Pokémon Go: Professor's Research Guide

Pokemon Go Professor Willow
Pokemon Go Professor Willow (Image credit: Niantic)

Only a couple weeks before the fifth anniversary of Pokémon Go and Pokémon Go Fest 2021, The Pokémon Company has finally released a Pokémon card featuring one of the NPCs from Pokémon Go! In addition to the card, players get a code for a Special Research line: Professor's Research. We here at iMore have everything you need to know to complete this Special Research and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!

What is Professor's Research in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon Go Professor Willow Card (Image credit: Niantic)

Professor's Research is a Special Research line available for players who receive a Pokémon Card featuring Professor Willow by making a purchase of Pokémon Go merchandise at The Pokémon Center from June 2021 onward. The card itself is a pretty powerful support card which allows the player to discard their hand and draw seven new cards. Currently, the only way to get the card is by purchasing Pokémon Go merchandise from the Pokémon Center, but more ways to obtain the card may be available in the future.

How do you complete Professor's Research in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon 808 Meltan (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Your Professor's Research card comes with a code that can be entered on Niantic's website. Starting in July 2021, players who enter the code will unlock the Special Research line: Professor's Research and be able to complete it like any other Special Research. It is a six page research that rewards players with lots of useful items, Pokémon encounters, and even a chance to catch the Mythical Pokémon, Meltan!

Step One

  • Spin ten PokéStops for ten PokéBalls
  • Use ten Berries to help catch Pokémon for ten Great Balls
  • Make ten Great Throws for ten Ultra Balls

Completion Rewards: Klink encounter, 500 Stardust, 500 XP

Step Two

  • Catch 20 Pokémon for a Spheal encounter
  • Evolve ten Pokémon for a Feebas encounter
  • Purify five Shadow Pokémon for an Incense

Completion Rewards: Lapras encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

Step Three

  • Hatch five Eggs for an Incubator
  • Trade a Pokémon for a Magnemite encounter
  • Send five Gifts to Friends for an Electrike encounter

Completion Rewards: Electabuzz encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

Step Four

  • Battle another Trainer five times for three Premium Battle Passes
  • Win five Raids for a Houndour encounter
  • Mega Evolve three Pokémon for a Slugma encounter

Completion Rewards: Rapidash encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

Step Five

  • Give your Buddy Pokémon three treats for a Poffin
  • Earn a Heart with your Buddy Pokémon for a Porygon encounter
  • Earn ten Candy walking with your Buddy Pokémon for a Ditto encounter

Completion Rewards: Meltan encounter, 5,000 Stardust, 5,000 XP

Step Six

  • Autocompleted for 5,000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 5,000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 5,000 XP

Completion Rewards: 30 Meltan Candy

Questions about Professor's Research in Pokémon Go?

Do you have any questions about completing Professor's Research in Pokémon Go? Drop them in the comments below and be sure to check out our other Pokémon Go guides so you too can be a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.