Meet the permanent Special Investigations of Pokémon GO!

The special investigations Pokémon GO they function as a story mode, presented and guided by Professor Willow. This character entrusts us with a certain series of tasks to fulfill, divided into different phases. As an ultimate goal, in many of these special missions of Pokémon GO we will capture valuable Pokémons!

Of all the missions that have existed, there are Special Investigations that are permanent, while others are temporary. In this article we show you which ones you can always do, regardless of the day of the year. At the end, we will tell you some details about the temporary special missions that Niantic, the developer of Pokémon GO, launch several times.

List of permanent Special Investigations

Here you will find a list of the Special Investigations that you can do at any time of the year. Generally, the requirements to start one of these special missions is to complete the previous one, or at least complete a series of tasks in the previous one.

A unique discovery

This is the first Special Investigation you’ll ever do. Pokémon GO. It was enabled on March 30, 2022 and its last task is to capture Mew. It consists of a total of 8 stages, with numerous unique rewards after completing each one.

Phase Tasks (individual reward) ultimate reward
one
  • Spin 5 PokéStop Photo Discs (500 XP)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon (500 XP)
  • Transfer 5 Pokémon (500 XP)
  • 10 Super Balls
  • 1 Incubator
  • 3 bait modules
two
  • Get 2 candies walking with your partner (1000 XP)
  • Hit 10 Great Throws (1000 XP)
  • Hatch 3 eggs (1000 XP)
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 3 incenses
  • 20 Super Balls
3
  • Reach level 15 (1500 XP)
  • Battle in a Gym 2 times (1500 XP)
  • Participate in 2 raids (1500 XP)
  • 1 TM Charged Attack
  • 1 MT Fast Attack
  • 2 Star Pieces
4
  • Earn a Kanto Silver Medal (2,000 XP)
  • Evolve 20 Pokémon (2000 XP)
  • Get 5 candies while walking (2000 XP)
  • 4000 Stardust
  • 3 bait modules
  • 20 Super Balls
5
  • Capture Ditto (2500 XP)
  • Hit 20 Great Throws (2,500 XP)
  • Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon (2,500 XP)
  • 1 EX Raid Pass
  • 1 lucky egg
  • 15 Revive
6
  • Evolve Magikarp (3000 XP)
  • Participate in 10 raids (3000 XP)
  • Reach level 25 (3000 XP)
  • 6000 Stardust
  • 5 rare candies
  • 3 incenses
7
  • Catch 50 Pokemon using a Berry (3,500 XP)
  • Hit 1 excellent throw with a curveball (3,500 XP)
  • Earn a Kanto Gold Medal (3,500 XP)
  • Meeting with Mew
  • 8000 Stardust
  • 20 Ultra Balls
8
  • 10000 Stardust
  • 1 Super Incubator
  • 20 Mew Candy

A ripple in time

Available from August 20, 2022, in this Special Investigation we are in charge of overcoming 8 phases in order to capture Celebi. If you already have it, you will get 50 Celebi Candy as a final reward. You do not need to finish “A Rare Discovery” to start this quest, but you do need to have progressed to the fourth stage.

