Trainers had the rare opportunity to acquire a special research task in Pokémon Go called Distracted by Something Shiny. It was a promotional event led by notable characters from the upcoming Pokémon movie, Secrets of the Jungle, Jessie and James.
These two are Team Rocket members who famously are always after the main protagonist’s Pikachu. While this event did not feature Pikachu, it did feature a notable character from the movie, a shiny Celebi version. The shiny version is a rare appearance of the traditional Pokémon, and they’re challenging to encounter, making them a hot commodity in the Pokémon community. By completing the special research, players had a guaranteed chance to capture one.
Distracted by Something Shiny will not be around forever. Developers Niantic has announced that players will not acquire this special request anymore following February 28, 2021. Once this date rolls around, anyone who does not have the quest in their Special Research tab will be unable to receive it again in the future. It might return for an exclusive time in the future, but players who have not received it will not have the chance to move forward after that date.
However, those who already have it in their journal do not need to rush to complete it. In contrast, it will be going away for players who do not have it, players who do have it can continue working on it and complete it following February 28, 2021.
You need to do several things to complete Distracted by Something Shiny, but so long as you have it, you don’t need to worry about losing it.