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Here are listed all tasks and rewards for Special Research campaigns. See List of dialogs of Special Research tasks for all conversation with Professor Willow.

A Mythical Discovery

A Mythical Discovery is the first series of Special Research tasks. It is split into eight parts with sets of three Research tasks and rewards. Each Research task, within a step, awards some XP and completing all three will reward a Trainer with Stardust or Items. The final task is to catch Mew, the Mythical Pokémon from the Kanto region.

First part:

Task Reward
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms. 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokémon. 500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokémon. 500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Great Ball Great Ball
Incubator Limited Incubator
Lure Module Lure Module

Second part:

Task Reward
Earn 2 Candies walking with your Buddy. 1000 XP
Make 10 Great Throws. 1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs. 1000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
2000× Stardust Stardust
Incense Incense
20× Great Ball Great Ball

Third part:

Task Reward
Reach level 15. 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids. 1500 XP
Battle in a Gym 2 times. 1500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Charged TM Charged TM
Fast TM Fast TM
Star Piece Star Piece

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Earn a silver Kanto medal. 2000 XP
Evolve 20 Pokémon. 2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies walking with your Buddy. 2000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
4000× Stardust Stardust
Lure Module Lure Module
20× Great Ball Great Ball

Fifth part:

Task Reward
Catch a Ditto. 2500 XP
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon. 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws. 2500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg
15× Revive Revive

Sixth part:

Task Reward
Reach level 25. 3000 XP
Evolve a Magikarp. 3000 XP
Battle in 10 raids. 3000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
6000× Stardust Stardust
Rare Candy Rare Candy
Incense Incense

Seventh part:

Task Reward
Catch 50 Pokémon using a Berry. 3500 XP
Earn a gold Kanto medal. 3500 XP
Make an Excellent Curveball Throw. 3500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Mew encounter
20× Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
8000× Stardust Stardust

Eighth part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward. 4000 XP
Claim Reward. 4000 XP
Claim Reward. 4000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10000× Stardust Stardust
Super Incubator Super Incubator
20× Mew candy Mew Candy

GO Fest 2018

The second series of Special Research tasks was exclusively available for the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 attendants and its main reward was Johto-region Mythical Pokémon encounter — Celebi. This set of Special Research tasks is split on 5 parts. [1] It could be completed simultaneously with A Mythical Discovery series of Special Research tasks.

First part:

Task Reward
Spin 15 PokéStops or Gyms. 500 XP
Earn 1 Candy walking your Buddy. 500 XP
Catch 15 Pokémon. 500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
1000× Stardust Stardust
50× Poké Ball Poké Ball
Incense Incense

Second part:

Task Reward
Catch 10 Fire-type Pokémon. Torkoal Torkoal
Catch 10 Water-type Pokémon. Ludicolo Ludicolo
Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon. Shiftry Shiftry
Catch 10 Steel-type Pokémon. Metagross Metagross
Catch 10 Rock-type Pokémon. Aggron Aggron
Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon. Walrein Walrein
Rewards for completing whole set
2000× Stardust Stardust
20× Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Super Incubator Super Incubator

Third part:

Task Reward
Catch 7 Unown. 1500 XP
Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms. 1500 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs. 1500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
3000× Stardust Stardust
10× Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry
RT-Icon Encounter Celebi encounter

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Catch 5 Plusle. 2000 XP
Catch 5 Minun. 2000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
4000× Stardust Stardust
10× Pinap Berry Pinap Berry
20× Celebi candy Celebi Candy

Fifth part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward. 2018 XP
Claim Reward. 2018 XP
Claim Reward. 2018 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
5000× Stardust Stardust
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg

A Ripple in Time

On August 20th, 2018, Celebi became available world-wide. Trainers who have already obtained Celebi at GO Fest, are able to earn Candies for their Celebi. Trainers who are still working on their "A Mythical Discovery" task are to start working on Ripple in Time tasks as long as they have completed the third part of Mythical Discovery. [2]

First part:

Task Reward
Power up Pokémon 5 times. 1000 XP
Battle in a Gym 2 times. 1000 XP
Battle in a Raid. 1000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
Fast TM Fast TM
Super Incubator Super Incubator

Second part:

Task Reward
Make 3 new Friends. 1500 XP
Evolve an evolved Grass-type Pokémon. 1500 XP
Catch a Pokémon 3 days in a row. 1500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
1500× Stardust Stardust
Sun Stone Sun Stone
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass

Third part:

