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Zapdos Will Be Pokémon GO’s Next Field Research Breakthrough Prize

Field Research Breakthroughs are getting ready for their first Legendary Pokémon rotation.

by Dylan Siegler


About a month ago, Pokémon GO added the mechanic of Field and Special Research, giving players new missions and incentives to keep playing. Completing all Special Research tasks awarded players with the chance to catch Mew while reaching a Field Research Breakthrough gave players the chance to catch a Moltres outside of Raid Battles. As of now, there is no Special Research after catching Mew, but players can continue to catch multiple Moltres by receiving seven Research Stamps. If you’ve grown tired of Moltres, however, then today’s news will likely get you excited to start participating in Field Research again.

In a recent Tweet, it was announced that there will be more Field Research in May. Starting on May 1 at 1:00pm PST/4:00pm EST, new Field Research tasks will be available that will apparently be more “skill-based.” Some of these tasks will also reportedly focus around Electric-type and Flying-type Pokémon, which leads me to the most exciting part of this announcement. Though the Tweet itself doesn’t state as such, the accompanying picture implies that Zapdos will start being the prize for Field Research Breakthroughs, replacing Moltres, which is further backed up by the statement that new Field Research will focus on Electric and Flying-types. This would also seem to set the precedent for a new Legendary Pokémon becoming the prize for Research Breakthroughs every month or so, so hopefully we’ll get the chance to catch Articuno outside of Raid Battles starting in June.

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