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Pokemon GO Halloween event details: start dates, Pokemon, Special Research and more

Published: 09:42, 12 October 2021
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Pokemon GO - Halloween event 2021
Pokemon GO - Halloween event 2021

Pokemon GO's Community Day featuring Duskull is now over and we can start getting ready for the big Halloween two-part event that's coming up on October 15.

Halloween in Pokemon GO is a serious affair and there's a massive themed event coming up in a couple of days. Spooky shenanigans of the holiday will pair beautifully with the Season of Mischief and this year we're getting double the trouble with the planned two-part event.

Pokemon GO Halloween event dates
  • Full Event Period - October 15 - October 31
  • Part 1: Creepy Companions - October 15 - October 22
  • Part 2: Ghoulish Pals - October 22 - October 31
Pokemon GO Halloween Mischief

Pokemon GO's Season of Mischief will continue to play out and will coincide with the Halloween event. 

The Halloween Cup will be available in the GO Battle League

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Special Research story - What Lies beneath the Mask?

Ghost-type Pokemon will be appearing more than usual. Professor Willow gave you the assignment to learn more about the spectres as Yamask starts appearing in the wild.

Timed Research 

This Pokemon Go event staple will be available with tasks focused on participating in the Halloween Cup in the GO Battle League.

Event Bonuses

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

Lavender Town Music

Listen to the remixed Lavender Town music during the event.

Costumed Pokemon

Get ready to meet more costumed Pokemon including:

  • Halloween Mischief Pikachu
  • Halloween Mischief Piplup
  • Halloween Mischief Drifblim

 The luckiest Trainers may catch a glimpse of the Shiny versions for these three. A Halloween Mischief Drifblim may also appear in GO Battle League reward encounters.

New Avatar Items, Stickers, and Bundles

These items will be available at the in-game shop starting on October 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (20:00 GMT):

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

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Halloween-themed stickers can be obtained by spinning PokeStops, opening Gifts and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Spooky bundles available for purchase in the shop throughout the event:

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

Starts on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

 The first part of the celebration will focus on Psychic- and Poison-, type Pokemon. These include Galarian Slowking, the Hexpert Pokemon (making its Pokemon GO debut) and a Shiny Spinarak.

Season of Mischief Special Research Story Unlock

Misunderstood Mischief will be unlocked during the first part of the Halloween event. Complete this Season's Special Research you'll get to go on and take part in a special event that'll be taking place at the end of the Season. Who knows, it might have something to do with Hoopa.

Pokemon originally discovered in the Galar region like Galarian Slowking are turning up in the world of Pokemon GO. As a result, Galarian Slowpoke will now be able to evolve into Galarian Slowking: set a Galarian Slowpoke as your buddy, and catch 30 Psychic-type Pokemon. You don't have to rush as this evolution will be available even after the event comes to a close.

Niantic Pokemon GO - Halloween 2021 - You’ll be able to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowking after the event ends. Pokemon GO - Halloween 2021 - You’ll be able to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Galarian Slowking after the event ends.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokemon will pop up to say hi more often. A Shiny Spinarak will be appearing for the first time in the game.

  • Halloween Mischief Pikachu (+ Shiny)
  • Zubat (+ Shiny)
  • Drowzee (+ Shiny)
  • Gastly (+ Shiny)
  • Spinarak (+ Shiny)
  • Misdreavus (+ Shiny)
  • Shuppet (+ Shiny)
  • Halloween Mischief Piplup (+ Shiny)
  • Stunky
  • Woobat (+ Shiny)
  • Gothita
  • Yamask (+ Shiny)
Raids

One-Star Raids

  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Murkrow*
  • Scraggy
  • Yamask*
  • Espurr

Three-Star Raids

  • Alolan Raichu*
  • Sableye*
  • Banette
  • Halloween Mischief Drifblim*

Five-Star Raids

  • Altered Forme Giratina*

Mega Raids

  • Mega Gengar*

*Shiny versions are also available.

Eggs

7km Eggs

  • Spinarak*
  • Misdreavus*
  • Shuppet*
  • Chingling
  • Litwick
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Golett

*Lucky Trainers may meet a Shiny one.

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Field Research Task Encounters

These Pokemon will be available after you complete your Field Research tasks:

  • Halloween Mischief Pikachu*
  • Zubat*
  • Drowzee*
  • Spinarak*
  • Halloween Mischief Piplup*
  • Woobat*
  • Gothita
  • Halloween Mischief Drifblim*
  • Galarian Yamask

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one.

Pokemon GO Halloween Part 2: Ghoulish Pals

Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. until Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Starting on October 22, the second part of the Halloween extravaganza is called Ghoulish Pals. As the name implies, it will be the time for the Ghost types to shine. Pumpkaboo and Phantump, and their evolutions, Gourgeist and Trevenant, will be making their first rounds in Pokemon GO. Complete a Collection Challenge to look for even more Ghost-type Pokemon.

Special Research Story Unlock

Get ready for Misunderstood Mischief. Completing this Season’s Special Research story will grant the Trainers access to a special event at the end of the season. It might even have something to do with Hoopa.

New Size Mechanic

Pumpkaboo brings a new mechanic to the game: Pumpkaboo that are larger will actually look larger in Pokemon GO.

Collection Challenge

We'll be celebrating the new size mechanic with a Collection Challenge that will have you running around collecting Pumpkaboo of various sizes.

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Wild Encounters

  • Halloween Mischief Pikachu*
  • Gastly*
  • Murkrow*
  • Misdreavus*
  • Shuppet*
  • Halloween Mischief Piplup*
  • Purrloin
  • Phantump
  • Small Size Pumpkaboo
  • Average Size Pumpkaboo

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

  • Haunter
  • Yamask*
  • Litwick
  • Large Size Pumpkaboo
  • Super Size Pumpkaboo

*Shiny versions also out there.

Raids

One-Star Raids

  • Murkrow*
  • Yamask*
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Phantump
  • Average Size Pumpkaboo

Three-Star Raids

  • Alolan Marowak*
  • Banette
  • Halloween Mischief Drifblim*
  • Lampent

Five-Star Raids

  • Darkrai* - if you catch this Pokemon during the event it will know the attack Sludge Bomb

Mega Raids

  • Mega Absol*

*An encounter with a Shiny version is also possible.

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Pokemon GO Halloween Mischief Special Raid Weekend

Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time. It's Halloween weekend and we're also celebrating the introduction of Mega Absol in Mega Raids. For the occasion, Mega Absol and Darkrai will appear more frequently in raids.

Eggs

7km Eggs

  • Spinarak*
  • Misdreavus*
  • Shuppet*
  • Litwick
  • Phantump
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Golett

*Look out for a Shiny version.

Event Field Research Task Encounters

  • Halloween Mischief Pikachu*
  • Gastly*
  • Spinarak*
  • Shuppet*
  • Duskull*
  • Halloween Mischief Piplup*

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

  • Yamask*
  • Galarian Yamask

*Shiny versions available.

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