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Pokemon Go: January 2020 field research tasks and rewards - Full list

by Paul Cotton
Pokemon Company

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It's a new month, new year and new decade which can only mean one thing in the world of Pokemon Go - new field research tasks and rewards! Here is the full list for January 2020.

As most of you will be fully aware, field research tasks are obtained exclusively from spinning PokeStops. If you're new to Pokemon Go or just need a refresher you can check out our full guide for everything to do with field research.

Completing the randomly assigned task will earn you one stamp but these can only be obtained once a day. Once you earn seven of these, you can encounter the special research breakthrough, which is a little different for January.

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Encounter vs item reward

In addition to earning a stamp, there is also a reward for completing the task. This will either be an encounter with a Pokemon or some form of item.

Trainers tend to prefer field research which earns you an encounter with a Pokemon, though. A lot of the item rewards are extremely common and an actual encounter gives you the chance to find a Pokemon which many not be seen in the wild too often.

There's also the notable bonus that Pokemon encountered by completing a field research task have an IV floor of 10. This dramatically increases the chances of finding a Pokemon with a perfect IV, something which is incredibly unlikely in the wild.

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Full list of January 2020 tasks

Here is the full list of field research tasks that result in Pokemon encounters for January 2020:

Field Research Task Encounter/Reward CP Range Shiny?
Catch 10 Pokemon Magikarp 99-117 Yes
Catch a dragon-type Pokemon Dratini 397-430 Yes
Catch 3 normal, water or ice-type Pokemon Dewgong 803-851 No
Catch 5 fire-type Pokemon Snorunt 349-380 Yes
Catch 5 Pokemon with weather boost Vulpix or Poliwag 347-378/325-355 No/yes
Make 5 nice throws Voltorb 399-432 No
Make 3 great throws Gastly, Lileep or Anorith 487-527/515-553/613/655 Yes/Yes/Yes
Make 3 great throws in a row Onix 435-472 Yes
Make 5 great curveball throws in a row Spinda 486-523 Yes
Make 3 excellent throws in a row Larvitar 411-445 Yes
Battle in a gym Mankey 462-499 Yes
Battle in a gym 5 times Machop 509-548 Yes
Win a gym battle Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle 442-477/387-420/372-405 Yes/Yes/Yes
Win 3 gym battles Jynx 1040-1095 No
Use a super effective charge attack in 7 gym battles Electabuzz 949-1000 No
Defeat a Team Rocket grunt Sneasel 831-879 Yes
Battle another trainer 3 times Shellder 428-463 Yes
Battle in a raid Swinub 288-317 Yes
Win a level 3 or higher raid Omanyte or Kabuto 620-662/548-587 Yes/Yes
Win 5 raids Aerodactyl 1136-1193 Yes
Hatch an egg Exeggcute 467-503 No
Hatch 3 eggs Magmar 973-1026 No
Hatch 5 eggs Chansey 490-537 No
Hatch 7 eggs Alolan Vulpix 347-378 Yes
Evolve a Pokemon Eevee or Cubchoo 424-459/422-458 Yes/No
Power up a Pokemon 5 times Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle 442-477/387-420/372-405 Yes/Yes/Yes
Take a snapshot of your buddy Snover 460-497 Yes
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy Stantler 878-927 Yes
Send 10 gifts to friends Clamperl 507-544 Yes
Transfer 3 Pokemon Lotad 230-256 Yes
Trade a Pokemon Glalie 853-902 No

There's plenty of tasks to enjoy this January. Pro tip: If you find a field research task that rewards you with a particular Pokemon you're looking for, you can return to the same PokeStop and get another of the same task!