Special Research

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.

Mythical Encounters

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

Research Name Release Date Focal Pokémon
A Mythical Discovery March 30th 2018 Mew
A Ripple In Time August 20th 2018 Celebi
A Spooky Message October 23rd 2018 Spiritomb
Let's Go, Meltan November 16th 2018 Meltan
Jump-Start Research June 28th 2019 None
A Troubling Situation July 23rd 2019 None
A Thousand-Year Slumber August 20th 2019 Jirachi
A Spooky Message 2019 October 17th 2019 Spiritomb
A Colossal Discovery November 2nd 2019 Regigigas
Looming in the Shadows November 7th 2019 None
A Challenging Development December 1st 2019 None
Celebrate 2019 December 14th 2019 None
The Take-Over Continues January 1st 2020 None
A Professor's Work Is Never Done February 1st 2020 None
The Shadowy Threat Grows March 1st 2020 None
A Drive To Investigate March 20th - March 26th 2020 Genesect
Investigating Illusions April 25th 2020 Abra
Seeing Double May 24th 2020 Seedot
Throwback Challenge 2020 Champion June 3rd - June 8th 2020 None
Throwback Challenge 2020 Celebration June 3rd - June 8th 2020 None
GO Fest Welcome July 25th Victini
The Great Gastly July 19th 2020 Gastly
GO Fest: Rocket Straight to Victory July 25th None
Making a Splash August 8th 2020 Magikarp
A Mega Discovery August 27th 2020 Beedrill
Decoding Porygon September 20th 2020 Porygon
A Tale of Tails October 17th 2020 Charmander
Investigate a Mysterious Energy September 30th 2020 Victini
An Inter-egg-sting Development October 12th 2020 None
A Spooky Message Unmasked October 24th 2020 None
Electric for Electabuzz November 15th 2020 Electabuzz
No Match for Magmar November 21st 2020 Magmar
Level 43 Challenge November 30th 2020 None
Level 45 Challenge November 30th 2020 None
Level 48 Challenge November 30th 2020 None
Level 50 Challenge November 30th 2020 None
December Community Day December 12th-13th 2020 None
Distracted by Something Shiny December 14th 2020 Celebi
Pokemon GO Tour Kanto February 20th 2021 None
Tap... Tap... Tappity-Tap... Decemer 19th - 20th 2020 Mr. Mime
Straight to the Top, Machop January 16th 2021 Machop
Stop and Smell the Roselia February 7th 2021 Roselia
The Bravest Bird March 6th 2021 Fletchling
The Higher They Fly... February 28th 2021 None
Season of Legends March 8th 2021 2021 None
Snivy in the Sunshine April 11th 2021 Snivy
Cotton-Winged Bird May 15th 2021 Swablu
Just a Nibble June 6th 2021 Gible

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