What is the September 2020 Research Breakthrough Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

A new research breakthrough Pokémon will be available soon.

September has arrived, and Pokémon Go fans can look forward to a brand new research breakthrough Pokémon to capture. This time around, it’s a little bit different. Normally, it’s the first form of a hard-to-find Pokémon, or of one that has two other evolutions. For September, it’s a unique choice, and it’s Alolan Raichu. The previous Pokémon had been Scraggy, who trainers could only capture by competing in the Pokémon Go battle league and reaching Rank 8.

You can start catching Alolan Raichu starting on September 1 at 1 PM PT. If you want to turn in your final research task token to catch Scraggy, you have to do it before this time. Any completed research breakthroughs you make after September 1 will be an Alolan Raichu encounter.

Alolan Raichu is an Electric and Psychic-type Pokémon. It does not evole into another Pokémon. It has a max CP of 2,286, an attack of 201, a defense of 154, and a stamina of 155. It’s not a Pokémon you want to use in the Premier Cup or the Master League, but it could prove useful in the Great League for trainers who want to use a unique Pokémon. It has a variety of resistances, but it’s weak to Bug, Dark, Ghost, and Ground-type Pokémon.

Alolan Raichu will be available until October 1 at 1 PM PT. The month-long event should give you a maximum of four chances to encounter and capture it. Each successful research breakthrough capture also yields additional Pikachu candies to make it stronger.