Every month, Niantic spotlights a Pokémon for Pokémon GO’s Research Breakthrough encounter. This feature was added to the game in April 2018 as part of the Field Research system. Essentially a quest system, Trainers can acquire Field Research tasks by logging in daily and/or spinning PokéStops (one task per PokéStop per day). When a task is completed and a reward is claimed, the Trainer will earn a stamp (only one stamp can be earned each day). After seven stamps are collected, Trainers will activate a Research Breakthrough. This bonus will let Trainers encounter a specific Pokémon to catch and will have a rating of 2- or 3-stars.
Research Breakthrough encounters can vary month to month. Usually, a single month will feature only one Pokémon, but there have been cases of two or more Pokémon included as possible Research Breakthrough encounters for the month, or even be available over multiple months.
What’s February 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter?
February 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter is Espurr.
Can February 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter be Shiny?
Yes, Espurr can be Shiny. In fact, its Shiny version is debuting for this very event!
What time is February 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter active?
This month’s active time window is from Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −8) until Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −8).
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