14 Sep 2021 3:13 PM +00:00

Pokémon GO Season of Mischief: Pokémon Spawns, Research, Events, and More

Pokémon GO's Seasons are wild and weird, and they don't get weirder than this. The Pokémon GO Season of Mischief aligns with spooky season (that's an unofficial term), taking us from September to November and including the game's usual spooky-themed Halloween event.

There's a lot to take in with a new Season - there are themed raid bosses, different spawns, changing Spotlight Hours, and a whole host of events. The Season of Mischief is no different, combining the spooky time of year with the trickster Pokémon Hoopa to pull all sorts of maddening changes.

If you want to know when the Psychic Spectacular event is happening or want to take part in Pokémon GO's very own Fashion Week - or even if you just want to find out what the heck a Mischief Hour is - this is the ultimate guide for the next three months of Pokémon GO content.

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Here's everything that is going down in Pokémon GO's Season of Mischief:

Pokémon GO Season of Mischief Latest News


September 13: New 'Change Form' Mechanic Coming

The Pokémon GO Fashion Week event is exciting for many reasons, not least of all for the new 'change form' mechanic being debuted with Furfrou. While that shaggy llama isn't exciting in itself, the potential uses for the new mechanic are great.

We expect Hoopa and possibly Meloetta to make use of the shiny new button for their Unbound and Pirouette forms respectively, but we also detail plenty more possibilities in our guide to all the Furfrou forms - Primal Kyogre and Groudon anyone? What about recent additions to the game Zacian and Zamazenta? Or, dare we say it, Kecleon?

September 9: Duskull Community Day Confirmed

Niantic confirmed that October's Community Day - which is traditionally a spooky affair for obvious reasons - will revolve around Duskull.

While many fans were keeping their fingers crossed for Litwick, Duskull Community Day will give many players the opportunity to catch a rare shiny for their collection.

August 31: Niantic Task Force Adds Bonuses

Ahead of the main announcement on September 1, the Niantic Task Force detailed some bonuses for Pokémon GO players that will be live for the Season of Mischief. The bonuses are slightly different in New Zealand and the USA, so we'll detail them separately:

New Zealand and USA

  • 3x bonus XP for spinning PokéStops for the first time
  • 2x Lure duration
  • Increased Incense effectiveness
  • Additional Incense effectiveness while walking
  • Boosted damage for Trainers battling remotely in raids
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • Buddy Pokémon will bring you Gifts more often

The bonuses which gave players 10x XP for spinning PokéStops for the first time and two free Raid Passes for spinning Gym Photo Discs are no longer in effect.

Rest of the World

  • Increased Incense effectiveness while walking
  • 3× bonus XP for spinning PokéStops for the first time
  • 2× Lure duration
  • Increased Incense effectiveness
  • Boosted damage for Trainers battling remotely in raids
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • Buddy Pokémon will bring you Gifts more often

We'll update this with the full findings of the Niantic Task Force when they come into effect.

Raid Bosses

Lugia returns to raids (again) in the Season of Mischief, followed by the Lake Trio in their respective regions. You can find all the dates and details in our raid bosses guide, and check the Lugia guide for all your counters and movesets.

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A new Season means new Pokémon hatching from eggs! The following Pokémon have been added to the egg pools:


  • Barboach
  • Drifloon
  • Nidoran (both genders)


  • Chingling
  • Pineco
  • Sableye
  • Seel


  • Audino
  • Mienfoo

Different Pokémon will hatch from Adventure Sync rewards:


  • Cranidos
  • Frillish
  • Shieldon


  • Deino
  • Noibat
  • Riolu


Ditto is finally transforming into new Pokémon - and they're suitably spooky. Our full list of Pokémon GO Ditto disguises has all the details (including about how to get a shiny Ditto), but look out for the likes of Drowzee, Dwebble, and Teddiursa for the next few months.

Evolution Preview

Niantic is finally introducing a much-requested feature in the Season of Mischief. From September 1, you'll be able to see what CP your Pokémon will be once it has evolved. The screen also tells you which Leagues the Pokémon will be eligible for. Check it out here:

An evolution screen that shows what Wartortle's CP will be when it evolves into Blastoise.
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This is the perfect system for players jumping into the GO Battle League Season 9 - we've all evolved a Pokémon only for it to be 5CP too many.


What Are The Season of Mischief Spawns?

There are loads of new spawns coming in the Season of Mischief, however these depend on your area as well as what hemisphere you're in. Here's the details:

Northern Hemisphere

  • Bidoof
  • Chikorita
  • Cyndaquil
  • Deerling
  • Jigglypuff
  • Slowpoke
  • Totodile

Southern Hemisphere

  • Clefairy
  • Deerling
  • Oshawott
  • Roselia
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Tympole


  • Gothita
  • Shuppet
  • Trubbish


  • Karrablast
  • Shelmet
  • Teddiursa


  • Geodude
  • Rhyhorn
  • Slugma


  • Horsea
  • Krabby
  • Mantine

There will be plenty more spawns happening during different events too, however, which you can check out below.

