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Pokémon Go Starry Skies quest steps, best Choose Path and rewards

How to catch Cosmog through this special research quest.

Starry Skies is a special research quest which will allow you to catch a Cosmog in Pokémon Go.

Released on Friday 16th June as part of the Solstice Horizons event, this quest offers you the chance to catch a Cosmog, which you can eventually evolve into a Solgaleo or Lunala. This is perfect for players who wish to complete the Gen 7 Pokédex in Pokémon Go and currently only have one of these legendary Pokémon in their Pokédex.

Since Starry Skies is also a branching quest, it’s a good idea to know which Choose Path choice is best for you.

Below you’ll find the Starry Skies quest steps in Pokémon Go to help you complete this quest and add another Pokémon to your Alolan Pokédex.

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'Starry Skies' quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you’ll find all of the Starry Skies quest steps in Pokémon Go. Keep in mind you must be above Level 5 to unlock this quest.

To access the Starry Skies quest, you must play Pokémon Go before Sunday 25th June at 8pm (local time). You can also purchase an additional run through for the quest before this date, which you can learn more about in the sections below.

Since this is a special research quest, once it's been unlocked you can complete it at your own pace.

Starry Skies is also a branching quest, which means, after completing the first step, you’ll be asked to choose between the Daytime Path or the Nighttime Path. This choice will determine a number of the challenges you’ll face and one of the rewards you’ll receive. Both of these paths, however, result in a Cosmog encounter.

Be warned - this section does contain spoilers!

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

'Starry Skies' Step 1 of 4

  • Explore 2km - Solosis encounter
  • Catch 2 Psychic-type Pokémon - Abra encounter
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon - Gothita encounter

Rewards: 7 Stardust, 5 Razz Berries and a Wobbuffet encounter.

You’ll be asked to choose between the Daytime Path or the Nighttime Path after completing this step. Choose carefully because you can’t change your choice after it's made and it will determine some of the challenges you face.

The following sections will outline the quest steps and rewards for both the Daytime and Nighttime Path.

Daytime Path quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you’ll find the challenges and rewards for the Daytime Path of the Starry Skies special research quest in Pokémon Go:

'Starry Skies' Step 2 of 4

  • Catch 20 Grass or Bug-type Pokémon - 10 Poké Balls
  • Explore 10km - Inkay encounter
  • Spin 25 PokéStops or Gyms - 10 Pinap Berries

Rewards: 78 Stardust, 15 Poké Balls and a Galarian Slowpoke encounter.

'Starry Skies' Step 3 of 4

  • Make 10 Curveball Throws in a row - 3000 Stardust
  • Catch 50 Pokémon with Weather Boost - Metang encounter
  • Earn 10 Candies walking with your buddy - 15 Great Ball

Rewards: 789 Stardust, 1 Mossy Lure Module and a Starmie encounter.

'Starry Skies' Step 4 of 4

  • Hatch 5 Eggs - 3 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Catch 50 Psychic- type Pokémon - Alakazam encounter
  • Earn 7890 Stardust - 1 Star Piece

Rewards: 7890 Stardust, 20 Ultra Balls and a Cosmog encounter.

Nighttime Path quest steps in Pokémon Go

Here are the challenges and rewards for the Nighttime Path of the Starry Skies special research quest in Pokémon Go:

'Starry Skies' Step 2 of 4

  • Catch 20 Ghost or Dark-type Pokémon - 10 Poké Balls
  • Take snapshot of 20 different wild Pokémon - Inkay encounter
  • Use 30 Berries to help catch Pokémon - 10 Pinap Berries

Rewards: 78 Stardust, 15 Poké Balls and a Galarian Slowpoke encounter.

'Starry Skies' Step 3 of 4

Rewards: 789 Stardust, 1 Glacial Lure Module and a Starmie encounter.

'Starry Skies' Step 4 of 4

  • Win 5 raids - 3 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Catch 50 Psychic-type Pokémon - Alakazam encounter
  • Earn 7890 Stardust - 1 Star Piece

Rewards: 7890 Stardust, 20 Ultra Balls and a Cosmog encounter.

