Masterwork Research Apex in Pokemon GO

Shadow apex ho-oh and lugia

With the conclusion of the Johto tour event in Pokemon, a new long research has been released called the masterwork research: Apex

This research is unlocked by completing the special research story attached to the Johto tour day. That was obtained from purchasing a Johto tour ticket. Completing this research will give an encounter with both Shadow Apex Ho-Oh and Shadown Apex Lugia.

Ho-Oh

When you catch Shadow Apex Ho-Oh it comes with an upgraded charged move Sacred Fire+ This has a base power of 130 in PvP and 135 in Gyms/Raids (PvE) When purified it becomes Sacred Fire++ and the power stays the same for PvP but increases to 155 for PvE

Lugia

When you catch Shadow Apex Lugia it comes with an upgraded charged move Aeroblast+ This has a base power of 170 in PvP and 200 in Gyms/Raids (PvE) When purified it becomes Aeroblast++ and the power stays the same for PvP but increases to 220 for PvE

Shadow apex ho-oh

Research Breakdown

There are four stages to the research. Here is a complete breakdown of the research and the rewards for each stage

Stage 1

  • Earn 100,000 XP – 10x Hyper Potions
  • Complete 100 Field research tasks – 1000 XP
  • Catch 100 different species of Pokemon – Encounter with Shadow Apex Ho-Oh

Rewards

  • 1000 XP
  • 1000 stardust
  • 20x Ho-Oh Candy

Stage 2

  • Earn a Heart with your Buddy 30 days in a row – 1x Poffin
  • Send 50 Gifts to Friends – 1x Lure Module
  • Open 10 Gifts – 1x Lucky Egg

Rewards

  • 2000 XP
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 3x Rare Candy

Stage 3

Currently Locked

Stage 4

Currently Locked

Shadow apex lugia

This research is a welcome addition for many players giving something a little more challenging to achieve.

Tasks such as the 100 field research tasks and 100 species of Pokemon are good for players still looking to complete Platinum medals

The heart with a Buddy for 30 days in a row will require a continued effort to avoid breaking the streak

Stages 3 and 4 are currently locked. It is unlikely they will be unlocked before the end of March but when they do they will be updated here.

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