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Pokemon Go: What are field research tasks, breakthroughs and quests?

Published: 26/Jun/2019 11:57 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 13:32

by Paul Cot


An essential part of Pokemon Go is completing field research tasks and quests, but not every trainer will be aware of just how good the rewards can be for completing them.

What is field research?

Field research is one element of research quests within Pokemon Go. Field research items are obtained at PokeStops and taken from a set pool, but their selection is random. 


These tasks change monthly and can also vary in special events. Tasks range from catching Pokemon, using berries, and even making great throws.

By completing research tasks you can earn a stamp at a rate of one per day. That’s the maximum. Upon receiving seven stamps, you are rewarded with a research breakthrough which entails an encounter with one legendary Pokemon currently in the pool.


These have ranged from the legendary Kanto birds – Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – to most recently Latios and Latias.

Rare Pokemon such as the Regi-trio are available as field research breakthrough rewards…

What is Special Research?

In contrast to field research, special research is based upon fixed tasks across multiple stages. Unlike field research breakthroughs, the rewards for completing special research are fixed.

Each stage of a special research quest provides lower end rewards such as Stardust and Poke Balls. Once all of these are completed, you get the end reward. For example, the Let’s Go Meltan special research quest provides an encounter with, you guessed it, Meltan.


Pokemon GoMew is the reward for the special research quest “A Mythical Discovery”

What are breakthrough rewards?

As discussed above, a breakthrough reward is triggered when you complete the required tasks. They are as follows:

  • Field research: Obtaining seven stamps (can only earn one a day)
  • Special research: Completing all of the fixed tasks

What rare Pokemon can you catch?

As Pokemon Go trainers are all too aware, finding legendary Pokemon in the wild is a super rare occurrence. This means the field research feature is heavily relied upon for finding the rarest Pokemon.

It is understandable that the likes of Suicune and Lugia aren’t roaming the wild in abundance, as this would ruin their rarity, but also means when you do finally get the chance to catch them, it means a lot more.


The legendary Pokemon you can catch tend to change on a monthly basis, much like the raid boss pool. The Pokemon you can catch has gone through the generations in chronological order whereby the Kanto birds were first available, followed by Lugia and Ho-oh, the Regi-trio and now Latias and Latios.

If you’re looking to add even more legendaries to your collection, completing these challenges is definitely the way to go! 


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.