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Pokemon Go Field Research tasks & rewards (May 2022)

Published: 4/May/2022 10:00

by Daniel Megarry

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A new set of Field Research tasks and rewards have been added to Pokemon Go in May 2022, and Niantic has revealed that this month’s Research Breakthrough reward is none other than Alolan Grimer!

First introduced in 2018, Field Research gives Trainers a variety of tasks to complete to earn rewards. Completing seven tasks over seven days will result in a Research Breakthrough, which is a guaranteed encounter with a desirable Pokemon.

These Field Research tasks incorporate various elements of gameplay: Some will ask you to catch different types of Pokemon, others require you to take part in Raid Battles, and a few will task you with earning Candies with your Buddy.

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For May 2022, Trainers can earn an encounter with Alolan Grimer as a Research Breakthrough. This Poison/Dark-type is a standout in the Ultra League when evolved into Alolan Muk, so it’s worth catching as many as you can!


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Pokemon Go Field Research tasks & rewards (May 2022)

Pokemon Go Field Research

Completing the following tasks will result in being awarded one of the rewards listed in the right column. The item or Pokemon encounter is chosen at random upon completion.

Catching Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Catch 5 Pokemon Duskull / Misdreavus / Shuppet
Catch 7 Pokemon Magikarp
Catch 7 different species of Pokemon Exeggcute
Catch 5 weather-boosted Pokemon Hippopotas / Poliwag / Snover / Vulpix
Catch 10 Grass-type Pokemon 10 Venusaur Mega Energy
Catch 10 Fire-type Pokemon 10 Charizard Mega Energy
Catch 10 Water-type Pokemon 10 Blastoise Mega Energy
Catch 10 Normal-type Pokemon 10 Pidgeot Mega Energy
Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon Bagon / Dratini
Use 5 Berries to catch Pokemon Ledyba / Spinarak / Yanma

Throwing Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Make 5 Nice Throws Dunsparce
Make 3 Great Throws Anorith / Lileep / Snubbull
Make 3 Great Throws in a row Onix
Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row Spinda
Make an Excellent Throw Dratini
Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row Gible

Battling Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Battle in the Go Battle League Mudkip
Win a Raid Galarian Zigzagoon
Win 5 Raids Aerodactyl
Win a Level 3 or higher Raid Omanyte / Kabuto

Pokemon Go Professor Willow Research Breakthrough

Buddy Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Earn a Candy walking with your Buddy Lilipup
Earn 2 Candies walking with your Buddy Bunnelby
Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy Stunfisk
Earn 5 hearts with your Buddy Pikachu

Friendship Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Send 3 Gifts and add a Sticker to each Jigglypuff
Trade a Pokemon Machop

Egg Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Hatch an Egg Klink / Mantine
Hatch 2 Eggs Beldum

Miscellaneous Field Research Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Evolve a Pokemon Eevee
Power up a Pokemon 3 times Bulbasaur / Charmander / Squirtle
Power up a Pokemon 5 times Chikorita / Cyndaquil / Totodile
Power up a Pokemon 7 times Mudkip / Torchic / Treecko
Purify 1 Shadow Pokemon Carvanha
Spin 3 Pokestops or Gyms Sudowoodo
Spin 5 Pokestops or Gyms Ralts
Take a snapshot of a wild Pokemon Hoppip  / Murkrow / Yanma
Take a snapshot of a wild Water-type Pokemon Remoraid

What is Field Research in Pokemon Go?

Field Research is a series of tasks that are obtained by spinning a PokeStop or Gym. Players looking to wrack up rewards will have to travel as they are only able to complete one task a day for each location.

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Each task contains an objective and Trainers are given a reward for achieving them. Rewards can range from items like Poke Balls to encounters with specific Pokemon, all of which you can see in the table above.

How do I unlock a Research Breakthrough?

To unlock a Research Breakthrough and get an encounter with the current month’s Pokemon, you’ll need to complete one Field Research task every day for seven days. The good news is they don’t have to be consecutive days.

