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Pokémon Go Jump-Start Research quest tasks and rewards explained

Getting a jump-start on the Jump-Start Research quest.

Jump-Start Research was first released as a celebration for the third anniversary of Pokémon Go's release.

This new collection of Special Research tasks is designed to introduce both new and returning players to a variety of features in Pokémon Go, from raids to battling other trainers.

For those who didn't start it at the time, Jump-Start Research returned in July 2020 to celebrate the arrival of the Skill Go Fest challenge.

Completing each step will reward with items that will help you level up and complete the Pokédex.

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How 'Jump-Start Research' works in Pokémon Go

In March 2018, Pokémon Go introduced Research Quests, which allow players to complete objectives for rewards.

Similar to the Special Research quest lines for Mew, Celebi and Spiritomb, Jump-Start Research is a series of story-driven Special Research tasks.

Unlike the previous Special Research tasks, the ultimate reward of Jump-Start Research is not a Mystic or rare Pokémon. Instead, the aim of Jump-Start Research is, as the name suggests, to give new players a jump-start into the world of Pokémon Go. Each step is designed to introduce a new player to a feature in Pokémon Go, such as hatching eggs.

Jump-Start Research will also introduce returning players to the new features that have been added to Pokémon Go that they might have missed.

The quest is broken down into six steps, with three individual challenges making up each one. Completing each challenge and overall step will reward you with a variety of items.

There is no restriction on when you can complete the Jump-Start Research tasks, though in 2019 you needed to have started by September 2nd - and we assume there is a deadline to its 2020 return as well. Regardless - head over to the Research Tasks tab whenever your ready to get started.

How to complete each of the 'Jump-Start Research' event steps

Here are all six steps and their rewards for Jump-Start Research. Be warned - there are spoilers below if you don't want to learn what each objective entails, before you unlock them.

'Jump-Start Research' Step 1 of 6

Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, Dratini Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

'Jump-Start Research' Step 2 of 6

  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy
  • Take a snapshot of Dratini
  • Evolve a Dratini

Rewards: Premium Raid Pass, 15,000 Stardust, 2 Lucky Eggs

'Jump-Start Research' Step 3 of 6

  • Power up Pokémon 10 times
  • Battle another Trainer in the Great League
  • Battle in a Raid

Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, 15,000 XP, 2 Star Piece

'Jump-Start Research' Step 4 of 6

  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon
  • Catch a Legendary from either a Research Breakthrough or Raid
  • Hatch 3 Eggs

Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, Shiny Eevee Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

'Jump-Start Research' Step 5 of 6

Rewards: Lapras Encounter, 30,000 XP, 2 Lucky Eggs

'Jump-Start Research' Step 6 of 6

  • Make a new friend
  • Win a level 3 or higher Raid
  • Evolve a Dragonair

Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs. 100,000 XP, 15,000 Stardust

Thank you to HeisAmiibo for help with these quest steps.


Currently live is the Fashion Week event, and along with it the debut of Mareanie and Toxapex. Recently, we've seen the arrival of Season of Light and special research quest A Cosmic Companion. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. There's also a new special research quest - A Mysterious Incense. Finally - don't forget about the new Prime Gaming rewards every fortnight.


Other things to know about about Jump-Start Research in Pokémon Go

  • Switch to a Pokémon that only needs to walk 1km to earn a candy to speed through one of the steps. Our Buddy Distance guide has a full list of 1km Pokémon.
  • Don't forget to use your Star Pieces and Lucky Eggs as you play! Lucky Eggs will double the amount of XP you receive for 30 minutes, while Star Pieces increases the amount of Stardust you receive by 50% for 30 minutes.
  • By the end of Jump-Start Research you will have your very own Dragonite - one of the most powerful Pokémon in the game. You can use it to defend gyms and earn some PokéCoins - the in-game currency for Pokémon Go.
  • If you want to evolve your shiny Eevee into a specific evolution, then check out our Eevee Evolution guide.

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