Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.
While not the best Pokémon for combat, Mew is still an icon that is an essential addition to your Pokédex. Niantic has decided to release Mew via "Special Research", which is a series of tasks you have to complete in stages in order to unlock a bunch of different rewards, and ultimately a Mew. It can take quite a long time to complete, but with this guide you should be able to complete it quicker.
Immediately Stockpile Magikarp Candy
Set a Magikarp as your buddy Pokémon! You will need it for Stage 6 as you'll have to evolve a Magikarp into Gyarados. This is one of the most challenging steps, so start saving candy now!
Stage 1: Easy Mode
- Spin Five PokéStops
- Catch 10 Pokémon
- Transfer Five Pokémon
This is very easy and doesn't really require a guide. The only thing I would call out is that you can bulk transfer by tapping and holding. When you tap and hold a Pokémon it will select that Pokémon, and you can then go on to select others, and bulk transfer all of them. Otherwise, let's move on to Stage 2
Total Rewards: 1,500 XP / 10 Great Balls / Incubator / 3 Lure Modules
Stage 2: Easy Mode
- Earn Two Candy While Walking Your Buddy
- Make 10 Great Throws
- Hatch Three Eggs
Another fairly easy one, but let's break it down:
1. Earn Two Candy While Walking Your Buddy
Use a Pokémon that only requires 1 kilometer walking distance to gain a candy. I've already recommended you set a Magikarp as your walking buddy so this should be fine. If you already have enough to make a Gyarados, I would recommend walking what you need to evolve and hoping you can finish 2 candy before you hatch 3 eggs. If not that, then you can consider Geodude because Golems are incredibly useful in raids, or Pidgey as they're common and great for evolution experience.
2. Make 10 Great Throws
This isn't likely to be your barrier for getting to Stage 3, but regardless I would focus on finding Pokémon that you can easily get Great Throws on. Raid bosses are a great choice if nothing else.
3. Hatch Three Eggs
Obviously this one is easier if you spend on incubators or happen to have extra from grinding. Pop your 2km eggs into an incubator and just walk. If you happen to get GPS drift on your device, you could also leave your phone open and rack in some distance that way. You can also pick up small amounts of distance while driving either when stopped or when your GPS is figuring out where you are and briefly stops registering you are moving quickly.
Total Rewards: 3,000 XP / 2,000 Stardust / 3 Incense / 20 Great Balls
Stage 3: Getting Harder
1. Reach Trainer Level 15
The fastest way to level up is to do raids, evolutions, or push friend levels. By evolutions I mean popping a lucky egg and evolving all the easy to evolve stuff like pidgeys or caterpie as quickly as you possibly can. You can earn around 60,000xp in 30 minutes this way. It is quite tedious, raids tend to be more fun. Either way level 15 is fairly easy to achieve. I would also recommend picking up a bunch of friends as friend experience bonuses are pretty insane with 10,000xp at great, 50,000xp at ultra, and 100,000xp at best. For a full breakdown of how to power level as quickly as possible check out my power leveling guide.
2. Battle In Two Raids
Fairly easy, keep in mind you get 1 free raid per day, but how it actually works is that you can CLAIM 1 free raid pass per day. Meaning you can claim one, keep it in your inventory, then 24 hours or more later, do a raid using that pass and immediately claim a 2nd one and do 2 raids in a day. I recommend doing this if you don't raid regularly just to save yourself some time.
3. Battle In A Gym Twice
Total Rewards: 4,500 XP / Fast TM / Charge TM / 2 Star Pieces
Stage 4: Not Too Difficult Yet
1. Earn The Kanto Silver Medal
This requires registering 50 Kanto Pokémon in your Pokédex. This is not overly challenging and you likely already have it by the time you get here. If you don't, I'd recommend spamming Pinap Berries like crazy to reach all your evolutions, checking out local nests or biomes to find stuff you don't already have, or just generally trading with a friend to get what you need.
2. Evolve 20 Pokémon
This is not difficult, but it is important to keep in mind that doing evolutions with a Lucky Egg is one of the best ways to level up. I'd recommend doing these evolutions as part of that as later stages do require you to hit higher levels.
3. Earn Five Candy While Walking Your Buddy
You should still be walking your Magikarp so just keep it up.
Total Rewards: 6,000 XP / 4,000 Stardust / 3 Lure Modules / 20 Great Balls
Stage 5: This One Sucks
1. Catch Ditto
This is one of the hardest tasks to complete. There is no way to really shortcut it because Ditto is just random. However, you can do this one a bit faster with a little bit of knowledge. First off, Ditto, unlike Shiny Pokémon, is not localized to a player. If anyone finds a Ditto, that Pokémon will be a Ditto for anyone who catches it. So nearby friends or Discord channels are a good way to find out if someone has found a Ditto you can go scoop up. Secondly, Ditto can only appear as certain Pokémon, as of now those Pokémon are:
Pidgey, Ratatta, Zubat, Gastly, Mankey, Sentret, Yanma, Hoothoot, Zigzagoon, Whismur, and Gulpin.