Phase Tasks (individual reward) ultimate reward
one
  • Give 5 times more power to a Pokémon (1000 XP)
  • Battle in a Gym 2 times (1000 XP)
  • Participate in 1 raid (1000 XP)
  • 10 Pokeballs
  • 1 MT Fast Attack
  • 1 Super Incubator
two
  • Add 3 new friends (1500 XP)
  • Evolve 1 already evolved Grass-type Pokémon (1500 XP)
  • Catch 1 Pokémon 3 days in a row (1500 XP)
  • 1500 Stardust
  • 1 Sunstone
  • 1 EX Raid Pass
3
  • Reach level 25 (2000 XP)
  • Use a Sunstone to evolve into Gloom or Sunkern (2000 XP)
  • Hatch 9 eggs (2000 XP)
  • Wild Eevee encounter
  • 1 King’s Rock
  • 1 EX Raid Pass
4
  • Walk 10km with Eevee as a companion (2500 XP)
  • Evolve an Eevee to Espeon during the day (2500 XP)
  • Send 20 gifts to your friends (2500 XP)
  • Wild Eevee encounter
  • 2500 Stardust
  • 1 metal lining
5
  • Walk 10km with Eevee as a companion (3000 XP)
  • Evolve an Eevee into a Umbreon at night (3,000 XP)
  • Trade 1 Pokemon (3,000 XP)
  • 1 Star Piece
  • 15 Pinap Berries
  • 1 MT Fast Attack
6
  • Visiting PokéStops for 7 days in a row (3,500 XP)
  • Use 25 Pinap Berries to catch Pokémon (3,500 XP)
  • Use evolution items to evolve Pokémon 2 times (3500 XP)
  • 3500 Stardust
  • 1 dragon scale
  • 5 Silver Pinia Berries
7
  • Catch 40 Grass- or Psychic-type Pokémon (4,000 XP)
  • Hit an excellent curveball shot (4000 XP)
  • Earn a Johto Gold Medal (4,000 XP)
  • meeting with celebrity
  • 1 TM Charged Attack
  • 10 Silver Pinia Berries
8
  • Capture Celebi (4,500 XP)
  • 5500 Stardust
  • 1 Super Incubator
  • 20 Celeb Candies

Let’s GO Meltan

This investigation is perfect for anyone who doesn’t play Pokémon Let’s Go, as it will allow you to capture a Meltan. On this occasion, the complete mission consists of 9 phases, although it can be short if you plan your routes well. You’re going to have to catch and evolve a lot of Pokémon!

Phase Task (individual reward) ultimate reward
one
  • Spin the Photo Disc 5 times at PokéStops or Gyms (500 XP)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon (500 XP)
  • Transfer 5 Pokémon (500 XP)
  • 1000 Stardust
  • 10 Pokeballs
  • 1 Incubator
two
  • Get 2 candies walking with your partner (1000 XP)
  • Hit 10 Great Throws (1000 XP)
  • Hatch 3 eggs (1000 XP)
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 2 lucky eggs
  • 1 MT Fast Attack
3
  • Capture 1 Ditto (1500 XP)
  • Win 2 Gimansio battles (1500 XP)
  • Participate in 2 raids (1500 XP)
  • 10 Super Balls
  • 3 incenses
  • 3 Max Revive
4
  • Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon (2000 XP)
  • Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon (2000 XP)
  • Get 5 candies walking with your partner (2000 XP)
  • 4000 Stardust
  • 5 Pinap Berries
  • 5 Rare Candies
5
  • Evolve 1 Grimer (2500 XP)
  • Capture 5 Slugma or Gulpin (2500 XP)
  • Hit 20 Great Throws (2,500 XP)
  • 5000 Stardust
  • 20 Super Balls
  • 5 bait modules
6
  • Evolve 1 Magnemite (3000 XP)
  • Capture 5 Exeggcute (3000 XP)
  • Participate in 10 raids (3000 XP)
  • 1 Silver Pinia Berry
  • 1 metal lining
  • 10 Ultra Balls
7
  • Evolve 1 Drowzee (3500 XP)
  • Capture 1 Cubone (3500 XP)
  • Evolve 1 Scyther (3500 XP)
  • 10 Ultra Balls
  • 1 TM Charged Attack
  • 3 Raid Passes
8
  • Capture 2 Omanyte or Kabuto (4000 XP)
  • Capture 2 Lileep or Anorith (4000 XP)
  • Capture 1 Aerodactyl (4000 XP)
  • Meeting with Meltan
  • 8000 Stardust
  • 1 Star Piece
9
  • Capture Meltan (4500 XP). It is done 3 times.
  • 9000 Stardust
  • 1 Super Incubator
  • 5 Meltan Candies

A worrying situation

When you get to this investigation, you will see that it is one of the shortest. This mission invites you to investigate about Team GO Rocket, in addition to which you will find several dark Pokémon that you must purify to advance in the tasks.

