Pokemon Go's May Field Research Tasks & Breakthrough Reward

Here's the updated list of Field Research tasks you'll find in Pokemon Go this month, along with May's new Research Breakthrough reward.

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May is officially underway, which means a new batch of Field Research tasks has arrived in Pokemon Go, as has a new Research Breakthrough reward. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough this month, you'll earn a chance to catch the Electric-type Pokemon Shinx, and it'll come with some bonus Candies.

To achieve a Research Breakthrough, you'll need to collect seven stamps. You'll receive one stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day, so you'll need to complete tasks over the course of at least seven days to achieve a Research Breakthrough. Fortunately, your progress from last month does not reset, so if you were already on your way to a Research Breakthrough, you'll only need to collect however many stamps you were missing this month to encounter Shinx.

Unlike the story-focused Special Research tasks, which are assigned by Professor Willow, Field Research tasks are distributed through PokeStops. In addition to netting you stamps, you'll earn various rewards each time you complete a task, ranging from helpful items like Berries and Poke Balls to Pokemon encounters. You can see the full list of May's Field Research tasks, as compiled by The Silph Road, below.

In addition to the standard Field Research tasks, Niantic is offering a slate of special limited-time "Throwback Challenge" tasks this month. Every week, there will be a different Throwback Challenge research line in the game, each one revolving around a specific region from the Pokemon world. To cap off the Throwback Challenge event, Niantic will also introduce some Galarian Pokemon to the game.

That's not all that's happening in Pokemon Go this month. To celebrate the launch of Remote Raid Passes, Niantic is bringing back a handful of Legendary Pokemon to Raid Battles for a limited time. Season 2 of the Go Battle League is also on the horizon. The season was scheduled to begin on May 1, but it has been delayed due to a "technical issue."

Pokemon Go May 2020 Field Research Tasks

Catching Tasks

Field Research TaskRewards
Catch 5 Pokemon with Weather boostPoliwag or Vulpix encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Catch 10 Pokemon with Weather boost500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch 4 different species of Pokemon2 Rare Candies
Catch 3 Water-, Electric-, or Bug-type PokemonRaichu encounter
Catch 3 Electric-type PokemonElectabuzz encounter
Catch 10 PokemonMagikarp encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Catch 10 Normal-type Pokemon500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch a Dragon-type PokemonDratini encounter; 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Catch a Ditto1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls

Battling Tasks

Field Research TasksRewards
Battle another trainerAlolan Geodude encounter
Win a RaidJolteon encounter
Win 5 RaidsAerodactyl encounter
Win a level 3 or higher RaidKabuto or Omanyte encounter
Win in the Go Battle LeagueBlitzle encounter

Throwing Tasks

Field Research TaskRewards
Make 3 Great throwsGastly, Anorith, or Lileep encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Make 5 Nice throwsVoltorb encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Make 3 Nice throws in a row500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great throws in a rowOnix encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great curveball throws1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great curveball throws in a row1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Make 5 Great curveball throws in a rowSpinda encounter
Make an Excellent throw500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Excellent throws in a rowLarvitar encounter
Make 5 curveball throws in a row500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Make 2 Nice curveball throws in a row200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls

Hatching Tasks

Field Research TaskRewards
Hatch an EggElectrike encounter

Misc. Tasks

Field Research TaskRewards
Transfer 3 PokemonMagnemite encounter
Trade a PokemonJoltik encounter
Evolve a PokemonEevee or Lanturn encounter
Power up Pokemon 5 timesBulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounter
Send 3 Gifts to friendsJolteon encounter
Take a Snapshot of an Electric-type PokemonVoltorb encounter
Spin 10 PokeStops or Gyms200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls

Buddy Tasks

Field Research TaskRewards
Earn 5 Hearts with your Buddy3 Silver Pinap Berries
Give your Buddy 3 treatsMareep encounter
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