Victini can now be caught by every Pokémon Go trainer thanks to Investigate a Mysterious Energy, which was originally called The Feeling of Victory, special research quest, which was released on Wednesday, 30th September.
With this questline Victini joins the 'Mythical Pokémon Special Research Club,' alongside Mew, Celebi, Jirachi and Meltan. All of these mythical Pokémon can only be caught once you've completed a series of challenges.
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How Victini quest 'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' works in Pokémon Go
Research quests, which allow players to complete challenges for rewards, were released in March 2018 and can be divided into a variety of categories, such as Field Research and Timed Research.
Investigate a Mysterious Energy, formally called The Feeling of Victory, is a Special Research quest released on Wednesday, 30th September, which means that there's no deadline for completing this quest line, instead you can enjoy going at your own pace.
Investigate a Mysterious Energy is also the fifth in Pokémon Go's series of Special Research questlines that have been designed around a particular mythical Pokémon. The first mythical to be spotlight was Mew, followed by Celebi, Jirachi and Meltan.
Since each mythical Pokémon comes from a different generation, it only makes sense that Victini, both the first mythical Pokémon in Gen 5 and the first Pokémon in it's Pokédex, should be released in this manner next.
Investigate a Mysterious Energy is divided into six steps, with each one consisting of three different challenges. You'll be rewarded for every individual challenge and overall step that you complete. Once you reach a certain step in the quest, you'll unlock the ability to catch Victini.
There's no restriction on when you complete Investigate a Mysterious Energy, though Go Fest 2020 attendees who accessed Rocket Straight to Victory should note that they will be rewarded with Victini candy instead.
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' quest steps in Pokémon Go
Below you'll find all the steps and confirmed rewards for Investigate a Mysterious Energy, previously called The Feeling of Victory, special research. This section does, however, contain spoilers for the entire quest, so, if you'd rather go in blind, we suggest skipping ahead.
Thank you to mrmousepad from reddit for the help with this information!
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' Step 1 of 6
- Catch 30 Pokémon - x3 Pinap Berries
- Spin 30 PokéStops or Gym - 1,000 XP
- Send 10 Gifts to Friends - 1,000 Stardust
Rewards: x30 Great Balls, 1,000 Stardust and Ralts encounter
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' Step 2 of 6
- Catch 30 Psychic-type Pokémon - Elgyem encounter
- Catch 30 Fire-type Pokémon - Darumaka encounter
- Hatch 3 Eggs - x1 Egg Incubator
Rewards: x30 Great Balls, 1,000 XP and Torchic encounter
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' Step 3 of 6
- Take a Snapshot of your Buddy - x1 Puffin
- Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy - 1,000 Stardust
- Power up Pokémon 3 times - x3 Hyper Potion
Rewards: x3 Revives, 1,000 Stardust and Espeon encounter
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' Step 4 of 6
- Win 3 Gym Battles - 1,000 XP
- Defeat 3 Team Go Rocket Grunts - x1 Lure Module
- Win 3 Raids - 1,000 Stardust
Rewards: x3 Max Potions, x3 Max Revives and Victini encounter (If you caught Vicitni during Rocket Straight to Victory, you'll receive x20 Victini Candy)
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' Step 5 of 6
- Take a snapshot of Victini - x20 Victini Candy
- Catch 30 different species of Pokémon - x1 Incense
- Send 3 Gifts to friends - 1,000 XP
Rewards: 3,000 Stardust, x1 Star Piece and x1 Victini stamp
'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' Step 6 of 6
- Claim Reward - 3,000 XP
- Claim Reward - 3,000 Stardust
- Claim Reward - 3,000 XP
Rewards: x1 Lure Module, x1 Lucky Egg and x20 Victini Candy
How Victini first debuted in Pokémon Go
Victini was originally released as part of the Go Fest 2020 celebrations and was an exclusive reward for attendees who opened Pokémon Go on the second day of the event.
To catch Victini, attendees had to complete the Rocket Straight to Victory special research questline as part of their attempts to thwart Team Go Rocket's invasion of Go Fest 2020. Partaking in this questline also allowed trainers to catch Shadow versions of the legendary birds and Mewtwo.
The opportunity to catch Victini arose when trainers completed the fourth step of the questline, having already caught the rogue Shadow legendary Pokémon.
If you attended Go Fest 2020 and completed Rocket Straight to Victory, then completing The Feeling of Victory will reward you with Victini Candy. If, however, you haven't completed this research quest yet, then we suggest checking out our guide on Rocket Straight to Victory for some helpful tips.
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Tips for completing 'Investigate a Mysterious Energy' in Pokémon Go
Below you can find some tips that will help you complete Investigate a Mysterious Energy, formally known as The Feeling of Victory, and add Victini to your Pokédex:
- When it comes to earning candy from your Buddy, try switching over to a Pokémon that only allows you to walk 1km to earn their candy. This will allow you to complete this challenge very quickly.
- If you're having trouble finding Team Go Rocket Grunts, look to the sky for the Rocket Balloons, which will allow you to battle a Grunt.
- Use Incense and Lure Modules to attract more Pokémon to your location.
- Don't forget that now, thanks to Remote Raiding, you can compete in raids in the comfort of your own home!
Good luck catching Victini!