Back in March, Niantic finally added the mythical Pokémon Mew to Pokémon GO with the introduction of research quests. These come in two different forms: Field Research and Special Research, and provide you with regular rewards for completing objectives.
A Mythical Discovery was, at the time, the only Special Research quest available in Pokémon GO, and it's the quest you have to complete to get your grubby little mitts on Mew. Completing it requires you to work your way through a series of eight different objectives, which can prove pretty time-consuming.
In this guide, we're going to try and make this as easy as possible for you. We'll list all of the requirements for each stage to help you to plan ahead. Certain steps you can only perform when you unlock them, but there's many that you can prepare for ahead of time.
How To Catch Mew In Pokémon GO
To catch Mew in Pokémon GO, you have to complete the Special Research quest A Mythical Discovery. This is located in the same place as your Field Research quests. Tap on the binoculars icon, then visit the 'Special' column.
Complete all of the objectives for the Special Research Quest and you'll collect Mew at the end. Now, here's how Special Research Quests work in Pokémon GO.
Special Research Quests Explained
Special Research are story-driven quests that require you to perform eight different stages of objectives, which generally cover all aspects of the game from evolving Pokémon to battling in raids. They aren't to be confused with Field Research quests, which offer quick-fire daily quests for a little reward.
While you have to complete objectives at the point you unlock them, you can prepare for certain tasks ahead of time. Good examples of these are earning medials, reaching a certain level, or evolving certain Pokémon.
To help you prepare, we've got a list of every single objective, organised by stage, below. So go ahead and check what you have to do to beat the quest. We'll pop an asterix (*) by the quests you can work on ahead of time so you can instantly recognise them.
Pokémon GO - A Mythical Discovery Walkthrough
|Spin Five PokéStops||500 XP|
|Catch 10 Pokémon||500 XP|
|Transfer Five Pokémon||500 XP|
|Completion:||10 Great Balls / Incubator / Three Lure Modules|
|Earn Two Candy While Walking Your Buddy||1,000 XP|
|Make 10 Great Throws||1,000 XP|
|Hatch Three Eggs||1,000 XP|
|Completion:||2,000 Stardust / Three Incense / 20 Great Balls|
|Reach Trainer Level 15*||1,500 XP|
|Battle In Two Raids||1,500 XP|
|Battle In A Gym Twice||1,500 XP|
|Completion:||Fast TM / Charge TM / Two Star Pieces|
|Earn The Kanto Silver Medal*||2,000 XP|
|Evolve 20 Pokémon*||2,000 XP|
|Earn Five Candy While Walking Your Buddy||2,000 XP|
|Completion:||4,000 Stardust / Three Lure Modules / 20 Great Balls|
|Catch Ditto||2,500 XP|
|Catch 10 Ghost-Types||2,500 XP|
|Perform 20 Great Throws||2,500 XP|
|Completion:||Premium Raid Pass / Lucky Egg / 15 Revives|
|Reach Trainer Level 25*||3,000 XP|
|Evolve A Magikarp||3,000 XP|
|Perform 10 Raids||3,000 XP|
|Completion:||6,000 Stardust / Five Rare Candies / Three Incense|
|Catch 50 Pokémon Using A Berry||3,500 XP|
|Earn A Kanto Gold Medal*||3,500 XP|
|Perform An Excellent Curve Throw||3,500 XP|
|Completion:||8,000 Stardust / Five Great Balls / Mew|
|Catch Mew||4,000 XP / 10,000 Stardust / Super Incubator / 20 Mew Candy|