Mew Special Research: “A Mythical Discovery” guide

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A Mythical Discovery is a Special Research quest chain that leads to the discovery of Mew in Pokémon GO. The quest has eight stages with multiple interactions with Professor Willow along the way.

This page lists all of the Mew Special Research tasks and rewards and answers one important question: how to get Mew in Pokémon GO. Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.

Mew Special Research Tasks and Rewards

Stage 1 out of 8

Trainer, how are you? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? You’ve become quite the Trainer! I wanted to ask for your help. As you know, I study Pokémon and their habitats. I’ve learned a lot over the years, but recently, I’ve found some hints of something mysterious. I was wondering if you would help me investigate what’s going on. You will? That’s great! First things first, let’s calibrate my instruments to your area. Could you please complete the following research tasks?


Spin 5 PokeStops 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokemon 500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokemon 500 XP


Great Ball x10
Incubator x1
Lure Module x3

Stage 2 out of 8

Great. Thanks, Trainer! Now I should be able to detect anything out of the ordinary. I believe we need to be on the lookout for a Mythical Pokémon! Mythical Pokémon are extremely rare and unique, and many consider their existence to be mere rumor. Could you help get my equipment set up around your local habitat? This’ll be a great time to take your buddy out to explore a bit and hatch some Eggs!


Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Make 10 Great Throws 1000 XP
Hatch 3 Eggs 1000 XP


Stardust 2000
Incense x3
Great Ball x20

Stage 3 out of 8

Incredible! This confirms my initial suspicion. I think we’re seeing evidence of Mew! A Pokémon found in a jungle far to the south that was thought to have been extinct. It is so rare that many experts say that it is a myth. Only a few people have seen it worldwide. Apparently, it appears only to those people who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to see it. My colleagues in Kanto, including my instructor, Professor Oak, spent a long time studying Mew. It looks like our findings match theirs! According to our research, Mew was said to be observed using moves of all kinds. This observation has led some of us to say that Mew is the ancestor of all Pokémon! Perhaps by studying Pokémon in battle, we’ll learn more!


Reach Level 15 1500 XP
Battle in a Gym 2 times 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP


Charge TM x1
Quick TM x1
Star Piece x2

Stage 4 out of 8

Great work, Trainer! This will help point us in the right direction. Did you know Mew is said to hold the genetic codes of all Pokémon? Mew’s secrets could be a link to understanding the mystery of Pokémon growth and Evolution! Let’s study some Pokémon Evolution to learn more about Mew!


Earn a silver Kanto medal. 2000 XP
Evolve 20 Pokemon 2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy 2000 XP


Stardust 4000
Lure Modules x3
Great Ball x20

Stage 5 out of 8

Amazing. Just amazing! Isn’t Evolution wondrous? I learn something new every time I see it! With the data we’ve collected so far, I should be able to pinpoint Mew’s location! It looks like…

Yes, it looks like Mew has visited your area recently! Hmm… Interesting. If that’s the case, someone should have reported a sighting… Maybe Mew is hiding or disguised as another Pokémon? Let’s study some other Pokémon that use these tricks and the best ways to catch them!


Catch Ditto 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Catch 10 Ghost Pokemon 2500 XP


Premium Raid Pass x1
Lucky Egg x1
Revive x15


Stage 6 out of 8

Thank you, Trainer! With your help, I’ve determined that Mew is invisible! Let’s collect some data to build a tool to find it. I have an idea… I’ll need you to study some powerful Pokémon up close to help me out!


Reach Level  25 3000 XP
Battle 10 Raids 3000 XP
Evolve a Magikarp 3000 XP


Stardust 6000
Rare Candy x5
Incense x3

Stage 7 out of 8

Nice! My prototype is functioning well. I’ve upgraded your AR camera with the new ability to see invisible Pokémon! The final step is to lure out Mew. Mew is said only to appear to those who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to meet it… Let’s show Mew what a great Trainer you are and how excited we are to see it!


Mew can be caught without AR mode, despite the quests strong focus on AR camera.


Catch 50 Pokémon using a Berry 3500 XP
Make 1 Excellent Curve throw 3500 XP
Earn a Gold Kanto medal 3500 XP


Stardust 8000
Ultra Ball x20
A Mythical Pokémon Encounter x1

Stage 8 out of 8

We found Mew! Awesome! This is an experience to remember forever. Now you can see why I love studying Pokémon so much! The whole world is out there to discover. So go have some fun! My assistants and I will request some Special Research from you in the future. Stay in touch!


Catch Mew 4000 XP


Stardust 10000
Super Incubator x1
Mew Candy x20

Credits for objective and rewards discoveries

  • Zerogahan for Stage I
  • Turtlesam15 for Stage II
  • NathanH96 for Stages III, IV and V

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