October Suicune Field Research guide: new quests, shiny Krabby, new Spinda form

Suicune October quests
Suicune October quests

Trainers, surprising no one, Niantic has finished the Legendary Beast Trio with Suicune being announced as the Research Breakthrough for the month! It is the perfect time to grab this fan favorite beast, especially if you missed its initial run back all the way in September through November of 2017, depending on where you lived in the world.

This month’s highlights:

  • You can encounter Suicune as your weekly research reward
  • Shiny Krabby and Kingler are available in the wild
  • A new Spinda form has been released (form #1)

October Suicune themed Quests

Quests that involve Throw mechanic

  • Make 2 Nice Curve Throws (in a row): Spinda #1
    • New Spinda form is available from this quest
  • Make 3 Great Throws: Gastly
  • Make 3 Great Throws In A Row: Onix
  • Make 5 Nice Throws: Voltorb
  • Make 3 Excellent Throws In A Row: Larvitar

Gym Battles/Raids

  • Battle In A Gym: Mankey
  • Win A Gym Battle: Squirtle/Charmander/Bulbasaur
  • Win 3 Gym Battles: Jynx
  • Win 5 Gym Battles: Machop
  • Use A Supereffective Charged Move in 7 Gym Battles: Electabuzz


  • Hatch 2 Eggs: Wailmer
  • Evolve 10 Water-Type Pokemon: Dratini
    • Rare Pokemon encounter quest
  • Evolve A Pokemon: Eevee
  • Hatch An Egg: Exeggcute
  • Hatch 3 Eggs: Magmar
  • Hatch 5 Eggs: Chansey


  • Catch 5 Water-Type Pokemon: Krabby
    • A shiny Krabby is available in Pokemon GO
  • Trade A Pokemon: Feebas
  • Earn a Candy With your Buddy: Octillery
  • Use 5 Pinap Berries: 1 Silver Pinap
  • Catch 5 Pokemon with Weather Boost: Vulpix
  • Catch A Dragon-Type Pokemon: Dratini (can be shiny)
  • Catch 10 Pokemon: Magikarp (can be shiny)
  • Power Up Pokemon 5 Times: Squirtle/Charmander/Bulbasaur

Credits for collecting these quests go to WigsbyLittleMix. Here is Suicune’s encounter info graphic, depicting Suicune’s CP catch range and best moves:

October Suicune field research reward
October Suicune field research reward

Suicune Meta Usage

That being said, it is unfortunate that its “best” moves are not quite that in regards to it being a Water type. Suicune just does not have good stats and has since lost access to the only possibility it had of a Water fast move, in the case of the rare Hidden Power Water. Suicune was fearsome in the main series games, but due to the simplicity of Pokémon Go, its a Dex entry.

Shiny Krabby and new Spinda form

As mentioned above, a shiny Krabby and Kingler can be caught in the wild and in quest encounters. Unlike previously speculated in our Pokemon GO 0.119.1 APK analysis, Crab Hammer is not available as a move on Kingler or Krabby yet.

Shiny Krabby Pokemon GO
Shiny Krabby Pokemon GO
A new Spinda form is available
A new Spinda form is available