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How to get Mew in Pokemon GO

A guide to getting Mew in Pokemon GO.

How to get Mew in Pokemon GO
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Pokemon fans may be wondering whether the devs are running out of ideas for new Pokemon, but new ones are still being added to Pokemon GO. The game does have to wait for new instalments, such as Scarlet and Violet, before adding more, but it can be exciting whenever they put them in. There are usually huge events revolving around these additions, especially when they're Mythical Pokemon. There's quite a range of Legendary creatures out there to catch, but that doesn't mean it's easy to find them. In fact, some of their encounter conditions can be very demanding, such as those revolving around Mew.

The adorable flying pink creature Mew is a classic and has been a part of Pokemon since the beginning. It was surrounded by such mystery, that most players didn't even think it was possible to obtain. All methods to get a Mew seemed to vastly differ from each other, but it has been confirmed that Mew can be found in the original games. Interestingly enough, Mew has been a part of Pokemon GO since the beginning as one of the first Mythical Pokemon that you could get. Still, the game makes you work towards that encounter.

Mew's Ranking

Pokemon GO Mew

As hard as it may be for some people to accept, Mythical Pokemon aren't automatically better than the rest. Mew was considered an exception because it's a powerful Psychic-type in a generation where Psychic-type Pokemon are quite powerful. Now that there are over 800 Pokemon, Mew's value has dropped quite significantly. In terms of power ranking, Mew is barely in the top 100, having a max CP (Combat Power) of 3,265 points. It has a decent pool of attacks that it can learn, but its single-typing definitely limits its versatility. Despite this, it remains a relatively solid choice for your team.

How to get Mew

Screenshot of Mew in Pokemon Go

In order to capture Mew, you need to complete an activity known as Special Research. To access it, you need to talk to Professor Willow. Once you do, the Professor will give you a series of tasks to complete. Each part of the research has three tasks, which net you a lot of XP as well as some useful rewards. The final part has you encounter Mew with the sole goal of catching it.

Part #



  • Spin 5 PokeStops or Gyms
  • Catch 10 Pokemon
  • Transfer 5 Pokemon
  • 500 XP (per)
  • 10 Great Balls
  • 1 Incubator
  • 3 Lure Modules
  • Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy
  • Make 10 Great Throws
  • Hatch 3 Eggs
  • 1000 XP (per)
  • 2000 Stardust Vials
  • 3 Incense Burners
  • 20 Great Balls
  • Reach Level 15
  • Battle in 2 Raids
  • Battle in a Gym 2 Times
  • 1500 XP (per)
  • 1 Charged TM
  • 1 Fast TM
  • 2 Star Pieces
  • Earn a Silver Kanto Medal
  • Evolve 20 Pokemon
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy
  • 2000 XP (per)
  • 4000 Stardust Vials
  • 3 Lure Modules
  • 20 Great Balls
  • Catch a Ditto
  • Catch 10 Ghost-type Pokemon
  • Make 20 Great Throws
  • 2500 XP (per)
  • 1 Premium Raid Pass
  • 1 Lucky Egg
  • 15 Revives
  • Reach Level 25
  • Evolve a Magikarp
  • Battle in 10 Raids
  • 3000 XP (per)
  • 6000 Stardust Vials
  • 5 Rare Candies
  • 3 Incense Burners
  • Use 50 Berries to help catch Pokemon
  • Earn a Gold Kanto Medal
  • Make an Excellent Curveball Throw
  • 3500 XP (per)
  • Encounter Mew
  • 20 Ultra Balls
  • 8000 Stardust Vials
  • Catch Mew
  • 4000 XP
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Will Quick is a travelling writer currently dedicating his time to writing about the games he spends his free time playing. He's always on the lookout for the smaller and stranger of the bunch so he can shine a light on them.