The Season of Alola’s tropical vibes has inspired Team GO Rocket’s planning division. The yearly company-wide retreat will be mixing in Pokémon from the Alola region as well as transforming some Alolan Pokémon into Shadow Alolan Pokémon. For Pokémon Trainers around the world, it’s time to crash this company retreat and catch some new Pokémon along the way – including Giovanni’s latest Shadow Pokémon. See what’s on the itinerary when the All-Hands Rocket Retreat beings with our guide below.


Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola – All-Hands Rocket Retreat event

Begins: Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. your local time.


Event Bonuses

  • Team GO Rocket will be appearing more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons.
  • You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.


Pokémon Debuts – Salandit, Salazzle, and Shadow Latias

More Pokémon from the Alola region are appearing in Pokémon GO! Though, this time you’ll find them thanks to Team GO Rocket Leaders. Salandit and Salazzle are making their debuts during this event.

You’ll find Salandit when hatching 12 km Eggs. After collecting 50 Salandit Candies, you can evolve a female Salandit into Salazzle.

As for Shadow Latias, you have Giovanni to thank. He’s back along with a new Special Research story so you can track him down a bit easier.


Shadow Pokémon



The entire Team GO Rocket organization has changed up their teams of Shadow Pokémon. Be prepared to encounter different Shiny Shadow Pokémon than normal, along with some newly transformed Shadow Pokémon. To keep with the Season of Alola theme, you’ll find the following Shadow Pokémon have been added to the game.

  • New Shadow Pokémon via Team GO Rocket Grunts: Shadow Alolan Rattata, Shadow Alolan Sandshrew, Shadow Alolan Exeggutor, Shadow Sudowoodo, Shadow Girafarig, and Shadow Numel.



Now with Salandit added to the 12 km Egg pool, you’ll find the following Pokémon in 12 km Eggs obtained from Team GO Rocket Leaders:

  • 12 km Eggs
    • 1 Egg Rarity: Pawniard, Larvitar*, Scraggy, and Vullaby*.
    • 2 Egg Rarity: Sandile and Pancham.
    • 3 Egg Rarity: Absol*, Deino*, Skorupi* , Skrelp, and Salandit.


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


Field Research Tasks

New event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available and the rewards will focus on Pokémon Encounters, Stardust, and healing items. These Field Research Tasks can be found when spinning PokéStops (and acquired if you have an open slot in your Field Research menu) when the event is active.


  • Task: Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts
    • Reward: 2 Super Potions OR 2 Revives
  • Task: Catch 3 Shadow Pokémon
    • Reward: 750 Stardust
  • Task: Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon
    • Reward: Seansel* Encounter
  • Task: Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader
    • Reward: Scraggy Encounter

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


Special Research

Giovanni is back and he’s changed up his Pokémon team. Trainers, you’ll be tasked with rescuing Shadow Latias from him during the event. To help make your way to Giovanni, there’s a Special Research releasing along with the event (called Silent Schemes). Log in during the All-Hands Rocket Retreat event and the Special Research is yours forever – provided that you’ve completed previous Team GO Rocket Special Research events. Here’s the entire Special Research story:


Silent Schemes
Step 1/6Reward
Win a RaidBreloom Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts3 Hyper Potions
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon1 Revive
Completion Reward1,000 XP, 15 Poké Balls, and 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 Reward1,500 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 Reward2,000 XP, 15 Great Balls, and 1 Rocket Radar
Step 4/6Reward
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo1,500 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff1,500 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra1,500 XP
Completion Reward2,500 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 Reward3,000 XP, 1 Lucky Egg, and 2 Golden Razz Berries
Step 6/6Reward
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Completion Reward1 Charged TM, 1 Fast TM, and 2 Silver Pinap Berries


Note: The Completion Reward for Step 3/6 initially gave Trainers 15 Rocket Radars instead of 1. This number was made in error and was corrected early on, prior to the event launching in North and South America.


Team GO Rocket Teams – Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, and Giovanni

You’ll be battling a bunch of Team GO Rocket members, including the top leaders. Prepare your teams accordingly when facing Team GO Rocket Leaders Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra, plus the head honcho himself, Giovanni.



  1. Exeggcute
  2. Salamence OR Alolan Exeggutor OR Dragonite
  3. Gardevoir OR Steelix OR Scizor



  1. Cubone
  2. Luxray OR Electivire OR Omastar
  3. Tyranitar OR Charizard OR Swampert



  1. Drowzee
  2. Lapras OR Blaziken OR Sharpedo
  3. Houndoom OR Nidoqueen OR Shiftry


  1. Persian
  2. Honchkrow OR Gyarados OR Rhyperior
  3. Latias


Event Bundle

  • Event Bundle (1,275 PokéCoins, purchase limit 1): 10 Max Potions, 10 Max Revives, and 5 Rocket Radars.


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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?)