Task Reward
Reach level 25. 2000 XP
Use a Sun Stone to evolve Gloom or Sunkern. 2000 XP
Hatch 9 Eggs. 2000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Eevee Encounter
King's Rock King's Rock
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass

Fourth part:

Task Reward
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
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Eevee Encounter
2500× Stardust Stardust
Metal Coat Metal Coat

Fifth part:

Task Reward
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
Rewards for completing whole set
Star Piece Star Piece
15× Pinap Berry Pinap Berry
Up-Grade Up-Grade

Sixth part:

Task Reward
Visit PokéStops a 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
Rewards for completing whole set
3500× Stardust Stardust
Dragon Scale Dragon Scale
Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry

Seventh part:

Task Reward
Catch 40 Grass- or Psychic-type Pokémon. 4000 XP
Make an Excellent Curveball Throw. 4000 XP
Earn a gold Johto medal. 4000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Celebi Encounter / 10× Celebi candy Celebi Candy (for GO Fest 2018 attendants)
Charged TM Charged TM
10× Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry

Eighth part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward. 4500
Claim Reward. 4500
Claim Reward. 4500
Rewards for completing whole set
5500× Stardust Stardust
Super Incubator Super Incubator
20× Celebi candy Celebi Candy

Safari Zone: Yokosuka

There was a Special Research tasks series for Safari Zone in Yokosuka, 2018, attendants, which was titled in game "Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka". It was similar to the Special Research tasks series from GO Fest 2018, but it only had two parts.

First part:

Task Reward
Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms. Super Incubator Super Incubator
Catch 10 Beldum. Metagross Metagross
Catch 10 Ralts. Gardevoir Gardevoir
Catch 10 Slakoth. Slaking Slaking
Hatch 3 Eggs. 3000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry
20× Rare Candy Rare Candy
10× Ultra Ball Ultra Ball

Second part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward. 2018 XP
Claim Reward. 2018 XP
Claim Reward. 2018 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
100,000× Stardust Stardust

A Spooky Message 2018

A Spooky Message is a Special Research task series that ties into the Halloween 2018 event. It is a three-part quest that awards the player with Spiritomb.

First part:

Task Reward
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon. Duskull Duskull
Make 8 Great Throws. 1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon. Lickitung Lickitung
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
1080× Stardust Stardust
Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry

Second part:

Task Reward
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon. Misdreavus Misdreavus
Spin 8 PokéStops that haven't been visited before. 1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokémon. Spiritomb Spiritomb
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
1080× Stardust Stardust
Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry

Third part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward. 1080 XP
Claim Reward. 1080 XP
Claim Reward. 1080 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Spiritomb candy Spiritomb Candy
Spiritomb candy Spiritomb Candy
1080× Stardust Stardust

Let's Go, Meltan

Let's Go, Meltan is Special Research task series that allows players who don't play Pokémon Let's Go to catch a Meltan.

First part:

Task Reward
Spin 5 Pokéstops or Gyms 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokémon 500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokémon 500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
1000× Stardust Stardust
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
Incubator Limited Incubator

Second part:

Task Reward
Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Make 10 Great Throws 1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs 1000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
2000× Stardust Stardust
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg
Fast TM Fast TM

Third part:

Task Reward
Catch a Ditto 1500 XP
Win 2 Gym Battles 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Great Ball Great Ball
Incense Incense
Max Revive Max Revive

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon 2000 XP
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon 2000 XP
Earn 5 candies walking with your buddy 2000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
4000× Stardust Stardust
Pinap Berry Pinap Berry
Rare Candy Rare Candy

Fifth part:

Task Reward
Evolve a Grimer 2500 XP
Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
5000× Stardust Stardust
20× Great Ball Great Ball
Lure Module Lure Module

Sixth part:

Task Reward
Evolve a Magnemite 3000 XP
Catch 5 Exeggcute 3000 XP
Battle in 10 raids 3000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry
Metal Coat Metal Coat
10× Ultra Ball Ultra Ball

Seventh part:

Task Reward
Evolve 1 Drowzee 3500 XP
Catch 1 Cubone 3500 XP
Evolve 1 Scyther 3500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Charged TM Charged TM
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass

Eighth part:

Task Reward
Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto 4000 XP
Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith 4000 XP
Catch an Aerodactyl 4000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
8000× Stardust Stardust
RT-Icon Encounter Meltan Encounter
Star Piece Star Piece

Ninth part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward! 4500 XP
Claim Reward! 4500 XP
Claim Reward! 4500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
9000× Stardust Stardust
Super Incubator Super Incubator
Meltan candy Meltan Candy

GO Fest 2019—Chicago

This series of Special Research tasks was exclusively available for the Pokémon GO Fest 2019 attendees in Chicago and its main reward was Hoenn-region Mythical Pokémon encounter—Jirachi. This set of Special Research tasks was split on five parts.

