A Professor’s Work is Never Done Special Research guide – Pokémon GO

Time to take another shot at Giovanni.

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Pokémon GO has some new Special Research for you to get to grips with. A Professor’s Work is Never Done once again tasks you with taking on Shadow Pokémon and Team GO Rocket. You will need to have completed the Troubling Situation Special Research to be able to do it, as it will not unlock until that has been finished. Getting through all these tasks will net you a Shadow Raikou.

Each month, the Special Research will return with different steps and is the only way to take on Giovanni.


  • Spin 10 PokéStops (encounter with Sudowoodo)
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts (500 XP)
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon (500 XP)

Rewards – 500 Stardust, 10x Poké Balls, 10x Razz Berries


  • Spin a PokéStop 3 days in a row (750 XP)
  • Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon (750 XP)
  • Win 5 raids (750 XP)

Reward – 1000 Stardust, 3x Hyper Potions, 3x Revives


  • Use 6 super effective Charged Attacks in gym battles (1000 XP)
  • Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another trainer (1000 XP)
  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket grunts (1000 XP)

Reward – 1500 Stardust, 15x Great Balls, 5x Pinap Berries


  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo (1250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff (1250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra (1250 XP)

Reward – 2000 Stardust, 1x Super Rocket Radar, 3x Golden Razz Berries


  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss (2500 Stardust)
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss (1500 XP)
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss (3x Silver Pinap Berries)

Reward – 3000 Stardust, 1x Fast TM, 1x Charged TM


  • Complete (2000 XP)
  • Complete (2000 XP)
  • Complete (2000 XP)

Reward – 3x Max Revives, 20x Ultra Balls, 3x Rare Candy