"Pokemon Go" Celebi Research Guide

Updated on November 26, 2018
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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Celebi Research Guide

How to catch the Mythical Pokemon, Celebi.
How to catch the Mythical Pokemon, Celebi.


  1. Save Oddish or Sunkern Candy.
  2. Save Incubators if you aren't willing to spend real money on them.
  3. Save candy for grass Pokemon that have 3 evolutions: Grovyle, Ivysaur, Weepinbell, Gloom, Bayleef, Lombre, Nuzleaf, or Skiploom.
  4. Save at least 50 Eevee candy.
  5. Save special evolution items and candy for the Pokemon they're used on (You need to evolve 2 Pokemon with items later!)
  6. Focus on Johto Pokemon as you'll need the gold medal in the final stage.

    Special Note: You can run multiple researches at once, meaning you can work on both Mew and Celebi at the same time!

Stage 1: Easy Mode Again

  • Power up Pokemon 5 times
    Do you really need help on this one?
  • Battle in a Gym 2 times
    Again, this is very straightforward and does not require an explanation. However, I will call out a quick little tip for gym battlers. It is generally better to fight the first Pokemon, run away, re-enter, and fight the first Pokemon again, until that Pokemon is knocked out. This lets you focus on selecting a team just for that one Pokemon and makes it more difficult for people to heal Pokemon with berries.
  • Battle in a raid
    Technically you don't have to win the raid, but regardless you should just because raid rewards are so critical as a source for Rare Candy, Fast / Charged TMs, Golden Razz Berries, and tons of XP. I'd find 1 or 2 star raids if you can't find a group for Legendaries. You may also be able to solo a 3 star raid but only if you're fairly strong and have the right team.
    The pink eggs are 1 or 2 star raids if you're just taking a quick glance looking for one. Yellow eggs are 3 and 4 star while metallic are 5 star and EX.

    Total Rewards: 3,000 XP / 10x Pokeballs / 1x Fast TM / 1x Super Incubator

Stage 2: Still Fairly Easy

  • Make 3 new friends
    If you're really in a pinch and don't meet other players in your regular social circles or public raid groups, just find literally any public Discord, Reddit, or basically any Pokemon Go group on some form of social media. They almost always have friends channels or areas to find people to add.
  • Evolve an evolved GRASS-type Pokemon
    This one was actually more of a pain in the side than I expected. You're looking to evolve any of the following: Grovyle, Ivysaur, Weepinbell, Gloom, Bayleef, Lombre, Nuzleaf, or Skiploom.
    Unfortunately, all of these Pokemon require a 3 kilometers walking distance to earn a candy so there isn't an easy grind one.

    Finding the Field Research "Win a Gym Battle" or "Power up Pokemon 5 Times" could net you a Bulbasaur, but honestly, this isn't particularly useful.

    You're more likely to find enough Seedots to evolve into Nuzleaf and then into Shiftry.

    Obviously, stick close to grass biomes so you're more likely to find grass Pokemon.
    You may be able to find nests or mini-nests where these things are common. Particularly in areas with fewer Pokestops and gyms you'll find random concentrated clumps of Pokemon that often times have a lot of a specific type.
    Remember, throw Pinap berries at everything!
  • Catch a Pokemon 3 days in a row
    Just don't forget! My only advice is to set an alarm or a reminder if necessary. Also, if you're really forgetful, most people tend to stick to standard schedules on weekdays, and different schedules on weekends, so if your 3 days in a row span over a week you may forget to open your phone and grab a Pokemon. Might just be best to think to yourself "catch a Pokemon at lunch during work every day this week"

    Total Rewards: 4,500 XP / 1x Sun Stone / 1,500 Stardust / 1x Premium Raid Pass

Stage 3: Not Too Tough

  • Reach level 25
    Some quick power leveling tips:
    - Save up candy until you can do 30 minutes straight of evolutions, especially new ones, and then pop a lucky egg and do them all.
    - Have lots of friends and send gifts daily. Ultra Friend status grants 50,000 xp, Best Friend status grants 100,000 xp.
    - Do daily raids.

