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I have the Research Task to "Take a Snapshot of a Dratini", as part of the "Jumpstart Research" challenge.

I found a Dratini, and took a photo (using the camera icon in the capture minigame screen), but the task did not complete. However, I do not use the AR feature (that is, I do not open my camera and view the Pokémon through my phone's camera).

Does this Task require me to use my camera to view the Pokémon and take the photo?

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Yes you have to take a snapshot using your phones camera, it has to be of a captured Pokemon. It doesn't, however, require you to use AR+ which is useful. From the article linked below:

Taking a snapshot of a Dratini is a bit more tricky as you have to catch a Dratini first. When you've caught one, just click on the camera icon at the top of the screen to take a snapshot of it. Or if you don't want to go out and catch a new Pokemon and already have a Dratini, select it in your Pokemon list and click the camera icon at the top right-hand corner. The little fella will appear in AR, and then you just tap the camera icon again to take a snapshot of it.

Sources: I've been playing the game for years and related articles available online.

Jump Start Research

As a side note from what I entered in the comments, the Snap Shot feature is the only current way (as of September 2019) to obtain a Smeargle. It will randomly photo bomb your picture (appearing in the bottom corner) and then be catch-able in the game world.

  • I didn't even realise that was a thing! Thanks so much! – Ben Sep 11 at 8:40
  • @Ben it's also the only way to get Smeargle, he appears as a "photo-bomb" during random snap shots. – MattR Sep 12 at 11:44

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