Team GO Rocket and Shadow Pokémon

In July 2019, a new evil force Team GO Rocket arrived in Pokémon GO, based on Team Rocket from the original Gen 1 games. Team GO Rocket have captured Pokémon and overpowered them by unnatural means, turning them into Shadow Pokémon. Rocket Grunts hide out at Poké Stops, causing them to turn dark and pulsate; however they disappear after 30 minutes. The Grunts steal resources from the stops and you must battle them to obtain the remaining items and save the Shadow Pokémon.

Once defeated, the Grunts abandon one of their Shadow Pokémon and it can be caught. Shadow Pokémon are initially low-level and the only charge move they can have is Frustration. However, through a process called Purification they can be saved. Purified Pokémon increase to level 25, gain 2 IVs in each stat (so a 13/13/13 Pokémon will become perfect), and will know the move Return instead of Frustration.

An additional facet to GO Rocket began in November 2017. After battling Rocket Grunts, a Mysterious Component is obtained; combining six of them creates a Rocket Radar which provides an encounter Team GO Rocket Leaders: Arlo, Cliff and Sierra. Through various Special Research the big boss of Team Rocket, Giovanni, can also be battled.

 

Team GO Rocket lineups

Each Rocket Grunt specializes in one Pokémon type - prior to the battle they give a message that hints at what type they will use. Battles are in the PvP format, however the Shadow Pokémon they use have massive CP - much higher than their usual maximum - so come prepared!

Type
Hint quote
First Pokémon
Second Pokémon
Third Pokémon
Normal Normal does not mean weak.
Teddiursa
Raticate
Porygon2
Snorlax
Porygon-Z
Fire Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?
Vulpix
Houndour
Ninetales
Houndoom
Charmeleon
Arcanine
Houndoom
Water These waters are treacherous!
Psyduck
Shellder
Golduck
Poliwhirl
Poliwrath
Politoed
Water These waters are treacherous!
Magikarp
Magikarp
Magikarp
Gyarados
Electric Get ready to be shocked!
Electabuzz
Mareep
Magnemite
Electabuzz
Flaaffy
Magneton
Electabuzz
Ampharos
Grass Don't tangle with us!
Bulbasaur
Hoppip
Ivysaur
Weepinbell
Gloom
Shiftry
Victreebel
Vileplume
Ice You're gonna be frozen in your tracks.
Snover
Cloyster
Snover
Abomasnow
Abomasnow
Lapras
Fighting This buff physique isn't just for show!
Machop
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Machoke
Poison Coiled and ready to strike!
Nidoran♀
Nidoran♂
Golbat
Grimer
Muk
Nidorina
Nidorino
Ground You'll be defeated into the ground!
Diglett
Gligar
Marowak
Vibrava
Pupitar
Gliscor
Flygon
Flying Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!
Zubat
Golbat
Skarmory
Golbat
Crobat
Scyther
Crobat
Gyarados
Dragonite
Psychic Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?
Abra
Slowpoke
Wobbuffet
Drowzee
Hypno
Ralts
Kadabra
Hypno
Kirlia
Bug Go, my super bug Pokémon!
Weedle
Venonat
Shuckle
Kakuna
Venomoth
Scizor
Beedrill
Scyther
Scizor
Rock Let's rock and roll!
Larvitar
Aerodactyl
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Ghost Ke...ke...ke...ke...ke...ke!
Sableye
Shuppet
Duskull
Sableye
Banette
Dusclops
Sableye
Banette
Dusknoir
Dragon ROAR! ...How'd that sound?
Dratini
Dragonair
Flygon
Dragonair
Dragonite
Gyarados
Dark Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.
Stunky
Skuntank
Sableye
Skuntank
Shiftry
Misc Don't bother—I've already won.
Get ready to be defeated!
Winning is for winners.
Aerodactyl
Snorlax
Poliwrath
Gardevoir
Snorlax
Gyarados
Dragonite

 

Team GO Rocket Leaders

After combining the Mysterious Components into the Rocket Radar, the Rocket Leaders can be seen at certain stops. Unlike Grunt takeovers, the Leaders stay at the same stop all day (8am-10pm), then will rotate to different stops the next day. No Grunt takeovers will happen at that stop, while a Leader is there.

Jesse & James started appearing in July 2020, when a new Rocket Balloon feature was added. If a Meowth balloon appears you battle them both in succession. They left at the end of September 2020.

Giovanni can only be encountered by obtaining the Super Rocket Radar via Special Research, and will reward a shadow Legendary. Sometimes a Decoy Grunt will appear instead of Giovanni.

 

Shadow Pokémon

All the Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO are listed below, with the Stardust and Candy required to purify them. Not all are currently available as the team rosters for Rocket Grunts change regularly, and some are only used as second/third Pokémon so are not obtainable.

