Professor Willow

Hey Trainers! We just wanted to give a quick update and check in the middle of the ongoing Pokémon GO Halloween 2021 Event. We’re currently in the middle of the second part of the event, called Ghoulish Pals.

Halloween events are often a great opportunity to do some Bag inventory and Pokémon storage management, and this year’s event is an opportunity to beefy up your Trainer Battles roster as well.

Here’s a few things we’re working on at the moment, and we think you could benefit from knowing. Just as a reminder, these are the Candy bonuses currently active:

  • 2× Transfer Candy 🍬
  • 2× Catch Candy 🍬
  • 2× Hatch Candy 🍬
  • Guaranteed Candy XL 🍬 when walking with your buddy

Grab as many Trevenant as you can


Trevenant is making quite a statement in Trainer Battles at the moment, making tectonic shifts in the Great League and Ultra League meta. It beats the majority of Water, Grass and Rock Pokémon, with enough bulk to defeat Azumarill more often than not.

If there’s one Pokémon you should be taking a look into at the moment it’s Phantump and its evolution Trevenant. You can get double Candy from anything you do, so take some time to farm up a few good Trevenants for GL and UL.

Don’t trust me? Check out this infographic by GO Stadium for an overview of current Meta cores that use Trevenant in PvP:

Trevenant Meta Cores

Raid-wise, Trevenant is not relevant at all, but for Trainer Battles, you’re looking at something quite special.

Stay on top of the Hoopa Special Research

For most of us, staying on top of Special Research can be quite a chore if you have multiple ones running at the same time. However, Hoopa’s Special Research – Pokémon GO Misunderstood Mischief Hoopa Guide, Tasks and Rewards – needs special attention, as it has 16 stages and is quite long.

Try to keep on top of it as much as you can, as some stages become much more difficult to complete outside of event windows.

Pokémon storage cleanup

Pokémon GO Candy

Every year, I go through the same cleansing ritual before December events. Just transfer everything you don’t need. Pokémon GO November 2021 brings a lot of pressure towards your Pokémon storage (Shinx CD!), and it’s always advisable to use the 2x transfer Candy in order to clear up your inventory.

If you’re like me, you’ll probably do a mass transfer on October 30th, so be careful not to forget to transfer something before the Halloween event ends.

Get a Mega Absol

Mega Absol

This is a fan favourite of mine, so this tip is a bit skewed, but try to get a Mega Absol while it’s available. It’s white, it’s majestic and it’s awesome. Our Mega Absol Raid Counters Guide is available and ready to be used.

Surprise, surprise it’s almost all Fighting type Pokémon:

Best Mega Absol Counters

Absol (Mega)
Mega Absol Counters
Supreme counters
Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Great counters
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Lopunny (Mega) Low Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Beedrill (Mega) Infestation Bug X-Scissor Bug
Gardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Heracross Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Gengar (Mega) Hex Ghost Focus Blast Fighting