Special Research is a story mode featuring the story of Professor Willow and the task to find rare Mythical Pokémon. This is accessed when Professor Willow has an icon notification at the bottom right of the screen indicating he has a task for you. There are 8 different elements of the story, each with various tasks to complete, all of which getting more difficult with each stage.
Once complete, players then have a chance to get Mythical Pokémon including Mew.
Players can only go through each Special Research story once.
Once you have cleared the quests, you then have the chance to capture the Mythical Pokémon. These are often set encounters and you can't change ball or use a berry. However, where possible the game forces Augmented Reality to run it.
For Mew, Mew will turn invisible in a short while, leaving a slight distortion. It will break the first two balls that hit it but then guarantee capture when the third ball hits. It is Level 15 and minimum of 10 IV in each stat.
In-Game Special Research
Real-Life Event Special Research
|Research Name||Release Date||Focal Pokémon|
|GO Fest 2018||July 14th - July 15th 2018||Celebi|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka||August 29th - September 2nd||None|
|GO Fest 2019 - Chicago||July 13th - June 16th 2019||Jirachi|
|GO Fest 2019 - Dortmund||July 4th - July 7th 2019||Jirachi|
|GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama||August 6th - August 12th 2019||Jirachi|
|Safari Zone St. Louis||March 27th - March 29th 2020||None|
|Safari Zone Liverpool||April 17th - April 19th 2020||None|
|Safari Zone Philadelphia||May 8th - May 11th 2020||None|
|City Spotlight 2020||November 22nd 2020||None|
|GO Tour: Live - Step into Kanto||February 27th 2022||None|
|Safari Zone Seville 2022||May 13th 2022 - May 15th 2022||None|
|Pokemon GO Fest 2022: Berlin||July 1st - 3rd 2022||None|