Mischief Unbound Event

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Mischief Unbound is the season finale of Pokémon GO’s Season of Mischief, and it brings Hoopa Unbound and additional bonuses to players around the world.

Players will be able to unlock the Mischief Unbound Special Research by completing the Season-long Misunderstood Mischief Special Research, or by purchasing a US $4.99 ticket. More details below

Completing the second set of tasks in the Mischief Unbound Special Research will unlock the ability to change Hoopa’s form.

Event overview

Date and Time 📆

Friday, November 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 29, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Bonuses 🎁

Event Bonuses

  • 2× Transfer Candy
  • 2× Catch XP
  • Raid Hours from November 26-29, 2021
  • Spotlight Hours from November 26-29, 2021
  • Hoopa Unbound T-shirt

Featured Pokémon ⭐

Hoopa Unbound is unlocked by completing the Mischief Unbound Special Research story.

Hoopa (Unbound)

Mischief Unbound Special Research Tasks and Rewards

You’ll be able to access this Special Research story by completing the Season-long Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story, before December 1, 2021, at 9:59 am local time (or purchase a ticket).

You’ll be able to change Hoopa’s form after you complete the second set of tasks in the Mischief Unbound Special Research.

Mischief Unbound 1 / 3

  • Take a snapshot of Hoopa — 1000 Stardust
  • Catch 20 Pokémon — 1x Lucky Egg
  • Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms — 3000 XP

Rewards: 1x Incense, 1x Puffin, 3x Golden Razz Berry

Mischief Unbound 2 / 3

  • Make 7 Curveball Throws in a row — 1500 Stardust
  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon — 1x Star Piece
  • Complete 10 Field Research Tasks — 3000 XP

Rewards: 1x Incense, 1x Special Incubator, 3x Silver Pinap Berry

Mischief Unbound 3 / 3

  • Earn 7 hearts with your Buddy — 2000 Stardust
  • Catch 20 different species of Pokémon — 3x Raid Pass
  • Win 3 raids — 4000 XP

Rewards: 50x Hoopa Candy, 10000 Stardust, Hoopa T-Shirt

Hoopa Form changing mechanics

  • Changing Hoopa’s form from Hoopa Confined to Hoopa Unbound requires 50 Hoopa Candy and 10,000 Stardust.
  • Changing Hoopa’s form from Hoopa Unbound to Hoopa Confined requires 10 Hoopa Candy and 2,000 Stardust.
How to change Hoopa form
Form #1 Cost Form #2
Hoopa >
50 Candy
10,000 Stardust
Hoopa (Unbound)
10 Candy
2,000 Stardust

You’ll be able to earn some of the resources needed to change Hoopa’s form by completing the Mischief Unbound Special Research story.

Story Tip 📝

A mysterious bottle and poem have appeared at the doorstep of Professor Willow’s mobile lab. They appear to be related to Hoopa and hint at a method for changing its form, which is now possible thanks to the relationship you’ve developed with Hoopa throughout the Season.

Catch-up ticket  🎟️

If you can’t complete the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story, you can pick up a ticket for the Mischief Unbound Special Research in the shop for US $4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency).

  • Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.
  • Tickets to this Special Research Story are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).
  • The ticket for the Mischief Unbound Special Research will be available until the end of the Season of Mischief on Wednesday, December 1 at 9:59 a.m. local time.
  • In order to progress through the Mischief Unbound Special Research story, you will need to have obtained a Hoopa from the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research.

Hoopa Unbound T-shirt

Hoopa Unbound Shirt

You can get the new Hoopa Unbound T-shirt avatar item from the Mischief Unbound Special Research.

The Hoopa Unbound T-shirt will be available for purchase in the shop after the event ends for those who are unable to complete the Special Research.