    For a complete breakdown of how to level up as quickly as possible check out my power leveling guide.
  • Use a Sun Stone to evolve Gloom or Sunkern
    Hopefully you've stocked up enough to just get this one done right away, but if you haven't it can be a little challenging. You should already have a Sun Stone from the previous task, but it's worth calling out that friend gifts can drop special items now, though they can be rare. And your best bet at getting a Sun Stone would be to hit your 7 day Pokestop streak as it guarantees a special item.
  • Hatch 9 eggs
    This is why you have been saving incubators! Prioritize lower kilometer eggs, try to avoid taking on too many friend eggs as they are 7km each, and capitalize on any GPS drift if you have it. For those who don't know, some devices have 'GPS drift' as it's called, which causes Pokemon Go to be a little unsure of exactly where you are. You'll 'drift' around a bit, which actually accrues distance. If this happens to you, you can leave your app open to accrue distance. Otherwise do this the old fashioned way and get moving!

    Some people put their phones on their dogs and have them run around, but generally Pokemon Go doesn't track distance well if it's smaller, back and forth, movements. Your best bet is to actually walk, jog, or bike/rollerblade/skateboard/scooter below 15 miles per hour.

    Special Note: The next stage requires you to walk an Eevee, but it tracks progress at the point you earn a candy. You can save some time if you try to put an Eevee as your buddy during this stage and get as close to the candy as possible by the time you finish Stage 3. Odds are you're gated by hatching 9 eggs, so it's easy to do the math on when you'll finish hatching 9 eggs and thus when to start walking an Eevee so that you'll be close to reaching the Candy by the point you finish!

Total Rewards: 6,000 XP / Eevee encounter / King's Rock / Premium Raid Pass

Stage 4: Probably Easier Than Stage 3

  • Evolve Eevee into Espeon during the day
    Eevee will evolve into an Espeon guaranteed so long as you've walked at least 10km with it and evolve it during the daytime. Day and night are defined by what shows in the app. BE CAREFUL - It is possible for it to actually be at night and your game to not have recognized it yet and the evolution to fail! To be safe, restart your app and wait a minute or 2 before evolving. If it still fails, you can use the Eevee evolution naming trick as a backup, you don't need to walk a new Eevee.
  • Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy
    Just grind it out! The progress triggers at the point you earn the candy, so you can theoretically do this in 5.01km so long as you had an Eevee at 4.99km right before you started Stage 4.
  • Send 20 gifts to Friends
    Gifts randomly drop from Pokestops (including Gym discs), and you can only send 1 per day per friend. You can also only open 20 gifts per day. However, you can send any amount of gifts per day, and earn up to 100 gifts per day from Pokestops, even from a single Pokestop if you happen to live on one. The only annoying thing is that you can only hold up to 10 gifts at a time, so it will take a little bit of management. This task should be fairly easy if you have enough friends and regular access to Pokestops.

    Total Rewards: 7,500 XP / 1x Metal Coat / Eevee encounter / 2,500 Stardust

Stage 5: Similar to Stage 4

  • Walk 10 km with Eevee as your buddy to earn Candy
    Same as before!
  • Evolve Eevee into Umbreon at night
    Same as before, just at night time :)
  • Trade a Pokémon
    This is easy, but it does require you to coordinate with someone. You have to be close enough to them to actually do a trade.

    Trading costs a small amount of stardust for regular trades, but a lot more if you're trading for stuff you don't have, legendaries, or shinies; even up to 1 million stardust! However, prices get reduced as you increase in friend levels so be sure to keep up with your gifts.

    While trading costs stardust, it also grants you candy for what you've traded. The more distance between where your Pokemon was caught and where the other person's Pokemon was caught, the more candy you'll get, up to 3 candy for 100 kilometers apart.

    It also re-rolls a Pokemon's individual values (IVs) and will have a minimum rating based on your friend level! Additionally, there is a chance, particulaly for older Pokemon, to become 'Lucky' Pokemon, reducing the cost of powering them up. Both Pokemon in a trade become Lucky if it occurs.

    So it can be very useful to use trading to try to get high IV Pokemon of something you need (and maybe even get it to be lucky) or accure some bonus candy.

    Total Rewards: 9,000 XP / 1x Star Piece / 15x Pinap Berry / 1x Upgrade

Stage 6: Annoying but not Terrible

  • Visit PokéStops 7 days in a row
    This is annoying and there's no secret to it! You just have to deal with it. Take note of what I said before about catching Pokemon 3 days in a row.

    Again, the timer should be based on your local time! So spin a stop before midnight!
  • Use 25 Pinap Berries while catching Pokémon
    Another grind task, although not too bad. If you need items be sure to do your daily Pokestop spin or claim gifts. Gyms can help too, but Niantic has set them to prioritize potions and revives rather than berries so you won't likely get as much.

