Team GO Rocket balloons float above Trainers and contain members of Team GO Rocket that you can challenge to a Trainer Battle. When you see a round shadow near your Trainer avatar in the Map View, zoom out and look around to find the hovering Team GO Rocket balloon.
Team GO Rocket balloons only stay on the map for a limited time, so make sure to tap on the balloon to challenge the Team GO Rocket member before they fly away. Normally, these balloons only appear occasionally throughout the week. However, during specified periods and events, they may appear more frequently, allowing you to challenge several Team GO Rocket members in a single day! Keep an eye on our official channels and the today view for updates on these events.
Grunts, Team GO Rocket Leaders, or even Giovanni may come to you on a Team GO Rocket balloon for you to challenge. If you have a Rocket Radar equipped, the next balloon that comes to your location will be piloted by Arlo, Cliff, or Sierra. You’ll have to wait for a different balloon if you want to challenge a different Team GO Rocket leader. If you have a Super Rocket Radar equipped, the next balloon will be piloted by Giovanni himself. These balloons are unique to you, so other Trainers won’t be able to see them even if they’re nearby.