Pokémon Go Investigating Illusions quest steps, rewards and price explained

Everything you need to know about the Community Day exclusive quest.

Investigating Illusions was a quest in Pokémon Go.

Similar to A Colossal Discovery and A Drive to Investigate, it was a paid-for only event which could only be accessed by paying real-world money.

A key difference, however, is it was only available during April 2020's Community Day for Abra. And, unlike other quests, it could only be started and finished during the event time.

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How Investigating Illusions worked in Pokémon Go

'Investigating Illusions' was the third paid in-game event to occur in Pokémon Go, following in the footsteps of A Colossal Discovery and A Drive to Investigate.


Taking place on Saturday, April 25th 2020, it could only be accessed during Abra Community Day in Pokémon Go - and unlike other events, must have been fully completed before it concluded.

But with four short steps, and the ability to play it solo with the Covid 19 outbreak in mind, this was achievable for most players.

'Investigating Illusions' also worked slightly differently to other Special Research quests for Mythical Pokémon such as Jirachi, in the sense the end reward wasn't for a new Pokémon.

Instead, it mainly rewarded Stardust, XP and consumable items as part of catching and evolving Abra, the focus of that day's Community Day.

Investigating Illusions quest steps in Pokémon Go explained

Below you'll find the four quest steps for 'Investigating Illusions' in Pokémon Go.

Be warned, however, this section does contain spoilers for both the challenges and the rewards you receive for completing them.

Additionally, it should be noted this quest cannot be acquired or completed after its debut on April 25th, 2020.


Investigating Illusions Step 1 of 4

  • Power up Pokémon 10 times (10x Pokéballs)
  • Catch 10 Abra (20x Abra Candy)
  • Make 5 Nice Throws (Abra encounter)

Rewards: 2000x Stardust, 1x Incense, Abra encounter

Investigating Illusions Step 2 of 4

  • Catch 15 Abra (20x Abra Candy)
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (Kadabra encounter)
  • Evolve 3 Abra (1000 XP)

Rewards: 2000x Stardust, 1x Incense, 1x Poffin

Investigating Illusions Step 3 of 4

  • Make 3 Great Curveball Throws (20x Abra Candy)
  • Evolve 1 Kadabra (5x Golden Razz Berry)
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (1500 XP)

Rewards: 2000x Stardust, 1x Incense, 1x Rocket Radar

Investigating Illusions Step 4 of 4

Rewards: 2000x Stardust, 3x Rare Candy, Alakazam encounter

Rewards from 'Investigating Illusions' in Pokémon Go

For taking part in 'Investigating Illusions' in Pokémon Go, you'll receive a number of rewards, including:

  • A Special Research story event around Abra appearances
  • Encounters with Abra, Kadabra and Alakzam
  • Resources and items including 13,000 Stardust, 4000 XP, 2x Incense, 1x Poffin, 1x Rocket Radar, 3x Rare Candy, 5x Silver Pinap Berry, 5x Golden Razz Berry, 10x Pokeballs and 60x Abra Candy
  • A special 'Investigating Illusions' medal

How much does 'Investigating Illusions' in Pokémon Go cost?

A ticket for 'Investigating Illusions' is available in Pokémon Go's shop and costs £0.99 / $0.99.

The ticket is nonrefundable and you can not purchase it using PokéCoins - only real world money.

You'll be able to purchase tickets ahead of time until the end of the Abra Community Day on Saturday, April 25th 2020.


The Season of Heritage continues in 2022, along with the XP Challenge and a refreshed Go Battle League. Ongoing are Arlo, Cliff, Sierra counters and Giovanni counters. The major updates in the previous year include a level cap increase, the introduction of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.

Do you miss out on anything if you don't pay for 'Investigating Illusions'?

Beyond the 'Investigating Illusions' event badge, there are no exclusive items or rewards during the quest you cannot get through other means.

That said, it's good value for money - with many items adding up to above the £0.99 / $0.99 entry fee, especially when you factor in the Poffin, which is only otherwise available from the shop or through other quests as a reward.

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