Full Niantic Fifth Birthday Event Timed Research In Pokémon GO

Niantic will celebrate its fifth "birthday" with a Pokémon GO event taking place Sunday, October 4th from 11 AM to 5 PM local time. The six-hour event is set to feature increased Team GO Rocket balloons and some in-game bonuses. There is also a Timed Research quest, and reports have come in from earlier timezones on what this Research entails. Get prepared for this Pokémon GO celebration with the breakdown below.

Promotional image of Kirlia and Smoochum celebrating. Credit: Niantic
Promotional image of Kirlia and Smoochum celebrating. Credit: Niantic

The full Niantic Fifth Birthday Event Timed Research tasks and rewards are as follows:

Page One of Four

  • Use 3 Berries to help catch Pokémon: 3 Pinap Berries
  • Catch 5 Pokémon: 3 Razz Barries
  • Make 3 Nice Throws: 3 Nanab Berries
  • REWARDS: 1 Incense, 1000 Stardust, 1000 XP

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  • Transfer 5 Pokémon: 750 Stardust
  • Power up Pokémon 3 times: 750 Stardust
  • Evolve a Pokémon: 750 Stardust
  • REWARDS: 1 Incubator, 1000 Stardust, 1000 XP

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  • Spin 3 Pokéstops or Gyms: 5 Potion
  • Hatch an Egg: 5 Super Potion
  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy: 5 Hyper Potion
  • REWARDS: 1 Lucky Egg, 2000 Stardust, 2000 XP

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  • Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt: 5 Revives
  • Win a Gym battle: 1 Fast TM
  • Win a raid: 1 Charged TM
  • REWARDS: 1 Star Piece, 2000 Stardust, 2000 XP

While the rewards here pale in comparison to previous Special and Timed Research, remember that this is a surprise event that is meant to add a little extra bonus on top of Fashion Week rather than being a huge extravaganza. Thankfully, even novice Pokémon GO players can complete this Timed Research with minimal effort can be completed in half an hour or less depending on their location. The rewards may not be mindblowing, but the tasks are the easiest in recent memory and trainers will leave with useful items such as a Star Piece, the Incubator, and of course over 8000 Stardust that can be increased even more with the use of a Star Piece.

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