The “Special Research” Tasks Function Almost Like a Single-Player Campaign Mode!
Pokémon Go has often been criticized by much of the community for not offering enough content – once you’d played around with catching Pokémon for a while, there wasn’t much NEW to do. Of course, this isn’t the only criticism – for example, it still strikes many people as strange that there is a Pokémon game released without any trading of Pokémon, an aspect which is critical to the whole concept of the series, and how the series got started.
There is BIG NEWS, however, on the “new content” front. With the addition of “Research” to Pokémon Go, players will get a lot more interaction with Professor Willow, as well as new tasks and rewards to keep them busy for a while – with the ultimate rewards being encounters with Legendary or Mythical Pokémon (outside of raids!). “Special Research” follows a particular “plot line” that is consistent for all players (relating to the search for the Mythical Pokémon Mew), and thus can serve as a sort of single-player campaign! Find more details below:
There are two different types of research you can contribute to: Field Research and Special Research. Gather Field Research tasks by spinning nearby PokéStops, which will give you objectives that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging with battles, among other things. Special Research may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and will take you on a journey to make important discoveries!
Both types of research offer great rewards, including a variety of useful items and even encounters with certain Pokémon! You can complete as many research tasks as you want every day, leading to a full day of adventures. These tasks also have different levels of difficulty, so the more challenging a research task is, the greater the reward waiting for you.
You can earn one Stamp per day by completing at least one Field Research task, and when you obtain seven stamps, you can achieve a Research Breakthrough to receive even greater rewards! You may even have an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon!
As you can see, this is big news for anyone with any interest in this game. Have you been enjoying research so far? Let us know in the comments below!