Pokemon Go Jump-Start Research tasks and rewards guide - Dexerto

Pokemon Go Jump-Start Research tasks and rewards guide

Published: 3/Jul/2019 14:27 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 17:17

by Paul Cot


Niantic have introduced a new Pokemon Go research quest, Jump-Start Research, allowing trainers to accumulate a number of different rewards by completing relatively simple tasks. 

Pokemon Go’s latest addition to their special research tasks means trainers who haven’t played the game in a while, can jump straight back into the action, catching up on stardust, XP and encountering some rare Pokemon as rewards along the way. Of course, regular players can also complete it too for a welcomed boost.

Other special research quests, such as “A Mythical Discovery” and “Let’s GO, Meltan”, result in a special encounter with Mew and Meltan respectively. However, the Jump-Start Research quest works a little differently and acts as a way to quickly climb through the ranks – therefore negating a final special encounter.

PokemonThe Jump-Start Research has been introduced as part of Pokemon Go’s third anniversary…

Jump-Start Research tasks list

The tasks are broken down into six stages. These tasks and subsequent rewards are as follows:

Jump-Start Research 1/6

  • Make a new friend – 5,000 XP
  • Catch 3 Pokemon with Weather Boost – 5,000 XP
  • Hatch an Egg – 5,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, Dratini Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

Jump-Start Research 2/6

  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy – 30 Dratini Candy
  • Take a snapshot of Dratini – 30 Dratini Candy
  • Evolve a Dratini – 10,000 XP
  • Rewards: Premium Raid Pass, 15,000 Stardust, 2 Lucky Eggs

Jump-Start Research 3/6

  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 15,000 XP
  • Battle another Trainer in the Great League – 15,000 XP
  • Battle in a Raid – 15,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, 15,000 XP, 2 Star Piece

Jump-Start Research 4/6

  • Catch 5 different species of Pokemon – Chimchar encounter
  • Catch a Legendary from either a Research Breakthrough or Raid – Piplup encounter
  • Hatch 3 Eggs – Turtwig encounter
  • Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, Shiny Eevee Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

Jump-Start Research 5/6

  • Take a snapshot of Eevee – 30,000 XP
  • Send 5 gifts to friends – 30,000 XP
  • Trade 3 Pokemon – 30,000 XP
  • Rewards: Lapras Encounter, 30,000 XP, 2 Lucky Eggs

Jump-Start Research 6/6

  • Make a New Friend – 60 Dratini candy
  • Win a level 3 or higher Raid – 60 Dratini candy
  • Evolve a Dragonair – 100,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs. 100,000 XP, 15,000 Stardust

What is quest_new_friends_singular?

Pokemon Go trainers have become confused with one particular quest though. In stage one of the Jump-Start Research quests, the first task simply states quest_new_friends_singular.

Don’t worry, you’re right to think the task doesn’t make sense. The task name appears to be mistakenly put as the string code as opposed to the display name. The actual task should read “Make a new friend”. This issue can be solved in most cases by closing and restarting the app.

Trainers have until September 2 to start the quest which is when Pokemon Go’s third anniversary event concludes.


How to get Shiny Legendary Pokemon in Crown Tundra Dynamax Adventures

Published: 28/Oct/2020 0:15

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s The Crown Tundra DLC has given players a way to easily obtain Shiny monsters. The new Dynamax mode has a boosted spawn rate for the rare variants if you follow a certain method. Here is everything you need to know on how to do it.

The Pokemon franchise was ushered into eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. In a first for the series, developer Game Freak has opted out of a third game for the PRG in favor of an Expansion Pass.

On October 22, the hit title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra, which brought features to the game such as Dynamax Adventures. The mode also gives Trainers a new method for easily catching Shiny ‘mons.

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Players have a higher chance of getting Shiny Pokemon in Dynamax Adventures.

How to easily get Shiny Pokemon in Dynamax Adventures

On the surface, Dynamax Adventures is a twist on Sword & Shield’s Raid dens. Players enter a cave, where they must beat four battles using rental Pokemon, before facing off against a random Legendary monster which has a 100% catch rate.

However the new mode also has Shiny rates that are substantially higher. In the base game, your chances are 1 in 4096 encounters, or 1 in 1365.33 with a Shiny Charm. However in Dynamax Adventures “it’s 1/300 without Shiny Charm, exactly 1/100 with Shiny Charm,” according to Pokemon researcher ‘SciresM’.

Even more interesting is that the rate is applied for every Pokemon you beat in the mode, which is four battles. In simpler terms, you have a much higher chance. However there is a specific method you must follow, which we will cover below.

Steps to easily obtaining Shinies in Dynamax Adventures

  • Step 1: Go to the Max Lair at the top of the Crown Tundra map. Engage in a Dynamax Battle Adventures – we recommend going online and inviting others, as NPCs make this far more difficult.
  • Step 2: Get to the end of the cave and see which Legendary you get. If it’s a monster you want a Shiny of, beat it and then catch it. Do NOT TAKE it with you immediately. Read the next step.
  • Step 3: A post-game menu will always pop up, and show the monsters you have caught. Shiny monsters don’t show up in the battles you had, and only show up in this menu. Select the Legendary and click “see Summary.” Look for the Shiny icon under the “points needed to level up” text. If it is not what you want, then don’t take it with you. Leave the Pokemon behind. If you take it, you can not catch the Legendary again, and will lose the chance to catch a Shiny version.
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Check the Pokemon’s summary to see if it’s Shiny.
  • Step 4: If you did not get a Shiny, the scientist will notice that you didn’t catch the Legendary and will ask you if you want to save its location/path and try again. It’s important you save it.
  • Step 5: Now that you have its location, keep battling your way to the Legendary, beat it, catch it, and then check its color at the menu. Only take it with you once you see its Shiny color in the menu.
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Trainers can save the path to a Legendary and battle them again and again until they get a Shiny version.

The best thing of all is this method also works for the regular Pokemon you catch while in the cave. So every time you don’t get a shiny Legendary, make sure to look at the other monsters you caught during the adventure as they might be special.

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Shiny legendaries like Guzzlord can be found in the Crown Tundra mode.

After testing this method, Dexerto can confirm that it works. We were able to snag a handful of Shiny Legendary ‘mons in just an hour. So if you have a favorite character, just keep repeating its path until you get the rare version of it.

Sword & Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC brings a handful of the series’ most beloved Legendaries to the Gen 8 RPG. However, unexpectedly, its new Dynamax Adventure mode now makes it easier than ever to catch Shinies.