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Pokémon Go guide: A Mythical Discovery Mew quest guide

Here’s what players will have to complete to catch Mew

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To get Mew in Pokémon Go, you’ll need to complete the quest “A Mythical Discovery.” This is accessible in your Special Research Task tab. In our Pokémon Go guide, we’ll list out the steps and rewards for doing the Mew quest, as well as tips to help you complete the quests.

Unlike Celebi’s quests, Mew’s don’t require too much preparation in advance. The only thing you’ll want to save up, other than a handful of berries, is Magikarp candy. One task involves evolving a Magikarp, so if you’re planning on getting a Gyarados soon, you should wait until you reach that task.

Seriously, do not evolve a Magikarp until you’re at this quest step. It requires 400 candies and getting another 400 when the quest comes up will absolutely suck.

Shiny Mew is in the game, though it will not appear from “A Mythical Discovery.” To get Shiny Mew, you need to complete the limited time quest from the Kanto Tour event.

Mew is not ideal for PvE content like raids, but can be useful in the PvP Great League. Its best PvP moveset is Shadow Claw with Wild Charge. Its second charge move should be either Surf or Flame Charge, according to GamePress.

All eight steps to Mew’s “A Mythical Discovery” quest line is listed below:

Mew research step 1 of 8

  • Spin 5 Pokéstops (500 XP)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon (500 XP)
  • Transfer 5 Pokémon (500 XP)

Reward: 10 Great Balls, 1 Incubator, 3 Lure Modules

Mew research step 2 of 8

  • Earn 2 candy walking with your buddy (1,000 XP)
  • Make 10 great throws (1,000 XP)
  • Hatch 3 eggs (1,000 XP)

Reward: 2,000 Stardust, 3 Incense, 20 Great Balls

Mew research step 3 of 8

  • Reach trainer level 15 (1,500 XP)
  • Battle in 2 raids (1,500 XP)
  • Battle in a gym 2 times (1,500 XP)

Reward: 1 Fast TM, 1 Charge TM, 2 Star Pieces

Mew research step 4 of 8

  • Earn the Kanto Silver Medal (2,000 XP)
  • Evolve 20 Pokémon (2,000 XP)
  • Earn 5 candy walking with your buddy (2,000 XP)

Reward: 4,000 Stardust, three Lure Modules, and 20 Great Balls

The Kanto Silver Medal requires catching 30 Pokémon from the Kanto region.

Mew research step 5 of 8

  • Catch a Ditto (2,500 XP)
  • Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon (2,500 XP)
  • Make 20 great throws (2,500 XP)

Reward: 1 Premium Raid Pass, 1 Lucky Egg, 15 Revives

Mew research step 6 of 8

  • Reach trainer level 25 (3,000 XP)
  • Evolve a Magikarp (3,000 XP)
  • Battle in 10 raids (3,000 XP)

Reward: 6,000 Stardust, 5 Rare Candies, 3 Incense

Mew research step 7 of 8

  • Catch 50 Pokémon using a berry (3,500 XP)
  • Earn a Kanto Gold Medal (3,500 XP)
  • Make an excellent curve throw (3,500 XP)

Reward: 8,000 Stardust, 5 Great Balls, Mew encounter

The Kanto Gold Medal requires catching 100 Pokémon from the Kanto region. You can keep track of your total on the top of your Pokédex.

Mew research step 8 of 8

  • Claim reward (4,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (4,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (4,000 XP)

Reward: 10,000 Stardust, 1 Super Incubator, 20 Mew candy

Once completing all the steps, Mew will pop up with AR on and unlimited plain Pokéballs handy. Mew moves around a lot, but don’t worry too much about landing excellent curve balls. Mew will eventually be caught, as long as you hit it with balls.

Mew isn’t a very good attacker for raids or gyms, but can learn an extremely versatile number of moves. However, players will need a massive amount of TMs to make Mew work to their favor, making the cute Legendary Pokémon more of a Pokédex filler than anything else.

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

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