August 2019 is here, which means Pokemon GO players are eagerly racing around their towns trying to confirm any rumored changes to the available Field Research tasks and rewards. At this point, things seem to be unchanged so far, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some exciting rewards out there worth your time.
In recent months, Niantic seems to have moved away from fully rotating in new Pokemon GO quests and encounter rewards on the first of every month. This is a little disappointing for players who liked a frequent change of pace, but it does make it a little easier to remember which quests are the most rewarding. This month seems to be more of the same, which means many players are likely on the hunt for Pokestops that offer 3 Excellent Curveballs, Dragon-type Pokemon, or a few of the other quests with high value rewards.
Keep in mind that as different events rotate in and out of the game additional limited-time quests are sure to be added to the available pool.
Catch Tasks and Rewards
Catch 10 Pokemon – Magikarp (shiny available), Teddiursa
Catch a Dragon Type Pokemon – Dratini (shiny available)
Catch 5 Water Type Pokemon – Seel (shiny available)
Catch 5 Fighting Type Pokemon – Breloom
Catch 10 Ground Type Pokemon – Diglett (shiny available)
Catch 5 Flying, Dark, Psychic Type Pokemon – Poochyena (shiny available)
Catch 3 Electric, Poison, Normal Type Pokemon – Plusle, Minun (shiny available)
Catch 7 Grass, Water, Fire Type Pokemon – Growlithe (shiny available)
Catch 5 Pokemon Weather Boost – Vulpix, Poliwag
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon – Weepinbell
Use 5 Nanab Berries to help catch Pokemon – Swalot
Use 10 Pinap Berries while catching Pokemon – Loudred
Throw Tasks and Rewards
Make 5 Nice Throws – Geodude (shiny available), Voltorb
Make 3 Great Throws – Gastly (shiny available), Lileep, Anorith
Make 3 Great Throws in a row – Onix
Make 5 Great Curveballs Throws in a row – Spinda #4
Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row – Larvitar (shiny available)
Battle Tasks and Rewards
Battle in a Gym – Mankey (shiny available), Makuhita (shiny available)
Battle in a Gym 5 times – Machop (shiny available)
Win a Gym Battle – Bulbasaur (shiny available), Charmander (shiny available), Squirtle (shiny available)
Win 3 Gym Battles – Jynx
Win 5 Gym Battles – Grimer (shiny available)
Use a Super Effective Charged Attack in 7 Gym Battles – Electabuzz
Battle in a Raid – Meditite (shiny available)
Win a Lvl 2 or higher Raid – Sableye (shiny available)
Win a Lvl 3 or higher Raid – Omanyte (shiny available), Kabuto (shiny available)
Win 5 Raids – Aerodactyl (shiny available)
Hatch Tasks and Rewards
Hatch an Egg – Exeggcute, Spoink (shiny available)
Hatch 3 Eggs – Magmar
Hatch 5 Eggs – Chansey
Evolve/Power Up Tasks and Rewards
Evolve a Pokemon – Pidgey (shiny available), Eevee (shiny available)
Use an item to evolve a Pokemon – Skarmory
Power Up Pokemon 5 times – Bulbasaur (shiny available), Charmander (shiny available), Squirtle (shiny available)
Miscellaneous Tasks and Rewards
Send 10 Gifts to Friends – Alolan Exeggutor
Trade a Pokemon – Drifloon (shiny available)
Transfer 3 Pokemon – Shuppet (shiny available)
Earn 5 Candies walking with your Buddy – Slakoth
Due to the recent Raid Boss rotation, many players are likely building up their roster by taking down those Gyms frequently, there are still some valuable Pokemon here worth questing for. The inclusion of so many shiny chances makes a lot of the quests worth the time, even if the Pokemon rewards themselves aren’t very relevant to the metagame.
As fall approaches, hopefully Pokemon GO is planning to shake up these Field Research Tasks and rewards when September arrives. There are some high value rewards in this batch, but after a few month's worth of opportunities, many PoGO players have already acquired everything they needed from this group and the list is starting to get a bit stale. Switching to a seasonal sort of rotation for the long list of tasks would be a bit of an adjustment from the original monthly rotations, but it likely saves a lot of time for the developers and removes some margin for error, thanks to less code changing on a month to month basis.
Be sure to check back for more Pokemon GO news, updates, and strategy guides in the coming days. Until then, good luck out there, trainers!
Pokemon GO is currently available in select regions on Android and iOS devices.