pokemon go halloween 2021: pumpkaboo, new misunderstood mischief research and more

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Pokemon Go's Halloween 2021 celebration is just around the corner. The event kicks off tomorrow, Oct. 15, and is divided up into two parts, each of which features various Halloween-themed Pokemon and activities, including new ghost Pokemon from the Kalos region and the next chapters of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story. Here's everything you need to know about Pokemon Go's Halloween 2021 event.

pokemon go halloween 2021: pumpkaboo, new misunderstood mischief research and more

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Event-long features

Although the Halloween 2021 event is broken up into two parts, some features will be available across both. First, there will be new Timed Research tasks to complete, as well as a new Special Research story called What Lies Beneath the Mask? The following bonuses will also be active throughout the entire event: 

2x transfer candy2x hatch candy2x catch candyGuaranteed candy XL when walking with your buddy

On top of that, game developer Niantic will offer new avatar items in Pokemon Go's shop, as well as new stickers and special event bundles. Each leg of the event will also introduce a new portion of the season-long Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story. Finally, the Halloween Cup will be underway in the Go Battle League, and the game's nighttime music will be replaced by a remix of the iconic Lavender Town theme from Pokemon Red and Blue.

Pokemon Go Halloween 2021 Part 1: Creepy Companions

The first part of the Halloween 2021 festivities runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22. During this portion of the event, certain ghost, poison and psychic Pokemon will appear in the wild and in raids more frequently than usual, including Shiny Spinarak. On top of that, Galarian Slowpoke will return to raids, and you'll have your first chance to evolve it into Galarian Slowking. You can see the featured Pokemon below:

Wild spawns

Halloween Mischief PikachuHalloween Mischief PiplupZubatDrowzeeGastlySpinarakMisdreavusShuppetStunkyWoobatGothitaYamask

One-star raids

Galarian SlowpokeMurkrowScraggyYamaskEspurr

Three-star raids

Alolan RaichuSableyeBanetteHalloween Mischief Drifblim

Five-star raids

Altered Forme Giratina

7 km eggs

SpinarakMisdreavusShuppetChinglingLitwickGolettGalarian Yamask

Pokemon Go Halloween 2021 Part 2: Ghoulish Pals

The second part of Pokemon Go's Halloween 2021 event runs from Oct. 22 to Halloween itself. During this portion, ghost- and dark-type Pokemon will appear in the game more frequently, and you'll have your first chance to get four new ghost Pokemon from the Kalos region: Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo, and Gourgeist.

Alongside Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist, Niantic is introducing a new size mechanic to Pokemon Go. Just as in mainline Pokemon games, Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist can appear in various sizes, and the ones you encounter in Pokemon Go will visibly vary depending on how large or small they are. To coincide with this, Niantic will hold a Collection Challenge tasking you with catching a Pumpkaboo of every size.

Wild spawns

Halloween Mischief PikachuHalloween Mischief PiplupGastlyHaunterMurkrowMisdreavusShuppetPurrloinYamaskLitwickPhantumpPumpkaboo

One-star raids

MurkrowYamaskGalarian YamaskPhantumpPumpkaboo

Three-star raids

Alolan MarowakBanetteHalloween Mischief DrifblimLampent

Five-star raids

Darkrai

7 km eggs

SpinarakMisdreavusShuppetLitwickGolettPhantumpGalarian Yamask

Pokemon Go's Halloween 2021 event runs until 8 p.m. local time on Oct. 31. You can read up on everything else happening in the game this month in our Pokemon Go October events roundup.

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