Pokémon GO Quests: a comprehensive summary

Our 0.91.1 APK mine has revealed that a new in-game quest system is coming to Pokémon GO. In order to help our readers understand what’s coming, we’ve prepared a summary of our findings. Feel free to bookmark this article, we’ll update it as new info is discovered in future updates.

Disclaimer: although the APK contains the code for the quest system, the feature has not yet been released. We don’t know what’s the release date for quests, but we hope / speculate it could be sometimes in this quarter (Q1 2018).

Quest types

There are two types of quests:

  • Story quests
  • Challenge quests

Quests can be one-off and multipart (denotes a series of quests). Quests can be “hidden” behind one of these requirements:

  • Level
  • Medal
  • A previously completed quest (multipart quests)

Quest objectives

In addition to the first catch and first Pokéstop of the day quest objectives, 8 new quest objectives are available in the code base:

  • Catch a Pokémon
  • Spin a Pokéstop
  • Hatch an egg
  • Walk buddy
  • Feed Pokémon
  • Win a gym battle
  • Level up a badge
  • Complete a raid battle

Quest characters

Quests can be associated with a particular in-game character. Quest characters are largely unfinished at this moment. Professor Willow is the only in-game character that has been mentioned as a quest character so far.

Quest characters can have character expressions:

  • Unset
  • Happy

Quest attributes

The in-game quest object has the following attributes in the code:

  • Rewards and goal
  • Seed and context (see quest templates below)
  • Multipart
  • Status (active or completed)
  • Creation and completion time

Quest templates

Quest templates are a particularly mysterious part of the Quest system. Combined with seed and context attributes of a quest, it is likely that quests will be generated for you based on a template.

The template includes following attributes that can be modified / used for generating a quest:

  • Experience
  • Items
  • Pokémon encounter
  • Stardust
  • Candy
  • Quest
  • Avatar clothing


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