Getting your hands on a Master Ball in Pokémon Go is usually like gold dust - however, a new opportunity has presented itself that gives players the chance to obtain the rare item.


First appearing in the original Game Boy titles back in 1996, the Master Ball didn't make its way to Pokémon Go until 2023 – seven years after the worldwide catch 'em all launched.

It was a long time coming, but a welcome one for sure. And now it's back once more.

As part of the Catching Wonders event, Niantic has made it so any Pokémon Trainers far and wide can take part in new Masterwork Research, with the prize for completing all of the tasks being a Master Ball.

This then gives you a 100 per cent successful catch rate of any Pokémon in the wild, no matter the throw or the level of the Pokémon.

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It's a fantastic reward, but it takes some effort. To make things easier, we've outlined the full list of tasks in Pokémon Go for the Masterwork Research, so you can get the Master Ball a little bit quicker.

When is Pokémon Go Masterwork Research available? Catching Wonders end time confirmed

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Pokémon Go. Niantic, Pokémon Company

The Masterwork Research has no expiration in Pokémon Go, so players can complete the tasks at their own pace. That's a good thing, too, considering the number of requirements.

That said, the Catching Wonders event — which has already begun — will end at 8pm local time on 19th May 2024.

During the Catching Wonders event, per the official website, the following bonuses will be on offer:

  • 10 × XP awarded for your first catch of the day
  • 10 × XP awarded for your first PokéStop or Gym spin of the day
  • 5 × Stardust awarded for your first catch of the day

Once you've started the Masterwork Research, though, there's no hard deadline on when you have to finish it to get that Master Ball.

The bonuses listed above will end on 19th May, but the Masterwork Research itself will remain available for you to complete whenever. Check out the Research tasks below!

How to get Master Ball in Pokémon Go: Full list of Masterwork Research tasks

Husuain Sneasel in Pokemon Go standing by the sea
Pokémon Go. Niantic

Four steps are needed to be completed to obtain a Master Ball. These range from catching Pokémon and hatching eggs to defeating members of Team Rocket and making specific throws.

This is not a short task, and will require some time to get through everything required.

The full list of steps needed for the Masterwork Research, along with the rewards for each part's completion, can be found below:

Step 1

  • Catch 250 Pokémon – 20x Poké Balls
  • Use 150 Berries to help catch Pokémon – 15x Razz Berries
  • Make 100 'Nice' Curveball Throws – 2,500 Stardust

Rewards: Sandygast encounter and 2,500 XP

Step 2

  • Catch 300 Pokémon – 25x Poké Balls
  • Make 100 'Great' Curveball Throws – 15x Pinap Berries
  • Transfer 50 Pokémon – 20x Great Balls

Rewards: Dubwool encounter and 3,500 XP

Step 3

  • Catch 350 Pokémon – 20x Great Balls
  • Defeat 25 Team Go Rocket members – 5x Charged TMs
  • Catch 75 different species of Pokémon – 15x Revives

Rewards: Hisuian Sneasel encounter and 4,500 XP

Step 4

  • Visit Poké Stops on seven different days – 2,500 XP
  • Catch a Pokémon on seven different days – 2,500 Stardust
  • Hatch 20 Eggs – Whishcash encounter
  • Catch 75 Pokémon in a single day – 20x Ultra Balls
  • Make 50 'Excellent' Throws – 20x Max Revives
  • Catch 500 Pokémon – 3x Silver Pinap Berries

Rewards: 1x Master Ball, 5,000 XP and 5,000 Stardust

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