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So much for a party. Team GO Rocket is crashing this year’s Pokémon GO Anniversary Event with a Pokémon GO: Battle Weekend. Sure, Pokémon GO’s 6th Anniversary Event and all its bonuses will still be active this weekend, but you’ll want to focus on battling Team GO Rocket and even facing Giovanni with his nearly acquired Shadow Latios. See what awaits you against Team GO Rocket and even in the GO Battle League for this weekend event with our guide below:


Pokémon GO’s Season of GO – 6th Anniversary Event’s Battle Weekend

Begins: Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 12 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Sunday, July 10th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. your local time.


Pokémon debuts – Shadow Latios and more Shadow Pokémon



For this event, we’ll see the debut of Shadow Pokémon and a change up to the pool of Shadow Pokémon that Team GO Rocket Grunts used. Here’s what Shadow Pokémon you’ll find this weekend:

  • Giovanni will be battling with Shadow Latios. When Trainers rescued Shadow Latias from him, Giovanni set his sights on adding Shadow Latios to his team. Defeat Giovanni in order to get an encounter with Shadow Latios!
  • Team GO Rocket Leaders Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo will be using different Shadow Pokémon.
    • Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra’s starting Pokémon will be Shadow Squirtle*. 2nd Pokémon is Blatoise OR Blaziken. Final Pokémon is Houndoom OR Drapion.
    • Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff’s starting Pokémon will be Shadow Bulbasaur*. 2nd Pokémon is Venusaur OR Omastar. Final Pokémon is Tyranitar OR Torterra.
    • Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo’s starting Pokémon will be Shadow Charmander*. 2nd Pokémon is Charizard OR Mawile. Final Pokémon is Steelix OR Scizor OR Gardevoir.
  • Team GO Rocket Grunts will be battling with Shadow Geodude, Shadow Shinx, Shadow Purrloin, and Shadow Magmar. Defeat these Team GO Rocket Grunts in order to catch ’em!


Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”


Event Bonuses

  • Enjoy up to 20 GO Battle League sets each day.
  • Use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
  • GO Rocket Box available (750 Poké Coins): 2 Rocket Radars, 10 Max Revives, and 2 Charged TMs


Ultra Unlock Bonuses for Battle Weekend

  • Team GO Rocket balloons will appear every 2 hours.
  • Earn 50% extra Stardust from defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts.
  • Earn 2 Mysterious Components from defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts.
  • Enjoy 1 extra Raid Pass per day.
  • Earn 50% extra XP from Raid Battles.
  • Earn 5× Stardust from GO Battle League Rewards.
  • Encounter Legendary Pokémon in GO Battle League reward encounters at Rank 16 and up.


Ultra Unlock Bonus – Pokémon Starters learn old moves via evolving

All Pokémon Starters that are available in Pokémon GO will get a special bonus this weekend. If you evolve them during GO Battle Weekend, they’ll learn attacks that were previously featured during past events. The following attacks (charged and fast) can be learned by evolving the following Pokémon:

  • Frenzy Plant (Charged Attack): Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, and Snivy.
  • Blast Burn (Charged Attack): Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, and Tepig.
  • Hydro Cannon (Charged Attack): Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, and Oshawott.
  • Dragon Breath (Fast Attack): Charmander.


Special Research – Field Notes: Team GO Rocket

A Special Research will be made available during this event and can be claimed until Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time. This Special Research, called Field Notes: Team GO Rocket, will focus on Team GO Rocket, specifically Giovanni. Completing it will earn you a Super Rocket Radar so you can challenge Team GO Rocket’s boss and more!


Field Notes: Team GO Rocket
Step 1/6Reward
Win a RaidDarumaka Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts3 Hyper Potions
Catch a Shadow PokémonGalarian Darumaka Encounter
Completion Rewards1,000 XP, 15 Poké Balls, 3 Rare Candies
Step 2/6Reward
Catch 5 Shadow Pokémon10 Pinap Berries
Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row10 Razz Berries
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts10 Nanab Berries
Completion Rewards1,500 XP, 1,000 Stardust, and 10 Great Balls
Step 3/6Reward
Purify 5 Shadow Pokémon1,000 XP
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts1,000 XP
Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy1,000 XP
Completion Rewards2,000 XP, 15 Great Balls, and 1 Rocket Radar
Step 4/6Reward
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo1,500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff1,500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra1,500 XP
Completion Rewards2,500 XP, 1,000 Stardust, and 1 Super Rocket Radar
Step 5/6Reward
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss5 Max Potions
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss20 Ultra Balls
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss5 Max Revives
Completion Rewards3,000 XP, 1 Lucky Egg, and 1 Golden Razz Berry
Step 6/6Reward
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Completion Rewards1 Charged TM, 1 Fast TM, and 2 Silver Pinap Berries


Timed Research – Battle Weekend Challenge

Surprise! A new Timed Research will also be available. This 3-step Timed Research includes a “Choose your own path” option, allowing you to either battle it out in Raids, Gyms, and against Team GO Rocket Grunts or focus solely on the GO Battle League. Regardless of which path you choose, the rewards will be the same.


Battle Weekend Challenge
Step 1/3Reward
Power up Pokémon 15 timesMachop Encounter
Use a Charged TM1 Fast TM
Evolve 3 Pokémon1 Charged TM
Completion Rewards1,000 Stardust, 2,500 Stardust, and 1 Premium Battle Pass
Step 1.5/3
Choose a path: Raids, Grunts, and Gyms!Tasks are related to battling in Gyms, Raids, and against Team GO Rocket
Choose a path: GO Battle League!Tasks are related to battling it out in the GO Battle League
Step 2/3 Raids, Grunts, and Gyms!Reward
Battle in a Gym 5 times5 Rare Candies
Use a super effective Charged Attack in 10 Gym battlesGalarian Stunfisk Encounter
Battle in 2 Raids2,500 XP
Win 2 RaidsSwinub Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts2,500 Stardust
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader 3 timesBeldum Encounter
Completion RewardsChansey Encounter, 1 Lucky Egg, and 1 Star Piece
Step 2/3 GO Battle League!Reward
Battle another Trainer in the Great League 5 times5 Rare Candies
Win 1 Great League Trainer Battle against another TrainerGalarian Stunfisk Encounter
Battle in the GO Battle League 10 times2,500 XP
Win 2 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle LeagueSwinub Encounter
Battle in the GO Battle League 20 times2,500 Stardust
Achieve rank 5 in the GO Battle LeagueBeldum Encounter
Completion RewardsChansey Encounter, 1 Lucky Egg, and 1 Star Piece
Step 3/3 Raids, Grunts, and Gyms! & GO Battle League!Reward
Claim Reward!25 Poke Balls
Claim Reward!15 Great Balls
Claim Reward!10 Ultra Balls
Completion RewardsCostumed Charizard


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)