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 Regice
  • Shadow Alolan Grimer
  • Shadow Phanpy
  • Shadow Treecko
  • Shadow Torchic
  • Shadow Drifloon

New Shiny Shadows from Leaders

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

  • Shiny Shadow Teddiursa from Arlo
  • Shiny Shadow Larvitar from Cliff
  • Shiny Shadow Murkrow 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, Kingdra[Regice]

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[Teddiurs](s)Golurk, Blaziken, HypnoScizor, Banette
Cliff[Larvitar] (s)Kingdra, Sceptile, SkarmoryTyranitar, Swampert, Gyarados
Sierra[Murkrow] (s)Staraptor, Swampert, SteelixHoundoom, Dragonite, Charizard

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!”[Shuckle], [Skorupi], [Joltik][Beedrill], [Weedle], [Kakuna]Scizor, Beedrill, Forretress
F – “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.”[Alolan Grimer]Muk, Alolan RaticateAlolan Muk
F – “ROAR! …How’d that sound?”[Dratini], [Alolan Exeggutor]Alolan Exeggutor, FlygonDragonair, Dragonite, Flygon
F – “Get ready to be shocked!”[Mareep], [Blitzle], [Shinx][Electabuzz], [Voltorb]Zebstrika, Ampharos, Luxray
F – “Check out my cute Pokémon!”[Mawile] (s), [Ralts], [Snubbull][Snubbull], [Kirlia]Granbull, Kirlia
F – “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”[Makuhita], [Hitmonchan], [Hitmonlee]Hitmonlee, HitmonchanMachamp, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan
F – “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”[Vulpix], [Torchic], [Numel]Magmar, QuilavaCamerupt, Ninetales, Typhlosion
F – “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”[Ducklett], [Natu], [Zubat]Staravia, Xatu, GolbatDragonite, Crobat, Gyarados
M – “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”[Shuppet], [Duskull], [Drifloon]Dusclops, Golett, BanetteDusknoir, Banette
M – “Don’t tangle with us!”[Cacnea], [Oddish], [Treecko]Bayleaf, GloomCacturne, Meganium, Amoongus
M – “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”[Phanpy], [Hippopotas]Hippopotas, DonphanHippowdon
F – “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”[Alolan Vulpix], [Alolan Sandshrew], [Swinub]Snover, Alolan Sandslash, Alolan NinetalesLapras, Abomasnow, Cloyster
M – “Normal does not mean weak.”[Whismur], [Patrat], [Pidove]Raticate, [Loudred], RattataUrsaring, Raticate, Bibarel
F – “Coiled and ready to strike!”[Grimer] (s), FoongusNidorino, NidorinaWeezing, Muk
M – “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”[Spoink], [Natu], [Abra][Ralts], [Girafarig]Alakazam, Metang, Hypno
M – “Let’s rock and roll!”[Onix], [Anorith], [Lileep][Graveler], [Lileep], [Anorith]Onix, Steelix, Golem
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)Quilava, BayleefSceptile, Swampert, Blaziken
F – “These waters are treacherous!”[Wailmer], [Psyduck], [Mudkip]Croconaw, GolduckFeraligatr, Golduck, Wailord
M – “These waters are treacherous!”[Magikarp]MagikarpMagikarp, Gyarados
M – “You’re no match for my iron will!”[Alolan Diglett], [Aron], [Alolan Sandshrew][Lairon], [Alolan Sandshrew]Scizor, Aggron

From The Shadows Special Research

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

Stage 1

  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts – 5x Super Potions
  • Catch 2 Shadow Pokemon – 20x Pokeballs
  • Purify 1 Shadow Pokemon – 3x Revives

Stage reward: 1000XP, 500 stardust, 3x Mysterious Components

Stage 2

  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts – Mysterious Component
  • Catch 4 Shadow Pokemon – 15x Great balls
  • Purify 2 Shadow Pokemon – Mysterious Component

Stage reward: 1500XP, 1000 stardust, Rocket Radar

Stage 3

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

Stage reward: 2500XP, 1500 stardust, Super Rocket Radar

Stage 4

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss – 10 Hyper Potions
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss – 10x Ultra balls
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss. – 6x Max Revives

Stage rewards: 3000XP, 2000 stardust, 2x Golden Razz berries

Stage 5

  • Completed – 2500XP
  • Completed – 2500XP
  • Completed – 2500XP

Stage reward: 5000XP, 2500 stardust, 2x Silver Pinap berries

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)

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