018 XP
StardustStardust * 100000
Claim Reward
2018 XP
Claim Reward
2018 XP
 
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