UPDATE: You can currently catch a Ditto from the field research quest "Make an Excellent throw" Remember that field research quests rotate daily per Pokéstop, so if you find one, anyone can go to the Pokéstop to get the quest for the rest of the day.
2. Catch 10 Ghost-Types
This one is also tough because Ghost Pokémon mostly spawn at night. The best way to get through this one is too find a local nest of Ghost Pokémon. There are websites out there that try to keep updated lists of nests. Your only other options are to play more at night, or look for the regular Pokéstop quest that rewards Ghastly which is "Make 3 Great Throws".
3. Perform 20 Great Throws
This is just a little bit of a grind, again just focus on finding stuff you can easily hit Greats with, or do some raids where you'll have many opportunities to throw balls.
Total Rewards: 7,500 XP / Premium Raid Pass / Lucky Egg / 15 Revives
Ditto Infographic from Leek Duck
Stage 6: Probably the Hardest
1. Reach Trainer Level 25
Again, follow what I've said before about leveling up. Basically, do your evolutions all at once with a Lucky Egg, do as many Legendary Raids as you can, and keep up with sending friend gifts every day.
2. Evolve A Magikarp
This is potentially the worst task. Your options are somewhat limited and it will always be a grind, but you can speed it up.
- Look for a Magikarp nest and water areas where you'll find more Magikarp.
- Keep one as your buddy
- Trade Magikarp to get even more candy, up 3 candy per trade if the catch locations were greater than 100km apart.
- Do any Magikarp raids you see.
- Pinap every Magikarp you find.
- Find the "Catch 10 Pokémon" quest at PokéStops as it will reward a Magikarp.
3. Perform 10 Raids
Same as before, just a simple grind. This is likely to be less restrictive than evolving a Magikarp.
Total Rewards: 9,000 XP / 6,000 Stardust / 5 Rare Candies / 3 Incense
Gyarados Speed Guide
Stage 7: Could Be Worse
1. Catch 50 Pokémon Using A Berry
This one is just a grind, you have to actually catch the Pokémon so if you're really looking to do this fast I would use Razz Berries and consider using the catch animation skipping glitch. If you haven't used this before, the trick is to tap and hold the berry icon, drag it slightly away, then while holding it throw your Pokéball. Then release the berry icon and the UI will return, tap the top left corner to hit the escape button. Check out the video below.
2. Earn A Kanto Gold Medal
Same as with the silver. This isn't too hard but can start to get trickier.
3. Perform An Excellent Curve Throw
Raid bosses tend to be easiest, but large and close Pokémon can also be good as well like a Wailmer for example.
Total Rewards: 10,500 XP / 8,000 Stardust / 5 Great Balls / Mew
Bug to Skip The Catch Animation
Stage 8: Done!
Catch Mew! Congratulations you did it! Don't worry, Mew can't escape from you so you won't miss out, but it can be kind of tough to catch! To note, maximum catch CP is 1324 and anything above 1300 is going to be 90%+ IV. Of course, not that you're catching Mew to play a strong role in a raid team, but regardless it can feel good to find a good IV one. Also, Mew has a ton of different moves with 25 charged moves and 14 quick moves. Again a perfect moveset doesn't suddenly make Mew great for combat, but it is interesting nonetheless.
Total Rewards: 4,000 XP / 10,000 Stardust / Super Incubator / 20 Mew Candy
sigbog (author) from USA on November 05, 2018:
Nope :( But I have a few stops and gyms on my work campus so I get to stay active pretty easily. I've been to Shinjuku and it was awesome! So much stuff everywhere! Wish where I lived was more like that.
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 04, 2018:
Yes, in some places like Shinjuku there are Poke stops every couple of steps, it’s pretty insane. Halloween brought lots of events as well. If I had a contract with more data on my phone, I’d probably be a master by now! Are there a lot of Poke stops where you live?
sigbog (author) from USA on November 04, 2018:
Thank you! You have to at least finish Gen 1 ^^ If you're in Tokyo it should be even easier for you!
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 04, 2018:
What a fantastic article! I stopped playing Pokémon Go a while ago because it used up too much data, but I might seriously consider playing again if it means I can catch Mew. It truly is an iconic Pokémon, especially for those who grew up watching the anime and playing the games back when Mew and Mewtwo were almost the only legendaries.
With this guide, lots of Pokémon fans will easily be able to catch this cutie! Thank you for the wonderful information.