Trainers, With the start of the “A Looming Shadow Returns” event, it has been observed that Team GO Rocket Boss Giovanni, 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.
New Shadow Pokemon
Lots of New Shadow Pokemon have arrived in Pokemon GO:
- Vullaby (s)
- Mandibuzz (s)
Team GO Rocket Lineups
Pokemon marked with (s) can be shiny. Pokemon marked with (e) can be encountered after defeating the leaders.
|1st slot||2nd slot||3rd slot|
|Persian||Rhyperior, Kingler, Nidoking||Lugia (e)|
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
|Leader||1st slot||2nd slot||3rd slot|
|Arlo||Gligar (s)(e)||Mawile, Lapras, Cradily||Scizor, Snorlax, Gardevoir|
|Cliff||Grimer (s)(e)||Venusaur, Crobat, Machamp||Tyranitar, Charizard, Arcanine|
|Sierra||Nidoran♀ (s)(e)||Beedrill, Vileplume, Slowbro||Houndoom, Marowak, Nidoqueen|
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 Warning||1st slot||2nd slot||3rd slot|
|Male – “Go, my super bug Pokémon!”||Venomoth (e), Weedle (e)||Skorupi (e), Beedrill (e)||Pinsir, Forretress, Scizor|
|Female – “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.”||Poochyena (e), Houndour (e)||Nuzleaf (e), Sableye (e), Cacturne (e)||Sharpedo, Shiftry|
|Female – “ROAR! …How’d that sound?”||Dratini (e)||Dragonair, Flygon||Dragonite, Flygon|
|Female – “Get ready to be shocked!”||Magnemite (e), Electrike (e)||Electabuzz (e), Magneton (e)||Ampharos, Magneton|
|Female – “Check out my cute Pokémon!”||Snubbull (e), Ralts (e)||Snubbull, Kirlia||Kirlia, Granbull|
|Female – “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”||Hitmonchan (e), Hitmonlee (e)||Makuhita, Machop||Hitmonlee, Hariyama, Hitmonchan|
|Female – “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”||Charmander (e), Vulpix (e)||Magmar (e), Charmeleon (e)||Ninetales, Arcanine|
|Female – “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”||Starly (e), Murkrow (e), Zubat (e)||Staravia, Golbat||Crobat, Staraptor|
|Male – “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”||Sableye (e), Misdreavus (e)||Shuppet, Sableye||Sableye, Banette|
|Male – “Don’t tangle with us!”||Cacnea (e), Turtwig (e)||Ivysaur (e), Tangela (e)||Vileplume, Bellossom|
|Male – “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”||Cubone (e), Sandshrew (e)||Sandslash||Marowak, Flygon|
|Female – “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”||Spheal (e), Swinub (e)||Snover (e), Cloyster (e)||Abomasnow, Lapras|
|Male – “Normal does not mean weak.”||Bidoof (e), Rattata (e), Teddiursa (e)||Bibarel (e), Raticate (e)||Ursaring, Bibarel, Raticate|
|Female – “Coiled and ready to strike!”||Nidoran♂ (e), Nidorina (e), Zubat (e)||Nidorino (e), Weezing (e)||Muk, Weezing|
|Male – “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”||Abra (e), Ralts (e)||Metang (e)||Metang, Hypno, Alakazam|
|Male – “Let’s rock and roll!”||Larvitar (e)||Anorith (e), Lileep (e)||Tyranitar, Pupitar|
|Female – “Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”/”Get ready to be defeated!”/”Winning is for winners!”||Snorlax (e)||Gardevoir, Snorlax, Poliwrath||Snorlax, Dragonite, Gyarados|
|Female – “These waters are treacherous!”||Psyduck (e), Mudkip (e)||Wartortle (e), Shellder||Slowking, Slowbro|
|Male – “These waters are treacherous!”||Magikarp (e)||Magikarp||Magikarp, Gyarados|
Do you know?
You can check-out the Countdown Timer of all Events at our All-New Mobile App GO Field Guide for all Countdown Timers, Raid Boss Guides, Egg Hatch List, Shiny Checklist and much more…
iOS – App Store
Android – Google Play Store
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