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It's here again! The first event to grace Pokemon Go is making its return as the spookiest holiday of the year draws near, and we have.... ghosts. Yup, we have a lot of ghosts hitting Pokemon Go in honor of Halloween, including 2 (...or technically 5?) new Ghost Type Pokemon in celebration. Get ready, everyone! It's time to put up decorations, stockpile candy, and carve every pumpkin in a 100 yard radius as we prepare to go int-NO NOT THAT PUMPKIN! THAT ONE'S ALIVE!

Halloween 2021

Event Start End
Halloween 2021 October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Creepy Companions October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
Ghoulish Pals October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

This time, we have the Halloween event split into two distinct halves, each with their own unique features: Creepy Companions and Ghoulish Pals. Beyond these, we also have the overarching Halloween event festivities.

  • 2x Transfer, Catch, and Hatch candy
  • Walking a Pokemon will grant guaranteed XL candy as a reward. While not explicitly stated, this bonus will likely not be available to players under Level 40.
  • A new chapter of the story of the Season of Mischief will begin, with this chapter focusing on the Halloween Cup of Go Battle League. And speaking of...
  • The Halloween Cup is currently available in Go Battle League.
  • Special and Timed Research will be available.
  • Lavender Town music will make its grand return at night
  • A set of Avatar Items and Stickers will be available
  • A set of boxes will be available in the shop
  • A set of Pokemon will appear wearing hats for the event

Creepy Companions

  • The first set of the Season of Mischief Special Research will be available.
  • Galarian Slowking will be available if evolved from Galarian Slowpoke. The requirements are catching 30 Psychic Type Pokemon while buddied.
  • Unique Pokemon sets will be appearing in the wild, in raids, and hatching from 7km eggs.

Ghoulish Pals

  • The second set of the Season of Mischief Special Research will be available.
  • The Pokemon Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo, and Gourgeist will make their debut. These are all Ghost/Grass Type Pokemon, with Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist appearing in a number of different "sizes".
  • A new Collection Challenge will be available, focusing on the various sizes of Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist
  • Unique Pokemon sets will be appearing in the wild, in raids, and hatching from 7km eggs.

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Trainers,

Spooky shenanigans return during the Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief event! This time, there’ll be double the trouble and fun with a two-part event!

Scroll on to learn more or use the navigation to jump to a specific part!

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Full Event Period

10/15 - 10/31

Part 1: Creepy Companions

10/15 - 10/22

Part 2: Ghoulish Pals

10/22 - 10/31

Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief

Friday, October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Available during the entire Event.

Mischief Icon - WhiteThe Season of Mischief Story Continues!

Continue to follow the Season of Mischief storyline focused on the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa!

If you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!

A new part of the Season-long Special Research will unlock during each part of the Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief event. With more Psychic-, Ghost-, and Dark-type Pokémon appearing in the wild—along with new ones being discovered for the first time ever in Pokémon GO—this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Mischief Pokémon!

Halloween Cup IconHalloween Cup

The Halloween Cup will be available in the GO Battle League!

Check out the Season 9 GO Battle League blog for details on the cup’s rules.

Research Icon - WhiteSpecial and Timed Research

A Special Research story—What Lies beneath the Mask?—will be available!

Ghost-type Pokémon are appearing more often than usual, and Professor Willow has tasked you with learning more about them. Notably, Yamask has started appearing in the wild, prompting his interest in learning more about Ghost-type Pokémon related to masks. What can we learn about these Pokémon—and what can we learn about ourselves in the process?

Timed Research will be available with tasks focused on participating in the Halloween Cup in the GO Battle League.

Event Bonuses

Candy Bonus Icon

2× Transfer Candy

Candy Bonus Icon

2× Catch Candy

Candy Bonus Icon

2× Hatch Candy

Guaranteed Candy XL when walking with your buddy

Lavender Town Music

A remix of the iconic Lavender Town music will be playing nightly during the event. Turn up your in-game sound, and enjoy the spooky vibes!

You can also listen to the music by checking out this video. Get hyped for Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief!

Party Hat Costume IconCostumed Pokémon

More Costumed Pokémon will be available to encounter!

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

: If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny one!

You can also encounter Halloween Mischief Drifblim in GO Battle League reward encounters.

New Avatar Items, Stickers, and Bundles

The following new avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop starting on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) and will continue to be available after the event ends!

  • Pikachu Pumpkin Head
  • Pumpkaboo Top
  • Pumpkaboo Pants
  • Hoopa Headband
  • Halloween Face Sticker

You’ll be able to get Halloween-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Some spooky bundles will also be available for purchase in the shop throughout the event.

  • Creepy Crate (480 PokéCoins): 50 Poké Balls, one Remote Raid Pass, two Super Incubators, four Incense
  • Boo Bundle (1,480 PokéCoins): 16 Premium Raid Passes, eight Super Incubators, four Incense, four Star Pieces
  • Pumpkin Pack (1,480 PokéCoins): 18 Super Incubators, two Incubators, four Incense, four Star Pieces

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

The first part of Pokémon GO Halloween this year is themed around creepy companions: Psychic- and Poison-, type Pokémon that can’t wait to be encountered and befriended, as well as other friendly, creepy Pokémon. Galarian Slowking, the Hexpert Pokémon, will make its Pokémon GO debut, and Shiny Spinarak will be appearing for the first time in Pokémon GO, too!

Season of Mischief Special Research Story Unlock

The next part of the Season of Mischief Special Research story, Misunderstood Mischief, will unlock.

If you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!

Strange Pokémon are 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!

Galarian Slowking

Galarian Slowpoke will now be able to evolve into Galarian Slowking!

