Team GO Rocket Spawns Increased, New Raid Boss, and More Until November 14

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New Event: Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption 2019

On November 7, 2019, at 3 PM CST Niantic began a brand-new event to celebrate the release of the Team GO Rocket Leader Special Research. 

This event is titled the Team GO Rocket Leader Disruption 2019, and includes the official release of shiny Meowth!

This event includes:

  • Increase spawns of Meowth, Ekans, Koffing, and more
  • New Raid bosses featuring Pokemon significant to Team GO Rocket and Giovanni
  • New Shadow Pokemon: Sandshrew, Bellsprout, Magnemite, Porygon, and Wobbuffet
  • Official confirmation of shiny Meowth, Sneasel, and Scyther available through Team GO Rocket Leader battles

See below for the full details. 

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The movement of the Team GO Rocket Leaders seems to have disrupted Pokémon habitats, and certain Pokémon have apparently become more common! We have yet to understand why these Pokémon in particular are suddenly appearing more frequently. Perhaps they have some special significance wherever Team GO Rocket came from?

Date + Time

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. PST until Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 1 p.m. PST (GMT −8)


  • Oddly specific Pokémon have started appearing more often, like Ekans, Meowth, and Koffing! Our research has found that if you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Meowth in the wild or in raids!
  • Raids will feature Pokémon that we believe are significant to Team GO Rocket and the Team GO Rocket Boss, Giovanni!

In addition, we have made the following discoveries.

  • Team GO Rocket has started using the following Shadow Pokémon: Sandshrew, Bellsprout, Magnemite, Porygon, and Wobbuffet.
  • The Team GO Rocket Leaders seem to be the only Team GO Rocket members who now have access to the following Shadow Pokémon: Meowth, Scyther, and Sneasel! The only question is...which leader has which Pokémon?

Our information is incomplete, and investigations into this phenomenon are ongoing, so be on the lookout for other surprises! In the meantime, Trainers, keep exploring the world around you, and let us know what you discover.

—The Pokémon GO team