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Pokémon Go Jump-Start Research guide

Here are all the steps you’ll need to complete, as well as the rewards!

Lapras in Pokemon Go Photo: Michael McWhertor/Polygon
Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

After a bit of a drought, Pokémon Go has finally added a new Special Research quest: Jump-Start Research. It’s designed to get returning players up to speed, while also giving new players something to work for. The rewards for this quest are surprisingly generous, and it should be well within the reach of even casual players.

Here’s everything you’ll need to do to complete the Jump-Start Research quest. (Special thanks to Reddit user, u/geocean for flying through these so quickly. We’ll be confirming these for ourselves over the weekend.)

Step 1

  • Add 1 new friend (5,000 XP)
  • Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost (5,000 XP)
  • Hatch an Egg (5,000 XP)

Reward: 15,000 Stardust, Dratini Encounter, 2 Lucky Eggs

Step 2

  • Evolve a Dratini (10k XP)
  • Earn a Candy with your buddy (30 Dratini Candy)
  • Take a snapshot of Dratini (30 Dratini Candy)

To take a snapshot, select the Dratini in your Pokémon menu and tap the camera icon on the top right.

Reward: 15,000 Stardust, 1 Raid Pass, 2 Lucky Eggs

Step 3

  • Power up a Pokémon 10 times (15,000 XP)
  • Battle a trainer in the Great League (15,000 XP)
  • Battle in a raid (15,000 XP)

Reward: 15,000 XP, 2 Lucky Eggs, 2 Star Pieces

Step 4

  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (Chimchar Encounter)
  • Catch a Legendary, either from a Breakthrough or a raid (Piplup Encounter)
  • Hatch 3 eggs (Turtwig Encounter)

Reward: 2 Lucky Eggs, 15,000 Star Dust, Shiny Eevee Encounter (!)

Step 5

  • Take a snapshot of Eevee (30,000 XP)
  • Send 5 gifts to friends (30,000 XP)
  • Trade 3 Pokémon (30,000 XP)

Reward: 30,000 XP, 2 Lucky Eggs, Lapras Encounter

Step 6

  • Make a new friend (60 Dratini Candy)
  • Win a level 3 or higher raid (60 Dratini Candy)
  • Evolve a Dragonair (100,000 XP)

Reward: 100,000 XP, 2 Lucky Eggs, 15,000 Star Dust

If this is your first special research quest, there should be three more to complete: