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Pokémon Go guide: September 2021 research tasks and breakthrough reward

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

On Sept. 1, 2021, the Pokémon Go’s Research Breakthrough Reward for completing a week’s worth of stamps changed to Ditto, the normal-type Pokémon from the Kanto region.

You can complete Pokémon Go Field Research Tasks for Pokémon encounters, items, and Stardust. Finishing 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 Razz Berries.

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

Pokémon Go September 2021 Field Research Tasks and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Evolve a Pokémon Eevee encounter
Power up Pokémon 3 times Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur encounter
Power up Pokémon 5 times Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile encounter
Power up a Pokémon 7 times Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip encounter
Take a snapshot of a wild Pokémon Murkrow, Hoppip, or Yanma encounter
Take 2 snapshots of psychic-type Pokémon Natu encounter
Hatch an egg Mantine encounter
Hatch 2 eggs Beldum encounter
Spin 3 Poké Stops or gyms Sudowoodo encounter
Spin 5 Poké Stops or gyms Ralts encounter
Walk 2 kilometers Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip encounter
Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon Slowpoke encounter
Battle in Go Battle League Marill encounter
Earn 3 hearts with your buddy Meowth encounter
Send a gift to a friend Lotad or Seedot encounter
Trade a Pokémon Ekans or Koffing encounter
Earn 2 candies walking with your buddy Bunnelby encounter
Earn 3 candies walking with your buddy Stunfisk encounter
Catch a Shadow Pokémon Aron encounter
Catch a dragon-type Pokémon Dratini or Bagon encounter
Use 3 Nanab Berries to help catch Pokémon Murkrow encounter
Catch 5 Pokémon with weather boost Wooper, Poliwag, Vulpix, Hippopotas, or Snover encounter
Catch 3 Pokémon Rattata or Alolan Rattata encounter
Catch 7 Pokémon Magikarp encounter
Win a level 3 of higher raid Kabuto or Omanyte encounter
Win a raid Mawile encounter
Win 5 raids Aerodactyl encounter
Make 3 curveball throws in a row Skitty encounter
Make 5 great curveball throws in a row Spinda encounter
Make 3 great throws Anorith, Snubbull or Lileep encounter
Make 5 nice throws Dunsparce encounter
Make 3 great throws in a row Onix encounter
Make 3 excellent throws in a row Gible encounter
Make 2 excellent throws Tyranitar encounter
Power up Pokémon 5 times 10 Mega Blastoise, Charizard, or Venusaur Energy
Power up Pokémon 5 times 20 Mega Pidgeot Energy
Use 10 supereffective charged attacks 20 Mega Slowbro Energy
Catch 10 normal-type Pokémon 10 Mega Pidgeot Energy
Catch 10 fire-type Pokémon 10 Mega Charizard Energy
Catch 10 water-type Pokémon 10 Mega Blastoise Energy
Spin 10 Pokéstops or gyms 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, a Pinap Berry, 5 Silver Pinap Berries, or 5 Poké Balls
Catch 10 Pokémon 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poké Balls
Catch 5 Pokémon with weather boost 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poké Balls
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 Poké Balls
Make 5 nice throws 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poké Balls
Make 2 nice curveball throws in a row 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poké Balls
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 Poké Balls, 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 gives players a Field Research Task to complete. Each stop gives 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 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.