I may be remembering this wrong, but I think that Halloween is when Pokemon GO debuted its first âseasonalâ special research. The system first debuted with Mew at Pokemon GO Fest 2018, but we got closer to the current system of things when Niantic debuted âA Spooky Messageâ that Halloween. Since then the Special Research has become a staple in the game, showing up last year and now this year with minor tweaks.
In the past, this research has been our only way to access Spiritomb, a somewhat terrifying Pokemon cobbled together from 108 lost souls. Thatâs a little different this time around, because Spiritomb is both available as a shiny and as a field research reward, so itâs no longer nearly as rare as it used to be.
The exclusive reward for A Spooky Message Unmasked this year is Galarian Yamask, which is a nice reward if not quite so unique as Spiritomb. I havenât made it through all the steps yet, but Silph Road has all the requirements and rewards: aside from Galarian Yamask, people will be glad to see the still relatively rare Litwick, which will earn you double candy as you try to get it all the way up to Chandelure. Other than that there isnât all that much thatâs too interesting, though youâll also want to check out the Mega Gengar Timed Research for some valuable Mega Energy.
So thatâs the gist of it: itâs pretty straightforward, though there are a ton of Pokemon catches required: 34 for the first step, 108 for the second and 49 for the last step, so you may be working on this one a while depending on how much you play. The Mega Gengar quest is a whole lot more manageable, though youâll need to catch 94 Pokemon in the last step of that one, too. The game wants you to catch a ton of Pokemon at the moment, I suppose.
As for the rest of the Halloween bonuses, enjoy the double candy and make sure that youâve rounded out your collection of Ghost Pokemon: theyâre not all that common the rest of the year, but you can fill in any Pokedex holes nice and quickly this time of year with double candy.
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I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, IGN.com, Wired and more. I cover social games, video games, technology and that whole gray area that happens when technology and consumers collide. Google
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