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How to get Hoopa in Pokémon Go: Release date, time, and more

Pokémon Go’s next season, “Season of Mischief”, will add the mythical Pokémon Hoopa to the game. Here’s how to get it along with its exact release date and time.
The much-awaited Pokémon Go season, the Season of Mischief, is around the corner, and it will bring the iconic Pokémon Hoopa to the game. While the next season is set to commence on 1st September, it doesn’t mean the Hoopa will appear in the Pokémon Go right away.

The developers have planned an exclusive Special Research story event that will offer a chance to the players to catch Hoopa. Moreover, a special event will be introduced at the end of the Season of Mischief that’ll be associated with Hoopa, confirms the most recent announcement. However, players must complete the Season’s Special Research story in order to gain its access.

How to get Hoopa in Pokémon Go

How to get Hoopa in Pokemon Go: Release date, time, and more
Steps to catch Hoopa in Pokémon Go. (Picture: Niantic)

Follow these steps to get Hoopa in Pokémon Go’s Season of Mischief:

  1. Update Pokémon Go to the latest version on 1st Sept.

  2. Launch the game once it’s updated.

  3. Complete the seasonal Special Research tasks.

  4. Encounter Hoopa in the game.

  5. Cath the Hoopa by using Pokeballs and Pokémon Moves in the battle.

Pokémon Go Hoopa - Release date and time

How to get Hoopa in Pokemon Go: Release date, time, and more
Players can catch Hoopa in Pokémon Go from 5th September. (Picture: Niantic)

Hoopa will be released in Pokémon Go on 5th September at 11 am local time. As mentioned earlier, it will not arrive instantly after the Season of Mischief begins. However, players can grind for the Special Research tasks in advance in order to catch Hoopa whenever it arrives in the game.

Special Research Story event bonuses

To start the Season of Mischief with a bang, the Special Research Story event will feature a lot of additional bonuses:

  • There will be a Collection Challenge available featuring Pokémon attracted to Incense during the event hours. The Collection Challenge will reward Hoopa Candy, and the Poké Ball Lift avatar pose!

  • You’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.

  • A free bundle containing an Incense will be available in the shop.

  • Complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks to earn Rare Candies and a variety of Poké Ball types!

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