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Pokemon Go Field Research | January & February Update

Published: 31/Dec/2018 18:25 Updated: 3/Jan/2019 16:27

by Paul Cot


New legendary Pokemon are being added as rewards for completing the Pokemon Go Field Research tasks. January and February are shaping up to be huge months for Pokemon Go…

New Legendary Pokemon Available

There were six legendary Pokemon available in December. Three of these are the legendary bird Pokemon from generation one, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. These are joined by the legendary dogs from generation two, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.

Another two legendary Pokemon will be added in January and February – Lugia and Ho-oh. Some Pokemon Go fans may be a little disappointed with this announcement. This is because Lugia and Ho-oh have been frequently available in past events, including a recent special raid.

However, this is the first time the gen 2 legendary birds have been available via field research. Nevertheless, having the choice of eight legendary Pokemon for completing very do-able research tasks is a great deal for Pokemon Go players.

Lugia and Ho-oh – the latest legendary Pokemon to be added as field research rewards…

What is Field Research?

Field Research quests are numerous small goals that can be completed within Pokemon Go. The concept was first introduced in April 2018, with the legendary Pokemon, Moltress the reward.

Completing field research tasks aid Professor Willow with his own discoveries.

The tasks themselves vary but are all relatively simple. Examples include catching 10 Pokemon, catching a specific type of Pokemon, making 5 nice throws and so on.

The tasks you need to complete can be obtained from PokeStops. Only three tasks can be active at one time. Therefore, in order to obtain new tasks, one of the previous ones would need to be discarded.

Research Breakthroughs

Research breakthroughs are earned by collecting 7 stamps. You can obtain one stamp by completing field research on a particular day.

Once you have collected those 7 stamps, you will be able to claim a reward. The rewards vary from month to month but at the moment feature an encounter with a rare Pokemon.

These encounters offer the bonus of a 100% capture rate. Consequently, you don’t need to worry about the Pokemon running away and can even practice your excellent throw technique!

Special Research Quests

Furthermore, there are additional research tasks available for special events. These work similarly to normal field research but the tasks are more fixed.

The reward for these special research quests is an ultra-rare Pokemon such as Mew. 

Field Research is a great way of obtaining rare Pokemon in Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Go January Community Day

On top of the new field research, there is also the Pokemon Go January Community Day to look forward to. The headlining Pokemon of this event is generation two starter Pokemon, Totodile.

Read More: Pokemon Go January Community Day details


Massive ban wave coming in Pokemon Sword, Shield and Pokemon Home

Published: 22/Jan/2021 15:36

by Alex Garton


The Pokemon Company has announced a new ban wave incoming for Pokemon Home and Pokemon Sword & Shield players who have been modifying their save data.

As seen in the majority of online games, both Pokemon Sword & Shield and Pokemon Home are strictly monitored by The Pokemon Company for any exploits or hacks.

It was only back in June 2020 that the company enforced a mass ban wave on players hacking the Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword & Shield. The players were using exploits to increase their chance of receiving a Shiny Pokemon from the events.

Of course, The Pokemon Company took action against the trainers who were found to have taken part in these hacked raids, with some even being permanently banned from the game.

Now, a new ban wave has been announced and it affects playing using exploits on both Pokemon Sword & Shield and Pokemon Home.

Pokemon Sword and Shield landscape
Game Freak
Pokemon Sword & Shield was released November 15, 2019.

New ban wave announced by The Pokemon Company

According to a report by Serebii, The Pokemon Company has announced a new ban wave coming for players who have been modifying save data on either Pokemon Sword & Shield or Pokemon Home.

Players who receive a ban will be unable to use online features, trade, or use Pokemon Home. The rules surrounding the modification of the game’s save data is listed in the title’s terms and conditions. There, it directly states that players should not modify save data in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

In terms of the length of these bans, they usually vary from player to player. In some cases, trainers may even be issued a permanent suspension of their account.

Pokemon Sword & Shield location
Game Freak
Modifying save data includes adding Pokemon to the game that you didn’t catch for yourself.

It’s obvious The Pokemon Company is looking to crack down on players modifying their save data as they believe it ruins the experience for other players.

Both Pokemon Sword & Shield and Home have always had issues with hacks and modification. This is just one method the developers are using to attempt to keep the exploits at bay and deter players from abusing them.