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Pokemon GO Field Research Guide – How to Get, Breakthroughs & More

Here’s a full rundown of everything you need to know about Field Research and Field Research Breakthroughs in Pokemon GO!

In addition to catching as many Pokemon as possible, Pokemon GO players also want to complete Research Tasks, both big and small.

If you want a bite-size challenge to do in Pokemon GO then Field Research Tasks are probably for you. Plus, if you complete enough, you’ll get a great reward for reaching a Field Research breakthrough!

What is Field Research in Pokemon GO?

A Field Research Task is a small mission that Pokemon GO players can complete to get a Research Breakthrough reward at the end of each week. These missions will always be simple tasks, such as using Berries to catch Pokemon, or powering up a creature of your choice.

Each Field Research will also give players a minor reward upon completion.

There are a variety of different Field Research Tasks that players can get, each requiring players to do something different in-game. These Tasks can ask players to do anything from catching Pokemon to battling in Raids and all give a small reward upon completion.

The harder the Field Research Task, the better the reward!

You can view your current Field Research Tasks by pressing the binoculars icon in the bottom right of your screen.

Pokemon GO View Field Research Tasks

How to Get Field Research Tasks

To get a Field Research Task in Pokemon GO, you must go up to a PokeStop or Gym and spin it.

  • Find a PokeStop or Gym and walk up to it
  • Press on the PokeStop or Gym to see the Photo Disc
    • If it is a Gym, you will also need to press the Photo Disc icon in the bottom right of the screen
  • Swipe left or right to spin the photo disc
  • You will get some XP, items, and a new Field Research Task (if you have space to take on another Task)

If you’re lucky, you may also get an Egg for spinning a PokeStop. Check out our Pokemon GO Eggs guide for more information on how to hatch them!

Spin PokeStop Pokemon GO

You can only get one Field Research Task per day from each PokeStop or Gym (these reset at midnight local time) and can only hold a maximum of 3 at a time. However, there is no limit on how many you can complete each day.

Additionally, players will get a random Field Research Task every day at 12 AM.

Types of Field Research Task

There are 5 different types of Field Research Tasks in Pokemon GO. You can tell what type of Field Research it is by the tab in the bottom right corner of the Task.

  • Standard Field Research Task
    • Obtained by Spinning a PokeStop or Gym
    • No colored tab
  • Bonus Field Research Task
    • Automatically given to every Pokemon Trainer at 12 AM every day if they have less than 3 Field Research Tasks
    • Green tab
  • Event Field Research Task
    • Obtained by spinning a PokeStop or Gym during an in-game event
    • Orange Tab
  • Sponsored Field Research Task
    • Obtained by visiting a sponsored location
    • Purple tab
  • GO Fest 2022: Ultra Incursion Field Research

How to Remove Field Research Tasks

To remove Field Research Tasks you don’t want to complete, you need to press the trash can icon in the top right corner of the Task you want to remove.

  • Press the binoculars icon in the bottom right corner to see your Field Research
  • Find the Field Research Task you want to remove
  • Press the trash can icon in the top right of that Field Research Task
  • Press Ok
Pokemon GO Trash Field Research

What Are Field Research Stamps?

The first time you complete a Field Research Task each day, you are awarded a Field Research Stamp.

Once you collect 7 Field Research Stamps, you get a Field Research Breakthrough. This gives you a number of rewards as well as a Pokemon encounter.

The reward Pokemon you encounter from a Field Research Breakthrough changes every month. You can find this information on the Pokemon GO website.

Pokemon GO Field Research Progress

Research Breakthrough Rewards

For reaching a Field Research Breakthrough, you will get:

  • 2000 Stardust
  • 3000 XP
  • A Pokemon Encounter (the Research Breakthrough Pokemon changes every month)
  • A Mystery Item – one of the following:
    • 20 Poke Balls
    • 5 Ultra Balls
    • 5 Pinap Berries
    • 3 Rare Candy
    • 1 Sinnoh Stone
    • 1 Unova Stone

Find out all of the Pokemon you can evolve with Sinnoh Stones and Unova Stones.

Pokemon GO Field Research Breakthrough Rewards

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