All ‘A Spooky Message Unmasked’ Special Research tasks and rewards in Pokémon Go

Watch out for the one carrying a mask.

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Spooky season is here, bringing with it the annual Pokémon Go Halloween event and a congress of ghosts that will haunt the game from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3. 

Just like in years prior, there’s a set of Special Research that players can complete during the event to encounter some rare Ghost-type Pokémon, with the main prize this year being Galarian Yamask. 

On top of the different Timed and Field Research, boosted encounters, and costumed versions of both Gengar and Sableye that will be available during the Halloween event, more detailed Special Research called “A Spooky Message Unmasked” will also be running. This will be the only way to obtain Galarian Yamask, which evolves into Runerigus.

Spirtomb is going to be a research reward for A Spooky Message Unmasked, though you can encounter it by completing Field Research too. Shiny Spiritomb will also appear for the first time during this event. 

If you plan on hunting some Ghost-types, here are all of the A Spooky Message Unmasked Special Research tasks and rewards, which will run through Nov. 3. 

Step one

  • Catch 30 Ghost-type Pokémon – Duskull Encounter
  • Transfer four Pokémon – 340 Stardust
  • Catch 34 Pokémon – 340 XP

Total Rewards: Yamask Encounter, three Pinap Berries, four Razz Berries

Step two

  • Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon – Sabeleye (Halloween) Encounter
  • Make eight Nice Throws – 10 Poké Balls
  • Catch 108 Pokémon – 1,080 XP

Total Rewards: Spiritomb Encounter, 10 Hyper Potions, eight Great Balls

Step three

  • Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon – Litwick Encounter
  • Make nine Great Throws – 490 Stardust
  • Catch 108 Pokémon – 490 XP

Total Rewards: Galarian Yamask Encounter, 44 Silver Pinap Berries, nine Golden Razz Berries

Step four

  • Claim Reward – 3,400 XP
  • Claim Reward – 1,080 XP
  • Claim Reward – 4,900 XP

Total Rewards: Yamask Candy and 4,900 Stardust