#
Name
Type
Stardust
Candy
001 BulbasaurGrass
Poison
3,000 3
002 IvysaurGrass
Poison
3,000 3
003 VenusaurGrass
Poison
3,000 3
004 CharmanderFire
3,000 3
005 CharmeleonFire
3,000 3
006 CharizardFire
Flying
3,000 3
007 SquirtleWater
3,000 3
008 WartortleWater
3,000 3
009 BlastoiseWater
3,000 3
013 WeedleBug
Poison
1,000 1
014 KakunaBug
Poison
1,000 1
015 BeedrillBug
Poison
1,000 1
019 RattataNormal
1,000 1
020 RaticateNormal
1,000 1
023 EkansPoison
3,000 3
024 ArbokPoison
3,000 3
027 SandshrewGround
3,000 3
028 SandslashGround
3,000 3
029 Nidoran♀Poison
3,000 3
030 NidorinaPoison
3,000 3
031 NidoqueenPoison
Ground
3,000 3
032 Nidoran♂Poison
3,000 3
033 NidorinoPoison
3,000 3
034 NidokingPoison
Ground
3,000 3
037 VulpixFire
3,000 3
038 NinetalesFire
3,000 3
041 ZubatPoison
Flying
1,000 1
042 GolbatPoison
Flying
1,000 1
043 OddishGrass
Poison
3,000 3
044 GloomGrass
Poison
3,000 3
045 VileplumeGrass
Poison
3,000 3
048 VenonatBug
Poison
3,000 3
049 VenomothBug
Poison
3,000 3
050 DiglettGround
3,000 3
051 DugtrioGround
3,000 3
052 MeowthNormal
3,000 3
053 PersianNormal
3,000 3
054 PsyduckWater
3,000 3
055 GolduckWater
3,000 3
058 GrowlitheFire
3,000 3
059 ArcanineFire
3,000 3
060 PoliwagWater
3,000 3
061 PoliwhirlWater
3,000 3
062 PoliwrathWater
Fighting
3,000 3
063 AbraPsychic
3,000 3
064 KadabraPsychic
3,000 3
065 AlakazamPsychic
3,000 3
066 MachopFighting
3,000 3
067 MachokeFighting
3,000 3
068 MachampFighting
3,000 3
069 BellsproutGrass
Poison
3,000 3
070 WeepinbellGrass
Poison
3,000 3
071 VictreebelGrass
Poison
3,000 3
074 GeodudeRock
Ground
1,000 1
075 GravelerRock
Ground
1,000 1
076 GolemRock
Ground
1,000 1
077 PonytaFire
3,000 3
078 RapidashFire
3,000 3
079 SlowpokeWater
Psychic
3,000 3
080 SlowbroWater
Psychic
3,000 3
081 MagnemiteElectric
Steel
3,000 3
082 MagnetonElectric
Steel
3,000 3
083 Farfetch'dNormal
Flying
3,000 3
088 GrimerPoison
3,000 3
089 MukPoison
3,000 3
090 ShellderWater
3,000 3
091 CloysterWater
Ice
3,000 3
095 OnixRock
Ground
5,000 5
096 DrowzeePsychic
3,000 3
097 HypnoPsychic
3,000 3
098 KrabbyWater
3,000 3
099 KinglerWater
3,000 3
102 ExeggcuteGrass
Psychic
3,000 3
103 ExeggutorGrass
Psychic
3,000 3
104 CuboneGround
3,000 3
105 MarowakGround
3,000 3
106 HitmonleeFighting
5,000 5
107 HitmonchanFighting
5,000 5
109 KoffingPoison
3,000 3
110 WeezingPoison
3,000 3
111 RhyhornGround
Rock
3,000 3
112 RhydonGround
Rock
3,000 3
115 KangaskhanNormal
3,000 3
123 ScytherBug
Flying
5,000 5
125 ElectabuzzElectric
5,000 5
126 MagmarFire
5,000 5
127 PinsirBug
5,000 5
129 MagikarpWater
1,000 1
130 GyaradosWater
Flying
1,000 1
131 LaprasWater
Ice
5,000 5
137 PorygonNormal
3,000 3
138 OmanyteRock
Water
5,000 5
139 OmastarRock
Water
5,000 5
140 KabutoRock
Water
5,000 5
141 KabutopsRock
Water
5,000 5
142 AerodactylRock
Flying
5,000 5
143 SnorlaxNormal
5,000 5
144 ArticunoIce
Flying
20,000 20
145 ZapdosElectric
Flying
20,000 20
146 MoltresFire
Flying
20,000 20
147 DratiniDragon
5,000 5
148 DragonairDragon
5,000 5
149 DragoniteDragon
Flying
5,000 5
