Update: Trainers, Shiny Celebi Special Research will be available until February 28, 2021.
That being said, if you start the Shiny Celebi Special Research story before then, you can complete it at any time.
— Pokémon GO Japan (@PokemonGOAppJP) December 30, 2020
Previous Story: Trainers, we have just received information that a new Special Research Distracted by Something Shiny is on the way. According to the reports, we must complete the given tasks to earn great rewards, Pokemon encounters, and shiny Celebi.
The Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research is a four-stage Research featuring challenging tasks, various rewards, many Shiny Pokemon, and a special Shiny Pokemon surprise, which we all know is shiny Celebi.
The Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research is a four-stage Research with Jessie and James reference and you can find the complete list of tasks and rewards below.
Distracted by Something Shiny Research Tasks
- Transfer 10 Pokemon: x20 Ultra Ball
- Catch 10 Grass-type Pokemon: Nuzleaf encounter
- Evolve 3 Grass-type Pokemon: Cottonee encounter
- Rewards: Diglett encounter, x500 Stardust and 1,000 XP
- Play with your Buddy 10 times: x1 Poffin
- Take a snapshot of a Grass-type Pokemon: Combee encounter
- Give your Buddy 10 treats: Cherubi encounter
- Rewards: Pinsir encounter, x500 Stardust and 1,000 XP
- Defeat Jessie and James 4 times: x5 Max Revive
- Make 5 Great Curveball Throws: Hoothoot encounter
- Hatch 3 Eggs: Whimsicott encounter
- Rewards: Vibrava encounter, x500 Stardust and 1,000 XP
- Claim Reward: 500 XP
- Claim Reward: Oddish encounter
- Claim Reward: Foongus encounter
- Rewards: Celebi encounter (shiny), x500 Stardust and 500XP
Here is the Jessie and James Quest storyline.
Jessie: Hey, James, did you hear?
James: What is it, Jessie?
Jessie: Apparently, there’s a mysterious Pokémon in a jungle nearby!
James: Go on!
Jessie: They say it’s called the Protector of the Jungle or something like that.
James: Oh? That sounds like the kind of Pokémon the Boss would be happy to see!
Jessie: It’s going to be a pain, though, since we don’t really know the area.
James: Hmmm, maybe we can con someone into helping us!
Jessie: Yeah… Huh? Hey, you! You must be an assistant the Boss sent! Yeah, why else would someone be out here in the middle of nowhere?
James: Assistant? Oh! Of course! An assistant! The Boss has high expectations for us, after all. Now that you’re here, let’s get to work.
Jessie: Nice work, kid! I can’t believe you actually did it!
James: Yeah! It feels nice to have somebody to boss around— I mean, uh, somebody to help us out! Jessie and I are constantly on our feet, you know.
Jessie: As you can imagine, it’s hard for us to maintain our good looks when we’re always running around like this. Anyway, you did your bit, so I guess we can let you take a little break.
James: Superb idea, Jessie! It’s important to change up the pace every once in a while!
James: Go on and spend some time with your buddy.
Jessie: I’m so glad the Boss sent along someone so useful to help us!
James: Now that you mention it, you haven’t told us anything about yourself. Where are you normally stationed? How long have you been with Team Rocket? Oh, what’s your favorite thing about the Boss? Do tell!
James: Hey, who exactly are you?
James: … … …
Jessie: You’d better start talking.
Jessie: Aha! I knew you were just a no-good Twerp! This whole thing was suspicious from the start! Did someone send you to get in our way?! Yeah, that must be it!
James: I trusted you! I thought you were one of us!
Jessie: You know too much! We can’t let you go! Let’s get ’em, James!
James: Don’t you dare get in our way! You’ll regret it if you do!
Jessie: Don’t you know who we are?! Well, let us formally introduce ourselves!
Jessie: Prepare for trouble…
James: And make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation!
James: To unite all people— HEY! Are you even listening?!
James: Hey, why so quiet all of a sudden?
James: Jessie, who actually told you that we’d be getting an assistant?
Jessie: Nobody told ME anything!
James: Well, no one told me, either!
Jessie: But you’re the one who said they were sent by the Boss!
James: I said no such thing!
James: … … …
Jessie: I can’t believe we were defeated by a Twerp like you!
James: That was totally unexpected. What will the Boss say…?
Jessie: Hey, behind you! Isn’t that Celebi? Could it be the so-called Protector of the Jungle?!
James: Drat! That Pokémon was supposed to be ours!
Jessie: Mark our words…
James: We’ll get you next time!
Jessie: We’re blasting off again!
The Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research goes live on December 14, 2020, at 8 AM local time.
Until then, stay with us and follow the latest Pokemon Go news.