For the Season of Alola in Pokémon GO, Trainers will get to enjoy a Season-long Special Research! This questline will have Trainers completing various tasks, while also enjoying the debut of several Pokémon from Alola. Since the Season is all about this Hawaii-inspired region, the Special Research is themed after islands found in the Alola region!

Similar to the Season of Mischief’s Special Research, the Season of Alola’s will be released in multiple waves throughout March, April, and May. If Trainers are able to complete all four different Special Research Stories by Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time, they’ll get a bonus Special Research line. Trainers who are unable to finish all four Special Research Stories in time can purchase the bonus Special Research line for $4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency).

In order to get that bonus Special Research for free, follow our guide and plan how you can complete all these tasks in time!

 

A Melemele Adventure

Distribution begins: Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Must complete (with all other Season of Alola Special Research) to get the bonus Special Research line before: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time.

 

A Melemele Adventure
Step 1/4Reward
Catch 10 PokémonAlolan Rattata Encounter
Send 3 Gifts and add a Sticker to each10 Poké Balls
Catch 5 Normal-type PokémonYungoos Encounter
Completion Reward10 Pinap Berries, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 2/4Reward
Take a snapshot of a wild Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon10 Great Balls
Catch 10 PokémonPikipek Encounter
Completion Reward1 Charged TM, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 6 Normal-type PokémonYungoos Encounter
Catch 3 different species of Normal-type PokémonYungoos Encounter
Spin 5 PokéStops or GymsAlolan Raticate Encounter
Completion Reward1 Premium Battle Pass, 1,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust
Step 4/4Reward
Send 5 Gifts to Friends10 Great Balls
Catch 15 Pokémon7 Pinap Berries
Win a RaidAlolan Meowth Encounter
Completion Reward15 Ultra Balls, 8,000 XP, and 3,000 Stardust

 

An Akala Adventure

Distribution begins: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Must complete (with all other Season of Alola Special Research) to get the bonus Special Research line before: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time.

 

An Akala Adventure
Step 1/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon10 Poké Balls
Complete 3 Field Research tasksPikachu Encounter
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon5 Pinap Berries
Completion RewardFomantis Encounter, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 2/4Reward
Use 4 Berries to help catch PokémonParasect Encounter
Catch 2 Water-type PokémonAlomomola Encounter
Take 3 snapshots of Fire-type PokémonAlolan Marowak Encounter
Completion Reward1 Charged TM, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 3/4Reward
Power up Pokémon 5 times7 Razz Berries
Walk 2 km10 Poké Balls
Take 3 snapshots of wild Pokémon10 Nanab Berries
Completion Reward1 Premium Battle Pass, 1,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust
Step 4/4Reward
Send 5 Gifts to Friends10 Great Balls
Catch 15 Pokémon7 Pinap Berries
Win a RaidAlolan Diglett Encounter
Completion Reward15 Ultra Balls, 8,000 XP, and 3,000 Stardust

 

An Ula’ula Adventure

Distribution begins: Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Must complete (with all other Season of Alola Special Research) to get the bonus Special Research line before: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time.

 

An Ula'ula Adventure
Step 1/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon10 Poké Balls
Complete 3 Field Research tasks5 Pinap Berries
Earn 5 hearts with your Buddy8 Razz Berries
Completion RewardWeepinbell Encounter, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 2/4Reward
Take 3 snapshots of Wild PokémonOddish Encounter
Use 7 Berries to help catch PokémonSeedot Encounter
Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather BoostSunkern Encounter
Completion Reward1 Charged TM, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 3/4Reward
Walk 2 kmAlolan Geodude Encounter
Complete 5 Field Research tasks15 Poké Balls
Catch 5 different species of PokémonAlolan Sandshrew Encounter
Completion Reward1 Premium Battle Pass, 1,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust
Step 4/4Reward
Send 5 Gifts to friends10 Great Balls
Catch 15 Pokémon7 Pinap Berries
Win a RaidAlolan Vulpix Encounter
Completion Reward15 Ultra Balls, 8,000 XP, and 3,000 Stardust

 

A Poni Adventure

Distribution begins: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Must complete (with all other Season of Alola Special Research) to get the bonus Special Research line before: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time.

 

A Poni Adventure
Step 1/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon10 Poké Balls
Power up Pokémon 5 times5 Razz Berries
Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts3 Hyper Potions
Completion RewardAlolan Raticate Encounter, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 2/4Reward
Catch 3 Water-type PokémonTentacruel Encounter
Take a snapshot of a Water-type Pokémon in your Pokémon storageWailmer Encounter
Use 5 Berries to help catch PokémonWingull Encounter
Completion Reward1 Fast TM, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 3/4Reward
Walk 2 kmMiltank Encounter
Catch 15 Pokémon10 Great Balls
Spin 5 PokéStops or GymsStufful Encounter
Completion Reward1 Premium Battle Pass, 1,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust
Step 4/4Reward
Send 5 Gifts to friends10 Great Balls
Catch 15 Pokémon7 Pinap Berries
Win a RaidAlolan Exeggutor Encounter
Completion Reward15 Ultra Balls, 8,000 XP, and 3,000 Stardust

 

End of the Season Special Research – Alola to Alola

Distribution begins: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time. Can acquire for free if the previous four Special Research stories have been completed AND/OR purchase for US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency) via the in-game shop.

