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While most of the rare Pokémon you catch in Pokémon Go come from Raids, Eggs, or spawning on the map, each month Trainers can catch earn encounters with a particular Pokémon just for completing a week's worth of Field Research tasksin the form of Research Breakthrough Rewards. These are 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 each month. Read ahead for every past Research Breakthrough Reward, as well as the current Pokémon encounter, and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories, so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!

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What is the current Research Breakthrough Reward in Pokémon Go?

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Starting at 4 PM EST April 1, 2021, the Research Breakthrough Reward will be a male Frillish. The Water and Ghost type from the Unova region evolves into Jellicent for 50 candy and is either pink or blue based on gender. This Frillish has a CP range of 501-539. The Shiny version is green for males and red for females. The research will run through 4 PM EST May 1, 2021.

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.

March 2021

From March 1, 2021, at 3 PM EST through April 1, 2021 at 4 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Gible. It had a CP range of 441-477.

February 2021

From February 1, 2021, at 3 PM EST through March 1, 2021 at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Snorlax. It had a CP range of 1320-1382.

January 2021

From January 1, 2021, at 3 PM EST through February 1, 2021, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Chansey*. It had a CP range of 490-537.

December 2020

From December 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through January 1, 2021, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Rewards were Lapras* and Darumaka. Lapras had a CP range of 1076-1131, and Darumaka had a CP range of 576-618.

November 2020

From November 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST through December 1, 2020, at 3 PM EST, the Research Breakthrough Reward was Togetic. It had a CP range of 638-732.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Questions about Research Breakthrough Rewards?

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