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Looming In The Shadows: Giovanni Is Here!

It has happened Trainers! None other than Giovanni himself, the boss of Team GO Rocket, has arrived in the world of Pokémon GO! Professor Willows research and reports have led to the following video announcement:

The full announcement can be found here.


Team GO Rocket leaders Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra, have been sighted! Trainers can now encounter them worldwide by the use of a Rocket Radar. Don’t know how to get your hands on a Rocket Radar? Follow these steps, and you’ll be just fine:

1. Find a PokéStop taken over by Team GO Rocket 
2. Defeat the Grunt at the TGR Stop (and rescue the Shadow Pokémon)Giovanni - Female Grunt Giovanni - Male Grunt
3. The Grunt may drop a Mysterious ComponentGiovanni - Mysterious Component
4. 6 Mysterious Components form a Rocket RadarGiovanni - Rocket Radar
5. You can now locate Team GO Rocket Leaders Cliff, Sierra, and ArloCliff Arlo Sierra


Professor Willow needs you to conduct new Special Research! If you successfully complete ‘Looming in the Shadows,’ you will be awarded a Super Rocket Radar. With this device, you’ll be able to locate Giovanni! Be cautious, as some Grunts might pretend to be Giovanni…

Giovanni - Super Rocket RadarGiovanni

If you manage to defeat the Boss of Team GO Rocket, you may be able to rescue Legendary Shadow Pokémon! As seen in the video announcement, these Pokémon will likely be:

  • Shadow Articuno
  • Shadow Zapdos
  • Shadow Moltres
Screenshot of Giovanni in the Video Announcement

Below, you can find the full quest line for ‘Looming in the Shadows’ Special Research. This guide will be updated in days to come. 

Spin 10 PokéStops500 XP
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon500 XP
x500 x10 x10
Spin a PokéStop five days in a row750 XP
Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon750 XP
Win 5 Raids750 XP
x1000 x3 x3
Use 6 supereffective Charge Attacks in Gym battle1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts1000 XP
x1500 x15 x5
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra1250 XP
x2000 x1 x3
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss x2500
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss x3
After you defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss, you will have the opportunity to catch the Legendary Kanto Bird you encountered in battle!
x3000 x1 x1
Claim Reward! (Auto-Completed)2000 XP
Claim Reward! (Auto-Completed)2000 XP
Claim Reward! (Auto-Completed)2000 XP
x3 x20 x3

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?

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 PokéStops. 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%.


  • You have to finish ‘A Troubling Situation’ before ‘Looming in the Shadows’ will show up in-game
  • Pokémon like Zubat and Rattata only cost 1000 Stardust to purify

Giovanni, you're done!

It’s time to stand up against Team GO Rocket, Trainers! Help Professor Willow with his Special Research, defeat the Team GO Rocket leaders and help defeat Giovanni once and for all!

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Steven // 22 years young // Belgian // PoGO Lover // Soccer Player // Social Work Student // Favorite expression: "If our cat was a cow, we could milk it at the stove."