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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 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 September 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter?

September 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter is Medicham.


Can September 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter be shiny?

No, Medicham will not be shiny during these encounters.


What time is September 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter active?

This month’s active time window is from Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) until Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7).


Are there any additional bonuses with September 2022’s Research Breakthrough encounter?

Yes. During the Season of Light, one of the seasonal bonuses includes “Additional Items from Research Breakthroughs”. Thanks to a graphic released by the official Pokémon GO account on Twitter, we know one of these additional items is 1 Premium Battle Pass.


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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?)