Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation Guide – Research Rewards, Field Research

Our Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation Guide walks you through the exact steps you'll need to finish to complete this Field Research and obtain the Research Rewards! You will be facing off against Team Rocket and will need to purify some Pokemon to finish this quest.

A Troubling Situation Special Research

Step 1: A Troubling Situation

Hi, %PLAYERNAME%, I’m glad to see you! Can I get your help with investigating something? I’ve noticed an alarming number of reports from Trainers who have found PokeStops that look…discolored? Some Trainers have even spotted people wearing shirts with a big letter R on them who are guarding these PokeStops. These shady characters appear to have Pokemon with a mysterious dark aura around them! As I investigate this with Spark, it might be best to power up some of your Pokemon. You never know what we might encounter…

  • Evolve 2 Pokemon
    • Encounter: Murkrow
  • Power Up Pokemon 5 times
    • Encounter: Sableye


1,000 Stardust and 2,000 XP

Step 2: A Troubling Situation

Great job strengthening your Pokemon! After visiting one of the PokeStops with Spark, we were challenged to a Trainer Battle by someone who belongs to an organization called Team GO Rocket! Turns out that Team GO Rocket has been stealing resources from PokeStops with the help of Pokemon that are cloaked in a dark aura. They’re called Shadow Pokemon! Luckily, we won the battle, and afterward, Team GO Rocket carelessly abandoned their defeated Shadow Pokemon! Help us protect local PokeStops from Team GO Rocket, Trainer! As you do so, please save any Shadow Pokemon that Team GO Rocket abandons!


  • Catch 2 Shadow Pokemon
    • Encounter: Ekans
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts
    • Encounter: Koffing


2,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP, and 5 Golden Razz Berries

Step 3: A Troubling Situation

Thanks for all your hard work, %PLAYERNAME%! Candela and I have done some research on Shadow Pokemon and learned some very unsettling things. While Pokemon naturally become stronger through training, these Shadow Pokemon seem to have been overpowered through unnatural means. As a result, their bodies painfully struggle with not knowing how to control this strength. But don’t worry! It looks like we can help them harness this strength through a process called purification. Can you help me purify some Shadow Pokemon, %PLAYERNAME%?


  • Purify 3 Shadow Pokemon
    • Reward: 3,000 XP
  • Purify a Fire-, Water-, or Grass-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 3,000 XP

Step 4: A Troubling Situation

WOW! Thanks for helping us learn more about the Shadow Pokemon that Team GO Rocket uses, Trainer! After observing the purification process with Blanche, it’s clear that the Pokemon’s gratefulness to you for purifying them causes the move Frustration to be replaced with Return! Now that you have this knowledge, we need your help with saving as many Shadow Pokemon as possible by taking back PokeStops that are under Team GO Rocket’s control! The world is under attack! Can we count on you to help protect it? l do hope there’s nothing more to this…


This one just automatically completes and you get the following rewards.

  • 2x 1,000 Stardust
  • 1,000 XP
  • 1x Charged TM
  • 1x Fast TM
  • 3x Rare Candy
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