A Spooky Message Unmasked Special Research Tasks and Rewards

Galarian Yamask quest line

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A Spooky Message Unmasked is a Special Research quest line that follows the discovery of Galarian Yamask in Pokémon GO. This guide details all tasks and rewards you will get for completing this quest line. Notable encounters include costumed Sableye, Spiritomb and – of course – Galarian Yamask.

As you may suspect, you can start this research during the Pokémon GO Halloween Event 2020, but you can complete it whenever. We do recommend completing it during event hours, as you will need to catch 70 Ghost types throughout the questline.

A Spooky Message Unmasked Special Research Tasks and Rewards

A Spooky Message Unmasked Special Research Tasks and Rewards
A Spooky Message Unmasked Special Research Tasks and Rewards

A Spooky Message Unmasked (1/4)

Task Reward
Catch 30 Ghost-type Pokémon Duskull
Transfer 4 Pokémon 340 Stardust
Catch 34 Pokémon 340 XP

Stage rewards: Yamask (s), 3 Pinap Berries, 4 Razz Berries

A Spooky Message Unmasked (2/4)

Task Reward
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon Sableye
Make 8 Nice Throws 10 Pokéballs
Catch 108 Pokémon 1080 XP

Stage rewards: Spiritomb (s), 10 Potions, 8 Great Balls

A Spooky Message Unmasked (3/4)

Task Reward
Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon Litwick
Make 9 Great Throws 490 Stardust
Catch 49 Pokémon 490 XP

Stage rewards: Galarian Yamask (s), 4 Silver Pinap Berries, 9 Golden Razz Berries

A Spooky Message Unmasked (4/4)

Task Reward
Claim Reward 3400 XP
Claim Reward 1080 XP
Claim Reward 4900 XP

Stage rewards: 4 Yamask Candy, 9 Yamask Candy, 4900 Stardust

Quest dialog

Story Time with Professor Willow

Part 1

BOO! Haha, hey there, %PLAYERNAME%! Hope I didn’t scare you too much, I was just having a bit of fun during this spooky season. Say, since you’re here, I was wondering if you could help me. I’ve heard some reports of an unusual Pokémon appearing in a nearby forest.

Ah—why aren’t I just going into the dark forest myself to find this Pokémon? Scared? No! Not at all! Y-you see, I would, but I’m busy here with some…um…research! Yes!

Oh! I think I see Blanche over there near my lab and it looks like they need my help with evolving some Ghost-type Pokémon. Could you go on ahead and let me know what you find, %PLAYERNAME%? Thanks and good luck!

Part 2

Ah, Blanche, do you really think it’s Galarian form will be able to evolve— oh, glad to see you again %PLAYERNAME%—AH! What’s that sound?! Oh, it’s just a Yamask, looks like it’s looking at its mask and crying again.

This was what you found in the forest? Ah, I see. Sorry, Trainer but it looks like you’re going to have to venture back into the woods for me.

After cross-referencing eyewitness reports with some texts I found about Ghost-type Pokémon, turns out we are not looking for this particular Yamask, which was discovered in the Unova region—but another one entirely!

This other one hails from the Galar region and looks almost like stone, not a mask. Sources say the slab absorbs the Yamask’s dark power. It appears Galarian Yamask might be a bit different than its Unovan counterpart.

Unfortunately, I can’t come along with you this time either…uh…looks like Spark needs my help with some Strange Eggs he’s trying to hatch! See ya later and good luck!

Part 3

Yup, these Strange Eggs still seem to be hatching mostly Poison- and Dark-type Pokémon. This was an incredible use of time, I’m glad we got to confirm what we’ve already known—oh! Welcome back, %PLAYERNAME%, how are—EGAD! A Spiritomb! What a tricky Ghost-type Pokémon.

I have worked with some Trainers to complete research on Spiritomb in previous years, you might’ve encountered and caught one before!

There seems to be a few more of them around than we’ve seen before, which is quite frightening given they’re quite mischievous and literally 108 spirits in one Pokémon, bound to a keystone to keep it in check.

One can say that it’s bound to be a real spooky season this year! Haha, sorry Spiritomb—too soon?

Anyway, sorry to do this to you again Trainer, but third times the charm, no? I’m sure this time will surely procure you an encounter with the illusive and elusive Galarian Yamask!
I gotta go help Candela prep for the an upcoming Trainer Battle, but you go on ahead! Good luck, %PLAYERNAME%!

Part 4

Poison-, Ghost-, Bug-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon—looks like you’re all set for your spooky Trainer Battle, Candela!

Oh, hi there %PLAYERNAME%! And hello Galarian Yamask! What a curious Pokémon this is. It definitely gives off a totally different energy than it’s Unovan form.

I don’t know if you recall from earlier, but I was looking into evolving Pokémon with Blanche and it appears that Galarian Yamask is able to evolve into Runerigus!

All you need is to collect some Yamask Candy and get to evolving! It evolves into a totally different Pokémon than its Unovan form, so this will be a very exciting addition to your Pokédex, I’m certain of it!

Anyway, I’m so glad we got to go on this spooky adventure and discover a new Pokémon together!

Hope you had a ghoulish good time and hope you have an extra spoOoOoOoOoOoky day!


The numbers inside Yamask research have special meaning (source):

  • 34 – The level at which Unovan Yamask evolves into Cofagrigus
  • 108 – The number of souls bound in Spiritomb to form it
  • 49 – The amount of damage a Galarian Yamask must take without fainting to evolve into Runegrius

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