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Pokémon Go Kanto Special Research quest tasks and rewards - How to get shiny Ditto

You can finally add a shiny Ditto to your Pokémon collection.

The Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research quest is part of the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event in Pokémon Go and the tasks you need to complete depend on which version of the event - Red or Green - you're playing.

Completing this research questline will allow you to catch a shiny Ditto and unlock the first Mew Masterwork Research, which will eventually allow you to catch a shiny Mew.

If you want to unlock this research quest, then you must first purchase a ticket for the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event and, afterwards, ensure you play the game on Saturday, 20th February.

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Pokémon Go - Tour: Kanto Collection Challenge in-game preview

How Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research works in Pokémon Go

The Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research quest is part of the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event in Pokémon Go and is only available to players who purchase a ticket for this event.

To unlock this questline, you must play Pokémon Go on Saturday, 20th February between 9am (local time) to 9pm (local time). This quest doesn't have a deadline, so, once its unlocked, feel free to complete it in your own time.

The challenges you face will differ slightly depending on whether you're playing the Red or Green version of the event. Your chosen version will also determine the style of hat you'll during this questline.

Working your way through this questline will reward you with one of the hats.

Completing Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research will not only result in an encounter with a shiny Ditto, but will unlock the Mew Masterwork Research quest and it's ultimate reward of a shiny Mew.

Once unlocked, Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research doesn't have a deadline, which means it can be completed after its associated event ends. We recommend, however, completing the questline during the actual Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event, as it will be easier to complete a number of the tasks.

Aside from this questline, purchasing a ticket for the event will also unlock 10 Collection Collections - Pallet Town, Pewter City, Cerulean City, Fuchsia City, Pokémon League, Raid, Research, Evolve, Trade and Incense. The latter two are different depending on whether you're playing the Red or Green version of the event.

Can you spot shiny Ditto?

Red version of the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research quest steps

Below you can find each quest step and reward for the Red version of the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research quest, including each individual challenge. If you're playing the Green version, however, you'll need to visit the section below.

This section does contain spoilers, however, so read at your own risk.

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 1 of 8

  • Claim Reward - 10 PokéBalls
  • Claim Reward - 3 Razz Berries
  • Claim Reward - 3 Potions

Rewards: 150 XP, 3 Incense and a Charmander encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 2 of 8

  • Use Incense - 50 PokéBalls
  • Catch 30 Pokémon - Tangela encounter
  • Take a snapshot of Charmander - 1 Poffin

Rewards: 25 Charmander Candies, 50 PokéBalls and a Chansey encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 3 of 8

  • Earn 3 hearts with your buddy - 300 Stardust
  • Catch 30 Pokémon - 500 XP
  • Evolve a Charmander - 25 Charmander Candies

Rewards: 2 Incense, 25 Ultra Balls and a Cubone encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 4 of 8

  • Use an Incense - 1 Incubator
  • Send 3 Gifts - 5 Pinap Berries
  • Trade 3 times - 25 Charmander Candies

Rewards: 500 Stardust, 25 Cubone Candies and a Lickitung encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 5 of 8

  • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row - Aerodactyl encounter
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon - 1 Star Piece
  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon - 25 Charmander Candies

Rewards: 1 Premium Battle Pass, 25 Cubone Candies and a Snorlax encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 6 of 8

  • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row - 25 Charmander Candies
  • Battle in 3 raids - 20 Mewtwo Candies
  • Evolve 1 Pokémon - 1 Tour Cap

Rewards: 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM and a Lapras encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 7 of 8

  • Catch 30 Pokémon - 3000 XP
  • Catch 15 different species of Pokémon - 3 Rare Candies
  • Transfer 20 Pokémon - 3000 XP

Rewards: 1 Lure Module, 1 Lucky Egg and a shiny Ditto encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 8 of 8

  • Claim Reward - 3000 XP
  • Claim Reward - 3000 Stardust
  • Claim Reward - 3000 XP

Rewards: 20 Ditto Candies, 20 Mew Candies and 10 Ditto Stickers

You will also unlock the Mew Masterwork Research.

Green version of the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research quest steps

Below you can find each quest step and reward for the Green version of the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research quest, including each individual challenge. If you're playing the Red version, however, you'll need to visit the section above.

This section does contain spoilers, however, so read at your own risk.

Ditto.

