Team GO Rocket Grunts are invading PokéStops around the world! Interact with an Invaded PokéStop to engage in a Team GO Rocket Battle and defend the PokéStop. Winning Team GO Rocket Battles gives you a chance to catch a Shadow Pokémon.
Note: This feature is only available to Trainers who are Level 8 and above.
Finding Team GO Rocket Grunts at PokéStops
These PokéStops look different than regular PokéStops in the Map View. Keep an eye out for any stops that twitch and look discolored.
Once you're in range, you'll see a black PokéStop with a Team GO Rocket Grunt standing nearby.
Starting Team GO Rocket Battles
Tap on the Grunt to start the battle. You can also tap the Invaded PokéStop, spin the Photo Disk, then start the battle.
Team GO Rocket Battles work similarly to Trainer Battles. Select a party of three Pokémon and use their Fast and Charged Attacks to defeat the opponent’s Shadow Pokémon.
After winning a Team GO Rocket Battle, you’ll receive XP and a chance to catch a Shadow Pokémon they’ve left behind. If you lose the battle, you will still be awarded XP, and you can choose to either rematch or return to the Map View.
Catching Shadow Pokémon
Similar to Raid Battles, you will receive some Premier Balls, which you can use to catch the left-behind Shadow Pokémon.
Premier Balls are granted right before the Shadow Pokémon Encounter and are only usable for the Encounter. The number of Premier Balls received is based on how many of your Pokémon survive the battle, your Purify Pokemon Medal rank, and your Defeat Team Rocket Medal rank. Each Shadow Pokémon knows a Charged Attack called Frustration.
Purifying Shadow Pokémon
After catching a Shadow Pokémon, you can choose to Purify the Pokémon with a combination of Stardust and Candy. Purifying a Shadow Pokémon will make it stronger and reduce the amount of Stardust and Candy required to Power Up, Evolve, or learn a new attack.
The Charged Attack, Frustration, will be replaced with the exclusive Charged Attack called Return, and the Pokémon’s aura will also change from a dark aura to a bright, luminous aura.
Team GO Rocket Leaders & Giovanni
In addition to battling Grunts, experienced Trainers can also take on Team GO Rocket's Leaders and their boss Giovanni. Read this article to learn how.