August 27, 2021

Welcome to the Season of Mischief!

Welcome to the Season of Mischief!


The strange events of Pokémon GO Fest 2021 continue in the Season of Mischief! This Season will focus on an adventure featuring Hoopa, the Mischief Pokémon, which you’ll be able to encounter early on in this Season’s Special Research story: Misunderstood Mischief!

When Hoopa summoned Legendary Pokémon to Pokémon GO during Pokémon GO Fest 2021, time and space were distorted. Hoopa has also brought Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region to Pokémon GO for the first time! Be sure to follow along during the Season to see what else might happen!

The Season of Mischief will run from Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.


Hoopa is arriving

Beginning September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, you’ll be able to access a season-long Special Research story. Throughout the Season of Mischief, you’ll gain access to different sets of tasks in this Special Research story. For instance, you’ll be able to encounter Confined Hoopa by completing a set of tasks that’ll unlock beginning September 5.

Read on to learn more!

Learn Hoopa’s secrets during the Season!

You’ll be able to access parts of this Season’s Special Research story when certain events begin. The Special Research story will focus on discovering more about Hoopa and the strange occurrences happening throughout the Season, so stay tuned to follow along with the story.

If you complete this Season’s Special Research story, Misunderstood Mischief, you’ll gain access to an exclusive end of Season Special Research story that will reveal more about Hoopa! Trainers who don’t complete the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story will be able to purchase a ticket for the end-of-season Special Research for US $5 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency.

Hoopa can’t be transferred to Pokémon HOME for now. For Trainers unable to play during this Season, Confined Hoopa may be available again in the future.

9/1 Welcome to the Season of Mischief

Available beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

The Season of Mischief begins! Hoopa has been playing pranks on the team leaders and Professor Willow—it’s taken his glasses?!— and it’s up to us to learn more about the Mischief Pokémon. Why is it so mischievous? What else does it have in store for us this Season?

9/5 Hoopa’s Arrival

Available beginning Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. local time

Complete the seasonal Special Research tasks for an opportunity to catch Hoopa!
On Sunday, September 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, various strange phenomena will be happening all around the world —maybe this has something to do with Hoopa?!

The following types of Pokémon will be appearing in the wild and attracted to Incense at the listed local times.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Available Pokémon include the following.

Psychic-type hours
and more
Ghost-type and Dark-type hours
and more

Other event bonuses

  • There will be a Collection Challenge available featuring Pokémon attracted to Incense during the event hours. The Collection Challenge will reward Hoopa Candy and the Poké Ball Lift avatar pose!
  • You’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • A free bundle containing an Incense will be available in the shop.
  • Complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks to earn Rare Candies and a variety of Poké Ball types!
9/8 Psychic Spectacular
Hoopa Inkay

Available beginning Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Something’s got Psychic-type Pokémon all worked up, and they’re appearing more often in the wild! Sounds like the perfect opportunity to learn more about them. You never know—we might learn more about Hoopa as well!

Learn more →!

9/21 Fashion Week

Available beginning Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Pokémon in stylish costumes are here to strut their stuff! Pokémon GO’s Fashion Week event has begun, and with it, Furfrou has made its Pokémon GO debut. Like some other Pokémon—including some that might surprise you—Furfrou is known to have various forms. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Pokémon forms, so be sure to check in with Professor Willow.

Learn more →!

10/15 Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief Part 1: Creepy Companions

Friday, October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Strange Pokémon will be appearing in Pokémon GO, including Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region like Galarian Slowking! Could this be a result of Hoopa’s rings? Let’s tackle this mystery together and learn more about Hoopa!

Learn more →!

Galarian Slowking
10/22 Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief Part 2: Ghoulish Pals

Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Professor Willow has a frightening but eye-opening encounter with some Phantump and Trevenant in a forest! This reminds him that Hoopa is also a Ghost-type Pokémon, so perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to do more research on the spooky, spectral Pokémon around us.

Learn more →!

Phantump and Trevenant
11/5 Festival of Lights

Available beginning Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

The Festival of Lights event begins! Celebrate the power of light overcoming darkness with this special celebration, featuring Dedenne making its Pokémon GO debut and more. Be sure to check in with Professor Willow to continue the Season of Mischief Special Research story!

Learn more →!

11/9 Festival of Lights - A Looming Shadow Returns

Available beginning Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

With Light Comes Shadow: Team GO Rocket has decided to take over the Festival of Lights event in an attempt to take away Hoopa! Giovanni has also returned to lead this mission. It seems likely that he was watching us from the shadows this entire time, studying Hoopa as we learned about it, too. There’s also rumors of another Legendary Pokémon that he’s turned into a Shadow Pokémon! Let’s stop Team GO Rocket, Trainers!

Learn more →!

What else is happening during the Season of Mischief?

Mischief abound!

Throughout the Season, you can look forward to mischief! What strange occurrences will be happening in Pokémon GO? You’ll have to wait and see!
Hoopa ring

Different Pokémon will be appearing in the wild!

As the seasons change, different Pokémon will be appearing in different areas across the world!
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Northern Hemisphere

and more

Southern Hemisphere

and more

Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs this Season.
and more
and more
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Eggs earned from Adventure Sync Rewards

and more
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Seasonal Bonuses

During the Season of Mischief, the following bonuses will be active.
Raid icon
Boosted damage for Trainers battling remotely in raids
Gift icon
Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
Buddy icon
Buddies will bring you gifts more often
Incense icon
Increased Incense effectiveness
Incense icon
Added Increased Incense effectiveness while walking
Pokestop icon
3x bonus XP from spinning a PokéStop for the first time
Lure icon
2x Lure duration

Ditto transformations

There seems to be a change in the species of Pokemon that Ditto is transforming into in the wild. There is now a chance that the following Pokémon will instead be a Ditto when caught!

Mega Evolution bonuses!

During each month of the Season of Mischief, a different Pokémon will receive a CP boost when Mega Evolved.

There’s much to look forward to this Season as we journey with Hoopa and learn all about what makes the Mischief Pokémon tick.

Let’s GO!

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—The Pokémon GO team