A new feature is coming to Pokémon GO on March 30th! It’s research tasks, that players can tackle in order to get various rewards. There’s two type of research: Field Research and Special Research, and both offer rewards.
You get tasks from PokéStops. By spinning them, you can get various objectives, that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon, engaging in battles, and more. Completing at least one nets you a Stamp, and when you’ve collected 7 of them, you can achieve a Research Breakthrough: when that happens, you get even greater rewards!
The tasks you can get from a PokéStop change every day, and all players get the same ones (from that specific PokéStop, not all PokéStops have the same set of tasks available). If you cancel one (by mistake or not), you can get it again by spinning the PokéStop you got it from again.
You get those tasks directly from Professor Willow, and all we know about them so far is that they will “take you on a journey to make important discoveries”.
The rewards mentioned above, that you get by completing research tasks, include various useful items, but also encounters with certain Pokémon (including Mew, but also Moltres). You can actually complete as many research tasks as you want every day, and there’s even different difficulty levels. Naturally, the more challenging a research task, the greater the reward!
Mew (March 30th to ???)
The first series of Research tasks will be related to the Mythical Pokémon Mew. A series of mysterious happenings are occuring all over the world, and Professor Willow needs help to find out if it’s all connected to Mew. Fortunately for him, there’s million of potential researchers all around the world to help him!
If you ever get the special Research tasks related to Mew, that allow you to meet it, a special icon will appear instead of the usual Research icon on the main screen. Do note that you need to be at least Level 5 to tackle them, and you can only meet Mew once.
Finally, here’s some screenshots: