Alola to Alola Special Research

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Alola to Alola Special Research is a branching special research quest line released during the Alola to Alola event in Pokémon GO. It is available from May 25th, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. local time and lasts until completed.

The quest line revisits key locations in the Alola region, features select Alolan Pokémon and allows players to collect the new Oricorio hats. Only one hat can be obtained from the Special Research, as players have to decide which path to follow during the quest line.

How to get Alola to Alola Special Research?

Trainers who have completed previous Season of Alola special research quests (A Melemele Adventure, An Akala Adventure, An Ula’ula Adventure and A Poni Adventure) will get access to this Special Research for free. 

Trainers who have not completed these quest lines have the option to buy a Special Research ticket for US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency) from the in-game shop.

Alola to Alola (1/4) Tasks and Rewards

Task Rewards
Catch 1 Pokémon Rowlet
Catch 4 Pokémon Litten
Catch 7 Pokémon Popplio

Stage rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust, 15x PokéBall

Story

Professor Willow

%PLAYERNAME%! Good to see you. How’ve you been? Rested and relaxed, I hope? I’ve been full of energy since I saw Tapu Fini. And as I thought more about that encounter, I realized that over these past few months, we’ve been seeing quite a few Pokémon that were first found in Alola.

And you—you’ve even been lucky enough to see all four of Alola’s island guardians! I can’t say I’m completely free of envy, but I’m glad you were able to have those experiences.

After all, we professors owe much of our learning to adventurous Trainers like yourself! I wonder if our friendship would be as fruitful if our roles were reversed… I’d sure like to hope so! Haha!

Keep exploring, %PLAYERNAME%. You never know what you might find!


Alola to Alola (2/4) Tasks and Rewards

Choose a path:

Melemele Island

Raichu (Alola)

By choosing this path, you’ll be challenged with tasks related to friendship and earn rewards such as an encounter with Alolan Raichu and a Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat avatar item.

Akala Island

Marowak (Alola)

By choosing this path, you’ll be challenged with tasks related to exploring and earn rewards such as a Pa’u Style Oricorio Hat avatar item and an encounter with Alolan Marowak.

Ula’Ula Island

Vulpix (Alola)

By choosing this path, you’ll be challenged with tasks related to catching Pokémon and earn rewards such as a Baile Style Oricorio Hat avatar item and an encounter with Alolan Vulpix.

Poni Island

Exeggutor (Alola)

By choosing this path, you’ll be challenged with tasks related to battling and earn rewards such as a Sensu Style Oricorio Hat avatar item and an encounter with Alolan Exeggutor.

Story

Professor Willow

Welcome back, %PLAYERNAME%! Look at that—you’ve caught all of Alola’s first partner Pokémon! They make for quite the iconic trio. Let’s continue our Alola-inspired research today! Which of Alola’s islands piques your interest the most, %PLAYERNAME%?


Melemele Island path tasks and rewards

Raichu (Alola)

Melemele Island path (3/4)

Task Rewards
Catch 10 Pokémon 5x Razz Berry
Make 3 Nice Throws 15x Great Ball
Send 5 Gifts to friends 1x Poffin

Stage rewards: 1500 XP, 1500 Stardust, 3x Silver Pinap Berry

Melemele Island path (4/4)

Task Rewards
Send 15 Gifts to friends 1x Poffin
Take 5 Snapshots of wild Pokémon 15x Ultra Ball
Trade Pokémon 3 times 1x Star Piece
Earn 10 Hearts with your Buddy 3x Golden Razz Berry
Make a new friend 1x Lure module

Stage rewards: Alolan Raichu encounter, 4x Lucky Egg, Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat


Akala Island path tasks and rewards

Marowak (Alola)

Akala Island path (3/4)

Task Rewards
Catch 10 Pokémon 5x Razz Berry
Make 3 Nice Throws 15x Great Ball
Walk 2km 1x Incense

Stage rewards: 1500 XP, 1500 Stardust, 3x Silver Pinap Berry

Akala Island path (4/4)

Task Rewards
Walk 7km 1x Incense
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms 15x Ultra Ball
Complete 3 Field Research Tasks 1x Star Piece
Take 5 Snapshots of wild Pokémon 3x Golden Razz Berry
Hatch 3 Eggs 1x Super Incubator

Stage rewards: Alolan Marowak encounter, 2x Incubator, P’au Style Oricorio Hat


Ula’Ula Island path tasks and rewards

Vulpix (Alola)

Ula’Ula Island path (3/4)

Task Rewards
Catch 10 Pokémon 5x Razz Berry
Make 3 Nice Throws 15x Great Ball
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon 1x Lure Module

Stage rewards: 1500 XP, 1500 Stardust, 3x Silver Pinap Berry

Ula’Ula Island path (4/4)

Task Rewards
Catch 30 Pokémon 1x Mossy Lure
Make 10 Curveball Throws 15x Ultra Ball
Use 15 Berries to help catch Pokémon 1x Star Piece
Make 5 Nice Curveball Throws in a row 3x Golden Razz Berry
Catch 15 different species of Pokémon 1x Magnetic Lure

Stage rewards: Alolan Vulpix encounter, 4x Incense, Baile Style Oricorio Hat


Poni Island path tasks and rewards

Exeggutor (Alola)

Poni Island path (3/4)

Task Rewards
Catch 10 Pokémon 5x Razz Berry
Make 3 Nice Throws 15x Great Ball
Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1x Rocket Radar

Stage rewards: 1500 XP, 1500 Stardust, 3x Silver Pinap Berry

Poni Island path (4/4)

Task Rewards
Battle in the GO Battle League 10 times 1x Rocket Radar
Defeat 4 Team GO Rocket Grunts 15x Ultra Ball
Power up Pokémon 10 times 1x Star Piece
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader 3x Golden Razz Berry
Win 3 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League 1x Premium Raid Pass

Stage rewards: Alolan Exeggutor encounter, 3x Star Piece, Sensu Style Oricorio Hat


How to pick which path to pursue?

Here are the different items you will get depending on which path you choose:

  • 💛 Melemele: 2 Poffin, 1 Lure & 4 Lucky Eggs
  • 💖 Akala: 2 Incense, 3 Incubators
  • ❤️ Ula’ula: 3 Different Lures, 4 Incense
  • 💜 Poni: 2 Rocket Radars, 1 Raid Pass, 3 Star Pieces

Melemele island path seems to be intended for Trainer who are in need of more experience, and are willing to trade Pokémon in real life. 

Akala is good for Trainers who enjoy hatching eggs, but be aware that you need to hatch 3 Eggs, and that it can be easy to spend the reward Incubators on that task.

Ula’Ula is designed for Trainers who enjoy catching and plan to do mostly stationary gameplay focused around Lures. 

Poni is fine, but you still need to use a Rocket Radar to get all of the rewards, which means you will actually earn 1 Rocket Radar from it, not two.

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