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

Check out the event Increased Spawns, Egg Hatch List, Raids list, Research Task in the GO Field Guide App – Support GO Field Guide on Patreon ❤️

New Shadow Pokemon

Lots of New Shadow Pokemon have arrived in Pokemon GO:

  • Shadow Alolan Vulpix
  • Shadow Spoink
  • Shadow Blitzle
  • Shadow Joltik

New Shiny Shadows from Leaders

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

  • Shiny Shadow Mawile from Arlo
  • Shiny Shadow Machop from Cliff
  • Shiny Shadow Sableye 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
PersianCloyster, Nidoking[Registeel]

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
Arlo[Nidoran Male] (s)Cradily, Steelix, CrobatScizor, Charizard
Cliff[Magnemite] (s)Omastar, Venusaur, PinsirTyranitar, Camerupt, Sharpedo
Sierra[Beldum] (s)Lapras, Flygon, SharpedoHoundoom, Alakazam, Shiftry

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!”[Skorupi], [Weedle], [Joltik][Beedrill], [Weedle], [Kakuna]Forretress, Scizor, Beedrill
F – “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.”[Alolan Rattata], [Murkrow], [Purrloin]Alolan Raticate, Murkrow, StunkyCacturne, Honchkrow, Alolan Raticate
F – “ROAR! …How’d that sound?”[Dratini]Alolan Exeggutor, FlygonDragonair, Dragonite, Flygon
F – “Get ready to be shocked!”[Mareep], [Shinx],[Blitzle][Voltorb], [Electabuzz]Ampharos, Luxray, Zebstrika
F – “Check out my cute Pokémon!”[Snubbull], [Ralts][Kirlia], [Snubbull]Granbull, Kirlia
F – “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”[Makuhita]Hitmonlee, HitmonchanHitmonlee, Machamp
F – “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”[Vulpix], [Cyndaquil], [Numel]Magmar, QuilavaTyphlosion, Ninetales
F – “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”[Natu], [Ducklett]Golbat, Staravia, XatuDragonite, Gyarados, Crobat
M – “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”[Golett], [Duskull]Banette, DusclopsBanette, Dusknoir
M – “Don’t tangle with us!”[Oddish], [Cacnea], [Chikorita]Gloom, BayleefAmoonguss, Cacturne, Meganium
M – “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”[Alolan Diglett], [Geodude], [Hippopotas]Alolan Diglett, HippopotasHippowdon, Golem
F – “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”[Swinub], [Alolan Sandshrew], [Alolan Vulpix]Alolan Sandslash, Alolan Ninetales, SnoverCloyster, Lapras, Abomasnow
M – “Normal does not mean weak.”[Pidove], Whismur, PatratRattata, Loudred, [Raticate]Raticate, Ursaring
F – “Coiled and ready to strike!”[Zubat], [Foongus][Nidorina], [Nidorino]Weezing, Muk
M – “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”[Natu], [Spoink], [Abra][Girafarig], [Ralts]Metang, Alakazam
M – “Let’s rock and roll!”[Lileep], [Onix], [Anorith][Lileep], [Graveler], [Anorith]Onix, Steelix
M – “You’re no match for my iron will!”[Alolan Sandshrew], [Aron], [Alolan Diglett]Alolan Sandshrew, Lairon, MetangScizor, Aggron
F – “Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”/”Get ready to be defeated!”/”Winning is for winners!”[Snorlax]Snorlax, Poliwrath, GardevoirSnorlax, Gyarados, Dragonite
F – “These waters are treacherous!”[Totodile], [Psyduck], [Wailmer]Croconaw, GolduckFeraligatr, Golduck, Wailord
M – “These waters are treacherous!”[Magikarp]MagikarpMagikarp, Gyarados

Shadowy Skirmishes Special Research

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

The Special Research will be available to claim until the end of Season 9: Mythical Wishes on March 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Stage 1

  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts – Helioptile
  • Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row – Helioptile
  • Earn 2 Candies exploring with your buddy – Helioptile

Stage rewards: 2000 XP, 15 Poke Balls, 10 Revive

Stage 2

  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts – Hyper Potion ×10
  • Catch 4 Shadow Pokémon – Poké Ball ×10
  • Purify 2 Shadow Pokémon – Pinap Berry ×10

Stage rewards: 2000 XP, 15 Great Balls, 1 Rocket Radar

Stage 3

  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo – 1500 XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff – 1500 XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra – 1500 XP

Stage rewards: 2500 XP, 1000 Stardust, 1 Super Rocket Radar

Stage 4

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss – Max Potion ×5
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss – Ultra Ball ×20
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss – Max Revive ×5

Stage rewards: 3000 XP, 1 Lucky Egg, 2 Golden Pinab Berry

Stage 5

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

Stage rewards: 5000 XP, 2500 Stardust, 2 Silver Pinap Berry

Strange Eggs

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

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

Do you know?

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