Starry Skies best Choose Path in Pokémon Go

After completing Step 1 of Starry Skies in Pokémon Go, you’ll be asked to pick between either the Daytime or Nighttime Path. Afterwards, a number of the challenges you face, along with one of the rewards, will depend on your choice path. Due to this, it’s important you choose your path carefully, especially since you can’t change paths.

Which path is best for you, however, depends on your Pokémon Go playstyle and what you like to do in the game.

Here’s a quick summary of the differences between the two paths:

Both paths will lead to a Cosmog encounter.

As you can see both from the summary and quest step sections above, both Starry Skies paths are designed to take you a good amount of time. For this reason, we recommend reading over the specific quest step sections for each Path before making your decision to ensure you pick the right one.

It can be argued that the Nighttime Path is slightly quicker to complete, since it doesn’t involve any walking related challenges, but you would need to use Premium or Remote Raid Passes to complete the raid-related challenge in one day. If you do choose this path, we recommend completing the first challenge in Step 2 - Catch 20 Ghost or Dark-type Pokémon - during the Solstice Horizons event, because Pokémon for both of these types will be spawning more frequently at night.

The Daytime Path may take you longer to complete - thanks to requiring you to walk 10km for one challenge, an egg-themed challenge and having two 'Catch 50 Pokémon' tasks. Yet, if you’re like me and are not very good at making Excellent Throws, you may find it easier to complete. It also doesn’t require you to spend any Raid Passes.

Keep in mind that the only reward change is the Lure you’ll receive. This means, if you really want either a Mossy or Glacial Lure Module but don’t want to pay for it, you should choose your path around that.

Personally, I will be choosing the Daytime Path because it better suits my playstyle of walking around, catching Pokémon and only partaking in one raid per week. (Just don’t feel like doing more than one a week at the moment…)

How does Starry Skies work in Pokémon Go

Starry Skies is a special research quest you can unlock by playing Pokémon Go at least once before Sunday 25th June at 8pm (local time) if you’re above Level 5. All you have to do is play Pokémon Go once to unlock the quest and then you’ll be able to complete it at your own pace.

You can also purchase an additional ticket for the quest for £4.99, $5 or the equivalent in your local currency until Sunday 25th June at 8pm (local time). This will allow you to play through the quest for a second time and, in doing so, catch an additional Cosmog.

If you do purchase this, make sure you log into Pokémon Go before Sunday 25th June at 8pm (local time) to ensure that it's been unlocked properly.

Starry Skies works mostly the same as any other special research quest in Pokémon Go - challenging you to complete a set of challenges to both progress the quest and earn rewards. Once a quest step is completed, you can earn a branch of rewards before moving onto the next until the quest is complete.

The only difference between Starry Skies and most other special research quests is that it’s a branching quest, which means, after Step 1, you will need to pick between one of two paths - Daytime or Nighttime. Your choice will determine some of the challenges you face and one the rewards. It’s important to remember that you can’t change your mind after selecting a path.


The Shared Skies Season is here! Go Fest 2024 may have been and gone, but you can still play around with the Fusion mechanic. Meanwhile, ticket holders can finish Go Fest 2024: A Shadowy Caper and The Dusk Settles. Don't forget to try out Routes, Gift Exchange and Party Play while you're hunting down rare Pokémon, fighting in the Go Battle League or competing in PokéStop Showcases.


How to purchase Starry Skies in Pokémon Go

You can purchase an additional ticket for the Starry Skies quest in Pokémon Go, which will allow you to replay the quest, until Sunday 25th June at 8pm (local time).

The quest costs £4.99, $5 or the equivalent in your local currency.

To purchase a ticket, visit the in-game Pokémon Go store, which is accessed via the game’s main menu. From there, you simply need to find the banner that advertises the quest.

Selecting this banner will bring up more information about the quest and, to purchase it, select the 'Buy' option before following the purchase instructions specific for your device.

The quest should be available from the moment you purchase it, which means you can start working towards a third Cosmog straight away. Just make sure the quest is unlocked before Sunday 25th June at 8pm (local time).

Good luck completing the Starry Skies quest!

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