First part:

Task Reward
Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms 25× Poké Ball Poké Ball
Make 3 new friends 10× Pinap Berry Pinap Berry
Send 3 Gifts to friends Super Incubator Super Incubator
Rewards for completing whole set
25× Poké Ball Poké Ball
15× Lure Module Lure Module
15× Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry

Second part:

Task Reward
Catch 5 different species of Fairy-type Pokémon RT-Icon Encounter Gardevoir Encounter
Catch 5 different species of Water-type Pokémon RT-Icon Encounter Kingdra Encounter
Catch 5 different species of Ghost-type Pokémon RT-Icon Encounter Gengar Encounter
Catch 5 different species of Ground-type Pokémon RT-Icon Encounter Hippowdon Encounter
Catch 5 different species of Ice-type Pokémon RT-Icon Encounter Abomasnow Encounter
Rewards for completing whole set
Super Incubator Super Incubator
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry
Incense Incense

Third part:

Task Reward
Catch 3 Unown Star Piece Star Piece
Take a snapshot of Ralts in its GO Fest Habitat 5,000× Stardust Stardust
Take a snapshot of Gastly in its GO Fest Habitat 5,000× Stardust Stardust
Take a snapshot of Hippopotas in its GO Fest Habitat 5,000× Stardust Stardust
Take a snapshot of Snover in its GO Fest Habitat 5,000× Stardust Stardust
Take a snapshot of Horsea in its GO Fest Habitat 5,000× Stardust Stardust
Rewards for completing whole set
5,000× Stardust Stardust
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry
Sinnoh Stone Sinnoh Stone

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward! 2,019 XP
Claim Reward! 2,019 XP
Claim Reward! 2,019 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Jirachi Encounter
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry
Charged TM Charged TM

Fifth part:

Task Reward
Trade for 3 Pokémon from at least 100km away Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass
Hatch 5 Eggs Star Piece Star Piece
Take 3 snapshots of Jirachi Super Incubator Super Incubator
Rewards for completing whole set
20× Jirachi candy Jirachi Candy
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry
5,000× Stardust Stardust

Jump-Start Research

Jump-Start Research is a Special Research task series that was introduced in 3rd Anniversary. It is available for Trainers level 10 or above in this summer. The objective of this series is to give a lot of helpful rewards.[3]

First part:

Task Reward
Make a new friend 5000 XP
Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost 5000 XP
Hatch an Egg 5000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg
RT-Icon Encounter Dratini Encounter
15000× Stardust Stardust

Second part:

Task Reward
Evolve a Dratini 10000 XP
Take a snapshot of Dratini 30× Dratini candy Dratini Candy
Earn a candy with your buddy 30× Dratini candy Dratini Candy
Rewards for completing whole set
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass
15000× Stardust Stardust
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg

Third part:

Task Reward
Power up Pokémon 10 times 15000 XP
Battle a trainer in Great League 15000 XP
Battle in a raid 15000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg
15000 XP
Star Piece Star Piece

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon Chimchar
Chimchar
Catch a Legendary Pokémon from Field Research Breakthrough or raid Piplup
Piplup
Hatch 3 Eggs Turtwig
Turtwig
Rewards for completing whole set
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg
RT-Icon Encounter Shiny Eevee Encounter
15000× Stardust Stardust

Fifth part:

Task Reward
Take a snapshot of Eevee 30000 XP
Send 5 gifts to friends 30000 XP
Trade 3 Pokémon 30000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Lapras Encounter
30000 XP
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg

Sixth part:

Task Reward
Make a new friend 60× Dratini candy Dratini Candy
Win a level 3 or higher raid 60× Dratini candy Dratini Candy
Evolve a Dragonair 100000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Lucky Egg Lucky Egg
100000 XP
15000× Stardust Stardust

A Troubling Situation

This Special Research features Shadow Pokémon and Team GO Rocket.

