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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


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.