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Pokémon Go players have unlocked its big daily challenge rewards

Pokémon Go’s “research breakthrough” prizes, revealed

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Pokémon Go’s recently unveiled daily quests give new purpose to the mobile game, promising surprise rewards each day. Those culminate in a much bigger prize after seven days of successfully completing the game’s research challenges, as players have already discovered.

Several Redditors are reporting their prizes for collecting all seven stamps, the achievement awarded for completing the daily Field Research tasks. Although the feature only launched on March 30, certain players have already managed to complete seven straight days of the daily, rotating tasks. (It sounds like players switched the time zones on their phones in order to trick the game into believing they’d played for an entire week, granting them stamps for additional days as if they had completed the research challenges then.)

After a week of completing the weeklong streak of these, Professor Willow will congratulate you by presenting you with a box of goods. The reward doesn’t seem all that exciting at first: One player uploaded a video of them receiving 2,000 Stardust and 20 Poké Balls. But immediately after unwrapping that “research breakthrough” box, a Pokémon battle begins.

Trainers who have proven themselves as committed researchers will immediately get to battle Moltres, the fire-type legendary bird. While it’s possible for the Pokémon to flee or for players to fail to capture it, signs point to there being repeated chances to fight the monster.

This is the first time that players have been able to fight against Moltres outside of the limited-time Raid Battles, where legendary Pokémon are traditionally posted. From what Niantic has hinted thus far, it sounds as if players will get chances to fight additional legendaries as the months wear on.

Update: Players have discovered something really rad about this special Moltres encounter: Even if you don’t capture it the first go-round, the Pokémon won’t flee. As far as players can tell — per Reddit reports — the Pokémon has a 100 percent catch rate. Not only does that make this Moltres a much better sell than the one previously available at Raid Battles, but it also guarantees dedicated players a legendary Pokémon.

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