Trainers, With the start of the “Team GO Rocket Takeover” event, it has been observed that Team GO Rocket Leaders Cliff, Arlo, Sierra and other grunts have found some additional shiny species of Pokemon and have changed their lineups!

Note: You can rematch Leaders and Giovanni if you lose for the first time, the leaders and Giovanni will use the same lineup for the next time

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New Shadow Pokemon

Lots of New Shadow Pokemon have arrived in Pokemon GO:

  • Shadow Alolan Geodude
  • Shadow Ledbya
  • Shadow Hitmontop
  • Shadow Glameow
  • Shadow Gible

New Shiny Shadows from Leaders

The following Shiny Shadows can be caught from the Team GO Rocket Leaders!

  • Shiny Shadow Aipom from Arlo
  • Shiny Shadow Aerodacyl from Cliff
  • Shiny Shadow Geodude from Sierra

Team GO Rocket Lineups

Pokemon marked with (s) can be shinyPokemon marked with [ ] can be encountered after defeating the leaders.

Team GO Boss Lineup (Giovanni)

1st slot2nd slot3rd slot
PersianNidoking, Rhyperior, Garchomp[Regirock]

Team GO Rocket Leaders Lineup

Here’s the new lineup for each Team GO Rocket Leader, you can check the recommended counters for each Pokemon at GO Field Guide

Leader1st slot2nd slot3rd slot
ArloAipom (s)Alakazam, Mismagius, SharpedoScizor, Magnezone, Snorlax
CliffAerodactyl (s)Gallade, Cradily, SlowkingTyranitar, Mamoswine, Dusknoir
SierraGeodude (s)Steelix, Gardevoir, SableyeHoundoom, Gyarados, Victreebel

Team GO Rocket Grunts Lineup

New Pokemon Shadow Pokemon have arrived and can now be encountered with the new Grunts line.

Grunt gender and warning1st slot2nd slot3rd slot
M – “Go, my super bug Pokémon!”[Pineco (s)], [Ledyba], [Joltik][Weedle], [Beedrill], [Kakuna]Scizor, Beedrill, Forretress
F – “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.”[Alolan Rattata], [Alolan Grimer]Muk, Alolan RaticateAlolan Muk
F – “ROAR! …How’d that sound?”[Gible], [Alolan Exeggutor]Alolan Exeggutor, DragonairDragonite, Gabite, Dragonair
F – “Get ready to be shocked!”[Mareep], [Blitzle], [Shinx][Alolan Geodude], [Electrode], [Voltorb]Ampharos, Zebstrika, Luxray
F – “Check out my cute Pokémon!”[Snubbull], [Ralts], [Mawile (s)][Snubbull], [Kirlia], [Granbull]Granbull, Kirlia
F – “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”[Hitmonchan], [Hitmontop], [Hitmonlee]Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, HitmontopHitmontop
F – “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”[Vulpix], [Numel], [Torchic]Quilava, MagmarTyphlosion, Ninetales, Camerupt
F – “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”[Natu], [Ducklett], [Zubat]Xatu, Staravia, GolbatGyarados, Crobat, Dragonite
M – “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”[Drifloon], [Shuppet], [Duskull]Dusclops, Golett, BanetteDusknoir, Banette, Golurk
M – “Don’t tangle with us!”[Oddish], [Treecko], [Cacnea]Gloom, BayleefMeganium, Cacturne, Amoonguss
M – “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”[Phanpy], [Wooper]Hippopotas, DonphanQuagsire, Hippowdon
F – “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”[Swinub], [Alolan Vulpix], [Alolan Sandshrew]Alolan Sandslash, SnoverCloyster, Lapras, Abomasnow
M – “Normal does not mean weak.”[Meowth (s)], [Glameow]Raticate, Purugly, RattataBibarel, Ursaring, Raticate
F – “Coiled and ready to strike!”[Grimer (s)], [Foongus]Nidorina, NidorinoWeezing, Muk
M – “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”[Natu], [Abra], [Spoink][Girafarig], [Ralts]Metang, Hypno, Alakazam
M – “Let’s rock and roll!”[Alolan Geodude], [Anorith], [Lileep][Anorith], [Graveler], [Lileep]Alolan Golem, Golem
M – “You’re no match for my iron will!”[Alolan Diglett], [Aron], [Alolan Sandshrew][Lairon], [Alolan Sandshrew], [Metang]Aggron, Scizor
F – “Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”/”Get ready to be defeated!”/”Winning is for winners!”[Snorlax]Snorlax, Poliwrath, GardevoirSnorlax, Gyarados, Dragonite
M – “Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”/”Get ready to be defeated!”/”Winning is for winners!”[Squirtle (s)], [Charmander (s)], [Bulbasaur (s)]Croconaw, Quilava, BayleefBlaziken, Swampert, Sceptile
F – “These waters are treacherous!”[Mudkip], [Psyduck], [Wailmer]Golduck, CroconawFeraligatr, Golduck, Wailord
M – “These waters are treacherous!”[Magikarp]MagikarpMagikarp, Gyarados

A Shadowy Disturbance Research

Special Research centred on Giovanni will be available. Complete it to earn Super Rocket Radar!

Stage 1

  • Catch 15 Pokemon- 5x Pinap berries
  • Spin 5 Pokestops or gyms – 10x Pokeballs
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts – Mysterious Component

Rewards: 1000XP, 1000 stardust, Aron encounter (s)

Stage 2

  • Catch 15 Pokemon – 5x Pinap berries
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – 10x Great balls
  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts – 3x Mysterious Components

Rewards: 1500XP, 1500 stardust, Graveler encounter

Stage 3

  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo – 2500XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff – 2500XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra – 2500XP

Rewards: 2500XP, 3000 stardust, Super Rocket Radar

Stage 4

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss – 10x Hyper Potion
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss – 10x Ultra Ball
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss – 6x Max Revive

Rewards: 3000XP, 3000 stardust, Sableye

Stage 5

  • Claim Reward – 2500XP
  • Claim Reward – 2500XP
  • Claim Reward – 2500XP

Rewards: 5000XP, 3500 stardust, 2x Silver Pinap Berry

Strange Eggs

12km eggs are changing slightly. Here’s are the new egg hatches confirmed till now.

Rarity TierSpecies
1-eggSandile, Pawniard (s), Vullaby (s), Pancham (s)
2-eggLarvitar (s), Scraggy, Salandit
3-eggDeino (s)
4-eggAbsol (s), Skorupi (s), Skrelp, Inkay (s)

Do you know?

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