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Pokémon Go ‘A Route to New Friendships’ Special Research guide

Go on walks in routes to complete this Special Research

A man and woman walk along a route with Pokémon Zygarde, Pikachu, Charizard, and Leafeon through a park in artwork for Pokémon Go Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

A Pokémon Go routes-based event has introduced a new special NPC, Mateo. As part of the “Along the Routes” event, this set of Special Research Tasks will unlock permanently once you start it. That means you can take your time completing it, as it’ll never go away.

We list out all the steps and rewards to “A Route to New Friendships” below.


‘A Route to New Friendships’ step 1 of 4

  • Explore 1 km (Lillipup encounter)
  • Spin 3 PokéStops (900 XP)
  • Earn a candy exploring with your buddy (5 Razz Berries)
  • Exchange a gift with Mateo (1 Incense)

Rewards: 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

‘A Route to New Friendships’ step 2 of 4

  • Catch 7 Pokémon (10 Poké Balls)
  • Spin 5 PokéStops (1,500 XP)
  • Explore 3 km (Wooloo encounter)
  • Walk 1,000m while traveling routes (Woobat encounter)

Rewards: 1,000 Stardust, 5 Great Balls

‘A Route to New Friendships’ step 3 of 4

  • Hatch an egg (Feebas encounter)
  • Spin 15 PokéStops (2,000 XP)
  • Complete 5 Field Research Tasks (1,000 Stardust)
  • Exchange 3 gifts with Mateo (Hisuian Sneasel encounter)

Rewards: 1,000 Stardust, 3 Ultra Balls

‘A Route to New Friendships’ step 4 of 4

At the time of writing, this step is unknown. We’ll update this guide once players get to this point.

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