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Starting in April 2018, Pokémon Go introduced Research Breakthrough Rewards. These were special bonus rewards earned after completing seven days of Field Research. Unlike Field Research Rewards that are determined by the Task completed, Research Breakthrough Rewards change at least every couple of months. Fortunately, we've got this handy guide to let you know what those rewards will be!

What is the current Research Breakthrough Reward in Pokémon Go?

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Beginning November 1, 2020 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward is: Togetic. Togetic, the Happiness Pokémon, is a Fairy and Flying type and the evolution of the very first baby Pokémon introduced, Togepi. Togetic can evolve with 100 Candies and a Sinnoh Stone into Togekiss, one of the most powerful Fairy types in Pokémon Go!

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What is a Research Breakthrough Reward in Pokémon Go anyway?

After collecting seven Field Research Stamps, Trainers can collect a Research Breakthrough Reward in Pokémon Go. That Reward will include 2,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP, a limited Pokémon Encounter, and a Mysterious Item. The Pokémon encounter changes depending on when you collect it. The Mysterious Item is random from a pool of Items that include:

  • Poké Ball (20x)
  • Ultra Ball (5x)
  • Pinap Berry (5x)
  • Rare Candy (3x)
  • Sinnoh Stone
  • Unova Stone

How do you earn a Research Breakthrough Reward in Pokémon Go?

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Research Breakthrough Rewards are a bonus for something you're probably already doing: Field Research. Field Research are the various Tasks you pick up upon spinning a PokéStop. Each PokéStop gives out a different Field Research each day and you can hold up to three of these Tasks at a time. Currently, Niantic is also rewarding a single bonus research task every day, because so many cannot safely reach PokéStops. You can complete as many Field Research Tasks in a day as you want but you can only earn one stamp towards your Research Breakthrough Reward. Your stamp is earned upon collecting your Field Research Reward so you can save completed tasks for days you might be too busy. Once you've earned seven stamps, you can collect your Research Breakthrough Reward. It's just that simple!

Which Research Breakthrough Reward will you get?

Maybe this month's Pokémon Encounter is for a Pokémon you already have plenty of or one you're just not interested in. Well, just like you can save your Field Research for a future day, you can also hold off on collecting your Research Breakthrough Reward. Your Reward is determined when you collect it, not when you earn it.

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What were the previous Research Breakthrough Rewards?

The Pokémon Encounter available for Research Breakthrough Rewards is available for a limited period of one or two months and change out on the first of the month at 3 PM EST. It's usually a Legendary Pokémon or one of multiple Legendary Pokémon, but sometimes it will be a rare Pokémon with exclusive moves or even a Pokémon that hasn't been available in Pokémon Go before. These are all the previous Research Breakthrough Rewards.

October 2020

From October 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through November 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Shedinja. It had a CP range of 131-168.

September 2020

From September 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through October 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Alolan Raichu. It had a CP range of 929-980.

August 2020

From August 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through Septmber 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Scraggy. It had a CP range of 549-588.

July 2020

From July 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through August 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Larvitar. It had a CP range of 411-445.

June 2020

From June 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through July 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Trapinch with bonus Candy. It had a CP range of 507-546.

May 2020

From May 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through June 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Shinx with bonus Candy. It had a CP range of 343-375.

April 2020

From April 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through May 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Alolan Exeggutor with with bonus Stardust. It had a CP range of 1233-1292.

March 2020

From March 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through April 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Ferroseed with bonus stardust. It had a CP range of 370-403.

February 2020

From February 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through March 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Woobat with bonus candies. This was Woobat's introduction into Pokémon Go. It had a CP range of 401-435.

January 2020

From January 1, 2020 at 3 PM EST through February 1, 2020 at 3 PM EST the Research Breakthrough Reward was Lapras with the exclusive moveset Ice Shard and Ice Beam. This Lapras had a potential CP range of 1076-1131 and the potential to be Shiny.

November to December 2019

From November 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST through January 1, 2020 at 3 PM EST the Research Breakthrough Reward was one of five Legendary Pokémon. The possible Rewards included: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Kyogre, and Groudon. All five had the potential to be Shiny. The CP ranges were:

  • Articuno: 1249-1308
  • Zapdos: 1448-1511
  • Moltres: 1422-1485
  • Kyogre: 1695-1764
  • Groudon: 1695-1764

September to October 2019

From September 1, 2019, at 3 PM EST through November 1, 2019, at 3 PM EST the Research Breakthrough Reward was a costumed Eevee wearing a Flower Crown. This Eevee had a potential CP range of 424-459 and the potential to be Shiny.

July to August 2019

From July 1, 2019, at 3 PM EST through September 1, 2019, at 3 PM EST the Research Breakthrough Reward was one of four Legendary Pokémon. The possible Rewards included: Latias, Latios, Groudon, and Kyogre. All four had the potential to be Shiny. The CP ranges were:

  • Latias: 1441-1504
  • Latios: 1568-1634
  • Groudon: 1695-1764
  • Kyogre: 1695-1764

May to June 2019

From May 1, 2019, at 3 PM EST through July 1, 2019, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was one of four Legendary Pokémon. The possible Rewards included: Lugia, Ho-oh, Latias, and Latios. All four had the potential to be Shiny. The CP ranges were:

  • Lugia: 1521-1587
  • Ho-oh: 1589-1655
  • Latias: 1441-1504
  • Latios: 1568-1764

March to April 2019

From March 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST through May 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was one of eight Legendary Pokémon. The possible Rewards included: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-oh, Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. Lugia and Ho-oh had the potential to be Shiny. The CP ranges were:

  • Raikou: 1417-1479
  • Entei: 1425-1488
  • Suicune: 1220-1278
  • Lugia: 1521-1587
  • Ho-oh: 1589-1655
  • Regirock: 1277-1338
  • Regice: 1277-1338
  • Registeel: 994-1048

January to February 2019

From January 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST through March 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was one of eight Legendary Pokémon. The possible Rewards included: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, and Ho-Oh. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, and Ho-oh had the potential to be Shiny. The CP ranges were:

  • Articuno: 1249-1308
  • Zapdos: 1448-1511
  • Moltres: 1422-1485
  • Raikou: 1417-1479
  • Entei: 1425-1488
  • Suicune: 1220-1278
  • Lugia: 1521-1587
  • Ho-oh: 1589-1655

December 2018

From December 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST through January 1, 2019 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was one of six Legendary Pokémon. The possible Rewards included: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres had the potential to be Shiny. The CP ranges were:

  • Articuno: 1249-1308
  • Zapdos: 1448-1511
  • Moltres: 1422-1485
  • Raikou: 1417-1479
  • Entei: 1425-1488
  • Suicune: 1220-1278

November 2018

From November 1, 2018, at 3 PM EST through December 1, 2018, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Shedinja. Shedinja had a CP range of 131-168.

October 2018

From October 1, 2018, at 3 PM EST through November 1, 2018, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Suicune. Suicune had a CP range of 1220-1278.

September 2018

From September 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST through October 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Entei. Entei had a CP range of 1425-1488.

August 2018

From August 1, 2018, at 3 PM EST through September 1, 2018, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Raikou. Raikou had a CP range of 1417-1479.

July 2018

From July 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST through August 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Snorlax with the exclusive move Body Slam. Snorlax had a CP range of 1320-1382.

June 2018

From June 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST through July 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Articuno. Articuno had a CP range of 1249-1308.

May 2018

From May 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST through June 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Zapdos. Zapdos had a CP range of 1448-1511.

April 2018

From April 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST through May 1, 2018 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Moltres. Moltres had a CP range of 1422-1485.

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