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Pokemon Go field research – managing tasks and rewards

Published: 15/Mar/2019 11:28 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 10:16

by Paul Cot


Research quests, and more specifically the field research tasks that make up those quests, are an excellent way to earn rewards and catch legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go research

First introduced in March 2018, Pokemon Go research allows you to earn various rewards for completing Pokemon Go related tasks. These are broken down into field and special research.

The latter requires you to complete a series of fixed tasks, which are more complicated than field research tasks, in order to earn a rare reward. For example, the “A Mythical Discovery” special research will give you an encounter with Mew.

These special research tasks tend to have eight or nine stages, with three tasks making up each of them. Each task completion earns XP, while completing each stage provides rewards such as stardust and poke balls.

Special research in Pokemon Go is composed of various fixed tasks…

Field research

Field research tasks are far simpler and random, and are issued in poke stops. Upon completion they provide rewards, usually in the form of a Pokemon encounter.

There is also the mechanic of getting a stamp for every day you complete a field research task. Earning seven of these (they don’t have to be in a row) earns you an encounter with one of several legendary Pokemon. This is called a research breakthrough.

Making the most of field research tasks

The reward for completing what can be seven simple field research tasks is well worth earning. Obtaining a field research stamp every day means you can encounter a legendary Pokemon once a week.

Consequently, it is worth managing your field research tasks so you can get that stamp every single day.

Tasks range from making x amount of nice/great throws, to catching x amount of a specific Pokemon type. They are simple tasks which can be completed by simply playing Pokemon Go as normal.

Distributing completed field research tasks across separate days is imperative..

Saving stamps

When you complete a field research task in Pokemon Go, the completed task will sit there waiting for you to claim the reward. If you already have a stamp on that day, don’t claim until the following day. That way you can guarantee a stamp the following day without doing any work.

The only downside to this is it takes up one of your allocated field research task slots. However, this is a small price to pay for a guaranteed stamp.

Choosing field research tasks

Some field research tasks are harder than others. Making three excellent throws in a row or winning five gym battles may prove difficult and time consuming.

If these are tasks you don’t want to waste time on, you can simply delete them using the trash can icon next to the task. Spinning a poke stop will give you a new task in its place.

Furthermore, you can try to remember which poke stop gives a specific field research task as this remains constant.

It is worth noting that while some tasks are a lot more difficult than others, they do provide greater rewards for completing them. For example, hatching five eggs will give you an encounter with a Chansey. Elsewhere, making three excellent throws in a row will earn you an encounter with the sought after Larvitar.

If you are astute with your field research tasks and redeem them on a daily basis, you can really make the most out of the legendary Pokemon on offer.

last updated 06:16 ET, June 26, 2019


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
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Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.