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Pokémon Go May 2021 Field Research tasks and rewards

Complete tasks to get a special Pokémon encounter

A hand holds up an iPhone with Pokémon Go’s Field Research menu Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

Pokémon Go has basic missions that players can complete in exchange for Pokémon encounters, items, and Stardust. They’re called Field Research Tasks.

On May 1, 2021, the reward for completing a week’s worth of stamps changed to Galarian Ponyta, the fairy-type version of the Kanto horse Pokémon. Galarian Ponyta does evolve into a special, Galarian Rapidash, but it uses the same candy as Kantonian Ponyta.

Completing the individual tasks also rewards sweet stuff. Rare spawns like Aerodactyl can be rewards for tasks, as well as important loot like Rare Candy or Golden Razzberries.

Here’s a complete list of the current Field Research Tasks and the rewards, as of May 1, 2021.

Pokémon Go May 2021 Field Research tasks and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Evolve a Pokémon Eevee encounter
Power up Pokémon 5 times Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur encounter
Take a snapshot of a bug-type Pokémon Weedle encounter
Use an Incense Aerodactyl encounter
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy Jigglypuff encounter
Send 3 gifts to friends Snubbull encounter
Trade a Pokémon Pidgeotto encounter
Catch 5 fairy-type Pokémon Clefairy encounter
Catch a dragon-type Pokémon Dratini encounter
Use 10 berries to help catch Pokémon Marill encounter
Catch 10 Pokémon Magikarp encounter
Catch 5 Pokémon with weather boost Poliwag or Vulpix encounter
Catch 3 Pokémon Hoothoot encounter
Win a level 3 of higher raid Kabuto or Omanyte encounter
Win a raid Beldum encounter
Battle 5 Team Go Rocket grunts Scyther encounter
Win 5 raids Aerodactyl encounter
Battle in the Go Battle League Drilbur encounter
Make 5 great curveball throws in a row Spinda encounter
Make 3 great throws Gastly, Anorith, or Lileep encounter
Make 5 nice throws Voltorb encounter
Make 3 great throws in a row Onix encounter
Make 3 excellent throws in a row Gible encounter
Power up Pokémon 5 times 10 Mega Beedrill or Venusaur Energy
Power up Pokémon 10 times 20 Mega Beedrill or Venusaur Energy
Spin 10 Pokéstops or gyms 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, a Pinap Berry, 5 Silver Pinap Berries, or 5 Pokéballs
Catch 10 Pokémon 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Pokéballs
Catch 5 Pokémon with weather boost 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Pokéballs
Catch a dragon-type Pokémon 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Use 5 berries to help catch Pokémon 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch 10 Pokémon with weather boost 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch 5 different species of ground-type Pokémon 2 Rare Candy
Catch 10 normal-type Pokémon 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch a Ditto 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Make 3 great throws 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Pokéballs
Make 5 nice throws 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Pokéballs
Make 2 nice curveball throws in a row 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Pokéballs
Make 5 curveball throws in a row 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Make 3 nice throws in a row 500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make an excellent throw 500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 great curveball throws 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Pokéballs, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 3 great curveball throws in a row 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 2 Golden Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Earn 3 hearts with your buddy 2 Silver Pinap Berries
Sponsored: Send 3 gifts to friends 1,000 Stardust or a Rare Candy
Sponsored: Catch 8 Pokémon 1,000 Stardust or a Rare Candy

Spinning PokéStops will give players a Field Research Task to complete. Each stop will give a task once a day, and players can hold up to three tasks at once. Upon completing a task, players will get a stamp marked with the date. After getting seven stamps from seven different days, players will encounter a special Pokémon, as well as get Stardust, items, and some XP as rewards. Players can turn in multiple tasks a day but will only receive one stamp for the first task they complete that day. After completing a task, you can wait to turn it in, if you want to save the stamp for another day.