Hoopa is within the game Pokemon GO now – but you would possibly not yet be ready to catch this impossibly rare Pokemon. So instead, there’ll be a monstrous set of tasks you’ll get to perform within the game to urge to the top of the road, where we’d see a Hoopa offered as a guaranteed encounter. To catch Hoopa, we’ll need to walk down this Pokemon GO Special Research tasks road and see where it leads us.
The Special Research for the Season of Mischief, starting with Misunderstood Mischief (1/16). This is often different from what we’ve seen previously, as new parts of this research won’t automatically appear simply because old parts are completed. A teardown from Pokeminers shows “Quest Under Investigation,” a replacement resource that’ll act as a placeholder between research parts.
We DO know that we’re headed toward Hoopa. Resource text for Quest Special Dialogue included bits like “Needless to mention, I’m still unsure why Hoopa’s here. Tracking it down has been difficult, but together with your help, I’m sure we’ll crack the case in no time!”
Another little bit of text from the professor suggests this special research won’t lead to Hoopa but right to his doorstep. “I’ll report back here once I even have more information on Hoopa. Thanks beforehand for your help, %PLAYERNAME%!” It’ll likely cause a special event that’ll only be activated once players move through the special research. This event will include a group of “Surprise bonuses” if the teardown is to be believed.
UPDATE: Event Season Research “Complete” bonus text reads: “Complete the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story to access a special end-of-season event.” Special “Mischief Hour” events are found, too!
We guess that Hoopa will eventually appear as a Raid Boss. That’ll be a touch of a bummer for those players that can’t leave their homes unless they’re ready to team with some Raid-happy individuals across the planet!
UPDATE 2: the primary Misunderstood Mischief Special Research task requires that you make 10 Nice Throws, Use an Incense, and take 3 snapshots of untamed Psychic-type Pokemon. For that, you’ll get 1 incense, 10 Pokeballs, some Bananas (I don’t care that they’re called Nanab berries, I call them Bananas). For the complete task, you’ll get 1000 XP, 500x dust, and an encounter with Gothita!
UPDATE 3: Both SPAWN_V0720_POKEMON _HOOPA_UNBOUND and _HOOPA_CONFINED codes are within the game. Hoopa Confined is the cute baby you see most frequently; Hoopa Unbound is the monster that destroys the whole universe. Of course, just because these assets are within the game code doesn’t mean they’ll be ready to spawn in the wild, but you never know!