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 1 of 8

  • Claim Reward - 10 PokéBalls
  • Claim Reward - 3 Razz Berries
  • Claim Rewsrd - 3 Potions

Rewards: 150 XP, 3 Incense and a Bulbasaur encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 2 of 8

  • Use an Incense - 50 PokéBalls
  • Catch 30 Pokémon - Tangela encounter
  • Take a snapshot of Bulbasaur - 1 Poffin

Rewards: 50 PokéBalls, 25 Bulbasaur Candies and a Chansey encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 3 of 8

  • Earn 3 hearts with your buddy - 300 Stardust
  • Catch 30 Pokémon - 500 XP
  • Evolve a Bulbasaur - 25 Bulbasaur Candies

Rewards: 2 Incense, 25 Ultra Balls and a Cubone encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 4 of 8

  • Use an Incense - 1 Incubator
  • Send 3 Gifts - 5 Pinap Berries
  • Trade 3 times - 25 Bulbasaur Candies

Rewards: 500 Stardust, 25 Cubone Candies and a Lickitung encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 5 of 8

  • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row - Aerodactyl encounter
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon - 1 Star Piece
  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon - 25 Bulbasaur Candies

Rewards: 1 Premium Battle Pass, 25 Cubone Candies and a Snorlax encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 6 of 8

  • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row - 25 Bulbasaur Candies
  • Battle in 3 raids - 20 Mewtwo Candies
  • Evolve 1 Pokémon - 1 Tour Cap

Rewards: 1 Fast TM 1 Charged TM and a Lapras encounter

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 7 of 8

  • Catch 30 Pokémon - 3000 XP
  • Catch 15 different species of Pokémon - 3 Rare Candies
  • Transfer 20 Pokémon - 3000 XP

Rewards: 1 Lure Module, 1 Lucky Egg and a shiny Ditto

'Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research' Step 8 of 8

  • Claim Reward - 3000 XP
  • Claim Reward - 3000 Stardust
  • Claim Reward - 3000 XP

Rewards: 20 Ditto Candies, 20 Mew Candies and 10 Ditto Stickers

You also unlock the Mew Masterwork Research.

Research Collection Challenge Pokémon list and rewards

The Research Collection Challenge is part of Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto and is only available to players who purchased a ticket for this in-game event.

Completing this Collection Challenge is thankfully pretty simple - but completing the Kanto Special Research, you'll get all these as rewards as part of the various steps along the way. Several also spawn in the wild, if that helps you track down particular creatures.

Remember, though the Kanto Special Research has no deadline once started, the Research Collection Challenge does - so if you want to finish it, then getting through the quest within that time is important..

The list of Research Collection Challenge Pokémon are as follows:

  • Cubone (Kanto Special Research Step 3 encounter)
  • Lickitung (Kanto Special Research Step 4 encounter, rare wild spawn)
  • Chansey (Kanto Special Research Step 2 encounter, rare wild spawn)
  • Tangela (Kanto Special Research Step 3 encounter, rare wild spawn)
  • Lapras (Kanto Special Research Step 6 encounter, rare wild spawn, also features in Defeat All Challengers research)
  • Ditto (Kanto Special Research Step 7 encounter)
  • Aerodactyl (Kanto Special Research Step 5 encounter, rare wild spawn)
  • Snorlax (Kanto Special Research Step 5 encounter, rare wild spawn, field research task reward (see belolw), and also features in Defeat All Challengers research)

For completing the Research Collection Challenge, you'll receive 1510 XP, 3 Silver Pinap Berries and a Ditto encounter.

Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto field research tasks and rewards explained

During the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event you'll be able to collect a number of exclusive field research tasks by spinning PokéStops. These tasks will only appear during the event itself, but, if you don't delete them, can be completed once the event ends.

Still, we recommend completing during the event itself as doing so will help you complete the Research Collection Challenge.

As well as this, there are some Stardust reward tasks, such as defeating a number of Go Tour Challengers.

Here are the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto field research tasks and their rewards:

  • Go Tour: Catch Bellsprout - 20 Oddish Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Ekans - 20 Sandshrew Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Growlithe - 20 Vulpix Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Mankey - 20 Meowth Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Meowth - 20 Mankey Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Oddish - 20 Bellsprout Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Sandshrew - 20 Ekans Candy
  • Go Tour: Catch Vulpix - 20 Growlithe Candy
  • Go Tour: Hatch 3 Eggs - Snorlax Encounter
  • Go Tour: Hatch an Egg - Eevee Encounter

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


Currently available is the Astral Eclipse event, which brings the A Cosmic Companion special research quest of the Season of Light to a close. You can also finally evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo or Lunala! Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres.


Tips for completing Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research in Pokémon Go

Here are tips which will help you complete the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research in Pokémon Go:

  • While this special research questline doesn't have a deadline, it is easier to complete during the actual Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event, thanks to the increased spawn rate for certain Pokémon.
  • Remote Raid Passes now allow you to partake in raids from the comfort of your own home. You can even pick up some free Remote Raid Passes during the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event.
  • If you want to quickly earn some hearts with your Pokémon buddy, try feeding it berry treats, playing with it or giving it a Poffin.
  • Having trouble with Nice Throws? Find a Pokémon with a large catch radius like Mr. Mime, because this will make it easier to judge your throws.
  • If you're having trouble finding a variety of Pokémon species, then try placing one of the special Lure Modules - Glacial, Magnetic or Mossy - at a PokéStop. Each of these modules will attract a different type of Pokémon, making it easier to you to find a wide variety of creatures.
  • Incense will also attract Pokémon to your location, allowing you to find a wider range of Pokémon.

Good luck completing this new quest and catching shiny Ditto!

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