Just in case you haven’t had enough fun trying to complete the Special Research tasks in Pokemon GO, the developers at Niantic have delivered a new one for the Halloween season. Entitled ‘A Spooky Message,’ it leads to an encounter with Spiritomb, a Ghost and Dark-type Pokemon who is not a mythical Pokemon like in other Special Research chains but is still pretty cool nonetheless.

The bad news about A Spooky Message is that it’s time-limited, but the good news is that there are far fewer groups of tasks to complete — just three, in fact. Here’s what you need to do to get through all three sets of tasks and the rewards you’ll get when you do.

A Spooky Message Step 1/3

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Tasks:

  • Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokemon
  • Make 8 Great Throws
  • Use 108 Berries to help catch Pokemon

The first part of this step is pretty self-explanatory, and much easier at the moment since Ghost-type Pokemon are spawning at much higher rates. Halloween, remember?

Making Great Throws is all up to you, but it can actually work together with the final task if you run into Pokemon who aren’t that easy to catch. Why? Well, you might get a chance for several Great Throws in one encounter if a Pokemon escapes your Pokeballs a few times, and each berry you use along the way also will count toward the 108 total too. So if it takes, say, four Razz Berries to capture a single Pokemon, all four will count toward the total.

Bonus fact: GameRant has a fun explanation of why the number 108 is part of this step.

Rewards:

  • 10 Pokeballs
  • 1080 Stardust
  • 8 Silver Pinap Berries

A Spooky Message Step 2/3

Tasks:

  • Catch 10 Dark-type Pokemon
  • Spin 8 PokeStops you haven’t visited before
  • Catch 108 Pokemon

Go west, young man. Or north, south or east, and it doesn’t matter if you’re young or a man. The point is that you’ll have to travel a bit to handle this set of tasks, and ironically, the more you’ve played Pokemon GO in places away from home, the more difficult it will be to find eight PokeStops that are new to you. Funny how that works.

Fortunately, the other two parts of this step are easier. Dark-type Pokemon are also more abundant around Halloween, and catching 108 Pokemon is simply a matter of playing often. No big wrinkles there.

Rewards:

  • 10 Pokeballs
  • 1080 Stardust
  • 8 Silver Pinap Berries

Yes, this is the exact same set of rewards from the first step, but that’s okay because it’s worth it for the final step.

A Spooky Message Step 3/3

Task:

  • Catch Spiritomb

This might not be your last task, depending on how you approach the three tasks in the previous step, Spiritomb will appear as a special encounter once you catch 108 Pokemon, but that’s likely to take you the longest time anyway.

Rewards:

  • 18 Spiritomb candy
  • 1080 Stardust
  • 3,240 XP

That’s not a bad haul for your trouble, especially when you consider how much less overall work this particular Special Research chain is. The Spiritomb candy can be used in conjunction with the Stardust right away, which is why you’ll probably notice some fairly powerful Spiritombs out guarding gyms in your neck of the wood during and immediately after this event.

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