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 nine Spinda forms to try and find.
How to get Spinda in Pokémon Go with the Pokémon Go Spinda quest this month
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.
Each month, the Field Research you need to catch changes. For January, the quest is Five Great Curveball Throws in a Row with the Mystery Pokémon reward - with the reward being Spinda form 7.
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.
If you're struggling, then attempting to catch a Legendary Pokémon from 7 Day Field Research - which usually have larger hit circles - might help.
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.
Where to find the Spinda Field Research in Pokémon Go
With the many Field Research variants out there, the Spinda quest 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 for every player.
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.
Spinda quests have become increasingly hard to find, but with a month to find each form, you should be able to get one before the month's out.
Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Ultra League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being A Professor's Work Is Never Done.
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 nine forms to catch.
Each month offers a different form to collect, though from June 2019, the forms are cycling back around again, allowing you to catch ones you previously missed.
Additionally, from June 2019, each newly-released Spinda form has the chance to be a shiny.
|1||October 2018, November and December 2019|
|2||March to April 2019|
|3||September 2018, September 2019|
|4||May to June 2019|
|5||January to February 2019|
|7||November 2018, January and February 2020|
|8||August 2018, July 2019|
|9||Valentine's Day event 2019|
That's every form available right now - if you missed one, wait until it comes round again, or see if a friend has one to trade.
As time goes on, more Spinda might be released - there is room in the Pokedex for 20 (!), so it's very likely. When or how, however, we don't know.
But for now, expect them to roll out through Field Research every month or two.