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 May 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter?
May 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter features the following pool of Pokémon: Parasect, Pinsir, Snorlax, Gible, Furfrou, and Goomy.
You will get one of the six Pokémon listed randomly when your complete 7 Field Research Tasks (one per day).
Can May 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter be shiny?
Out of this pool of Pokémon, the following Pokémon can be shiny during these encounters: Pinsir, Snorlax, Gible, and Furfrou.
Please note that Paraect and Goomy will not be shiny during these catch encounters.
What time is May 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter active?
This month’s active time window is from Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −8) until Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7).
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