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Straight to the Top, Machop Community Day Special Research

Trainers, Niantic and Pokemon Go announced the featured Pokemon for the January Community Day event, and starting on January 16, 2021, from 11 AM to 5 PM local time, players around the globe will get a chance to catch Machop, its shiny forms, earn cool bonuses and access the pay-to-play Machop Community Day exclusive Special Research story, Straight to the Top, Machop!

Straight to the Top, Machop is the first Special Research story introduced in 2021, and only those who purchase the US$1 ticket or the ticket for the Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto (by Wednesday, January 13, 2021) will be able to access it, complete all tasks and get the special bonuses.

All Pokemon Go Straight to The Top Machop Tasks and Rewards

Step 1

  • Power Up Pokemon 10 times – x10 PokeBall
  • Catch 15 Machop – x20 Machop Candy
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – Machop encounter
  • Rewards – x1,000 Stardust, x1 Incense and Machop encounter

Step 2

  • Catch 15 Machop – x20 Machop Candy
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – Machoke encounter
  • Evolve 3 Machop – x2,000 XP
  • Rewards – x10 PokeBall, x1 Incense and x15 GreatBall

Step 3

  • Make 3 Great Curveball Throws – x20 Machop Candy
  • Evolve 1 Machoke – x5 Golden Razz Berry
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – 2,500 XP
  • Rewards – x10 PokeBall, x1 Incense and x1 Rocket Radar

Step 4

  • Claim Reward – x5 Silver Pinap Berry
  • Claim Reward – 2,500 XP
  • Claim Reward – x4,000 Stardust
  • Rewards – x2,000 Stardust, x3 Rare Candy and Machamp encounter

The list of tasks and rewards is subject to change.

Please note that you must play during the specified time to receive all the special event bonuses.

Straight to The Top, Machop! Special Research Dialogue

Oh! %PLAYERNAME%, you caught me by surprise. I was just thinking about some movies I’ve seen recently.

What, you didn’t take me for a movie guy? Haha! Well, while the world of Pokémon is my greatest passion, I’ve been trying to explore my interests outside of research and Pokémon as well.

Self-discovery is important for personal growth in all walks of life. It can also be quite fun! I’ve learned that I really enjoy watching a film to pass the time now and again.

Also, a lot of movies feature Pokémon! Don’t you love it when your interests overlap?

I saw an incredibly thrilling action movie the other day. It was about a fighter who, against all odds, becomes a professional boxer alongside his trusty Machop.

Life had him on the ropes, but he just kept punching back! Talk about inspiring.

Did you know that Machop love to work out and build their muscles? They’re never satisfied, even when they train hard all day long! I wish I had that energy when I do fieldwork!

Speaking of Machop: Did you notice that more of them are appearing in the wild? That’s what reminded me of that movie in the first place!

Could you head out and learn more about Machop?

Hey there, %PLAYERNAME%! Great job catching all those Machop. I wonder if you’ll grow as close as the two characters in that movie.

The main character started in a pretty tough place, but his Machop kept him motivated and inspired.

Then, he was given an incredible opportunity to compete against other fighters. My favorite part was when his Machop evolved into Machoke!

Isn’t the relationship between a Trainer and their Pokémon wonderful? Machoke are truly remarkable Pokémon, too.

A Machoke’s muscular body is so powerful, the Pokémon must wear a power-save belt to regulate its motions.

As it happens, you should have enough Machop Candies now to evolve Machop into a Machoke of your own. It’s almost like you’re living out that movie yourself!

Wow—that’s one muscular Machoke! Great work evolving it.

Sometimes, Machoke will head to fields and mountains to exercise and train. Isn’t that dedication amazing?

It reminds me of a training montage in that film. The Trainer and his Machoke traveled to the mountains to train together.

Watching their friendship blossom almost moved me to tears! The way they encouraged each other reminded me why I love Pokémon, especially when the Machoke evolved into Machamp!

Oops, there I go again… Anyway, Machop and Machoke are very impressive Pokémon, but Machamp is on an entirely different level.

Its four arms react more quickly than it can think, so Machamp can execute several punches at once!

Hoo-hah! That was the movie Machamp’s signature move. Haha, who knew I’d become such a film buff? Get it? Buff?

Moving right along…

How about you do a bit of research on Machamp? Your Machoke seems pumped to get stronger. Let’s try evolving it into Machamp and see what happens!

Wow, %PLAYERNAME%! I saw you approaching with your newly evolved Machamp, and I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. It was just like the end of that movie!

The Trainer ended up winning the tournament, and he couldn’t have done it without his Machamp by his side.

Movies are so powerful! Especially ones about Pokémon and their Trainers.

I suppose you and Machamp don’t need to watch that particular film, though—you practically lived it today! It’s been inspiring to witness, and I hope to carry that inspiration with me as I grow closer to my own Pokémon.

You never know what you’ll discover about yourself when you try new things—just like how you never know which Pokémon you’ll end up forming a lifelong friendship with until you catch them!

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey, Trainer. I wish you and your Machamp well, and I’ll see you next time. Let’s GO!

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Dejan Kacurov

Hey there, I'm Dejan! Let me take you through my life, where family, gaming, and CrossFit play prominent roles. Since day one, I've been surrounded by the love and support of my family. Growing up, every moment spent with my parents and siblings was filled with warmth and laughter, creating memories I hold dear. As a parent now, I've experienced a whole new level of love and responsibility. My two wonderful kids bring endless joy and a sense of purpose to my life. In the digital realm, I found my passion - gaming. Whether I'm conquering the world of Apex Legends or embarking on adventures in Pokemon Go, gaming fuels my sense of adventure and competition. Beyond the virtual world, I discovered the exhilaration of CrossFit. The challenging workouts, camaraderie with fellow fitness enthusiasts, and constant drive to push my limits have become an integral part of my life. Balancing family time, gaming, and CrossFit has been a journey of self-discovery. Each passion complements the other, bringing fulfillment and joy to my daily routine.

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