Team GO Rocket Leader Giovanni Hunt Available Worldwide Now in Pokemon GO

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New Special Reseach: Looming in the Shadows

On November 7, 2019 at 8 AM CST, a new blog post detailing the official release of the Team GO Rocket Leader battles was released by Niantic. 

Details on the brand-new Team GO Rocket event are as follows:

  • A new Special Research has been added wherein you fight the Team GO Rocket Leaders and even Giovanni, the head honcho of Team GO Rocket!
  • Mysterious Components drop and assemble into Rocket Radars, which enable players to fight Sierra, Cliff, or Arlo
  • Shiny Meowth, Sneasel, and Scyther are available through these Team GO Rocket Leader battles
  • A Super Rocket Radar will be the reward for the Special Research, "Looming in the Shadows"
  • A Legendary Shadow Pokemon will be available at the end of the Special Research

This feature was released two days ago in select cities(London, Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin) but is available worldwide starting now. 

Currently, there is new in-game music to celebrate the release of this event. To unlock the Looming in the Shadows research, you must complete the Team GO Rocket Special Research titled "A Troubling Situation". 

See below for our related guides to defeating the Team GO Rocket Leaders. Our Research Tasks List also has the information on the steps taken to complete Looming in the Shadows. 

Full Announcement Text


The world of Pokémon GO is in peril! Team GO Rocket Leaders Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo have made their move and can be encountered by Trainers worldwide! Not only have they caught more Shadow Pokémon and strengthened them through unnatural means—their arrival also confirms a suspicion Professor Willow has held for a while: Giovanni, the boss of both Team GO Rocket and the original Team Rocket, may have arrived in the world of Pokémon GO.

The Team GO Rocket Leaders and Giovanni also seem to be using new technology to conceal the locations of their hideouts. Professor Willow, Spark, Blanche, and Candela have been hard at work developing new devices to counter Team GO Rocket’s new tech, and we ask you to explore the world around you, battle the Team GO Rocket Leaders, and conduct Special Research to find and defeat Giovanni!

  1. Open up your Special Research: Looming in the Shadows — Professor Willow has issued new Special Research for you. By helping Professor Willow, you can track down the villainous Team GO Rocket Leaders and even Giovanni himself.
  2. Find Mysterious Components — Team GO Rocket Grunts may drop Mysterious Components.
  3. Assemble Rocket Radars — The Team GO Rocket Leaders are concealing their locations at PokéStops. By assembling six Mysterious Components, you can create a Rocket Radar. Use the Rocket Radar to scan the area around you for the hideouts of Team GO Rocket Leaders.
  4. Battle the Team GO Rocket Leaders — Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo have made their move, and they’re here to challenge you! Approach the hideouts that you locate with your Rocket Radar, and have your best Pokémon battle parties ready. Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders, and rescue their Shadow Pokémon. These Pokémon might have special qualities! Only those with Rocket Radars will be able to detect hideouts and battle Team GO Rocket Leaders. But Trainers can still collaborate—if one Trainer detects a hideout at a particular PokéStop, others can detect the same hideout in the same place.
  5. Complete Special Research to battle Giovanni — By battling Team GO Rocket Grunts, defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders, and proving you’re an accomplished Trainer, you’ll be able to complete research to receive a Super Rocket Radar from Professor Willow. The Super Rocket Radar will help you locate Giovanni! But watch out—some Grunts have figured out what we’re up to. They may pretend to be Giovanni and get in your way! But keep at it, because if you defeat Giovanni, you may be able to rescue Legendary Shadow Pokémon.

How did Professor Willow make these discoveries with the team leaders? Learn about the story in the Willow Report.

With this looming threat in the world of Pokémon GO, we’ll need as many courageous Trainers as possible to help defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders and Giovanni. Keep an eye out, and keep training! It’s time to give everything we’ve got and put an end to Team GO Rocket’s evil plans!

Get out there and GO!

—The Pokémon GO team

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