Jump-Start Special Research Guide

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Did you come back to Pokémon GO recently, but feel like you missed out on a lot? Or are you just looking for some fresh Special Research? No worries, Trainers! As part of the Third Year Anniversary Event celebrating three years of Pokémon GO, new Jump-Start Special Research quest line has been introduced to jump-start your new or continuing adventures! Curious on what awaits you? This guide will help you along the way! Careful: Spoiler Alert!

Jump-Start Research

Stage 1 of 6:

Quest / Quest Reward

  • Make a new friend / 5,000 XP
  • Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost / 5,000 XP
  • Hatch an Egg  / 5,000 XP

Stage Completion Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, Dratini Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

Stage 2 of 6:

  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy / 30x Dratini Candy
  • Take a Snapshot of Dratini / 30x Dratini Candy
  • Evolve a Dratini / 10,000 XP

Stage Completion Rewards: 1x Raid Pass, 15,000 Stardust, 2 Lucky Eggs

Stage 3 of 6:

  • Power up a Pokémon 10 times / 15,000 XP
  • Battle another Trainer in the Great League / 15,000 XP
  • Battle in a Raid / 15,000 XP

Stage Completion Rewards: 2x Lucky Eggs, 15,000 XP, 2x Star Pieces

Stage 4 of 6:

  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon / Chimchar Encounter
  • Catch a Legendary Pokémon from a Field Research Breakthrough or Raid / Piplup Encounter
  • Hatch 3 Eggs / Turtwig Encounter

Stage Completion Rewards: 2x Lucky Eggs, Guaranteed Shiny Eevee Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

Stage 5 of 6:

  • Take a Snapshot of Eevee / 30,000 XP
  • Send 5 Gifts to friends / 30,000 XP
  • Trade 3 Pokémon with a friend / 30,000 XP

Stage Completion Rewards: Lapras, 30,000 XP, 2x Lucky Eggs

Stage 6 of 6:

  • Make a new Friend / 60x Dratini Candy
  • Win a level 3 or higher Raid 60x Dratini Candy
  • Evolve a Dragonair 100,000 XP

Stage Completion Rewards: 2x Lucky Eggs, 100,000 XP, 15,000 Stardust

Total Stardust/XP Gain in Jump-Start Research

Total Stardust Gain
No Star Piece With Star Piece
60,000 Stardust 90,000 Stardust
Total XP Gain
No Lucky Egg With Lucky Egg
405,000 XP 810,000 XP


All stages – including the rewards – are summarized in this handy sharable infographic by our very own Couple of Gaming!

Jump-Start Research Graphic

As you can see Trainers, this will surely give you that Jump-Start you might need! Good luck with your Special Research, and enjoy your future adventures! 

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