'Pokémon Go' Research Task Update: Halloween Event Brings New Encounters Including Spiritomb

New research tasks have come to Pokémon Go with this year's Halloween event. These tasks give players an opportunity to complete missions and capture various Pokémon.

With the Halloween update, Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon get the spotlight as trainers will need to catch and evolve these mischievous creatures to complete the missions. And for this year's Halloween event, the rare Spiritomb can be caught in a series of special field research tasks.

Here are all the new research tasks in Pokémon Go for Halloween.

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Spirtomb has been leaked as part of the 'Pokemon Go' Halloween event. Pokemon Company/Newsgeek


  • Evolve 3 Duskull or Shuppet - Rare Candy (x1)
  • Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon - Sableye encounter
  • Catch 5 Dark-type Pokémon - Stardust (x500)
  • Catch 5 Poochyena or Houndour - Sneasel encounter
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon - Misdreavus encounter


Spiritomb is wreaking havoc on Professor Willow and he needs your help to find him. There are three steps with three missions each to complete and they'll take some time. Fortunately for Pokémon Go players, this not a timed event and can be completed after the Halloween update is over.

The final step in this special mission doesn't actually need to be completed, just enjoy the extra experience and Pokémon candy.

Here are all the steps and missions to complete to catch Spiritomb:

A Spooky Message (1 of 3)

  • Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokémon - Duskull encounter
  • Make 8 Great Throws - 1080 experience
  • Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokémon - Lickitung encounter

Final reward - Pokeballs (x10), Stardust (x1080) and Silver Pinap Berry (x8)

A Spooky Message (2 of 3)

  • Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon -
  • Spin 8 PokeStops you haven't visited before - 1080 experience
  • Catch 108 Pokémon - Spiritomb encounter

Final reward - Pokeballs (x10), Stardust (x1080) and Silver Pinap Berry (x8)

A Spooky Message (3 of 3)

  • 1080 experience
  • 1080 experience
  • 1080 experience

Final rewards - Spiritomb candy (x10), Spiritomb candy (x8) and Stardust (x1080)