Field Research and Special Research are two types of Quests in Pokémon GO that provide players with an additional type of day to day game play. Many quests can be accomplished alone, however, some may have special requirements.
- Field Research tasks can be collected by spinning nearby PokéStops, and they include a wide range of Pokémon-related activities.
- Special Research tasks are story-driven activities that may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and they will unfold as the Trainer completes more objectives.
Field Research Quests
Field Research Quests are available at any PokéStop and reward a Research Stamp. You can get one stamp per day by completing at least one Field Research task. Once you collect seven stamps, you will achieve a Research Breakthrough and unlock special quest rewards. Field Research quests are closely related to existing Daily Quests in other MMO games. Completing Field research quests reward items. Typical Field Research Quests are Catch a particular type, win a set number of battles and/or complete a set number of raids.
You can get 7 different types of rewards by completing quests:
- Avatar Clothing
- Pokemon Encounter
These items are confirmed Field Research Item Rewards:
Special Research Quests
“Professor Willow will present the Special Research himself with story-driven activities that will take Trainers further into the world of Pokémon GO than ever before” — this is the exact statement that was shared by The Pokémon Company International. These activities are unlocked as the Trainer completes more objectives.
As of the time of this writing, Mew is the only one confirmed reward from a quest chain called A Mythical Discovery. Completing Special research quests rewards Experience and advances the story.
A Research Breakthrough is achieved by collecting 7 Research Stamps. The date on the Stamp is not important and you don’t need to collect 7 Stamps in a row, you can collect any seven stamps.
Collecting seven Research stamps will reward the following:
- Various quest reward items, yielding much better rewards than singular quest completion rewards. It’s a bundle of rewards similar to the raid rewards bundle
- A special encounter with a Pokémon (can be Legendary) that will follow the type of quests you completed on your journey to the Research Breakthrough
There are 16 different types of Quests you can get: