Field Research is an exciting new addition to the Pokémon Go game which provides tasks that can be completed by any level of Trainer, whenever he/she chooses to play. Rewards match the level of difficulty of the assignment given, ranging from basic pokéballs to a chance at capturing a hard to find monster in the wild.
Even though the new feature is quite easy to understand, there are a few tricks players can use to their advantage.
After going hands-on with the Field Research over the last few days, here’s what we’ve learned.
1. You can acquire Field Research tasks by spinning a Pokéstop. Any freestanding Pokéstop will work, you just can’t obtain one from spinning at a Gym.
2. Each Pokéstop will give out 1 task per day.
3. Each Pokéstop gives out the same task to every player. So, if a group of players wants to work on the same goals simultaneously, they can do so by acquiring their tasks from the same Pokéstops.
4. A red circle over the Binoculars Icon indicates a new task has been received and is ready to view.
5. The Binoculars Icon turns orange when a task has been accomplished and a reward awaits.
6. There’s no time limit for claiming a reward. It can even be claimed on a different day.
7. Stamps are earned when a player achieves at least one Field task in a day.
8. Only one Stamp can be achieved each day.
9. Stamps do not have to be earned on consecutive days.
10. Special Rewards and the chance to capture an extraordinary Pokémon becomes available when a player earns his/her 7th Stamp.
11. If you leave a reward unclaimed at the end of one day, you can claim it on a different day to earn a new Stamp. This is a great way to continue progressing even when you can’t play. (You can do this with up to 3 unclaimed rewards, on 3 separate days).
12. If the Reward for a task has a question mark (see below), an opportunity to catch a monster in the wild will become available once that assignment has been completed.
13. If you need to capture a certain “type” of Pokémon but aren’t sure which monsters fall into that particular category, you can look it up. Simply fill in the category name in the search area (i.e. bug, poison, fire, etc.).
14. If you struggle finding “Fire” types to catch, keep the Numel in mind. He’s a Fire/Ground type and usually easy to find in the wild no matter what the weather.
15. When asked to capture weather boosted Pokémon in the wild, there’s two ways to identify which ones they are:
Find a monster with a thick, white area encircling it on the map.
Look for a weather icon above the monster’s CP when you’re readying for a capture.
16. When you receive the assignment of spinning 10 Pokéstops, the one you spun to receive that task will count as 1. Spinning Gyms will also count toward the total. You can also spin the same Pokéstop multiple times, you just need to wait 5 minutes between spins, for it to refresh.
17. When trying to make multiple nice or great throws, there are two ways to go about it, depending on your ability.
Experienced players with a terrific throw technique, can use a regular Pokéball on something hard to capture like a Chikorita. This gives them the chance to accomplish this task with only one Pokémon due to the fact that each time the monster pops out of the ball, another opportunity arises for a quality toss toward the total.
If your throw technique needs some work, aim at monsters that are big, position themselves close, and/or have large hit boxes. Here are some suggestions:
The throws you make when trying to capture a Raid boss after you’ve defeated it, will also count toward this goal, as long as your tosses fit the requirement (nice, great). For some, a Raid boss is a much easier target than a Pokémon in the wild.
The one thing to remember when trying for great and nice throws is that it doesn’t matter whether or not you catch the monster. The quality of your toss is all that counts.
18. When you need to make 3 quality throws in a row, but fail before making it to #3, you’ll receive a message that the streak was broken.
The good news is there’s no limit to how many times you can break the streak before you succeed.
19. Occasionally, you may receive the same task twice or 2-3 tasks that have something in common. When this happens, it’s a great chance to accomplish multiple goals simultaneously.
For example, if you receive two tasks that each say, “Win a Raid,” you can accomplish both at the same time by winning a singular Raid.
20. When given the choice of 2 Pokémon to capture, you can either catch all of one type or a mix of both.
21. Each time you successfully knock life off a Pokémon in a Gym, it counts as a Gym Battle. This means that even when you’re assigned 3 or 5 battles, you can usually accomplish them all with one Gym, especially if the Gym contains multiple Pokémon.
22. If a Pokémon has 2 evolves (i.e. Pidgey), each evolve will count toward the total number of evolves required by a task. The one caveat is that you’ll have to have enough Candy for both evolves. This is where you’ll have to weigh the reward from completing the task against the cost of using valuable Candy to evolve Pokémon that you may or may not keep.
23. If you need to find Pokéstops you’ve never spun before, look for the ones that have a white ring around the top.
24. Keep a watch on your Item Bag level while playing. If it gets full, you’ll be unable to receive new Field tasks when you spin Pokéstops.
25. If your mission is to hatch an egg, incubate a 2km so you can finish the task quickly.
26. When needing to walk with a buddy for Candy, team up with a Pokémon that earns a Candy every 1km. Great examples are Geodude, Magikarp, Aron, or Wailmer.
27. One of the best features of the new Field Research function is the ability to delete tasks.
Deleting tasks allows Trainers the freedom to work toward the goals they can and want to accomplish when they have time to play. There is no limit on how many tasks can be deleted or punishment for doing so.
28. With the Field Research function, comes a new Pokémon Ranger medal.
– Bronze – 10 Completed tasks
– Silver – 100 Completed tasks
– Gold – 1000 Completed tasks
We hope these tips will help as you navigate this new part of the game.
Good luck on your adventure!