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Misunderstood Mischief Special Research

This Season-long Special Research is the only way to catch Hoopa in Pokémon GO. The research consists of 16 parts, but only a couple will unlock at a time. Here's every stage so far, and how to catch Hoopa:


Misunderstood Mischief Part 1

Make 10 Nice Throws: Incense

Use an Incense: 10 Poké Balls

Take three Snapshots of wild Psychic-type Pokémon: 10 Nanab Berries

Total rewards: Gothita encounter, 1,000 XP, and 500 Stardust

Misunderstood Mischief Part 2

Claim reward: 720 Stardust

Total rewards: 720 XP


Misunderstood Mischief Part 3

Make five Curveball Throws: 15 Poké Balls

Catch 10 different species of Pokémon: Five Great Balls

Earn 5,000 Stardust: Three Max Revives

Total rewards: Hoopa encounter, 1,000 XP. and 500 Stardust

Misunderstood Mischief Part 4

Claim reward: 720 Stardust

Total rewards: 720 XP


Misunderstood Mischief Part 5

Power up Pokémon 10 times: 15 Great Balls

Catch 20 Psychic-type Pokémon: Abra*

Evolve 3 Psychic-type Pokémon: 10 Revives

Total rewards: Wobbuffet*, 10 Hyper Potions, and 10 Inkay Candy

Misunderstood Mischief Part 6

Claim reward: 720 Stardust

Total rewards: 720 XP


Fashion Week

Pokémon GO Fashion Week - an event to rival Paris, Milan, or London. Expect more costumed Pokémon and the debut of Furfrou when the event kicks off on September 21.

The Fashion Week event sees the debut of Furfrou and shiny Blitzle - as well as the all-important change form mechanic that we mentioned above. There's also plenty of research to go around: Timed and Special as a part of the event, and the continuation of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research, too.

For all the event spawns, raid bosses, Furfrou forms, Meloetta madness, and more, check out the full guide linked above.

Hoopa Event

Hoopa arrives on September 5, at 11:00 local time. This Incense event includes the beginning of the Hoopa Special Research, which will likely last for the whole season, and includes different Pokémon attracted to Incense depending on the hour.

Time (local time) Type of Pokémon appearing
11:00 - 12:00Psychic
12:00 - 13:00Dark and Ghost
13:00 - 14:00Psychic
14:00 - 15:00Dark and Ghost
15:00 - 16:00Psychic
16:00 - 17:00Dark and Ghost

Here's what Pokémon are appearing in those hours:

Psychic-type hour

  • Beldum
  • Exeggcute
  • Girafarig
  • Jynx
  • Munna
  • Natu
  • Spoink

Dark- and Ghost-type hour

  • Carvanha
  • Drifloon
  • Duskull
  • Poochyena
  • Purrloin
  • Rattata
  • Sableye

This event will also include a Collection Challenge for each hour, which rewards Hoopa Candy and a new Avatar Pose. There is also double candy for transferring Pokémon, and exclusive Field Research tasks that reward Rare Candies and balls. Keep your eyes on the in-game shop for a free Incense bundle also.

Psychic Spectacular

The Pokémon GO Psychic Spectacular event runs from September 8 at 10:00 local time until September 13 at 20:00 local time.

Niantic has confirmed that some "familiar faces" will be a part of the event, but one new Pokémon will also make its debut. The developer gave a pretty big hint: "be careful of revolving too much of your life around one thing—you might find that it could overturn at a moment’s notice!"

This has since been confirmed as Inkay, which has a particularly troublesome method of evolution. Check out our guide if you're stuck. The Psychic Spectacular Timed Research also offers some nice rewards:


Psychic Spectacular Timed Research Part 1

Catch 10 Psychic-type Pokémon: 500 XP

Transfer 10 Pokémon: 10 PokéBalls

Spin a PokéStop or Gym: 500 Stardust

Total rewards: Abra*, 10 Razz Berries, 500 XP

Psychic Spectacular Timed Research Part 2

Power up Pokémon 5 times: 10 Ultra Balls


Catch 20 Pokémon: 5 Pinap Berries

Make 5 Great Throws: 1 Fast TM

Total rewards: Ralts*, 10 Great Balls, 500 Stardust

Psychic Spectacular Timed Research Part 3

Hatch an egg: Bronzor*

Evolve 2 Psychic-type Pokémon: Solosis

Earn a candy walking with your buddy: 1,000 Stardust

Total rewards: Girafarig, 5 Revives, 500 XP


Psychic Spectacular Timed Research Part 4

Send 5 Gifts to friends: 1 Charge TM

Use 15 Berries to help catch Pokémon: Xatu

Battle in the GO Battle League 2 times: Meditite*

Total rewards: Starmie, 1 Incense, 500 XP

Psychic Spectacular Timed Research Part 5

Battle in a Raid: 5 Hyper Potions


Make 5 Nice Curveball Throws: Baltoy

Use an Incense: 1 Lure module

Total rewards: Inkay, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

That's all for the Psychic Spectacular Timed Research!

Mischief Hours

Mischief Hours have only been datamined at this point, but we could see a parallel to Spotlight Hours happening courtesy of Hoopa.

We'll update this section as soon as we hear more about Mischief Hours, but colour us intrigued for now. If it means more rewards, then we're in!

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Where Has Giovanni Gone?

The final major part of the Season of Mischief is Giovanni - or his absence. While Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra can still be found (and battled), your Super Rocket Radars are useless this season. Has Hoopa kidnapped the Team GO Rocket boss? Or will he return with Shadow Lugia in tow? Watch this space.

That's everything we know about the Season of Mischief so far, but we'll keep this guide updated with any updates and new information we get.