Spinda in Pokémon Go was one of many 'missing' Gen 3 Pokémon creatures from the game, until it arrived in the summer of 2018.
Spinda is one of the most unique Pokémon in the entire series. Though the Normal-Type rabbit-like creature isn't particularly competent in battle, or evolves into anything unique, the pattern on its body is different with every catch - with over four billion possibilities touted in the main games.
Pokémon Go doesn't offer this variation, and instead offers eight Spinda forms to try and find.
What is the Pokémon Go Spinda quest this month?
Each month, the Field Research you need to catch changes. For January and February, the quest is Five Great Curveball Throws in a Row with the Mystery Pokémon reward (note that there's a special, love-heart form Spinda for the Valentine's Day event live at the moment, which is again earned through this five-curveball task).
Once you have the task, then it's time to land a Curveball. Our Curveballs page can help if you're struggling with this throw type, but in short, you must spin the ball and land it in the circle. Take your time and wait until after an attack increase your chances.
After that, Spinda will appear when you claim the Field Research reward. Spinda, like other Field Research reward catches, won't run away, so take your time in catching it, and even consider using a Pinap Berry to increase the amount of Spinda Candy you earn.
How to get Spinda in Pokémon Go
What makes Spinda so interesting to catch is that it's the very first Pokémon to debut exclusively through the Field Research feature.
Once you find the specific Field Research and complete it, Spinda will be available to catch.
With the many Field Research variants out there, it could take a while to hunt down. Remember, once you have spun a PokéStop and collected a Field Research task, you can delete it and spin another, so keep exploring until you find it.
Additionally, remember that each PokéStop is assigned a specific Field Research task every day. So if you can learn which one that is from a friend or someone in the Pokémon Go community, then that can make life easier.
Looks like the ability to change teams in Pokémon Go is on the way! Alongside the Valentine's Day event and Meltan event there's February Field Research and additional Shinies. Meanwhile, new Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon continue to be slowly released, along with the return of Legendary Palkia and its counters, and details of the next Community Day Pokémon Swinub.
Spinda forms explained in Pokémon Go
As mentioned, in the main games, there are apparently billions of Spinda forms, due to the way they create new patterns for each catch.
In Pokémon Go, things are a little easier, with just eight forms to catch, according to datamines of the games:
Spinda 1, 2, 3 & 4 pic.twitter.com/bA5zT4LP7D— Chrales (@Chrales) July 31, 2018
5, 6, 7 & 8 pic.twitter.com/i01A2OhSJ3— Chrales (@Chrales) July 31, 2018
Each month introduces a new form to collect - suggesting it'll take eight months to catch 'em all. The forms released so far are:
- August - Form 8
- September - Form 3
- October - Form 1
- November - Form 7
- December - Form 6
- January and February - Form 5
- Valentine's Event - loveheart form
Of course, as time goes on, Spinda might be released in the wild, or developer Niantic could decide to release multiple Spinda forms at once.
But for now, expect one per month - and once you have it for this current month, you can rest easy until the next.