Pokemon Go getting mythical Hoopa for first time in its next season

The mythical Pokemon arrives in Pokemon Go as part of the game's Season of Mischief, which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 1.

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Pokemon Go's Season of Mischief begins Sept. 1.


Pokemon Go 's next season is set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Developer Niantic has dubbed this one the Season of Mischief, and it'll introduce the mythical Pokemon Hoopa to the game, along with new wild Pokemon spawns, research tasks and other bonuses.

Shortly after the season begins, on Sept. 5, Niantic is holding an event called Hoopa's Arrival, which includes a new Special Research task line that culminates in a chance to catch Hoopa. Additionally, psychic, ghost and dark Pokemon will be drawn to incense at different intervals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, and you'll earn twice the usual amount of candy for transferring Pokemon during the event.

Niantic is also shaking up wild Pokemon spawns for the Season of Mischief. Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Autumn Form Deerling and other Pokemon will appear in the northern hemisphere throughout the entire season, while Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Spring Form Deerling and more will appear in the southern hemisphere. Ditto will also make an appearance throughout the season, and this time it'll be disguised as different species of Pokemon than usual.

Beyond that, Niantic is giving several Pokemon a Combat Power boost when they Mega Evolve during different months of the season. Mega Slowbro will get a boost in September, while Mega Gengar and Mega Houndoom will have boosted CP in October and November, respectively.

Pokemon Go's Season of Mischief is scheduled to run until Dec. 1. Niantic has shared additional details about the season on the official Pokemon Go blog.

In the meantime, Pokemon Go's Ultra Unlock Part 3 event is underway through Aug. 31. After that, Niantic is hosting the game's September Community Day on Sept. 19. The studio also recently confirmed it's permanently increasing gym and PokeStop ranges after fan outcry.