First part:

Task Reward
Evolve 2 Pokémon Murkrow Murkrow
Power Up Pokemon 5 Times Sableye Sableye
Rewards for completing whole set
1,000× Stardust Stardust
1,000 XP
1,000 XP

Second part:

Task Reward
Catch 2 Shadow Pokémon Ekans Ekans
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Koffing Koffing
Rewards for completing whole set
2,000× Stardust Stardust
2,000 XP
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry

Third part:

Task Reward
Purify 3 Shadow Pokemon 3,000× Stardust Stardust
Purify a Fire, Water or Grass Type Shadow Pokemon 3,000× Stardust Stardust
Rewards for completing whole set
2,000× Stardust Stardust
Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry
Rare Candy Rare Candy

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward 1,000× Stardust Stardust
Claim Reward 1,000 XP
Claim Reward 1,000× Stardust Stardust
Rewards for completing whole set
Rare Candy Rare Candy
Charged TM Charged TM
Fast TM Fast TM

A Thousand-Year Slumber

On August 20th, 2019, Jirachi became available world-wide. Trainers who have already obtained Jirachi at GO Fest, are able to earn Candies for their Jirachi.[4]

First part:

Task Reward
Catch 25 Pokémon 1000 XP
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Make 3 new friends Feebas Feebas
Rewards for completing whole set
Mossy Lure Module Mossy Lure Module
Glacial Lure Module Glacial Lure Module
Magnetic Lure Module Magnetic Lure Module

Second part:

Task Reward
Catch 3 Whismur 10× Whismur candy Whismur Candy
Evolve a Feebas 1500 XP
Earn a gold Hoenn medal 1500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
2000× Stardust Stardust
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
Incense Incense

Third part:

Task Reward
Take a snapshot of Loudred Snorlax Snorlax
Make 3 Great Throws in a row 2000 XP
Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy 2000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
20× Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry
Star Piece Star Piece
2000× Stardust Stardust

Fourth part:

Task Reward
Catch 50 Psychic- or Steel-type Pokémon 2500 XP
Power up Pokémon 10 times 2500 XP
Send 10 Gifts to friends 2500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Charged TM Charged TM
Premium Raid Pass Premium Raid Pass
Fast TM Fast TM

Fifth part:

Task Reward
Battle a team leader 3 times Kricketune Kricketune
Win against another Trainer 7 times 3000 XP
Win 5 raids 3000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
Rare Candy Rare Candy
20× Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
3000× Stardust Stardust

Sixth part:

Task Reward
Take 5 snapshots of Steel- or Psychic-type Pokémon Chimecho Chimecho
Make 3 Excellent Curveball Throws Bronzong Bronzong
Spin a Pokéstop 7 days in a row 4000 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry
10× Star Piece Star Piece
5000× Stardust Stardust

Seventh part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward 4500 XP
Claim Reward 4500 XP
Claim Reward 4500 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
RT-Icon Encounter Jirachi Encounter / 10× Jirachi candy Jirachi Candy (for GO Fest 2019 attendants)
20× Jirachi candy Jirachi Candy
Jirachi T-shirt

A Spooky Message 2019

A Spooky Message returned in Halloween 2019 event, with some changes of the rewards.

First part:

Task Reward
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon. Litwick Litwick
Make 8 Great Throws. 1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon. Sableye Sableye
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
1080× Stardust Stardust
Silver Pinap Berry Silver Pinap Berry

Second part:

Task Reward
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon. Yamask Yamask
Spin 8 PokéStops that haven't been visited before. 1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokémon. Spiritomb Spiritomb
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Poké Ball Poké Ball
1080× Stardust Stardust
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry

Third part:

Task Reward
Claim Reward. 1080 XP
Claim Reward. 1080 XP
Claim Reward. 1080 XP
Rewards for completing whole set
10× Spiritomb candy Spiritomb Candy
Spiritomb candy Spiritomb Candy
1080× Stardust Stardust

Trivia

  • Unlike the Field Research tasks, there is no possibility to cancel nor skip any of Special Research tasks in order to complete the set of tasks.
  • More than one set of special research tasks can be completed within a day.
  • Special Tasks in A Ripple in Time related with Trading, sending Gifts and making Friends are pre-completed for Trainers under age of 13, since these don't have access to such game features.
  • The number 108 is referenced throughout the A Spooky Message special research, because Spiritomb is closely linked with that number - Spiritomb is formed by 108 souls trapped inside a stone, and that number is referenced multiple times in the video games, such as Spiritomb being #108 in the Sinnoh Dex, its defense and special defense being 108, a Spirtomb being able to be encountered on Route 108 in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and its weight being 108 kg.

References

  1. u/Chrales new gofest quests - Celebi as special research rewards r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-07-03.
  2. Track the Mythical Pokémon Celebi in New Special Research!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-08-16.
  3. Happy third anniversary, Pokémon GO!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-06-27.
  4. Not just wishful thinking—the Ultra Bonus has been unlocked, and Jirachi has awoken!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-08-21.

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