‘Pokemon Go’: Season of Mischief caps off with flurry of raid hours, Hoopa Unbound

The Season of Mischief is ending with a flurry of activity as the months-long celebration caps off with the unveiling of Hoopa Unbound. It’s a more powerful form of Djinn Pokemon and is tied to the Hoopa introduced in September. The finale event runs from 10 a.m. Nov. 26 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29, which gives players an activity during Black Friday weekend.

With the final quest of the season, players will be able to change Hoopa’s form. To do that, players will need 50 Hoopa Candy and 10,000 Stardust. To change it back to Hoopa Confined, players will need 10 Hoopa Candy and 2,000 Stardust. The form-changing mechanic was introduced with Furfrou during Fashion Week.

Hoopa Unbound is a potentially strong Pokemon with a high attack stat but middling defensive and stamina numbers. That makes it a good Pokemon for a punch of offense, but don’t expect it to last too long in raids or even Go Battle League matches. It would be best to use this as a finisher with an opponent’s shields down in PvP. The best part of Hoopa Unbound is that its typing is dark and psychic, making it a unique matchup. Its access to the Fast Move Confusion and the Charge Moves Shadow Ball and Dark Pulse give it an edge against Psychic-type Pokemon.

The big problem facing players is getting Hoopa candy to power it up. Unless players constantly walk the Pokemon or use Rare Candy on it, it will be tough leveling up the Pokemon to make it effective in raids.

Players have the chance to make progress on the Special Research story until 9:59 a.m. Dec. 1. That’s when the Season of Mischief ends. If they can’t complete the earlier quest line, they can pick up a Mischief Unbound Special Research quest in the shop for $4.99 until Dec. 1. If trainers have a Hoopa and want to purchase the ticket anyway, they can complete the special research twice and earn double rewards and more Hoopa Candy.

The finale is notable because of the raid hours and bonuses. Hoopa is giving players more chances to catch legendaries and their shiny versions that they may have missed this year. Here is the lineup for the 6 p.m to 7 p.m. hours:
Nov. 26: Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres (All can be shiny.)
Nov. 27: Heatran (Shiny available)
Nov. 28: Regirock, Regice and Registeel (All can be shiny.)
Nov. 29: Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion (All can be shiny.)

Although these bonuses aren’t as good as Shinx Community Day, the Mischief Unbound ones are decent with double transfer candy and double catch XP. If players are looking to power up some Pokemon with difficulty-to-get candy, this is a good time to send them to Professor Willow. For players looking to level up, now is a good time to pop a Lucky Egg and gain badly needed XP.

In addition, players will find four Spotlight Hours over the finale. Happening from noon to 1 p.m., players will see the following pocket monsters in abundance:
Nov. 26: Rattata (shiny available)
Nov. 27: Sableye (shiny available)
Nov. 28: Pikachu (shiny available)
Nov. 29: Beldum (shiny available)

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Of these four, Sableye and Beldum are the most useful. Sableye is a monster in the Great League PvP. It also has a Mega Evolution that could be coming in the future. Meanwhile, Beldum turns into the pseudo-legendary Metagross. It’s a powerful steel- and psychic-type that is useful in raids as well as Go Battle League. Rattata and Pikachu are OK but players will mostly be on the look out for shiny versions of these Pokemon.

Lastly, players will get a Hoopa T-shirt for their avatars from finishing the Mischief Unbound Special Research. It’s also available for purchase after the event.

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