'Pokémon Go' January Research Task Update: New Spinda Pattern and More

Now that it's January, Pokémon Go 's research tasks have updated and they include some fan-favorite Pokémon and offers the most chances yet at encountering a Shiny.

Of course, the seven-day research breakthrough for Pokémon Go has also updated. In December, the Legendary Pokémon Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune were the rewards but the first month of 2019 will add Lugia and Ho-Oh to the list.

This will be the first time both Johto Legendary Pokémon will be available outside of a Raid Battle, and they have a chance to be Shiny when you encounter them so complete as many research tasks as possible.

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The Pokémon Go January research tasks see a lot of returning favorites like Machop and the Kanto Starters. However, the Kanto fossil Pokémon Kabuto and Omanyte now appear in this month's research tasks.

Sandshrew will also appear in one of the research tasks in January, and it has a chance to be Shiny.

Here's every task in January with its corresponding reward Pokémon:

  • Hatch an Egg - Exeggcute, Snubbull (Shiny)
  • Hatch 3 Eggs - Magmar
  • Hatch 5 Eggs - Chansey
  • Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon - Dratini (Shiny)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon - Magikarp (Shiny), Houndour (Shiny)
  • Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon - Kabuto (Shiny)
  • Catch 10 Ground-type Pokémon - Sandshrew (Shiny)
  • Catch 5 Fighting-type Pokémon - Magnemite (Shiny)
  • Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost - Vulpix, Poliwag
  • Use 10 Pinap Brries while catching Pokémon - Magikarp (Shiny)
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon - Growlithe (Shiny)
  • Battle in a Gym - Mankey, Machop
  • Win a Gym battle - Bulbasaur (Shiny), Charmander (Shiny), Squirtle (Shiny)
  • Win 3 Gym battles - Jynx
  • Battle in a Gym 5 times - Machop
  • Win 5 Gym battles - Lapras
  • Use a Supereffective Charged attack in 7 Gym battles - Electabuzz
  • Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row - Spinda #5
  • Make 3 Great Throws - Gastly (Shiny)
  • Make 5 Nice Throws - Voltorb, Bidoof
  • Make 3 Great Throws in a row - Onix
  • Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row - Larvitar (Shiny)
  • Evolve a Pokémon - Sunkern (Shiny), Eevee (Shiny)
  • Power up Pokémon 5 times - Bulbasaur (Shiny), Charmander (Shiny), Squirtle (Shiny)
  • Transfer 3 Pokémon - Vulpix
  • Trade a Pokémon - Manectric
  • Send 2 Gifts to friends - Gastly (Shiny)
  • Win a Level 3 or higher Raid - Omanyte (Shiny)
  • Battle in a Raid - Drowzee (Shiny)
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your Buddy Pokémon - Tentacruel

What task do you want to complete first? Which Shiny Pokémon are you hoping to catch? Let us know in the comments section below.

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