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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 (or even “4-stars” if you’re lucky).

Research Breakthrough encounters can vary from 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 being available over multiple months.


What’s July 2024’s Research Breakthrough encounter?

July 2024’s Research Breakthrough encounters are Hisuian Growlithe, Larvitar, Audino, Axew, Furfrou, and Jangmo-o.


Can July 2024’s Research Breakthrough encounter be shiny?

Yes, the following Pokémon from this month’s Research Breakthrough may be shiny: Hisuian Growlithe, Larvitar, Audino, Axew, and Furfrou.

As for Jangmo-o, their shiny debut is tied to Pokémon GO Fest 2024. So Jangmo-o may be shiny starting on Saturday, July 13th, 2024 at 10 a.m. your local time.


What time is July 2024’s Research Breakthrough encounter active?

This month’s active time window is from Saturday, June 1st, 2024 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) until Tuesday, September 3rd, 2024 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7).


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)