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At long last, Pokemon GO's Season of Mischief, which began in September, is coming to an end. The Season was themed around the Mythical Pokemon Hoopa, so it's only right that we celebrate the close of the season with mischievious prankster.

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After teasing it for quite a while, Niantic has announced all the details for the closing event. Titled "Mischief Unbound," the event comes with a new Special Research story and some fun bonuses, including Legendary Raid Hours and the debut of Hoopa Unbound. Read on for all the details!

Updated on November 25, 2021 by Michael Christopher: The Mischief Unbound Special Research is now available. We've updated this post to add in the questline tasks and rewards!

Bonuses and Time

First off, let's talk dates. The Mischief Unbound event runs from Friday, November 26 at 10am local time to Monday, November 29 at 8pm.


As for bonuses, we're in luck, because there are some good ones. Throughout the duration of the event, these bonuses will be in effect:

  • 2x Transfer Candy
  • 2x Catch XP

This is the perfect opportunity to send all those extra Legendaries and competitively viable 'mons to the professor. Those extra candies are a fantastic treat. Also, any extra XP is much appreciated, especially considering how much XP you need to level up after level 40.

Mischief Unbound - Special Research Story

Pokemon Go Professor Willow In-Game Art

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the event is the new Special Research questline.

By completing the Special Research story, you'll earn Stardust and Hoopa candies. This is great news, since you'll need both of those to change Hoopa Confined into Hoopa Unbound — but more on that below!

If you're hoping to unlock this Special Research story, you'll need to ensure you complete the initial Misunderstood Mischief storyline, or buy a ticket. Even though the Mischief Unbound event ends on November 29, you have until December 1 at 9:59am local time to complete the Misunderstood Mischief quests and unlock the new Special Research. Alternately, you can buy a ticket. This ticket will be available until December 1 at 9:59 local time and costs $4.99 or the equivalent in your local currency.

By completing the Mischief Unbound quests, you can unlock a Hoopa themed T-shirt for your in-game avatar. After the event ends, it'll be available for purchase in the in-game shop.

Mischief Unbound Special Research Tasks and Rewards

Here are all of the tasks in this Special Research story and the rewards you'll earn for completing them.

Step 1
Task Reward Stage Rewards
Take a snapshot of Hoopa 1,000 Stardust
  • 1x Incense
  • 1x Poffin
  • 3 Golden Razz Berry
Catch 20 Pokemon 1x Lucky Egg
Spin 3 PokeStops or Gyms 3,000 XP
Step 2
Task Reward Stage Rewards
Make 7 Curveball Throws in a row 1,500 Stardust
  • 1x Incense
  • 1x Super Incubator
  • 3x Silver Pinap Berry
  • The ability to change Hoopa's form
Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokemon 1x Star Piece
Complete 10 Field Research Tasks 3,000 XP
Step 3
Task Reward Stage Rewards
Earn 7 hearts with your Buddy 2,000 Stardust
  • 50x Hoopa Candy
  • 10,0000 Stardust
  • Hoopa T-Shirt
Catch 20 different species of Pokemon 3x Premium Battle Pass
Win 3 Raids 4,000 XP

Apparently, if you unlock the Special Research by completing Misunderstood Mischief, you can also purchase the ticket and do it all twice, meaning you'll get all the rewards twice (except for the shirt).

Hoopa Unbound Debuts

During the event, we'll see the debut of Hoopa's other form, Hoopa Unbound. While Hoopa Confined is a Psychic/Ghost-type, Hoopa Unbound is a Psychic/Dark-type.

Hoopa hoopa unbound
Hoopa Confined Hoopa Unbound

You can use the new form change mechanic introduced alongside Furfrou to change Hoopa Confined into Hoopa Unbound and vice versa. In order to do this, you need to complete the second page of the Mischief Unbound questline.

To change Hoopa from Confined to Unbound, it'll cost 50 Hoopa candy and 10,000 Stardust. From Unbound to Confined, it only costs 10 Hoopa candy and 2,000 Stardust.

Niantic has ensured that the Mischief Unbound questline will reward both of these resources.

Raid Hours

Hoopa is often associated with Legendary Pokemon spawning in droves, since it uses its hoops to open portals between dimensions and spaces. It uses this power to summon Legendaries to different places.

As a result, there will be a large number of Legendary Pokemon featured in Raid Hours throughout the Mischief Unbound event. These Raid Hours run from 6pm to 7pm local time.

Here's who to expect on each day:

November 26 November 27 November 28 November 29
ArticunoKantonian Articuno HeatranHeatran RegirockRegirock Virizion (1)Virizion
ZapdosKantonian Zapdos RegiceRegice Terrakion (1)Terrakion
MoltresKantonian Moltres RegisteelRegisteel Virizion (1)Virizion

Spotlight Hours

Raid Hours and Spotlight Hours often go hand in hand, and this event will not break that trend. Alongside the Raid Hours, there will be Spotlight Hours each day of the Mischief Unbound event, though at a different time than normal.

Each day from 12pm to 1pm local time, a particular Pokemon will spawn in massive numbers, though it doesn't seem like there will be the usual additional bonuses.

Here's who you should see:

November 26 November 27 November 28 November 29
RattataKantonian Rattata SableyeSableye PikachuPikachu BeldumBeldum

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