Trainers, A Challenging Development Special Research Quest continues on with the story of Team GO Rocket and Shadow Pokemon.

It re-introduces the Team GO Rocket Leaders Arlo, Cliff & Sierra as well as the final leader Giovanni in another storyline up. You can only start this special research quest only after you’ve completed the “Looming in the Shadows” Special Research.

This research will reappear every calendar month and is the only way to battle Giovanni.

This page contains “A Challenging Development” Special Research Tasks, Rewards and Story lineup, This Page will update the Task and Rewards as soon new information is available!

Note: Currently it appears that the Tasks and Rewards of “A Challenging Development” are the same as “Looming in the Shadows” Special Research Quest.

SPOILER AHEAD!

A Challenging Development Special Research

Stage 1/6 – Introduction

TasksRewards
Spin 10 PokéStops500 XP
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon500 XP
Stage Rewardsx500 Stardust
x10 PokéBalls
x10 Razz Berries

Thanks for your help in defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts, %PLAYERNAME% The team leaders and I have been observing Team GO Rocket, and something tells us this is far from over. The transmission sent during the Team GO Rocket take-over had a message from an unknown sender at the end. We’re going to need all the help we can get to reveal the identity of this unknown figure looming in the shadows, and you are just the Trainer for the job!

Can you help us get to the bottom of this mystery?

Stage 2/6 – Mysterious Components Found

TasksRewards
Spin a PokéStop 5 days in a row750 XP
Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon750 XP
Win 5 raids750 XP
Stage Rewardsx1000 Stardust
x3 Hyper Potions
x3 Revives

Thank you for your continued support against those pesky Team GO Rocket Grunts. As they flee, some Grunts are leaving behind Mysterious Components.

I believe these are what Team GO Rocket is using to hack and steal resources from PokeStops. Clever little devices, aren’t they? There’s information we can glean from these components that will help us in our fight against this dangerous organization.

Once you have enough pieces, you should be able to assemble something similar to the device I’ve modified in my lab. It might be best to prepare yourself for whatever might come, %PLAYERNAME%.

 

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Stage 3/6

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Stage 4/6

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Stage 5/6

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Stage 6/6 – Discovery of Special Shadow Pokemon

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