Field Research

Task Possible Rewards
Catch 5 Pokémon 2x Ultra Ball, 3x Great Ball, 5x Poké Ball
Catch 10 Pokémon 5x Ultra Ball, 7x Great Ball, 10x Poké Ball
Catch 20 Pokémon 15x Ultra Ball, 20x Great Ball, 25x Poké Ball
Catch 50 Pokémon 2x Rare Candy
Transfer 10 Pokémon 2x Pinap Berry, 4x Razz Berry
Transfer 20 Pokémon 1x Silver Pinap Berry

Raid Hours

To close out the mischief this Season, you can look forward to Raid Hour events from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time on the following days. Perhaps this is Hoopa’s way of celebrating your time together?

November 26: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres

November 27: Heatran


November 28: Regirock, Regice, and Registeel

November 29: Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion

Spotlight Hours

On the following days from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. local time, these Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild. How mischievous!

November 26: Rattata


November 27: Sableye


November 28: Pikachu


November 29: Beldum


Storyline 🧞

The following text contains storyline spoilers for the Hoopa Unbound Pokémon GO event.

Part 1

Hey there, %PLAYERNAME%! Quite an eventful few months we’ve had, eh?

How are things with Hoopa? You two seem to get along great from what I can tell.

I suspect its trust in you must have deepened after you protected it from Team GO Rocket.

While you and Hoopa have been out adventuring together, my research into the mystery surrounding Hoopa has taken some strange turns.

I was up late poring over my notes recently when I heard a knock at the door of my mobile lab. I certainly wasn’t expecting anyone, but I figured it would be rude not to answer.

As I approached the door, I heard something scurrying away, and when I opened it, I found nothing but a curious bottle at my feet.

There was a note attached. I’ve managed to decipher only part of it, but here’s what I’ve got so far.

“Offer sweets and dust you’ve found
So Hoopa’s form will be unbound

And in this form it shall remain
Until an offering is made again.”

Poetry isn’t exactly my forte, but it’s got a pleasant rhyme structure, I’d say!

The poem lines up with the fact that Hoopa has multiple forms: Hoopa Confined and Hoopa Unbound.

What’s more, I feel a sort of…mysterious power emanating from the bottle. The patterns on it seem reminiscent of Hoopa, don’t you think?

It’s all got me tremendously excited! We’ve been trying to learn more about Hoopa for a while now, and I have a feeling this may be the final piece of the puzzle.

Naturally, I’ll need your help to put it all together, %PLAYERNAME%.

Can you see what you can learn in the field while I stay here to analyze the poem and bottle?

Part 2

Thanks for your help, %PLAYERNAME%!

I’ve been busy analyzing the poem and the bottle it came with—and I have something to share!

The poem seems to be providing hints as to how to change Hoopa’s form—and I believe this bottle is somehow involved in that process.

With that said, the bottle’s power appears to be dormant. But with more research, I’m confident we can find a way to harness it and change Hoopa’s form!

After all we’ve overcome to get this far, I have no doubt the two of us can crack this together.

Will you help me conduct some more research so we can witness Hoopa’s other form?

Part 3

Eureka! %PLAYERNAME%, I’ve just had a massive breakthrough.

Remember this part of the poem?
“Offer sweets and dust you’ve found
So Hoopa’s form will be unbound”

I believe the poem is telling us to use Hoopa Candy and Stardust to change Hoopa’s form!

You can get Stardust by catching Pokémon and battling in raids, but you can earn Hoopa Candy only by adventuring with Hoopa as your buddy.

Luckily, I’ve managed to convert the bottle’s power into Hoopa Candy. Once you’ve gathered everything you need, you’ll be able to change your Hoopa Confined into Hoopa Unbound.

There’s another bit of the poem that I think is relevant here, too.

“And in this form it shall remain
Until an offering is made again.”

It sounds like you’ll also need Hoopa Candy and Stardust to change Hoopa Unbound back into Hoopa Confined—but something tells me you won’t need quite as much.

Of course, this is all just a theory.

We’ll have to test it before reaching any proper conclusions!

Hoopa Unbound is said to be tremendously powerful—but I think you can handle it, Trainer.

It’s been a long adventure with Hoopa, but I think we’ve finally reached the end.

It’s almost bittersweet, don’t you think? But fret not—I’m sure more discoveries await!

Let’s keep adventuring through this world full of mysteries—you, me, and Hoopa!

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