Pokémon GO is Launching a New Masterwork Research Story

Can you hear the whispers? Niantic

In case you didn't know, Pokémon GO is celebrating its 8th anniversary this July. There's a lot of activities to do and bonuses to enjoy. One of the highlights is a Masterwork Research Story titled Whispers in the Woods. The thing is that this one isn't free and costs $5. Still, it's probably worth it knowing that it can lead to an encounter with Shiny Celebi.

This isn't the first time Shiny Celebi appeared in the game. This Pokémon made its debut during the Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research story.

Now for those wondering, a Masterwork Research story is a special kind of research which is intended to be completed over a long period of time. For this upcoming Masterwork Research story, tickets are available for purchase until July 3 at 8:00 p.m., local time.

Those who do decide to buy a ticket get to access the Masterwork Research story during the 8th Anniversary Party event. In order to receive this research, trainers need to start the game at some point between June 18 and July 3. Once they get the Masterwork Research, they can then complete it at any time.

Those who bought the Masterwork Research story can enjoy additional bonuses for the duration of the game's 8th Anniversary Party event. These include:

  • 2× Incense duration
  • 2× Daily Adventure Incense duration
  • 2× Lucky Egg duration

The same bonuses can also be received by those who previously received the Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research story, whether it's still active or completed.

Special Anniversary Offers

In celebration of the game's anniversary, the Pokémon GO Web Store is offering a special Anniversary Box. At $4.99, it comes with:

  • three Remote Raid Passes
  • one Incubator
  • three Premium Battle Passes

There are also avatar items available to purchase in the in-game shop during the 8th Anniversary Party. These include:

  • Noctowl Loose-Fitting Jacket
  • Mankey Loose-Fitting Jacket
  • Loose-Fitting Pants (Dark Gray)
  • Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat
  • Pa'u Style Oricorio Hat
  • Baile Style Oricorio Hat
  • Sensu Style Oricorio Hat

You can learn more about the 8th Anniversary Party and what activities are available through our guide here. Excited to be part of the celebration?

Pokémon GO is available to download free on mobile platforms through Google Play and the App Store.

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