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How to earn Research Points and complete Research Tasks in Pokémon Legends Arceus

How to complete your Pokédex in Legends: Arceus explained.

Completing Research Tasks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus collects the data you need for the Hisui Pokédex.

Each Pokémon has their own list of Research Tasks, which means you can pick and choose the ones you want to focus on.

You also need to earn Pokémon Research Points, so you climb the Star Ranks of the Galaxy Expedition Team and fully explore the Hisui region.

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Research Tasks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus explained

To complete a Pokédex entry in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you need to complete enough Research Tasks for that Pokémon species until you've reached Research Level 10.

A completed Pokédex entry.

Each Pokémon has a dedicated Research Task list and these tasks can be anything from how many you've caught, witnessing specific moves in battle or evolving it. Certain Pokémon also have Research Tasks tied to Requests, such as investigating whether Drifloon truly plays with children.

Some Research Tasks have multiple stages, which allow you to increase an entry's Research Level by repeating the same activity. A common example of this is the 'Number Caught' task that, for some Pokémon, can increase its Research Level at least five times.

You can check a Pokémon's Research Tasks by visiting their page in your Pokédex and pressing Down. This brings up a list of all their associated tasks and your progress with them. A Pokémon's Research Tasks can also be accessed by focusing on it in the wild and pressing Down.

Your current Research Level for this Pokémon can also be found at the bottom of their entry.

During the Pokédex Progress Report at the end of every survey, you'll review which Pokédex entries you've updated or finished, along with how many Research Tasks you've completed.


Our Pokémon Legends Arceus walkthrough will help you pick a starter Pokémon and win the Kleavor boss fight. You’re also tasked with filling the Hisui Pokédex by obtaining new evolutions like Kleavor by evolving Scyther, Wyrdeer by evolving Stantler, Sneasler by evolving Hisui Sneasel and Overquil by evolving Hisui Qwilfish. There’s a host of new evolution methods, including ones for the Eevee evolutions. Take the time to complete Requests too, such as The Sea’s Legend, Wurmple’s Evolved! and finding the Wisp locations. Don’t forget to track down every Unown location too.


How to earn Pokémon Research Points in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Research Points are earned by completing both Research Tasks and full Pokédex entries in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. In turn, these points are used to increase your Star Rank within the Galaxy Expedition Team.

Your Pokémon Research Points are tallied during your Pokédex Progress Review, which occurs when you finish a survey out in the wild. Here you'll learn how many points you've earned during the survey and how close you are to reaching the next Star Rank.

The front of your Pokédex also tracks how many Pokémon Research Points you've earned so far and includes a progress bar for your next Star Rank.

Good luck completing Research Tasks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus!

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