When Niantic first introduced Special Research for Pokémon Go a few months back, the aim was to boost excitement with additional in-game challenges and tasks that would allow players to unlock a special Pokemon — the otherwise unobtainable Mew — from the first generation of Pokémon.
The latest mission requires players, aka Trainers, to track and capture the second generation’s Mythical Pokémon Celebi.
“Complete tasks to gain XP, receive useful items, and even encounter certain Pokémon on your journey!” said the Pokémon GO Team.
Celebi, a winged green time-traveling creature from the Johto region in the game’s universe, also appeared at last month’s exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Special Research in Chicago, so for those who have already caught it, this is a chance to snag “a new bounty of Candy to power up your Celebi,” notes the official website.
Anyone can begin the Special Research for Celebi, as long as they have completed the third set of tasks related to the ‘Mew’ quest. Both Special Researches can run at the same time.
The Special Research will be available worldwide from August 20, along with a new Celebi T-shirt (free in the Style Shop), and Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver Trainer avatar items which sport outfits that unlock as you progress towards your Johto medal.