Phase Task (individual reward) ultimate reward
one
  • Evolve 2 Pokemons (Murkrow encounter)
  • Give 5 times more power to a Pokémon (encounter with Sableye)
  • 1000 Stardust
  • 1000 XP
  • 1000 XP
two
  • Catch 2 Shadow Pokemons (Ekans encounter)
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket recruits (Koffing encounter)
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 2000 XP
  • 5 golden berries
3
  • Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon (3000 Stardust)
  • Purify 1 Shadow Pokémon of Fire, Water or Grass type (3000 Stardust)
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 5 Silver Pinia Berries
  • 1 Rare Candy
4
  • Claim Rewards (2,000 Stardust and 1,000 XP)
  • 1 TM Charged Attack
  • 1 MT Fast Attack
  • 3 Rare Candies

A millennial lethargy

Upon reaching the date of August 20, 2022, Jirachi was enabled for everyone. With this, Niantic brought us a mission made up of 7 phases, with the final task of capturing a Jirachi. If you participated in GO Fest 2022 and got Jirachi in that event, as a final prize you will get 10 more candies.

Phase Tasks (individual reward) ultimate reward
one
  • Catch 25 Pokémon (1000 XP)
  • Spin 10 Photo Discs at PokéStops or Gyms (Jigglypuff encounter)
  • Add 3 new friends (feebas encounter)
  • 1 Mossy Bait Module
  • 1 Glacier Bait Module
  • 1 magnetic bait module
two
  • Catch 3 Whismur (10 Whismur Candy)
  • Evolve into a Feebas (1500 XP)
  • Get a gold medal from Hoenn (1500 XP)
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 10 Pokeballs
  • 3 incenses
3
  • Take a picture of Loudred (Snorlax encounter)
  • Make 3 grand throws in a row (2000 XP)
  • Earn 3 candies walking with your partner (2000 XP)
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 20 Silver Pinia Berries
  • 3 Star Pieces
4
  • Catch 50 Psychic- or Steel-type Pokémon (2,500 XP)
  • Give 10 times more power to a Pokémon (2500 XP)
  • Send 10 gifts to your friends (2500 XP)
  • 1 MT Fast Attack
  • 1 TM Charged Attack
  • 1 EX Raid Pass
5
  • Battle a team leader 3 times (Kricketune encounter)
  • Fight 7 times against another trainer (3000 XP)
  • Clear 5 raids (3000 XP)
  • 3000 Stardust
  • 3 rare candies
  • 20 Ultra Balls
6
  • Take 5 photos of a Psychic or Steel-type Pokémon (Chimecho encounter)
  • Hit 3 Great Curveball Throws (Meet Bronzong)
  • Spin the Photo Disc at a PokéStop for 7 days in a row (4,000 XP)
  • 5000 Stardust
  • 10 Silver Pinia Berries
  • 10 Star Pieces
7
  • Claim rewards (4,500 XP). It is done 3 times.
  • Encounter with Jirachi
  • 20 Jirachi Candies
  • jirachi t-shirt

Celebrate 2022

As the name implies, this Special Research is a simple celebration of the success that has Pokémon GO. It is quite short, since it consists of a single phase made up of 3 tasks of capturing Pokémons. More than a quest, it’s a gift from Niantic to all gamers.

Phase Tasks (individual reward) ultimate reward
one
  • Catch 19 Pokémon (2022 XP). It is carried out 3 times.
  • 20 Ultra Balls
  • 1 Unova Stone
  • 9 rare candies

Details about temporary Special Investigations

Throughout the year, other types of Special Investigations will appear, which are only available for a certain time. In some cases, the margin of hours and days to complete is somewhat short, so you should be vigilant. In others, however, the duration exceeds the average, as happened with “Startup Investigation” that was active for 2 months.

Of this type of investigations, you should know that there is always a Special Investigation with the celebration of Halloween and GO Fest. On the one hand, in October until November 1 you will have the opportunity to participate in the special Halloween event. On the other hand, after GO Fest, Niantic launches a related Special Research available to everyone!

Finally, from time to time there will be missions in which, in order to participate, you will have to pay for a pass. It was the case of “A colossal discovery”. Niantic also creates unique special events, such as Lurking in the Shadows, which kicked off a trilogy of investigations that allowed us to capture Legendary Pokémon.

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