Pokemon Go: The end of legendary research breakthrough rewards?

Published: 22/Jan/2020 14:47 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 14:48

by Paul Cot


Catching legendary Pokemon as part of earning a research breakthrough reward has been a stable of Pokemon Go for a long time now. Is getting a coveted legend in exchange for seven field research stamps a thing of the past, though?

It has become an expectation of most Pokemon Go trainers – collect seven stamps and earn yourself an encounter with a legendary Pokemon. Over the months, these ranged from the legendary Kanto birds, the Johto dogs and most recently two of the weather trio.


Flower Crown Eevee a sign of things to come?

It all started with Moltres in April 2018, and with the exception of Shedinja and Flower Crown Eevee since, has been nothing but other legends. While Shedinja was welcomed as a research breakthrough, presumably due to its popularity, Flower Crown Eevee was not.

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Safe to say Flower Crown Eevee wasn’t the most popular decision…

As iconic as it might be, trainers didn’t appreciate having to earn stamps in order to get a Pokemon that has been frequently seen in the Pokemon Go wild. The flower was seen as nothing more than a cosmetic and trainers weren’t shy to share their feelings on Flower Crown Eevee.


A whole host of legends – Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Kyogre and Groudon – featured in the two months following but should this have been a sign of things to come?

Can’t just give away legendary Pokemon

Legendary Pokemon are supposed to be rare. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be so legendary, would they? That is where Niantic made a problem for themselves.

By making nearly every legend from Gen 1 to Gen 3 available as a research breakthrough reward, they have become too common. No longer are they the valuable Pokemon they were in the mainline games.

Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia have all featured as research breakthrough encounters…

These legends were essentially given away on a weekly basis. Pokemon Go trainers know they can all but guarantee themselves a research breakthrough reward by completing simple field research tasks. Hatch an egg, catch 10 Pokemon, throw three great Curveballs – do something like this once a day for seven and you have yourself a legend.

Niantic may have realized their mistake and are consequently trying to transition to ‘lesser’ Pokemon. Perhaps Flower Crown Eevee was a tester. Due to the reaction of it, however, maybe they have had to go down a different route.

Special moves

That route might be bringing in popular Pokemon with special and powerful moves. The January research breakthrough encounter is Lapras that knows Ice Shard and Ice Beam.


These are not only two moves that are more powerful than its usual moveset, but classic ones from yesteryear that players can enjoy. This special Lapsas might just be a taste of what’s to come in February 2020 and beyond.

There’s no doubt a lack of legends will divide opinion among Pokemon Go trainers. If Niantic are to go down this alternative route, though, it’s an understandable decision.


If they do, it will be interesting to see which other Pokemon are selected in the same vein Lapras was. One that comes to mind is legacy Gengar with the iconic Shadow Claw legacy move.

What about a super research breakthrough encounter?

If the current system is making it too easy to obtain legendary Pokemon and there isn’t enough interest in the new encounter, such as Lapras, then how about an extra special super research breakthrough encounter?

In hindsight, seven days might be too short of a time to earn a research breakthrough reward. This could easily be changed to 14, 28 or even 30 in order to justify the reward.

Also, the legendary Pokemon you can get from research breakthroughs tend to be in a CP range that isn’t useful to you, unless you’re just trying to complete your Pokedex. 30 days’ worth of stamps could give you the chance of an encounter with a more powerful version, justifying those 30 days of stamps.

We’ll have to wait and see how Niantic uses the research breakthrough feature throughout 2020. Early stages indicate changes are coming though, and that ‘easy’ legendary Pokemon may be a thing of the past.


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.

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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
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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.

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.

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