150 MewtwoPsychic
20,000 20
169 CrobatPoison
Flying
1,000 1
179 MareepElectric
5,000 5
180 FlaaffyElectric
5,000 5
181 AmpharosElectric
5,000 5
182 BellossomGrass
3,000 3
186 PolitoedWater
3,000 3
187 HoppipGrass
Flying
3,000 3
188 SkiploomGrass
Flying
3,000 3
189 JumpluffGrass
Flying
3,000 3
190 AipomNormal
3,000 3
198 MurkrowDark
Flying
3,000 3
199 SlowkingWater
Psychic
3,000 3
200 MisdreavusGhost
3,000 3
202 WobbuffetPsychic
3,000 3
204 PinecoBug
5,000 5
205 ForretressBug
Steel
5,000 5
207 GligarGround
Flying
5,000 5
208 SteelixSteel
Ground
5,000 5
212 ScizorBug
Steel
5,000 5
213 ShuckleBug
Rock
3,000 3
215 SneaselDark
Ice
3,000 3
216 TeddiursaNormal
3,000 3
217 UrsaringNormal
3,000 3
225 DelibirdIce
Flying
5,000 5
227 SkarmorySteel
Flying
5,000 5
228 HoundourDark
Fire
3,000 3
229 HoundoomDark
Fire
3,000 3
233 Porygon2Normal
3,000 3
234 StantlerNormal
3,000 3
243 RaikouElectric
20,000 20
244 EnteiFire
20,000 20
245 SuicuneWater
20,000 20
246 LarvitarRock
Ground
5,000 5
247 PupitarRock
Ground
5,000 5
248 TyranitarRock
Dark
5,000 5
258 MudkipWater
3,000 3
259 MarshtompWater
Ground
3,000 3
260 SwampertWater
Ground
3,000 3
263 ZigzagoonNormal
3,000 3
263 Zigzagoon
Galarian Zigzagoon
Dark
Normal
3,000 3
264 LinooneNormal
3,000 3
264 Linoone
Galarian Linoone
Dark
Normal
3,000 3
273 SeedotGrass
3,000 3
274 NuzleafGrass
Dark
3,000 3
275 ShiftryGrass
Dark
3,000 3
280 RaltsPsychic
Fairy
5,000 5
281 KirliaPsychic
Fairy
5,000 5
282 GardevoirPsychic
Fairy
5,000 5
302 SableyeDark
Ghost
5,000 5
303 MawileSteel
Fairy
5,000 5
318 CarvanhaWater
Dark
3,000 3
319 SharpedoWater
Dark
3,000 3
328 TrapinchGround
5,000 5
329 VibravaGround
Dragon
5,000 5
330 FlygonGround
Dragon
5,000 5
331 CacneaGrass
3,000 3
332 CacturneGrass
Dark
3,000 3
353 ShuppetGhost
3,000 3
354 BanetteGhost
3,000 3
355 DuskullGhost
3,000 3
356 DusclopsGhost
3,000 3
359 AbsolDark
5,000 5
371 BagonDragon
5,000 5
372 ShelgonDragon
5,000 5
373 SalamenceDragon
Flying
5,000 5
374 BeldumSteel
Psychic
5,000 5
375 MetangSteel
Psychic
5,000 5
376 MetagrossSteel
Psychic
5,000 5
387 TurtwigGrass
3,000 3
388 GrotleGrass
3,000 3
389 TorterraGrass
Ground
3,000 3
390 ChimcharFire
3,000 3
391 MonfernoFire
Fighting
3,000 3
392 InfernapeFire
Fighting
3,000 3
424 AmbipomNormal
3,000 3
429 MismagiusGhost
3,000 3
430 HonchkrowDark
Flying
3,000 3
434 StunkyPoison
Dark
3,000 3
435 SkuntankPoison
Dark
3,000 3
443 GibleDragon
Ground
5,000 5
444 GabiteDragon
Ground
5,000 5
445 GarchompDragon
Ground
5,000 5
449 HippopotasGround
3,000 3
450 HippowdonGround
3,000 3
459 SnoverGrass
Ice
3,000 3
460 AbomasnowGrass
Ice
3,000 3
461 WeavileDark
Ice
3,000 3
462 MagnezoneElectric
Steel
3,000 3
464 RhyperiorGround
Rock
3,000 3
466 ElectivireElectric
5,000 5
467 MagmortarFire
5,000 5
472 GliscorGround
Flying
5,000 5
474 Porygon-ZNormal
3,000 3
475 GalladePsychic
Fighting
5,000 5
477 DusknoirGhost
3,000 3
562 YamaskGhost
3,000 3
563 CofagrigusGhost
3,000 3
862 ObstagoonDark
Normal
3,000 3
865 Sirfetch'dFighting
3,000 3
867 RunerigusGround
Ghost
3,000 3