    This is also a good time to call out the glitch that allows you to skip the catching animation, making catching Pokemon a lot faster! In short, you grab the berry icon, drag it to the side, and then with another finger grab the Pokeball and throw it. Upon hitting the Pokemon you release the berry icon. This will re-enable the UI, and you can tap in the top left part of the screen to run away (even if you don't see the icon). If you caught the Pokemon you're done! If not, you can tap on it again on the screen and try again. Refer to the video below.
  • Use items to evolve Pokémon 2 times
    You should have enough saved up by now, but if you don't remember you get a guaranteed special item on your 7 day Pokestop streak.
    For reference:
    Metal Coat: Works on Onix or Scyther
    King's Rock: Works on Slowpoke or Poliwhirl
    Dragon's Scale: Works on Seadra
    Sun Stone: Works on Gloom or Sunkern
    Upgrade: Works on Porygon

    Total Rewards: 10,500 XP / 5x Silver Pinap Berry / 1x Dragon Scale / 3,500 Stardust

    Special Note: The Silver Pinap Berries are awesome! They double candy earned, but also increase catch chance by 1.8x! Not as high as the 2.5x for a Golden Razz Berry, but they are above regular Razz Berries!

Pokemon Go Glitch: How to Skip the Catch Animation

Stage 7: A Bit Hard Now

  • Catch 40 GRASS or PSYCHIC type Pokémon
    Stick to biomes. This could easily be the longest task to finish. To add to the pain, hatching doesn't count towards your progress! There also aren't many grass or psychic Pokemon in field research tasks either.

    If you do find a biome where a lot of grass Pokemon are spawning, pop an incense! Pokemon spawned by incense, while local to you only, adhere to the biome around you so you'll spawn a lot more grass Pokemon in a grass biome! Also be sure to keep moving, incense spawns Pokemon at an estimated rate of 1 every 5 minutes or 1 every minute if you're moving at about 7.5 miles per hour.
  • Make an Excellent Curve Throw (4000 XP)
    Excellet throws need to have the colored circle be very small, so this can be very challenging. I'd recommend finding large Pokemon to work with or try on Raid bosses where you'll be throwing a lot of balls at one thing.
  • Earn a gold Johto medal (4000 XP)
    This can be challenging. The Celebi research debuted with a special event where Johto Pokemon were spawning everywhere, but now that is over! The gold medal requires 70 registrations in your Pokedex so it's no small task! A few quick tips:

    - There are several baby Pokemon that only hatch out of 2km eggs, such as Togepi, Pichu, Cleffa, Magby, Smoochum, Elekid, and Igglybuff. This also means you'll need to hatch a lot of Togepis to make a Togetic. Similarly, Torgue only hatches from 5km eggs.
    - You can only make 1 special trade per day, and trading for a Pokemon you don't have is considered a special trade. So plan out your trades so you aren't stuck behind that daily limit!
    - There are also many legendaries that rotate in and out, making it very difficult to get them if you miss out. Keep in mind that legendaries cost 1 million stardust to trade. However, that trade cost is 80,000 for Ultra friends and 40,000 for Best friends. Also, Niantic will put some of these legendaries into monthly research rewards where by doing at least 1 research task per day for a week will give you a 0% flee rate encounter!
    - There are gen 2 regional exclusives. Corsolas only spawn within a band around the equater (in the US, they will only spawn in Hawaii and some of the most souther parts of Texas and Florida) Heracross will only spawn in South America.
    - Raids grant more candy! If you need one of the harder gen 2 evolutions, find a raid for them! Niantic will rotate them regularly so keep an eye out!

    Total Rewards: 12,000 XP / 10x Silver Pinap Berry / 1x Charge TM / Celebi Encounter

Stage 8: DONE!

Congratulations on unlocking Celebi! Stage 8 just grants you experience and candy. For reference, a 1324 Celebi is the maximum catch cp meaning if your Celebi has 1324 CP it has 100% individual values or +15 to each stats! Also, anything 1,289 or higher is above 80%.

Sadly, like Mew, Celebi isn't very useful, but it's another Mythical Pokemon under your belt!

Total Rewards: 13,500 XP / x20 Celebi Candy / 1x Super Incubator / 5,500 Stardust



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