Pokemon Go Halloween 2021: Pumpkaboo, Misunderstood Mischief Research and more

The second part of Pokemon Go's Halloween event is underway, and it introduces new ghost Pokemon and more to the game.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
Kevin has been covering video games and tech since 2010, with a particular focus on Nintendo and Pokemon. Squirtle is the best starter and nothing will convince him otherwise.
Kevin Knezevic
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The second leg of  Pokemon Go's Halloween 2021 event is coming to an end in a couple of days. Until Oct. 31, certain ghost- and dark-type Pokemon are appearing in the game more frequently than usual, and you have your first chance to get four new ghost Pokemon from the Kalos region. On top of that, the next portion of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story is now live, and you'll earn extra candy for catching, transferring and hatching Pokemon. Here's everything you need to know about Pokemon Go's Halloween 2021 event.

New ghost Pokemon

As part of the Halloween event, four new ghost Pokemon have arrived in the game: Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo, and Gourgeist. All four were originally introduced in Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS, making this your first chance to catch them in Pokemon Go.

Alongside Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist, a new size mechanic has been added to the game. Just as in mainline Pokemon titles, 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. The game is also holding a new Collection Challenge tasking you with catching a Pumpkaboo of every size.

Featured Pokemon

In addition to the aforementioned new ghosts, the following Pokemon will appear in the wild and in raid battles throughout the Halloween event. The mythical Pokemon Darkrai has also returned to five-star raids, while Mega Absol has made its debut in Mega Raids.

Wild spawns

  • Halloween Mischief Pikachu
  • Halloween Mischief Piplup
  • Gastly
  • Haunter
  • Murkrow
  • Misdreavus
  • Shuppet
  • Purrloin
  • Yamask
  • Litwick
  • Phantump
  • Pumpkaboo

One-star raids

  • Murkrow
  • Yamask
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Phantump
  • Pumpkaboo

Three-star raids

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Banette
  • Halloween Mischief Drifblim
  • Lampent

Five-star raids

Mega Raids

  • Mega Absol

7 km eggs

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

Misunderstood Mischief Special Research

Another leg of the season-long Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story is now live in Pokemon Go. You can see the full list of tasks and rewards below.

Stage 11/16

  • Earn 3 candies walking with your buddy - 10 Yamask Candy
  • Catch 30 ghost-type Pokemon - 10 Phantump Candy
  • Catch 30 dark-type Pokemon - 10 Pumpkaboo Candy
  • Reward for completing all three tasks: Pikachu encounter, 15 Ultra Balls, 40 Gengar Mega Energy

Other event bonuses

Just as during the first part of the Halloween event, a new Special Research story called What Lies Beneath the Mask? is now live in the game. The following bonuses are also still active;

  • 2x transfer candy
  • 2x hatch candy
  • 2x catch candy
  • Guaranteed candy XL when walking with your buddy

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.