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Pokémon Go Halloween 2022 event, Special Research guide (part 2 update)

How to complete the ‘Mysterious Masks’ Special Research and rake in the candy

Mega Banette screams in a foggy forest surrounded by Galarian Yamask and Noibat Image: Niantic

Pokémon Go is hosting its yearly Halloween event, focusing on ghost-type Pokémon and boosting candy gains (as it should during this time of year).

The first leg of the event runs from Oct. 20-27. After this, a second part of the event will run from Oct. 27 until Nov. 1.

During the event period, all candy obtained from catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon is doubled. If you buy the “Halloween Timed Research Ticket” in the shop for $4.99, the candy gains will be tripled instead. This research also rewards Spiritomb and the special Halloween lantern pose for your trainer.

Additionally, part 1 of the event included a higher chance to hatch a Shiny Noibat, which is available for the first time.

Shiny and regular Noibat and Noivern. Both Shiny forms go from purple and black to green, black, and red Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Galarian Yamask, which is featured in many of this event’s Timed and Special Research, is also available Shiny for the first time.

Shiny Galarian Yamask and Runerigus. Both turn from grey and red to silver and purple with green eyes Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Special versions of Vulpix, Ninetails, Gengar, Pumpkaboo, and Gourgeist in Halloween outfits are also dropping with the second part of the event. If you’re lucky, you may find Shiny versions of these Pokémon.

Opening the game during this event will permanently unlock the “Mysterious Masks” Special Research Tasks, which reward both types of Yamask and Yamask Candy. Buying the 99 cent “Yamask Timed Research Ticket” will reward heaps more of both Yamask just for catching ghost-type Pokémon.

Mega Banette is also making its debut in Mega Raids and Altered Forme Giratina is appearing in raids with the move Shadow Force in the first half of the event. The second half of the event featured Origin Forme Giratina with Shadow Force.

We list out all the Special Research Tasks and bonuses below.

Update (Oct. 27): We’ve added information about the second part of this event below, but for the sake of record-keeping, we’ve kept the information from part 1 at the very bottom of this post. We’ve also updated the text above to reflect the event changes.


Mysterious Masks Special Research Tasks and rewards

Step 1 of 4

  • Catch 40 ghost-type Pokémon (1,313 Stardust)
  • Make 9 curveball throws (Yamask encounter)
  • Make 49 nice throws (9 Ultra Balls)

Rewards: Galarian Yamask encounter, 4,900 XP, 490 Stardust

Step 2 of 4

  • Catch 40 ghost-type Pokémon (1,313 Stardust)
  • Earn 9 hearts with your buddy (Yamask encounter)
  • Send 13 gifts to friends (40 Great Balls)

Rewards: Galarian Yamask encounter, 4,900 XP, 490 Stardust

Step 3 of 4

  • Catch 40 ghost-type Pokémon (1,313 Stardust)
  • Catch 9 different species of ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Use 49 berries to help catch Pokémon (49 Poké Balls)

Rewards: Galarian Yamask encounter, 4,900 XP, 490 Stardust

Step 4 of 4

  • Claim reward (49 XP)
  • Claim reward (490 XP)
  • Claim reward (4,900 XP)

Rewards: Galarian Yamask encounter, 49 Yamask Candy, 490 Stardust


Halloween Timed Research Tasks and rewards (paid ticket only)

Step 1 of 4

  • Walk 2 km (Spinarak encounter)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon (Joltik encounter)
  • Catch 7 ghost-type Pokémon (Dewpider encounter)

Rewards: Ariados encounter, 1 Incense

Step 2 of 4

  • Walk 2 km (Zubat encounter)
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (Woobat encounter)
  • Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon (Gligar encounter)

Rewards: Golbat encounter, 1 Incubator

Step 3 of 4

  • Walk 2 km (Purrloin encounter)
  • Send 7 gifts to friends (Litten encounter)
  • Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon (Sneasel encounter)

Rewards: Umbreon encounter, 1 Incubator

Step 4 of 4

  • Hatch an egg (Yamask encounter)
  • Make 9 curveball throws (Duskull encounter)
  • Catch 13 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)

Rewards: Spiritomb encounter, Lantern trainer pose


Yamask Timed Research Tasks and rewards (paid ticket only)

Step 1 of 2

  • Catch 1 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 5 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 15 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 20 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 25 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 30 ghost-type Pokémon (Yamask encounter)

Rewards: Yamask encounter

Step 2 of 2

  • Catch 1 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 5 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 15 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 20 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 25 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)
  • Catch 30 ghost-type Pokémon (Galarian Yamask encounter)

Rewards: Galarian Yamask encounter


Halloween 2022 Part 2 event Field research and rewards

Pokémon Go Halloween 2022 part 2 event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 ghost-type Pokémon Shuppet or Duskull encounter
Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon Yamask encounter
Catch 25 ghost-type Pokémon Galarian Yamask encounter
Spin 5 PokéStops or gyms 20 Gengar Mega Energy
Spin 10 PokéStops or gyms 20 Absol Mega Energy
Walk 2 km Pikachu (Halloween hat), Vulpix (Spooky Festival), or Piplup (Halloween hat) encounter
Walk 5 km Phantump encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for Halloween 2022 part 2

  • Pikachu (Halloween hat)
  • Vulpix (Halloween costume)
  • Zubat
  • Haunter
  • Spinarak
  • Murkrow
  • Misdreavus
  • Sableye
  • Shuppet
  • Dusclops
  • Piplup (Halloween hat)
  • Yamask
  • Golett
  • Phantump
  • Pumpkaboo (Halloween hat)

Halloween 2022 part 2 event specific raid targets

  • Sableye
  • Purrloin
  • Yamask
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Phantump
  • Gengar (Spooky Festival)
  • Umbreon
  • Drifblim (Halloween hat)
  • Drapion
  • Origin Forme Giratina

7 km egg hatches for Halloween 2022

  • Yamask
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Golett
  • Phantump
  • Noibat

Halloween 2022 Part 1 event Field Research and rewards

Pokémon Go Halloween 2022 part 1 event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 ghost-type Pokémon Duskull encounter
Catch 10 ghost-type Pokémon Yamask encounter
Catch 25 ghost-type Pokémon Galarian Yamask encounter
Spin 5 PokéStops or gyms 20 Gengar Mega Energy
Spin 10 PokéStops or gyms 20 Absol Mega Energy
Walk 5 km Phantump encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for Halloween 2022 part 1

  • Zubat
  • Gastly
  • Haunter
  • Spinarak
  • Murkrow
  • Misdreavus
  • Sableye
  • Shuppet
  • Dusclops
  • Absol
  • Drifloon
  • Yamask
  • Golett
  • Phantump
  • Pumpkaboo

Halloween 2022 part 1 event specific raid targets

  • Sableye
  • Purrloin
  • Yamask
  • Galarian Yamask
  • Phantump
  • Gengar
  • Umbreon
  • Drifblim
  • Drapion
  • Giratina

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