October 2021 Field Research Tasks and Rewards

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Complete list of new and returning Field Research tasks available in Pokémon GO during October 2021. You cake take a look at the October 2021 Events Calendar as well, since that article contains the full list of events taking place this month.

We’re currently in the Pokémon GO Season of Mischief, which means some tasks may differ across hemispheres. Each month brings a new Research Breakthrough.

Research Breakthrough


From Friday, October 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Yamask in Research Breakthrough encounters. Yamask can be shiny! Yamask is only ever seen at Halloween, so be sure to get your weekly breakthrough to catch this elusive Pokémon.

New tasks

New tasks that are available during the month of September:

Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon Gastly
Catch 18 Ghost-type Pokémon Spiritomb
Catch 18 Dark-type Pokemon Spiritomb
Make 3 Nice Throws in a row Houndour
Make 2 Excellent throws Grimer (Alola)
Use 3 Pinap Berries While catching a Pokemon Hoothoot
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Scyther
Win a Raid Litwick
Hatch an Egg
Take 2 snapshots of wild Ghost-type Pokémon Shuppet
Earn 3 Hearts with your Buddy Poochyena
Spin 5 Pokéstops or Gyms Ralts
Trade a Pokémon Dwebble
Send a Gift to a friend Spinarak
Win a Trainer Battle in the GO Battle League Karrablast

Staying tasks

Here are the seasonal tasks and permanent encounters that stay each month:

Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost
Evolve a Pokémon Eevee
Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon
Catch 7 Pokémon Magikarp
Make 5 Nice Throws Dunsparce
Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row Gible
Make 3 Great Throws in a row Onix
Make 3 Great Throws
Win a Level 3 or higher raid Kabuto Omanyte
Win 5 raids Aerodactyl
Power Up Pokémon 3 times
Power Up Pokémon 5 times
Power Up Pokémon 7 times
Earn 2 candies walking with your buddy Bunnelby
Earn 3 candies walking with your buddy
Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row Spinda
Hatch 2 Eggs Beldum
Take a snapshot of a wild Pokémon
Spin 3 Pokéstops or Gyms Sudowoodo


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