Niantic is kicking off a new type of event in Pokemon Go this weekend. On Saturday, January 19, the studio is holding the game’s first-ever Limited Research event, which will feature special Field Research tasks—and an opportunity to catch a new Shiny Pokemon—for a limited time.
Much like Pokemon Go’s monthly Community Days, the Limited Research event will only run for three hours. During that window of time, you’ll be able to receive special Limited Research tasks when you spin the Photo Disc at a PokeStop. These tasks can be completed at any time after you’ve obtained them, but they’ll only be distributed during the event hours, and you’ll only get one from each PokeStop you visit.
Every Limited Research task will culminate in an encounter with Feebas, the first form of the majestic Water Pokemon Milotic. Additionally, Niantic says you’ll have a chance of coming across a Shiny Feebas, making this the first time this particular Shiny will be available in the game. You can find the event hours for each region below.
On top of the Limited Research event, Niantic is holding a big Hoenn celebration in Pokemon Go right now. Until January 29, Gen 3 Pokemon will appear much more frequently in the wild. Moreover, you’ll have a chance of catching Shiny variants of Zigzagoon and Taillow, while any Shroomish you evolve into Breloom will learn the move Grass Knot.
The Gen 3 Legendaries Groudon and Kyogre have also returned as part of the Hoenn celebration, giving you another chance to add them to your collection. There are new Field Research tasks revolving around Gen 3 Pokemon as well, and new avatar items based on Team Aqua and Team Magma—the villainous teams from Ruby and Sapphire—are available in the game’s Style Shop.
Pokemon Go Limited Research Event Schedule
The Americas and Greenland
- 11 AM — 2 PM PT
- 2 PM — 5 PM ET
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- 10 AM — 1 PM UTC
- 12 PM — 3 PM JST (January 20)