Pokemon Go January 2021 Field Research Tasks, Rewards And Breakthrough Rewards

Get ready for January 2021 Field Research

It's cold outside but it won't matter to Pokemon Go players who once again are getting ready for a new year and more importantly, a new month of field research quests and rewards.

On this page, we'll share with you everything we know about Field Research quests in Pokemon GO for January 2021.

From how they work, the existing quests available right now and what Pokemon will act as our new Field Research Breakthrough in January 2021.

To make things easy, we've broken it down into sections, so if you want to skip ahead, by all means, click the link to fast-forward to the info you're looking for.

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Pokemon Go Field Research Quests - What Are They and How Do They Work?

Field Research Quests are one of the key cornerstones of the game.

If you're new to Pokemon GO or joining again after a lengthy stint away, then lets recap how these Field Research Quests work and why they're so important.

In Pokemon Go players spin PokeStops and in return, collect field research quests from Professor Willow.

These are completely random and the quest for each PokeStop changes every 24 hours.

Completing field research earns rewards for players. This could be anything from Pokeballs to random Pokemon encounters. It all depends on the research task you complete.

Naturally, Pokemon encounters are most popular, especially when the Pokemon available is especially rare. 

Complete Field Research Quests and you'll also earn a stamp. Collect seven stamps and you'll unlock an additional field research breakthrough. Normally this means a chance to capture an extra special Pokemon with better rewards to boot.

And that's it. You're all set to go complete some Pokemon Go Field Research.

Pokemon Go January 2021 Field Research - Confirmed

The Pokemon GO Field Research Tasks for January 2021 is now live and can be viewed below in their relative sections. 

Throwing Tasks

  • Make five Nice throws – Voltorb
  • Make three Great throws – Gastly, Lileep, Anorith
  • Make three Great throws in a row – Onix
  • Make five Great Curveball throws in a row – Spinda #1
  • Make three Excellent throws in a row – Gible

Catching Tasks

  • Catch ten Pokémon – Magikarp
  • Catch a Dragon-type Pokémon – Dratini
  • Catch five Pokémon with weather boost – Vulpix, Poliwag, Swinub
  • Use five Berries to help catch Pokémon – Makuhita

Buddy & Friendship Tasks

  • Give your Buddy three treats – Meditite
  • Earn five Hearts with your Buddy – Lillipup
  • Send three Gifts to friends – Jigglypuff
  • Trade a Pokémon – Seadra

Battle Tasks

  • Defeat three Team Go Rocket Grunts – Scyther
  • Win a level three or higher raid – Omanyte, Kabuto
  • Win a raid – Litwick
  • Win five raids – Aerodactyl

Miscellaneous tasks

  • Hatch an Egg – Marill 
  • Evolve a Pokémon – Eevee, Exeggutor 
  • Power up Pokémon 5 times – Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle 

Pokemon Go January 2021 Research Breakthrough Reward

As per usual Niantic has already announced the latest changes coming to the Research Breakthrough Reward in January 2021.

Previously trainers had the chance to encounter  Lapras or Unovan Darumaka as a possible research breakthrough reward in December 2021.

Lapras or Unovan Darumaka are still available right up until when the field research breakthrough changes over.

However, if you hold on for a few more hours until 8pm GMT, you'll be able to encounter Chansey.

 This information was confirmed on the most recent Pokemon Go blog:

"From Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll encounter Chansey in Research Breakthroughs."

When do Pokemon Go January 2021 Field Research Quests start?

At the time of writing, the Pokemon Go field research quests and rewards for December 2020 are still active.

These existing Field Research Quests will change at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) on January 1.

We'll be sure to update the page later today with the new January quests, once they go live.


Head back to our main Pokemon category for all the latest news and detailed step-by-step guides. Otherwise, make sure you're up to date on the current Egg pool, Ditto Disguises and Field Research Tasks, including the current Spinda you can catch in the wild. We've also recently learnt about some of the upcoming Pokemon GO January 2021 Events, including the next January 2021 Community Day and a special New Years Eve Event - So there's plenty to look forward too!


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