Distribution ends: Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time.

 

This particular part of the Special Research is currently unreleased, yet Niantic has announced it will have four branching paths. Tables detailing the steps, tasks, and rewards for all four branching paths (Melemele Island path, Akala Island path, Ula’ula Island path, and Poni Island path), will be made available once the Special Research is live in-game.

NOTE: As of Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 at 11 p.m. PT, the bonus Special Research Story ticket has been removed from the in-game shop due to issues. Niantic made this announcement via the Niantic Support Twitter account and will update Trainers when the ticket has been made available again.

 

Special Research: Alola to Alola

Alola to Alola
Step 1/4Reward
Catch 1 PokémonRowlet Encounter
Catch 4 PokémonLitten Encounter
Catch 7 PokémonPopplio Encounter
Completion Reward1,000 XP, 500 Stardust, and 15 Poké Balls
Step 2/4Reward
Choose A Path: Melemele IslandSpecial Research is focused on Melemele Island.
Choose A Path: Akala IslandSpecial Research is focused on Akala Island.
Choose A Path: Ula'ula IslandSpecial Research is focused on Ula'ula Island.
Choose A Path: Poni IslandSpecial Research is focused on Poni Island.

 

Special Research: Alola to Alola – Melemele Island path

Alola to Alola - Melemele Island
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Make 3 Nice Throws15 Great Balls
Send 5 Gifts to Friends1 Poffin
Completion Reward1,500 XP, 1,500 Stardust, and 3 Silver Pinap Berries
Step 4/4Reward
Send 15 Gifts to Friends1 Poffin
Take 5 snapshots of Wild Pokémon15 Ultra Balls
Trade Pokémon 3 times1 Star Piece
Earn 10 hearts with your Buddy3 Golden Razz Berries
Make a new Friend1 Lure Module
Completion RewardAlolan Raichu* Encounter, 4 Lucky Eggs, and 1 Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat

 

Special Research: Alola to Alola – Akala Island path

Alola to Alola - Akala Island
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Make 3 Nice Throws15 Great Balls
Walk 2 km1 Incense
Completion Reward1,500 XP, 1,500 Stardust, and 3 Silver Pinap Berries
Step 4/4Reward
Walk 7 km1 Incense
Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms15 Ultra Balls
Complete 3 Field Research tasks1 Star Piece
Take 5 snapshots of Wild Pokémon3 Golden Razz Berries
Hatch 3 Eggs1 Super Incubator
Completion RewardAlolan Marowak* Encounter, 2 Incubators, and 1 Pa'u Style Oricorio Hat

 

Special Research: Alola to Alola – Ula’ula Island path

Alola to Alola - Ula'ula Island
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Make 3 Nice Throws15 Great Balls
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon1 Lure Module
Completion Reward1,500 XP, 1,500 Stardust, and 3 Silver Pinap Berries
Step 4/4Reward
Catch 30 Pokémon1 Glacial Lure Module
Make 10 Curveball Throws15 Ultra Balls
Use 15 Berries to help catch Pokémon1 Star Piece
Make 5 Nice Curveball Throws in a row3 Golden Razz Berries
Catch 15 different species of Pokémon1 Magnetic Lure Module
Completion RewardAlolan Vulpix* Encounter, 4 Incense, and 1 Baile Style Oricorio Hat

 

Special Research: Alola to Alola – Poni Island path

Alola to Alola - Poni Island
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Make 3 Nice Throws15 Great Balls
Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts1 Rocket Radar
Completion Reward1,500 XP, 1,500 Stardust, and 3 Silver Pinap Berries
Step 4/4Reward
Battle in the GO Battle League 10 times1 Rocket Radar
Defeat 4 Team GO Rocket Grunts15 Ultra Balls
Power up Pokémon 10 times1 Star Piece
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader3 Golden Razz Berries
Win 3 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1 Premium Battle Pass
Completion RewardAlolan Exeggutor* Encounter, 4 Incense, and 1 Sensu Style Oricorio Hat

 

Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Trainers that get the bonus Special Research Story for free can buy the Special Research story as well, allowing them to complete another branching path and get additional rewards.
    • Trainers will not get a duplicate Oricorio Hat if they repeat the same Special Research Story branch (i.e.: Complete the Melemele Island path twice, one free and one paid, will only result in one Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat.)

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Written by Jennifer Burch

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