Pokemon GO is going to be doing a lot for Halloween in 2021 with the Season of Mischief event and Misunderstood Mischief special research.
The 90-day event will feature a variety of perks for players with the centerpiece being a new special research questline called Misunderstood Mischief. Misunderstood Mischief is set to be a unique take on the established special research framework in Pokemon GO, with a staggered release for each step.
Not much information was given for Misunderstood Mischief and it’s unclear what it will ultimately lead to, but there’s plenty of evidence available to draw some conclusions. Here’s everything that’s known about the next big special research event.
Misunderstood Mischief has a unique format. While most special researches are available simultaneously and offer players the opportunity to sprint through them, Misunderstood Mischief will instead see each step released one-by-one. As of September 1, only one part of the event is available to play. The other 15 are set to come in the future.
Here is a running tally for each step, and what the rewards are for each:
Misunderstood Mischief Step 1
Rewards: Wild Gothita appears, 1,000 XP, and 500 Stardust
Misunderstood Mischief Step 2
Rewards: 720 XP
Misunderstood Mischief Step 3
Rewards: Wild Hoopa appears, 1,000 XP, and 500 Stardust
Misunderstood Mischief Step 4
Rewards: 720 XP
Misunderstood Mischief Step 5
Rewards: Wild Wobbuffett appears, 10 Hyper Potions, 10 Hoopa Candy
Misunderstood Mischief Step 6
Rewards: 720 XP
Misunderstood Mischief’s second and third parts arrived on September 5. Parts 4 and five will likely come out shortly thereafter, most likely on September 8 for a miniature event designed to celebrate the launch of Malamar.
The Season of Mischief is a 90-day event that will run from September 1 to December 1. Misunderstood Mischief is technically 16 parts, but is likely to include multiple pages that are simply a gift to players. Part two had no challenge or tasks, and just gave players 720 XP and Stardust.
Alongside this was the surprise that Hoopa was made available during just the third step of Misunderstood Mischief. This makes it unclear what the ultimate prize will be for the event, but that’s an exciting prospect nonetheless.
The mythical Pokemon Hoopa can be captured by completing step three of the Misunderstood Mischief special research. Hoopa appears as a wild Pokemon in the rewards for completing the challenges
Hoopa has been appearing regularly in Pokemon GO since Pokemon GO Fest, with the gen-six Pokemon opening ringed rifts in the sky that introduce new and returning rare Pokemon to the game. This has served as lore for many recent content releases, most notably the introduction of Galarian Pokemon such as Wooloo and Skwovet. Fans have been reminded of Hoopa’s impact with the rings hanging in the sky for weeks.
As a way of closing the door on this motif, Niantic added Hoopa to the game and made it catchable in the Misunderstood Mischief special research. That may not be the end for the Pokemon, though.
Hoopa has been exclusively shown in Pokemon GO in its cutesy Confined form. Hoopa’s alternate Unbound form is significantly stronger than Confined Hoopa, and is a terrifying presence. Though fans are able to capture Confined Hoopa in the Misunderstood Mischief special research, players looking for a stronger Pokemon can cross their fingers and hope for Unbound Hoopa.
Malamar will likely be a generally mediocre Pokemon in Pokemon GO.
Malamar has a strong psychic-dark typing that is weak to fairy and doubly weak to bug, but highly resistant to psychic attacks. Everything else hits for neutral damage.
While the typing is strong, Malamar doesn’t really hit particularly hard and has a limited move set. It will have STAB Psycho Cut or Peck for quick moves, and Hyper Beam, Psybeam, Foul Play, and Superpower as options for charge attacks. Its CP ceiling is quite low, topping out at just 2,359 at level 40. Malamar might be usable in Great League play, but won’t be very useful in any other PVP or PVE setting.