As the title states, I managed to complete all 6 steps of the Jump-Start Research in 20 hours – from 9pm on Friday until 5pm on Saturday. Here are my thoughts.
- Make a new friend
- Catch 3 Pokemon with Weather Boost
- Hatch an Egg
For starters, if you struggle with finding new friends, I suggest finding a forum or the Pokemon Go Trainer Code subreddit to find some friends and get some distance hatches. Otherwise, your local community may have some newer players looking for friends. I’ve been able to add a few people who I hadn’t had, which is great. I ended up not being able to send everyone gifts because I had none left. Oh well…
I popped an Incense on to help with catching the Weather-Boosted Pokemon. With help from the sunny weather granting Barboach, it was a simple affair. Instead of waiting until the next day to hatch my egg, I decided to go for a late walk to do it. Plus it helped complete part 2 as well I suppose.
Each task gave 5,000 XP, and the rewards included 2 Lucky Eggs, 15,000 Stardust and an appearance from Dratini. I saved my rewards for claiming them all, because it’s so much more satisfying that way! Onto the next part of the research!
- Earn a Candy walking with your Buddy
- Take a Snapshot of Dratini
- Evolve a Dratini
So the Buddy and Snapshot rewards give 30 Dratini candy each. Evolving a Dratini will give you 10,000 XP. That’s a lot of XP for a Dratini. I wonder what the significance with Dratini is. Wish it was Gible though.
I was discussing the Dratini with my friend Steve, who told me not to evolve it all the way. This is due to it being evolved later down the quest line apparently. Well I guess it’s not going into the grinder any time soon I suppose.
- Power up a Pokemon 10 times
- Battle another Trainer in the Great League
- Battle in a Raid
Each of the tasks gives 15,000 XP. I don’t usually partake in PvP but I guess it gives me a good excuse to battle with my boyfriend. And I helped my friend Steve do his task too! I used this part as an excuse to power up my 100% Luxray. Because of European raiding times, I had to leave the raid until the next day, where I did the Alolan Raichu raid close to my house. It wasn’t shiny. Onto the next lot of tasks.
The rewards were 2 Lucky Eggs (again), 15,000 XP and 2 Star Pieces.
- Catch 5 different species of Pokemon
- Catch a Legendary Pokemon from a Field Research Breakthrough or Raid
- Hatch 3 Eggs
The first reward is a Chimchar encounter. The second is a Piplup encounter, and the third is a Turtwig encounter.
Well it’s a good thing Raikou Day was a thing. Of course we would be doing a Legendary Raid! I left this for the Raikou spawns purely because I knew more people would want to do the raids then to save their Raid Passes. I also had some spare Super Incubators to hatch my eggs. The 5 different species of Pokemon was easy. With the Alolan boosts as well as the sunny weather boost, I was quickly able to find the five species.
The rewards were 2 Lucky Eggs (seeing a theme here), 15,000 Stardust and a guaranteed shiny Eevee encounter.
- Take a Snapshot of Eevee
- Send 5 Gifts to Friends
- Trade 3 Pokemon
The rewards for each task was 30,000 XP. The rewards were 2 Lucky Eggs (hmm), 30,000 XP and a Lapras encounter. Well this is easy as hell. I had a few friends that I needed to send gifts to, and I was able to quickly take a Snapshot of Eevee in between Raikou raids. As for the trading, I called on a friend of mine to quickly trade some Pokemon for 75 Stardust per trade. It was worth it though, it got me onto part 6.
- Make a new friend
- Win a level 3 or higher raid
- Evolve a Dragonair
They like to push the Dratini storyline with this one. For the first two tasks, the reward is 60 Dratini candy each. The last rewards you 100,000 XP. That’s a mighty amount to get from evolving a Pokemon! The overall rewards are 2 Lucky Eggs (okay I suppose), 15,000 Stardust and 100,000 XP.
This was really easy. All I needed to do was call upon someone in the raiding group to be a new friend, defeat a Raikou raid and evolve the Dragonair from earlier.
Overall as a Level 40 player, I felt inundated with a lot of XP. For a newer player, it’s another way to quickly gain XP, especially on top of a Raikou raid day.
It was fun to have another Special Research, but it didn’t feel like I had something to work towards. I missed having a special encounter at the end, like Mew, Celebi, Spiritomb and Meltan.