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Pokemon Go Masterwork Research Apex Quests & Rewards: How to Get Apex Shadow Lugia & Ho-Oh

Masterwork Research: Apex is a long-running quest in Pokemon Go that offers Apex Shadow Lugia & Ho-Oh encounters as a reward for completing each task.

The second Masterwork Research quest in Pokémon Go, Masterwork Research: Apex, is now available to players who previously purchased a Tour Johto ticket and have since completed the event-exclusive Special Research quest.

Masterwork Research quests are meant to be completed over a long period of time, so don’t be surprised if they take you months to complete. Along the way, you’ll unlock Apex Shadow Lugia and Apex Shadow Ho-Oh encounters.

Below is all the information we have about the tasks you need to complete during the Masterwork Research: Apex seekand the rewards offered.


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Apex Shadow Lugia and Ho-Oh appear in Pokemon Go Masterwork Research
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These powerful Shadow Legendaries can be yours… eventually.

Pokemon Go Masterwork Research Apex Tasks and Rewards

Here are all the steps, tasks and rewards for the Masterwork Research Apex quest in Pokemon Go:

Step 1 of 4

  • Earn 100,000 XP – 10 Hyper Potions
  • Complete 100 field research tasks – 1,000 XP
  • Catch 100 different species of Pokémon – Apex Shadow Ho-oh encounter

Reward: 1,000 XP, 1,000 Stardust and 20 Ho-Oh Candies

Step 2 of 4

  • Earn a heart with your buddy for 30 days in a row – 1 Poffin
  • Send 50 gifts to friends – 1 decoy module
  • Open 10 gifts – 1 lucky egg

Reward: 2,000 XP, 3 Rare Candies and 2,000 Stardust

Step 3 of 4

  • Hatch 10 Eggs – 3,000 Stardust
  • Defeat 30 members of Team Go Rocket – 1 Rocket Radar
  • Defeat Team Go Rocket Boss – 3 Silver Pineapple Berries

Reward: 3,000 XP, Apex Shadow Lugia encounter and 3,000 Stardust

Step 4 of 4

  • Claim reward! – 3,000 XP
  • Claim reward! – 4,000 Stardust
  • Claim reward! – 5,000 XP

Reward: 5,000 XP, 20 Lugia Candy, and 5,000 Stardust

That’s all the steps and tasks for the Masterwork Research Apex quest. Once you finish them all, you’ll have an Apex Shadow Ho-Oh and an Apex Shadow Lugia in your collection!

Pokemon Go Masterwork Research Apex quest explained

A notebook for the Pokemon GO Masterwork Research Apex quest
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The latest Masterwork research quest could take months to complete.

The Masterwork Research: Apex quest is only available to players who purchased a ticket for the Pokemon Go Tour Johto, held on February 26th, and logged in at least once during the event to claim event exclusivity Special research quest.

Once the Pokemon Go Tour Johto Special Research quest is completed, the Masterwork Research: Apex quest will be unlocked automatically. This is a huge challenge with no deadline, so aim to complete it over a long period of time.

For example, one of the challenges in Step 2 requires you to earn a heart with your buddy for 30 days in a row, which means an inevitable block for months on further progress. Even if you miss a single heart, your 30 days will start over.

While it’s important to keep track of your tasks and make sure you’re making progress, it’s a good idea to keep this Masterwork Research: Apex quest as a side challenge while you do other things in Pokemon Go.

Apex Shadow Lugia & Ho-Oh rewards explained

Apex Shadow Lugia appears in the Pokemon Go Masterwork Research
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Apex Shadow Lugia could be a major threat in raids and arenas.

The two major rewards for completing the Masterwork Research: Apex quest are Apex Shadow Ho-Oh and Apex Shadow Lugia encounters, the first Apex Shadow Legendaries to ever appear in Pokemon Go.

So what are apex shadows? Well, to put it simply, they are more powerful variations of regular Shadow Pokémon. Each has a boosted special move that can be boosted even further when purified. These are as follows:

  • Apex Shadow Lugia: Aeroblast+ (200 power) to Aeroblast ++ (225 power)
  • Apex Shadow Ho-Oh: Holy Fire+ (135 Strength) to Holy Fire++ (155 Strength)

These performance increases only apply to Raids and Arenas, not Go Battle League battles.

Remember that you can only catch Apex Shadow Lugia and Apex Shadow Ho-Oh in Pokemon Go by completing the Masterwork Research: Apex quest – time to work on those tasks!


That’s everything you need to know about the Masterwork Research: Apex quest so far. Check out some of our other Pokemon Go guides below:

Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go Type Chart | Arlo Counters Guide | Cliff Counter Guide | Giovanni counter lead | Guide to Sierra Counters | How to catch Ditto | Field Research Rewards and Tasks | How To Get Pinap Berries | Spotlight Hour Schedule | Pokemon Go current raid bosses

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