December is officially underway, and it’s shaping up to be another busy month for Pokemon Go. Developer Niantic has a variety of December events and activities lined up for the game, including a big Community Day weekend celebration. Of course, a new month also means new Field Research tasks, and another batch of those is now live along with a new Research Breakthrough encounter.
This time around, you’ll be able to encounter one of two Pokemon each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough in December 2020: Lapras or Unovan Darumaka. Both Pokemon will be available all month long. You’ll also earn bonus XP for catching either monster.
As a refresher, you’ll achieve a Research Breakthrough when you collect seven stamps. You’ll receive one stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day. If you don’t manage to achieve a Research Breakthrough before the month ends, any stamps you’ve earned will carry over, so your progress will go toward next month’s Research Breakthrough.
Unlike Special Research tasks, Field Research is distributed at PokeStops. You’ll receive a task randomly drawn from an overall pool when you spin the Photo Disc at a Gym or PokeStop. You can see December’s Field Research tasks along with their potential rewards, as compiled by The Silph Road, below.
There’s a lot more happening in Pokemon Go this month. The Legendary Pokemon Kyurem has returned to five-star Raids, while Mega Abomasnow is appearing in Mega Raids. Shiny Celebi is also making its debut in the game this month, and Niantic is holding a two-day Community Day weekend celebration bringing back all the featured Pokemon from this year and last.
Pokemon Go December 2020 Field ResearchCatching TasksField Research TaskRewardsCatch 5 Pokemon with Weather boostPoliwag, Vulpix, or Snover encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke BallsCatch 10 Pokemon with Weather boost500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great BallsCatch 5 different species of Ice-type Pokemon2 Rare CandiesCatch 3 Fire-type PokemonCharmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, or Tepig encounterCatch 10 PokemonMagikarp encounterCatch 10 Normal-type Pokemon500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great BallsUse 5 Berries to help catch PokemonPonyta encounter; 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great BallsCatch a Dragon-type PokemonDratini encounter; 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra BallsCatch a Ditto1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra BallsBattling TasksField Research TasksRewardsWin 2 RaidsAlolan Sandshrew encounterWin 5 RaidsAerodactyl encounterWin a level 3 or higher RaidKabuto or Omanyte encounterDefeat 2 Team Go Rocket GruntsVulpix encounterThrowing TasksField Research TaskRewardsMake 3 Great throwsGastly, Anorith, or Lileep encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke BallsMake 5 Nice throwsVoltorb encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke BallsMake 3 Nice throws in a row500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra BallsMake 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 BallsMake 3 Great curveball throws1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra BallsMake 3 Great curveball throws in a row1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra BallsMake 5 Great curveball throws in a rowSpinda encounterMake an Excellent throw500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra BallsMake 3 Excellent throws in a rowGible encounterMake 5 curveball throws in a row500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great BallsMake 2 Nice curveball throws in a row200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke BallsMisc. TasksField Research TaskRewardsHatch an EggSneasel encounterEvolve a PokemonEevee or Flareon encounterTrade a PokemonSnorunt encounterPower up Pokemon 5 timesBulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounterPower up Pokemon 5 times10 Beedrill Mega Energy; 10 Venusaur Mega Energy; 10 Charizard Mega Energy; or 10 Blastoise Mega EnergySpin 10 PokeStops or Gyms200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke BallsSend 3 gifts to friendsHoundour encounterBuddy TasksField Research TaskRewardsEarn 5 Hearts with your BuddyGrowlithe encounterGive your Buddy 3 treatsSpheal encounter