To evolve it, set a Galarian Slowpoke as your buddy, and catch 30 Psychic-type Pokémon.*

* You’ll also be able to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowking after the event ends.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Spinarak, if you’re lucky!

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Zubat

Zubat

Drowzee

Drowzee

Gastly

Gastly

Spinarak

Spinarak

Misdreavus

Misdreavus

Shuppet

Shuppet

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Stunky

Stunky

Woobat

Woobat

Gothita

Gothita

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Yamask

Yamask

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in raids.

One-Star Egg IconOne-Star Raids

Galarian Slowpoke

Galarian Slowpoke

Murkrow

Murkrow

Scraggy

Scraggy

Yamask

Yamask

Espurr

Espurr

Three-Star Egg IconThree-Star Raids

Alolan Raichu

Alolan Raichu

Sableye

Sableye

Banette

Banette

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Five-Star Egg IconFive-Star Raids

Altered Forme Giratina

Altered Forme Giratina

Mega Raid Egg IconMega Raids

Mega Gengar

Mega Gengar

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Eggs

7km Egg Icon7km Eggs

Egg

Spinarak

Spinarak

Misdreavus

Misdreavus

Shuppet

Shuppet

Chingling

Chingling

Litwick

Litwick

EggEgg

Galarian Yamask

Galarian Yamask

Golett

Golett

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

:This list is organized by rarity, with one Egg icon being most common and five Egg icons being most rare.

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Zubat

Zubat

Drowzee

Drowzee

Spinarak

Spinarak

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Woobat

Woobat

Gothita

Gothita

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Galarian Yamask

Galarian Yamask

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Pokémon GO Halloween 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

The second part of Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief is called Ghoulish Pals! Ghost types will be appearing more often everywhere as we get closer and closer to Halloween. The spectacularly spectral Pumpkaboo and Phantump will make their Pokémon GO debuts, alongside their Evolutions, Gourgeist and Trevenant! We’re also getting word that you’ll be able to encounter Pumpkaboo of varying sizes, just like you can in the Kalos region. Gourgeist evolved from Pumpkaboo will also vary in size! During this time, intrepid Trainers can complete a Collection Challenge that’ll encourage them to seek these Ghost-type Pokémon!

Season of Mischief Special Research Story Unlock

The next part of the Season of Mischief Special Research story, Misunderstood Mischief, will unlock.

If you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!

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.

Pokémon Debuts

Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo, and Gourgeist make their debuts in Pokémon GO!

Phantump

Phantump

Trevenant

Trevenant

Pumpkaboo

Pumpkaboo

Gourgeist

Gourgeist

New Size Mechanic

With the introduction of Pumpkaboo comes a new mechanic to Pokémon GO: Pumpkaboo that are larger will actually look larger in the game!

Pumpkaboo

Small Size Pumpkaboo

Small Size

Average Size Pumpkaboo

Average Size

Large Size Pumpkaboo

Large Size

Super Size Pumpkaboo

Super Size

Gourgeist

Small Size Gourgeist

Small Size

Average Size Gourgeist

Average Size

Large Size Gourgeist

Large Size

Super Size Gourgeist

Super Size

Collection Challenge

In celebration of Pumpkaboo’s debut and the mechanic it introduces, a Collection Challenge will be available that requires you to collect Pumpkaboo of various sizes.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild.

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Gastly

Gastly

Murkrow

Murkrow

Misdreavus

Misdreavus

Shuppet

Shuppet

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Purrloin

Purrloin

Phantump

Phantump

Small Size Pumpkaboo

Small Size Pumpkaboo

Average Size Pumpkaboo

Average Size Pumpkaboo

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Haunter

Haunter

Yamask

Yamask

Litwick

Litwick

Large Size Pumpkaboo

Large Size Pumpkaboo

Super Size Pumpkaboo

Super Size Pumpkaboo

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids

The following Pokémon will be available to challenge in raids.

For the first time in Pokémon GO, Mega Absol will be available to challenge in Mega Raids!

One-Star Egg IconOne-Star Raids

Murkrow

Murkrow

Yamask

Yamask

Galarian Yamask

Galarian Yamask

Phantump

Phantump

Average Size Pumpkaboo

Average Size Pumpkaboo

Three-Star Egg IconThree-Star Raid

Alolan Marowak

Banette

Banette

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Halloween Mischief Drifblim

Lampent

Five-Star Egg IconFive-Star Raid

Darkrai

Darkrai

Mega Egg IconMega Raids

Mega Absol

Mega Absol

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Darkrai caught during this period will know the attack Sludge Bomb

Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief Special Raid Weekend

Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

In celebration of Halloween weekend and the introduction of Mega Absol in Mega Raids, Mega Absol and Darkrai will appear more frequently in raids!

Eggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs obtained during the event.

7km Egg Icon7km Eggs

Egg

Spinarak

Spinarak

Misdreavus

Misdreavus

Shuppet

Shuppet

Litwick

Litwick

Phantump

Phantump

EggEgg

Galarian Yamask

Galarian Yamask

Golett

Golett

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

:This list is organized by rarity, with one Egg icon being most common and five Egg icons being most rare.

Research IconEvent Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Halloween Mischief Pikachu

Gastly

Gastly

Spinarak

Spinarak

Shuppet

Shuppet

Duskull

Duskull

Halloween Mischief Piplup

Halloween Mischief Piplup

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Yamask

Yamask

Galarian Yamask

Galarian Yamask

: If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Face off against spooky Pokémon in raids, take part in Halloween-themed events like the Halloween Cup and a Special Raid Weekend, and pick up some new avatar items in the shop to dress your best for this year’s Pokémon GO Halloween Mischief!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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