Once you’ve completed a task, make sure you claim the reward on the Field Research progress page to earn a stamp. You can only earn one stamp per day, but completed tasks can be saved up and claimed at a later date to earn a stamp.

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Once seven stamps have been earned, you’ll be able to claim your Research Breakthrough reward by opening the package that appears at the top of the Field Research progress page.

Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players unlock Research Breakthrough after collecting seven stamps.

How to get Alolan Grimer in Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough

Alolan Grimer is the Research Breakthrough for May 2022, meaning you’ll need to earn your seventh Field Research stamp and claim your big reward before the end of the month, as a different Pokemon will then take over.

If you earn a stamp every day in May, you should be able to earn up to four Research Breakthroughs, meaning you’ll get the chance to catch four Alolan Grimer, which is a great way to stock up on Candy.

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Is there a Shiny Alola Grimer in Pokemon Go?

The good news is that Shiny Alolan Grimer is currently available in Pokemon Go. It made its debut during the 3rd Anniversary event in June 2019.

All past Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough rewards

Screenshot of Legendary Bird trio Moltres in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Moltres was the first Pokemon made available through Research Breakthrough rewards.

Interested in seeing all of the past ‘mon made available through Research Breakthroughs in Pokemon Go’s history? Take a look at the full list below:

2018 Research Breakthrough Rewards

Month Research Breakthrough
April 2018 Moltres
May 2018 Zapdos
June 2018 Articuno
July 2018 Snorlax
August 2018 Raikou
September 2018 Entei
October 2018 Suicune
November 2018 Shedinja
December 2018 Articuno / Zapdos / Moltres / Raikou / Entei / Suicune

2019 Research Breakthrough Rewards

Month Research Breakthrough
January to February 2019 Articuno / Zapdos / Moltres / Entei / Raikou / Suicune / Ho-Oh / Lugia
March to April 2019 Entei / Raikou / Suicune / Ho-Oh / Lugia / Regirock / Regice / Registeel
May to June 2019 Ho-Oh / Lugia / Latios / Latias
July to August 2019 Latios / Latias / Kyogre / Groudon
September to October 2019 Flower Crown Eevee
November to December 2019 Articuno / Zapdos / Moltres / Kyogre / Groundon

2019 Research Breakthrough Rewards

Month Research Breakthrough
January 2020 Lapras
February 2020 Woobat
March 2020 Ferroseed
April 2020 Alolan Exeggutor
May 2020 Shinx
June 2020 Trapinch
July 2020 Larvitar
August 2020 Scraggy
September 2020 Alolan Raichu
October 2020 Shedinja
November 2020 Togetic
December 2020 Lapras and Darumaka

2021 Research Breakthrough Rewards

Month Research Breakthrough
January 2021 Chansey
February 2021 Snorlax
March 2021 Gible
April 2021 Frillish
May 2021 Galarian Ponyta
June 2021 Clamperl
July 2021 Rufflet
August 2021 Chimecho
September 2021 Ditto
October 2021 Yamask
November 2021 Vullaby
December 2021 Deino

2022 Research Breakthrough Rewards

Month Research Breakthrough
January 2022 Onix
February 2022 Espurr
March 2022 Alolan Vulpix
April 2022 Alolan Marowak
May 2022 Alolan Grimer

Field Research Breakthrough Shiny rates

Just like most species, Pokemon encounters from Field Research and Breakthrough rewards have a Shiny rate of around 1 in 450. While not the best odds, it’s still better than most of the mainline RPGs.

If you want to increase your chances of finding a Shiny variation, make sure you don’t miss a single day of Field Research, as you’ll get up to four Research Breakthrough encounters this way.

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What is Special Research in Pokemon Go?

Special Research is different from Field Research, as these contain tasks that are typically story-based or tied to an in-game celebration, such as Go Fest or Valentine’s Day, and usually offer much bigger rewards.

While Field Research tasks are obtained at random, Special Research quests are the same for all players, and will often lead to encounters with Mythical Pokemon such as Mewtwo or Meloetta.


So there you have it, everything you need to know about Pokemon Go’s Field Research tasks rewards for May 2022.

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