Pokémon Go Ultra Unlock 2021: Space research quest - How to complete each quest task and field research explained

Which regionally exclusive Pokémon are appearing worldwide during this event?

The Ultra Unlock 2021: Space event in Pokémon Go is the second Ultra Unlock earned during Go Fest 2021.

Throughout this event, you'll be able to complete the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space research quest and a selection of exclusive field research tasks.

Best of all, however, a variety of regionally exclusive Pokémon will appear worldwide during the event - be it throughout raids, eggs or simply appearing in the wild. These Pokémon include Kangaskhan, Heracross, Durant and Heatmor, alongside the legendary Palkia.

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'Ultra Unlock 2021: Space' quest steps and rewards in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find every challenge and reward for the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space research quest in Pokémon Go. Since this is a timed research quest, you must complete it before Tuesday, 17th August to earn all of the rewards - if you don't, they're gone forever!

Beware - this section does contain spoilers!

Thank you to Amiibofan101 from reddit for the help with this information.

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'Ultra Unlock 2021: Space' Step 1 of 5

  • Catch 10 Pokémon - Munna encounter
  • Make 5 Nice Throws - Clefairy encounter
  • Transfer 5 Pokémon - 7 Nanab Berries

Rewards: 484 XP, 10 PokéBalls and 5 Ultra Balls

'Ultra Unlock 2021: Space' Step 2 of 5

  • Catch 10 Pokémon - 8 Razz Berries
  • Use 5 Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon - Lunatone encounter
  • Use 5 Nanab Berries while catching Pokémon - Solrock encounter

Rewards: 484 XP, 10 Pinap Berries and 5 Ultra Balls

'Ultra Unlock 2021: Space' Step 3 of 5

  • Catch 10 Pokémon - Gastly encounter
  • Make 5 Great Throws - Duskull encounter
  • Make 5 Nice Throws in a row - Shuppet encounter

Rewards: 484 XP, 15 PokéBalls and 5 Ultra Balls

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'Ultra Unlock 2021: Space' Step 4 of 5

  • Catch 15 Pokémon - 6 Pinap Berries
  • Make 7 Great Curveball Throws - East Sea Shellos encounter
  • Make 7 Nice Curveball Throws in a row - West Sea Shellos encounter

Rewards: 484 XP, 12 Razz Berries and 5 Ultra Balls

'Ultra Unlock 2021: Space' Step 5 of 5

  • Catch 6 Psychic-type Pokémon - Elgyem encounter
  • Win a raid - Espurr encounter
  • Make 2 Excellent Throws - 1 Silver Pinap Berry

Rewards: 3000 Stardust, 20 PokéBalls and 5 Ultra Balls

Field research for the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space event in Pokémon Go explained

During the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space event in Pokémon Go, you'll be able to find a selection of exclusive field research tasks by spinning PokéStops or Gyms, which can be completed once the event ends.

Here are the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space field research tasks:

  • Catch 15 Pokémon reward - Staryu encounter
  • Make 5 Curveball Throws rewards - Lunatone or Solrock encounter
  • Make 7 Great Curveballs Throws reward - West Sea or East Sea Shellos encounter
  • Transfer 5 Pokémon reward - 2 Pinap Berries
  • Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms reward - 10 PokéBalls

Thank you to SilphScience from reddit for the help with this information.

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Everything else you need to know about the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space event in Pokémon Go

When it comes to the Ultra Unlock 2021: Space event in Pokémon Go, the obvious draw is which Pokémon will be available in raids.

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Not only do they see the return of the legendary Palkia, but two regionally exclusive will be available in raids worldwide.

You can battle both Kangaskhan - usually exclusive to Australasia - and Heracross - exclusive to South America, southern Florida and Texas - in three-star raids.

Since these Pokémon are usually tied to their specific regions, this is the perfect opportunity to add two rare Pokémon to your Pokédex. (I know I'm catching myself a Heracross!)

Palkia and Heracross are also having their shiny forms released during this event!

Raiding and catching Heracross in Pokémon Go

In one-star raids you'll be able to battle Pokémon like Unown U, Elgyem and Espurr. It's also important to note that all of these Pokémon will be available in raids until Friday, 20th August at 10am (local time).

A selection of Pokémon are also appearing more frequently in the wild throughout the event and this includes more regionally exclusive Pokémon. Both red and blue-striped Basculin will be appearing freely across the globe, alongside Heatmor - exclusive to Europe, Asia and Australasia - and Durant - exclusive to North America, South America and Africa.

If you're missing any of these regional Pokémon, make sure you catch them now!

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Pokemon_Heatmor
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This event is a great opportunity to add Basculin, Heatmor and Durant to your Pokédex.

Finally, the Ultra Unlock Part 2: Time event sees a change to the 7km egg pool once again:

  • West Sea Shellos
  • East Sea Shellos
  • Red-striped Basculin
  • Blue-striped Basculin
  • Heatmor
  • Durant

Remember to open your gifts during the event if you want to try hatching any of the above!


The Season of Mischief is here! Current events include the Season 9 of Go Battle League, the addition of Raid Achievements and the Misunderstood Mischief research quest. Shiny Ditto can also now be found in the wild and this tricky Pokémon is now appearing as new creatures! Meanwhile, the last major update saw a level cap increase - including the addition of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals. Inkay and Malamar are now in Pokémon Go!


Ultra Unlock 2021: Space date and time in Pokémon Go explained

The Ultra Unlock 2021: Space event in Pokémon Go runs from Friday, 6th August to Tuesday, 17th August, starting at 10am (local time) and ending at 8pm (local time). The raid pool Pokémon, however, will be available until Friday, 20th August at 10am (local time).

Since Ultra Unlock 2021: Space is a timed research quest, it won't be available once this event ends. This means that you must complete it during the event if you want to earn all of the rewards.

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The raid pool will also change, so, if you want to catch Palkia, Kangaskhan or Heracross, you must do so before the end of Ultra Unlock 2021: Space.

Good luck!

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