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 September 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter?
September 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter is from the following pool of Pokémon: Galarian Farfetch’d, Larvitar, Sableye, Bagon, Furfrou, and Goomy.
Can September 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter be shiny?
Yes, all Pokémon from this reward pool can be shiny. That means if you’re lucky, you could encounter a shiny Galarian Farfetch’d, Larvitar, Sableye, Bagon, Furfrou, or Goomy when redeeming your Research Breakthrough reward catch encounter.
What time is September 2023’s Research Breakthrough encounter active?
This month’s active time window is from Friday, September 1st, 2023 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) until Friday, December 1st, 2023 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −8).
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