A Spooky Message 2019 Guide

Pokemon GO Spiritomb
Pokemon GO Spiritomb

A Spooky Message 2019 is a Special Research quest line that rewards a Spiritomb. The Special Research was released during the Pokémon GO Halloween 2019 event, following the initial release in 2018. This guide lists all quest steps and stage requirements to complete.

Spiritomb is available as a time limited Special Research quest reward in Pokemon GO. Spiritomb Special Research quest line is named “A Spooky Message” and it is a three part research quest line that heavily draws from Spiritomb’s Pokedex entry. Two quests in the Spooky Message chain feature the number 108, as Spiritomb’s Pokedex entry says the following: “A Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone”.

A Spooky Message 2019 tasks

Stage 1 / 3

Quest Reward
Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokemon Pokemon GO LitwickLitwick
Make 8 Great Throws 1080 XP
Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokemon Pokemon GO SableyeSableye

Stage 2 / 3

Quest Reward
Catch 10 Dark-type Pokemon Pokemon GO YamaskYamask
Spin 8 PokeStops you haven’t visited before 1080 XP
Catch 108 Pokemon Pokemon GO SpiritombSpiritomb

Stage 3 / 3

Automatically completed.


A Spooky Message, Part 1/3

Oh, %PLAYERNAME%! You’ve dropped by just in time. As I was out on my regular walk one evening, I stumbled upon this odd stone. Something told me to bring it back to my lab for further research, and ever since then, strange things have been happening. Papers shifting around, water glasses tipping all by themselves… When I tried using my computer to research it, I got an error message with the number 108 flashing! %PLAYERNAME%, can you help gather some data on nearby Ghost-type Pokemon? I have to believe we can solve these spooky occurrences with science!

  • Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokemon – rewards a Litwick encounter
  • Make 8 Great Throws – rewards 1080 XP
  • Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokemon – rewards a Sableye encounter

Stage rewards

  • 1080 Stardust
  • 10x Pokeball
  • 8x Silver Pinap Berry

A Spooky Message, Part 2/3

%PLAYERNAME%, thanks so much for your help. I did some research on Ghost-type Pokemon, and I think there’s a Ghost- and Dark-type Pokemon that is bound to a strange stone. I can’t say for sure just yet, but it seems this Pokemon may actually be composed of 108 spirits bound together. So maybe if we catch 108 Pokemon, it will appear? Good luck, %PLAYERNAME%! And…would you keep the light on in the lab for me? All this spooky research is making my hair stand on end.

  • Catch 10 Dark-type Pokemon – rewards a Yamask encounter
  • Spin 8 PokeStops you haven’t visited before – rewards 1080 XP
  • Catch 108 Pokemonrewards a Spiritomb encounter

Stage rewards

  • 1080 Stardust
  • 10x Pokeball
  • 8x Silver Pinap Berry

A Spooky Message, Part 3/3

Wow, %PLAYERNAME%! It seems we’ve had a spooky brush with Spiritomb! I can’t tell if it’s the weather, but I’ve got the shivers! You know, I feel confident that we can solve anything together, %PLAYERNAME%, even when things get scary. ” “I’ll be in touch soon!”

Stage rewards

  • 1080 Stardust
  • 3x 1080 Experience
  • 18x Spiritomb Candy

More information about the Spiritomb quest

Spiritomb special research quest was initially added as a part of Pokemon GO’s Halloween 2018 event, leveraging the existing increase in Ghost and Dark type spawns in Pokemon GO. Before this event, Spiritomb was not obtainable in Pokemon GO, so Professor Willow’s appearance and a new research were received with a lot of excitement from the player base.

Halloween 2018 event
Halloween 2018 event key art

Arguably the most difficult part of the chain is Stage 2/3, which requires the player to spin 8 PokeStops that haven’t been visited before. In urban environments, this is not a difficult task, however in rural areas this can be quite challenging, as finding 8 PokeStops which you haven’t accidentally already spun in the past two years can be a daunting task.

Luckily, the rest of the Spiritomb quests are very easy and don’t require any particular throwing skills. Additionally, Pokemon you encounter in Field or Special research tasks can’t flee, so picking up the quest chain guarantees you will get Spiritomb eventually.

As of the of writing this guide, no major bugs were reported in regards to this particular quest chain.

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