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Hoopa Headlines Pokémon Go’s Season Of Mischief

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Hoopa and his antics are continuing into a new season of content for the mobile app, following the events surrounding Pokémon Go Fest 2021. Trainers will complete Special Research objectives to find the smaller version of the legendary djinn, Confined Hoopa, during the Season of Mischief.

The Special Research story in Pokémon Go surrounding Hoopa’s exploits will begin on September 1 and will last until December 1. As more tasks become available during the Season of Mischief, more information about the Pokémon will be revealed. Mischief Pokémon will become available to catch as research tasks are completed. For the time being, however, Hoopa will not be transferable to Pokémon Home or other games in the series.

Following that, on September 5, the world will witness the start of a strange phenomenon. Throughout the day, distributions of psychic-type, dark-type, and ghost-type Pokémon will alternate. Exeggcute, Jynx, Natu, Spoink, Girafarig, Beldum, Alolan Rattata, Poochyena, Duskull, Purrloin, Sableye, Carvanha, and Drifloon are among the Pokémon that trainers will be able to find in the wild or attracted with lures throughout the day.

Also available in the event:

  • Collection Challenges featuring Pokémon attracted to incense
  • Double candy for Pokémon transfers
  • A free incense bundle in the shop
  • Field Research task rewarding Rare Candy and various kinds of Pokéballs

More events and activities are planned through to November, with the next confirmed dates listed as September 8 and 21.

The Season of Mischief ushers in a major change to the Pokémon that are normally available in each biome, hemisphere, eggs, and Ditto transformation. While there are many more Pokémon trainers can find using these methods, here are a few that can be found and where they can be found:


Cities – Shuppet, Trubbish, Gothita

Forests – Teddiursa, Shelmet, Karrablast

Mountains – Geodude, Rhyhorn, Slugma

Water – Krabby, Horsea, Mantine


Northern – Jigglypuff, Slowpoke, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Bidoof, Autumn Deerling

Southern – Clefairy, Roselia, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Tympole, Spring Deerling


2km – Nidoran ♂, Nidoran ♀, Barboach, Drifloon

5km – Seel, Pineco, Sableye, Chingling

10km – Audino, Mienfoo

Adventure Sync Eggs:

5km – Shieldon, Cranidos, Frillish

10km – Riolu, Deino, Noibat

Mega Evolution Bonuses (CP Boost when Mega Evolved):

September – Slowbro

October – Gengar

November – Houndoom

Ditto transformations:

Gastly, Drowzee, Remoraid, Teddiursa, Gulpin, Numel, Stunky, Dwebble, Foongus

Niantic appears to be keeping trainers occupied this fall with a variety of events and Pokémon to capture. Check out the Pokemon Go blog post for a complete list of what’s coming with Season of Mischief. Also, take a look at the most recent installment in the saga of pandemic-era accessibility changes. Good luck to anyone hoping to catch a Hoopa or any of the other monsters that will be available in the coming weeks!

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