Niantic Hints at the Previously-Datamined Team GO Rocket Balloon

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Article by Brian Tien

Niantic has posted yet another teaser about Team Rocket in a manner similar to what they have done with previous updates connected to the villainous team in the past. This time it's obviously connected to the upcoming Team Rocket Balloon content that was first teased in the background of one of the initial Go Fest 2020 promotional images. 

For those that are unfamiliar with the Team Rocket Balloon, our friends at Pokeminers uncovered data some time ago, which can be viewed here: 

The post from Niantic also shows the balloon hovering in the background of an image that depicts a group of Clefairy dancing in the moonlight. Could this hint at another Shadow Pokemon pool shake-up, with Shadow Clefairy/Clefable added to the list? Time will tell!

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Willow Report: Strange Scraps


We’ve gotten word from Professor Willow that the team leaders have found some eyebrow-raising scraps of paper while training with their buddies for the Pokémon GO Fest weekly challenges. He’s shared this log with us because the scraps seem to be related to Team GO Rocket, and he needs your help to figure out what they can possibly mean. We’ve prepared his report for you below and will continue to update it as he shares more of his findings.

—The Pokémon GO team

Date: 6/30/20

Subject: [Willow Report] Moonlit scraps

Blanche had left recently to do some research on sun- and moon-related Pokémon that were appearing during the solstice. Upon returning from a research excursion to study Clefairy, Blanche carefully placed scraps of paper on my desk.

“Something’s up,” Blanche muttered. Looking at the “R” logo on the paper, I knew that whatever it was, it wasn’t good. Blanche brought up the dark object that Trainers noticed in the background of a recent Clefairy image, surmising that these might somehow be related. The Team Mystic leader also mentioned that in the area where this image was taken, they saw some Team GO Rocket Grunts who were acting more suspicious than usual. This will require further investigation.

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