'Pokémon Go' Research Task Update: New August Missions Include Spinda, Shiny Houndour and Snubbull

The latest Pokémon Go update is live and not only has it changed the Research Breakthroughs to include Raikou, but the research tasks found in PokeStops are now themed after Electric types.

Changing research tasks are nothing new in Pokémon Go , as they normally coincide with new updates and events. This time, the release of Raikou outside of Raid Battles has caused Electric-type Pokémon to appear from certain tasks.

The latest update will also allow trainers a chance to catch a Spinda for the first time. Multiple reports claim the Normal-type will be available to catch after completing one of the new research tasks in August. Reports of wild Houndour and Snubbull appearing in their shiny form have also surfaced.

Here's a list of the new research tasks for August separated by item rewards and Pokémon encounters. Note that this list is still being updated.


Catch five Electric Pokémon - Mareep

Catch a Meowth or Growlithe - Electrike

Transfer 10 Pokémon - Misdreavus

Use five Berries to help Catch a Pokémon - Girafarig

Catch a Skitty or Poochyena - Snubbull

Land three Curveballs in a Row - Spinda

Evolve a Pokémon - Eevee

Catch 10 Pokémon - Magikarp

Battle in a Gym - Mankey

Evolve a Meowth - Houndour

Catch five Pokémon with Weather Boost - Poliwag and Vulpix

Hatch an Egg - Lanturn

Evolve a Meowth - Houndour

Win three Gym Battles - Jynx

Battle in a Gym five Times - Machop

Make three Great Throws in a Row - Onix

Make three Great Throws - Gastly

Power Up a Pokémon five Times - Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur


Battle in a Gym - 1x Revive

Make three Great Throws - 3x Razz Berries

Make three Nice Throws in a Row - 2x Ultra Balls

Hatch three Eggs - 1x Rare Candy or 1000 Stardust

Catch a Ditto - 3x Rare Candy

Catch a Dragon-Type Pokémon - 2x Golden Razz Berries

Catch 10 Pokémon with Weather Boost - 5x Great Balls

Have you completed one of the new research tasks in Pokémon Go? Who do you hope to catch? Let us know in the comments section below.