Trainers, With the start of the “Team GO Rocket Strikes” event, it has been observed that Team GO Rocket Leaders Cliff, Arlo, Sierra and other grunts have found some additional 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:

  • Voltorb
  • Chikorita
  • Cyndaquil
  • Totodile
  • Whismur
  • Hippopotas

New Shiny Shadows from Leaders

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

  • Shiny Shadow Poliwag from Sierra
  • Shiny Shadow Bagon from Arlo
  • Shiny Shadow Teddiursa from Cliff

Team GO Rocket Lineups

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

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
ArloBagon (s)(e)Blastoise, Charizard, SteelixScizor, Dragonite, Salamence
CliffTeddiursa (s)(e)Electivire, Marowak, OmastarTyranitar, Torterra, Swampert
SierraPoliwag (s)(e)Exeggutor, Lapras, SharpedoHoundoom, Shiftry, Swampert

Team GO Rocket Grunts Lineup

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

We’ll also put brackets around the possible reward Pokemon. For each grunt type, this will either be Pokemon found in the 1st battle slot, or those found in both the 1st and 2nd slots.

Grunt gender and warning1st slot2nd slot3rd slot
Male – “Go, my super bug Pokémon!”[Venomoth], [Weedle]Skorupi, BeedrillPinsir, Scizor, Forretress
Female – “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.”[Poochyena], [Houndour]Nuzleaf, Sableye, CacturneSharpedo, Shiftry
Female – “ROAR! …How’d that sound?”[Dratini]Dragonair, FlygonDragonair, Flygon, Dragonite
Female – “Get ready to be shocked!”[Voltorb][Voltorb], [Electrode]Electrode
Female – “Check out my cute Pokémon!”[Snubbull], [Ralts]Kirlia, SnubbullGranbull, Kirlia
Female – “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”[Hitmonchan], [Hitmonlee]Makuhita, MachopHitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Hariyama
Female – “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”[Cyndaquil], [Charmander][Quilava]Charizard
Female – “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”[Starly], [Zubat], [Murkrow],Golbat, StaraviaStaraptor, Crobat
Male – “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”[Misdreavus], [Sableye]Shuppet, SableyeBanette, Sableye
Male – “Don’t tangle with us!”[Chikorita], [Bulbasaur][Bayleef]Venusaur
Male – “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”[Sandshrew],[Hippopotas]Hippopotas, SandslashHippowdon
Female – “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”[Swinub], [Spheal]Snover, CloysterAbomasnow, Lapras
Male – “Normal does not mean weak.”[Whismur][Loudred]Bibarel, Exploud
Female – “Coiled and ready to strike!”[Zubat], [Nidoran-M], [Nidorina][Weezing], [Nidorino]Muk, Weezing
Male – “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”[Ralts], [Abra][Metang]Alakazam, Hypno, Metang
Male – “Let’s rock and roll!”[Larvitar]Lileep, AnorithPupitar, Tyranitar
Hard – “Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”/”Get ready to be defeated!”/”Winning is for winners!”[Snorlax]Gardevoir, Poliwrath, SnorlaxGyarados, Dragonite, Snorlax
Starter – “Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”/”Get ready to be defeated!”/”Winning is for winners!”[Chikorita], [Cyndaquil], [Totodile][Bayleef], [Quilava], [Croconaw]Meganium, Typhlosion, Feraligatr
Female – “These waters are treacherous!”[Totodile], [Squirtle][Croconaw]Blastoise
Male – “These waters are treacherous!”[Magikarp]MagikarpMagikarp, Gyarados

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