Trainers, With the start of the “World of Wonders: Take Over – Team GO Rocket Takeover” event in March 2024, 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 Groudon
  • Shadow Pidgey
  • Shadow Darumaka
  • Shadow Gothita
  • Shadow Solosis

New Shiny Shadows from Leaders

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

  • Shiny Shadow Cacnea from Arlo
  • Shiny Shadow Machop from Cliff
  • Shiny Shadow Trapinch 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
PersianKingdra, Garchomp[Groudon]

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[Cacnea]Hypno, Charizard, GolurkScizor, Dragonite, Salamence
Cliff[Machop]Kingdra, Aerodactyle, GalladeTyranitar, Crobat, Typhlosion
Sierra[Trapinch]Milotic, Honchkrow, SableyeHoundoom, Victreebel, Alakazam

Team GO Rocket Grunts Lineup

New Pokemon Shadow Pokemon have arrived and can now be 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
M – “Go, my super bug Pokémon!”[Dwebble],[Scyther], [Shuckle][Weedle],[Skorupi], [Shuckle]Scizor, Beedrill, Forretress
F – “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.”[Stunky], [Alolan Rattata], [Houndour]Alolan Raticate, Alolan Muk, MukAlolan Muk, Skuntank
F – “ROAR! …How’d that sound?”[Dratini], [Gible]Gabite, Dragonair, Alolan ExeggutorDragonite, Gabite, Garchomp
F – “Get ready to be shocked!”[Joltik], [Mareep], [Blitzle]Alolan Geodude, Voltorb, ElectabuzzGarvantula, Luxray, Ampharos
F – “Check out my cute Pokémon!”[Alolan Vulpix], [Ralts][Kirlia], [Snubbull], [Granbull]Gardevoir, Granbull,Alolan Ninetales
F – “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”[Hisuian Sneasel], [Makuhita], [Machop][Hitmonlee], [Hitmonchan], [Hitmontop]Machamp, Infernape, Toxicroak
F – “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”[Darumaka], [Chimchar]Houndoom, MonfernoDarmanitan, Houndoom, Infernape
F – “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”[Pidgey], [Starly]Gligar, StaraviaDragonite, Skarmory, Pidgeot
M – “Ke…ke…ke…ke …ke…ke!”[Drifloon], [Golett] [Misdreavus][Banette], [Dusclops]Froslass, Gengar, Marowak
M – “Don’t tangle with us!”[Snover], [Turtwig][Grotle], [Ferrothorn]Meganium, Cacturne, Torterra
M – “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”[Alolan Diglett], [Wooper], [Drilbur]RhyhornQuagsire, Torterra, Whiscash
F – “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”[Swinub], [Snover]Froslass, Glalie, Alolan NinetalesFroslass, Glalie, Abomasnow
M – “Normal does not mean weak.”[Teddiursa], [Stantler], [Glameow]Rattata, Purugly, MeowthBibarel, Stantler, Ursaring
F – “Coiled and ready to strike!”[Foongus], [Hisuian Sneasel]Nidorina, NidorinoWeezing, Toxicroak
M – “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”[Solosis], [Gothita]Wobbuffet,Ralts, GothoritaGallade, Metagross, Reunicus
M – “Let’s rock and roll!”[Cranidos], [Onix], [Shieldon]Anorith, Graveler, LileepGolem, Bastiodon, Rampardos
M – “You’re no match for my iron will!”[Ferroseed, [Alolan Sandshrew], [Skarmory]Metang, Skarmory, LaironAlolan Sandslash, Scizor, Lairon
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!”[Torchic], [Treecko]Combusken, Marshtomp, GrovyleSceptile, Blaziken
F – “These waters are treacherous!”[Totodile], [Piplup]Crawdaunt, PrinplupEmpoleon, Wailord, Whiscash
M – “These waters are treacherous!”[Magikarp]MagikarpMagikarp, Gyarados

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