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Pokémon Go Misunderstood Mischief special research tasks

How to catch the cheekiest of Mythical Pokemon

Updated: Nov 30, 2021 2:49 pm
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The Season of Mischief is the new season within Pokémon Go, and finally introduces the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa following its interference during Pokémon Go Fest 2021. While some thought Hoopa was going to become available during Pokémon Go Fest, we were instead given the opportunity to catch Melody Pokémon Meloetta. Asking for two Mythical Pokémon in one weekend is just pushing our luck. Instead, Hoopa is going to be a reward for participating in the special research Misunderstood Mischief.

Pokémon Go – Hoopa

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Hoopa Confined is an adorable, small, pink and silver Pokémon known for causing Mischief, hence its involvement in Pokémon Go Fest. Though it might look cute while confined, it’s true form is actually Hoopa Unbound, a large and incredibly powerful Pokémon with six floating arms. We don’t know yet whether we are going to get both versions of Hoopa within Pokémon Go. We are currently just at the beginning of the game’s longest special research yet, consisting of a whopping 16 parts.

Misunderstood Mischief special research

The special research involving Hoopa is now live, and we’re going to tell you what is required in each stage and what the rewards are. If you’d rather find out for yourself, here is your official warning that there are spoilers ahead!

As new stages of this special research are opening up over time, we’ll keep this page updated as Professor Willow continues his own research! Keep reading at your own risk…

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 16

UPDATE: November 9th, 2021 — The final parts of the lengthy Misunderstood Mischief research are now available, so you can now complete the story in its entirety. The final two parts come as part of Team Go Rocket’s takeover of the Festival of Lights, and they play a big part in completing Misunderstood Mischief.

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While we still have no idea if, when or how Hoopa Unbound will be introduced to Pokémon Go, it is seeming ever more likely that we will see Hoopa Unbound revealed during an exciting event that has been teased for the end of November. Make sure you complete Misunderstood Mischief before November 26th in order to be able to participate!

  • Claim Reward – 2,000 XP
  • Claim Reward – 2,000 XP
  • Claim Reward – 2,000 XP

Rewards: Dusknoir encounter, 20 Hoopa Candies, 1 Star Piece

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 15

  • Defeat 5 Go Rocket Grunts – 1 Rocket Radar
  • Defeat a Team Go Rocket Leader 3 times – 1 Super Rocket Radar
  • Defeat the Team Go Rocket Boss – 1 Lucky Egg

Rewards: Absol encounter, 2 Golden Raspberries, 40 Mega Houndoom Candies

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 14

UPDATE: November 5th, 2021 — As Diwali, The Festival of Light is celebrated across the globe, it is also being celebrated in Pokémon Go with an in-game event. Researching the relevance of darkness, Professor Willow once again asks your help in researching Hoopa! We expect the final stages of Misunderstood Mischief to be revealed towards the end of November when a special event will be unlocked for anyone who completes Misunderstood Mischief in time!

  • Professor Willow is performing an investigation – 720 Stardust (currently unable to collect)

Reward: 720 XP (currently unable to collect)

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 13

  • Make a new friend – Meditite Encounter
  • Send 10 Gifts to friends – Chinchou Encounter
  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokemon – 2 Silver Pinap Berries

Rewards: Blitzle encounter, 1 Poffin, 10 Dedenne Candies

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 12

  • Professor Willow is performing an investigation – 720 Stardust

Reward: 720 XP

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 11

UPDATE: October 22nd, 2021 — With part 2 of the Halloween Mischief event comes the next two stages of Misunderstood Mischief as we edge ever closer to finally completing this mammoth research!

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  • Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy – 10 Yamask Candies
  • Catch 30 Ghost-type Pokémon – 10 Phantump Candies
  • Catch 30 Dark-type Pokémon – 10 Pumpkaboo Candies

Rewards: Mimikyu costumed Pikachu encounter, 15 Ultra Balls, 40 Gengar Mega Candy

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 10

  • Professor Willow is performing an investigation – 720 Stardust

Reward: 720 XP

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 9

UPDATE: October 15th, 2021 — Halloween Mischief has started in Pokémon Go, and we now have access to the next two stages of this Hoopa special research.

  • Make 3 Nice Curveball throws – 15 Slowpoke Candy
  • Transfer 30 Pokémon – Galarian Slowpoke encounter
  • Evolve a Slowpoke – 1990 XP

Rewards: Shedinja encounter, 5 Max Potions, 40 Slowbro Mega Candy

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 8

  • Collect reward – 720 Stardust

Reward: 720 XP

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 7

UPDATE: September 21st, 2021 — As part of the Fashion Week event, Misunderstood Mischief continues!

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  • Take a snapshot of your buddy – Furfrou encounter
  • Catch a Furfrou – 1 Fast ™
  • Earn a heart with your buddy – 1 Charged ™

Rewards: 15 Furfrou candy, 1 Unova Stone, Minccino encounter

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 6

  • Collect reward – 720 Stardust

Reward: 720 XP

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 5

UPDATE: September 8th, 2021 — As part of the Psychic Spectacular, the next parts of the Misunderstood Mischief special research are now available!

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  • Power up a Pokémon – 15 Great Balls
  • Catch 20 psychic-type Pokémon – Abra encounter
  • Evolve 3 psychic-type Pokémon – 10 Revives

Rewards: 10 Hyper potions, 10 Inkay candies, Wobbuffet encounter

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 4

  • Collect reward – 720 Stardust

Reward: 720 XP

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 3

UPDATE: September 5th, 2021 — As part of today’s mischievous event, the next stages have opened up and Professor Willow has completed his research (for now)! Hoopa confined is now available as the reward encounter in part 3 of the special research. With another 13 stages left, hopefully plenty more special rewards will be available to claim – perhaps even Hoopa Unbound!

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  • Make 5 Curveball throws – 15 Poké Balls
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon – 15 Great Balls
  • Earn 5,000 Stardust – 3 Max Revives

Rewards: 1,000 XP, 1,000 Stardust, Hoopa Confined encounter

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 2

For part 2, we have been advised that Professor Willow is “currently performing an investigation regarding this research” and to check back soon!

  • Collect reward – 720 Stardust

Reward: 720 XP

Misunderstood Mischief – Part 1

  • Make 10 Nice throws – One incense
  • Use an incense – 10 Poké balls
  • Take three snapshots of wild psychic-type Pokémon – 10 Nanab berries

Rewards: Gothita encounter, 1,000 XP, 500 Stardust

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