Best Pokémon Go tips and tricks for August 2020

Field Research: How to finish faster

Pokémon Go Mythical Discovery Special Research

Field research lets you complete common tasks in Pokémon Go and earn rewards in the form of items, XP, and even encounters. There are a couple of things you can do, though, to complete them faster.

  • Delete tasks that are hard to complete. If you get a Raid task after Raids have ended for the day, or a catch-task for a type of Pokémon that's unlikely to spawn due to location, time, or weather, you can delete it and get another, easier to complete a task.
  • Stack tasks that are similar. If you have identical or near-identical tasks or even complementary, try to complete them at the same time. For example, if you have to catch ten Pokémon and you have to hit three Great Throws, go for the Great Throws on those ten Pokémon.
  • Failure is an option. For Raid and Gym tasks, unless they specifically say you have to win, all you really have to do is try. So, you can do a Raid, lose, and often get credit anyway. You can even lose repeatedly to knock a bunch of Raids off your list.

Special Research: How to finish Raid tasks fast

Some of the Special Research Tasks, including two for the Let's Go, Meltan task, require you to complete several Raids to proceed. That can take time, especially if you have to find the raids, and need to find help to complete them.

The good news is: You don't have to complete them. All the task wants is your Raid pass. Give it that, and you can jump out of the lobby and go on to the next Raid. Yes, it's a total waste of a Raid pass, and money if you bought a Premium Raid pass, but if you don't have the numbers to win, and your time is worth more than the Raid pass, it's a great way to get through the task quickly.

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