A great feature (implemented since April 2018) is Field Research and the resulting rewards. Each time you spin a Pokéstop, you get a new research task. If you complete a research task, you get a stamp (limited to one a day). Once you collect 7 stamps, you are rewarded with a special Pokémon encounter – the breakthrough award.
Field Research Rules
- Gyms don’t give Field Research tasks, only Pokéstops do.
- You get only one stamp a day, no matter how many field research you complete.
- You can delay picking up a reward to get the next day stamp after midnight.
- If you complete a field research from a given Pokéstop, you’ll have to wait till the next day to do another one from the same stop.
- If you delete the research task before completing, you can always go back and get the same task again.
- There is a maximum of 3 simultaneous tasks at any given time.
Field Research Tasks and Awards
Tasks can be any aspect of Pokémon GO, such as hatching eggs, spinning a number of Pokéstops, battling in a gym,…
Task rewards can be items (Pokéballs, stardust, …) but also an encounter with a special Pokémon. Pokémon from encounters have a higher probability to have better IV (individual values, minimal IV is 10/10/10 like egg hatches) and are always level 15. Interesting to know is they cannot flee. Some Pokémon (such as Spinda) can only be caught as research award and are not available in the wild.
Field Research encounters are not boosted by weather but they can be shiny.
Research tasks and awards change on the first day of every month, at 01:00 PM PDT (this converts to 04:00 AM Singapore time on the second day of the month).
Research tasks and awards are influenced by events, while breakthrough awards are not.
The following table gives an overview of all breakthrough awards until now. Shedinja was just confirmed for November 2018!
Get ready, Trainers. Field Research tasks focusing on Bug-type Pokémon are coming this November! Collect enough stamps during November to earn a Research Breakthrough and get an opportunity to catch Shedinja! pic.twitter.com/aGkLULTxZU
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) October 26, 2018
Here is the full list of breakthrough rewards.
Field Research Awards
The following table gives an overview of all possible rewards in the month of November 2018. We will update the table while we spin and catch.
|Catch 5 Bug-type Pokémon||Nincada encounter|
|Catch 5 Normal-Type Pokémon||Pinsir encounter|
|Earn a Candy with your Buddy||Clefable|
|Evolve a Pokémon||Eevee encounter|
|Make 3 Nice Curve Ball Throws||Spinda|
|Make 5 Great Throws in a row||Wigglytuff|
|Send 5 Gifts||Golbat encounter|
|Win a Raid||Pineco encounter|
Past Field Research Awards
The following table gives an overview of all possible rewards in the month of October 2018.
|Battle in a gym||Mankey|
|Catch 5 Abra or Drowzee (Psychic event)||Jynx|
|Catch 5 Pokémon with weather boost||Vulpix or Poliwag|
|Catch 5 Water-Type Pokémon||Krabby|
|Catch 10 Pokémon||Magikarp|
|Catch 10 Psychic-type Pokémon (Psychic event)||1000 Stardust|
|Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon||Dratini|
|Catch a Rattata or Pikachu||Phanpy|
|Earn a Candy with your Buddy||Octillery|
|Evolve 3 Slowpoke or Exeggcute (Psychic event)||Girafarig|
|Evolve 5 Fire-type Pokémon||Ninetales|
|Evolve a Pokémon||Eevee|
|Hatch 2 Eggs||Wailmer|
|Hatch 3 eggs||Magmar|
|Hatch 5 Eggs||Chansey|
|Hatch an egg||Exeggcute|
|Make 2 Nice Curve Ball Throws||Spinda|
|Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row||Larvitar|
|Make 3 Great Throws||Gasly|
|Make 3 Great Throws in a row||Onix|
|Make 5 Nice Throws||Voltorb|
|Power up a Pokémon 3 times||Koffing|
|Power up a Pokémon 10 times||Misdreavus|
|Send 5 Gifts||Roselia|
|Trade a Pokémon||Feebas|
|Use 5 Pinap Berries||1 Silver Pinap|
|Use 10 Berries on Pokémon||Growlithe|
|Use a Super-Effective charge attack 7 times||Elektabuzz|
|Win 3 gym battles||Jynx|
|Win 5 gym battles||Machop|
|Win a gym battle||Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle|
|Win a level 3 raid or higher||Dratini|