Complete Guide To Field Research: More than half a decade after its initial release, Pokemon GO is still going strong! The franchise attracts new players every day, whether they are fans who are aging into their first smartphone or people who have heard good things about it from friends or partners.
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Over the course of time, Niantic has released a lot of new content for the game and its players, but this unfortunately means that understanding the systems is a bit more difficult than it was when Pokemon GO was first released. Thankfully, we are here to assist you. The purpose of this article is to provide a guide to the Field Research aspect of the game, which can be used to earn special rewards and capture rare Pokémon.
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Accessing The Field Research Menu In Pokemon Go
Tap on the circular icon with binoculars in the bottom right corner of the screen to access your Field Research Menu. The Field Research app will appear automatically, and you can swipe to the right-hand menu to access special, long research quests, or swipe to the left-hand menu to access event-related research, your Pokémon in gyms, and special boosts.
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Earning Field Research Stamps In Pokemon Go
Field Research Tasks
In the Field Research Menu, you will find that there are specific objectives for you to meet. If you do not have any tasks to work on, you can spin a PokeStop to obtain them. You can claim the reward displayed on the left-hand side of each task once you have completed the task.
At any given time, you will be able to handle at least three of these tasks. It is possible to have an additional few tasks; for example, event tasks and AR scanning tasks can be added to the three base tasks.
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It is possible to get rid of a task that you do not wish to complete – for instance, if you do not go walking very often or if you do not wish to wait to hatch 5 eggs. You can do this by tapping on the top-right corner of the task and clicking the very faint garbage can icon that you might not notice otherwise.
Niantic is constantly adding new tasks to the game, so you may acquire a variety of tasks.
It is possible that you will encounter tasks that involve catching Pokemon somehow, such as:
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- Catch Seven Pokemon
- Catch Five Different Species Of Pokemon
- Use Five Berries To Help Catch Pokemon
- Catch Ten Water-Type Pokemon
- Catch A Ditto
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Or, tasks may require you to make a certain type and/or number of throws, such as:
- Make Three Great Thows
- Make An Excellent Throw
- Make Five Curveball Throws In A Row
- Make Two Nice Curveball Throws In A Row
- Make Three Great Curveball Throws
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Some tasks are battle- or raid-related, such as:
- Defeat A Team GO Rocket Leader
- Win A Raid In Under 60 Seconds
- Win A Level Three Or Higher Raid
- Win Five Raids
- Battle In The GO Battle League
Finally, there are a bunch of miscellaneous tasks related to other activities you can do in the game, such as:
- Hatch An Egg
- Spin Five PokeStops Or Gyms
- Trade A Pokemon
- Power Up Pokemon Three Times
- Take A Snapshot Of A Wild Pokemon
- Take Five Snapshots Of Wild Normal-Type Pokemon
- Evolve A Pokemon
- Send Three Gifts To Friends
- Earn Five Hearts With Your Buddy
- Earn Two Candies Walking With Your Buddy
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Field Research Progress
When you complete a Field Research Task for the first time each day, you will earn a stamp above the task. It is not necessary to catch Pokemon and spin PokeStops for seven days straight without fail as in the “Streaks” of catching Pokemon and spinning PokeStops. It would still be beneficial to do so seven times over the course of two weeks, a month, or a year.
TIP: A task will not disappear unless you tell it to! Since you can only earn one stamp per day, research tasks after the first can only give you item rewards. This means if you complete more than one research task in a day, you can simply choose not to tap on it and choose “Claim Reward!”. In this case, you will not have to complete a task every day if you save the points and claim them in subsequent days.
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Field Research Breakthroughs In Pokemon Go
Upon earning seven stamps, you will reach the last circle with a package tied with string – the Research Breakthrough.
Field Research Breakthrough rewards are subject to change every month, so it is impossible to predict which rewards you will receive. It is important to note, however, that you will always receive 2,000 Stardust and 3,000 XP.
In addition, you are guaranteed some items (often Pokeballs, Pinap Berries, Rare Candies, and Evolution Stones, but this varies each month) and an encounter with a predetermined Pokemon. There are some months when Pokemon are more interesting than others:
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- August 2021 – Chimecho
- March 2021 – Gible
- October 2020 – Flower Crown Eevee
- July 2019 – Legendary (Latias, Latios, Kyogre, or Groudon)
- February 2019 – Legendary (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, or Ho-Oh)
- July 2018 – Snorlax
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