If you want to be the best, you must be aware of the Pokémon Go Field Research Missions – Ever-changing missions and activities that players can collect and complete for bonuses and rewards. Here is all the current missions for February 2021.
When we talk about research in Pokémon Go, there are two types to understand. Field Research Tasks are randomly chosen missions, with missions and rewards that change based on the month, season, and current events. Completing them can lead to research breakthroughs that provide more unique rewards that also change over time. Special Research, meanwhile, are preset quest chains based on stories that Professor Willow delivers from time to time.
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How Pokémon Go Field Research Missions Work and Their Rewards
Field research missions they’re essentially little mini-quests the game gives you when you spin Pokestops, and sometimes randomly from time to time. Each PokeStop receives a specific field research mission assigned each day, and while you can complete a mission more than once a day, you will only get the same mission from any PokeStop. The rewards vary by mission and are listed below.
You can complete as many or as few field research missions as you want, but you will want to try to complete at least one mission per day to work towards your research advancement. The missions encompass all aspects of Pokémon Go and, in a sense, exist for players to experience all aspects of the game. Field research missions may ask you to fight a raid, fight in a gym, hatch Pokémon eggs, catch certain types of Pokémon, or even spin Pokestops, and these are just a few examples.
Sometimes a task will reward you with items, but other times you will be rewarded with a rare encounter with Pokémon – field research tasks are the only way to find and catch Spinda, for example. These encounters are also very useful as Pokémon found this way cannot run away..
The missions and rewards that are offered rotate monthly for the most part, which means that at the end of a month, Niantic will withdraw the missions and rewards and replace them with new ones. Here are the current missions and rewards:
Pokémon Go Field Research List: April 2021 Rewards and Quests
As we explained earlier, everything around the field research mission system is in rotation. Each month brings a different set of events with different objectives, and we will keep this page updated with whatever the current mission set is. Here are the missions that you will find in your Field research checklist during April 2021, but remember that these missions are given randomly, so you will see that it is totally coincidental.
Field Research Missions have a random element to their rewards, so there is a chance that you will get more basic rewards like Pokeballs, Stardust, and other items. However, each mission has a Pokémon encounter that it has a chance to reward you with, and here is a list of those missions and encounters:
Catch missions and field research rewards
|Catch 5 Pokémon||Nidoran♀ (bright opportunity)
Nidoran♂ (bright opportunity)
|Catch 10 Pokémon||Magikarp (bright opportunity)|
|Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost||Vulpix (bright opportunity)
Poliwag (bright opportunity)
|Use 5 berries to help catch Pokémon||Strong|
|Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon||Dratini (bright opportunity)|
|Catch 5 Grass-type Pokémon||Chikorita (bright opportunity)|
Launch field research missions and rewards
|Make 5 great Curveball throws in a row||Spinda pattern # 3 (bright possibility)|
|Make 5 good throws||Voltorb (bright opportunity)|
|Make 3 great shots||Gastly (bright chance)
Lileep (bright opportunity)
Anorith (all bright possibility)
|Make 3 great throws in a row||Encounter with Onix (bright chance)|
|Make 3 excellent throws in a row||Gible encounter (bright chance)|
Battlefield Research Missions and Rewards
|Win a raid||Ferroseed (bright chance)|
|Win 5 raids||Aerodactyl (bright possibility)|
|Win a level 3 or higher raid||Omanyte (bright opportunity)
Kabuto (bright opportunity)
|Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt||Stunky|
|Battle in GO Battle League||Oddish (bright chance)
Bellsprout (shiny chance)
Management and Evolution Field Research Missions and Rewards
|Evolve a Pokémon||Eevee (bright opportunity)|
|Power up a Pokémon 5 times||Bulbasaur (bright opportunity)
Charmander (bright opportunity)
Squirtle (bright opportunity)
|Win 5 hearts with your friend||Cubone (bright opportunity)|
|Send 3 gifts to friends||Bunnelby (bright opportunity)|
|Trade a Pokémon||Wurmple (bright chance)|
|Take a snapshot of a Grass-type Pokémon||Bulbasaur (bright opportunity)|
|Use an incense||Onix (bright opportunity)|
Explanation of the advances and stamps of the field investigation
As you can see from the field mission screen within Pokemon Go, there is a series of stamps that add up to seven stamps. You can only earn one stamp per day even if you complete multiple missions, so basically this stamp series is designed to last for a week. When you reach the sealed seventh day, you will unlock a Research progress, represented on the screen by Professor Willow’s large wrapped package.
Exactly what will be inside these packs varies from month to month along with the other research bonuses and rewards, including the chance of an evolution item from Sinnoh or Unova Stone being dropped. On top of that, every month this ‘research breakthrough’ features an encounter with Pokémon. You also have an unlimited number of attempts to catch them, since Pokémon found this way cannot escape. As long as you have patience and Pokeballs, you can keep trying until they catch them.
This is a great place to practice how to make excellent throws and curveball throws in Pokémon Go as well. Pokémon caught this way will also have naturally high stats, the same kind of stats you can find in Pokémon found as part of raid battles. All in all, this is a great way to catch rare Pokemon.
The reward for April 2021 is an encounter with Frillish, including the possibility of obtaining a Shiny frillish. In addition to encountering Pokémon, each research breakthrough will earn you Stardust, XP, and a random amount of other items, including a chance to obtain a Sinnoh Stone or Unova Stone evolution item.
Rewards for Advancement in Previous Research
For the sake of posterity, here are the rewards from previous field research breakthroughs featured in Pokemon Go, just so you know what you’ve been missing.
2018 Research Breakthrough rewards in Pokémon Go:
- April 2018: Moltres (fire investigation)
- May 2018: Zapdos (electrical research)
- June 2018: Articuno (ice research)
- July 2018: Snorlax (Kanto investigation)
- August 2018: Raikou (electrical research)
- September 2018: Entei (research on the subject of fire)
- October 2018: Suicune (research on the subject of water)
- November 2018: Shedinja (Bug Investigation)
- December 2018: Best of 2018 (all Pokémon above)
- January and February 2019: legendary birds
- March and April 2019: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-oh, Regice, Registeel, Regirock
- May and June 2019: Ho-oh, Lugia, Latias, Latios
- July and August 2019: Kyogre, Groudon, Latias, Latios
- September and October 2019: Eevee Flower Crown
- November and December 2019: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Kyogre, Groudon
- January 2020: Lapras (with Ice Shard and Ice Beam)
- February 2020: Woobat
- March 2020: Ferroseed
- April 2020: Alolan Exeggutor
- May 2020: Shinx
- June 2020: Trapinch
- July 2020: Larvitar
- August 2020: Scraggy
- September 2020: Alolan Raichu
- October 2020: Shedinja
- November 2020: Togetic
- December 2020: Lapras or Unovan Darumaka
- January and February 2021: Chansey
- March 2021: Gible
- April 2021: Frillish