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The Greedy Gluttons event was running smoothly in Pokémon GO, until Team GO Rocket decided that now would be the perfect time to wreak havoc again. During the last half of the Greedy Gluttons event, Team GO Rocket is revamping it with a Team GO Rocket takeover. Trainers can battle against Grunts, Leaders, and Giovanni, and encounter a variety of Shadow Pokémon (including Shadow Mewtwo).

Luckily, with all this mess, Trainers can enjoy some Team GO Rocket-centric bonuses, encounter new Shadow Pokémon, get some 12 km Eggs with a new Egg pool (that includes Shiny Pawniard), and more!

Prepare for all this trouble with our Team GO Rocket takeover event guide here:


Pokémon GO’s Season of Light – Team GO Rocket takeover

Begins: Monday, November 14th, 2022 at 12 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.


Pokémon debuts – Shadow Pokémon and Shiny Pawniard



With Team GO Rocket’s sudden appearance, there’s been a bit of a shuffle with the group’s Shadow Pokémon. Grunts, Leaders, and even Giovanni have changed up their teams a bit and newly added Shadow Pokémon will be encounterable (provided you win your battle). So far Niantic has announced that Shadow Alolan Diglett, Shadow Onix, Shadow Natu, Shadow Wailmer, and Shadow Golett will be available via Team GO Rocket Grunts. More Shadow Pokémon may be added, we just have to wait for the event to start.

Plus, for Trainers that snag a 12 km Egg from Team GO Rocket Leaders, the egg pool has been changed up. This includes the first time of possibly hatching a Shiny Pawniard. Good luck and get your steps in to hatch as many as you can!

Also, Shadow Mewtwo is back, but you’ll have to obtain a Super Rocket Radar and successfully beat Giovanni in a 3-on-3 Pokémon battle to get the catch encounter.


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.


Since the Team GO Rocket takeover event takes place during the Greedy Gluttons event, the following bonus is also active (provided you haven’t hit the 3 Egg limit already):

  • 1/2 Hatch Distance for the first three Eggs hatched during the event using the Pokémon GO Egg hatching widget. The widget is available on iOS and Android devices. Read up on how to activate this feature via Niantic’s Support site.


Event Boxes

Three Team GO Rocket-focused boxes will be released during the event. They are:

  • Training Box (125 PokéCoins, purchase limit 3): 3 Mysterious Components and 1 Egg Incubator.
  • GO Rocket Box (900 PokéCoins, purchase limit 3): 3 Max Potions, 3 Rocket Radars, 3 Super Incubators, and 3 Max Revives.
  • Legend Box (3,600 PokéCoins, purchase limit 1): 2 Elite Fast TMs, 2 Elite Charged TMs, 10 Rocket Radars, and 6 Super Incubators.


Special Research – Ultra Beast Protection Efforts

With the Team GO Rocket back in the spotlight, Giovanni has shuffled his team around now to feature Shadow Mewtwo. To help chase him down faster and save Shadow Mewtwo, a new Special Research story will be available at the beginning of the event and can be claimed until Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time (when the Season of Light ends). Keep in mind if you have a previous Team GO Rocket-focused Special Research (i.e.: Field Notes: Team GO Rocket, Silent Schemes, A Seven-Colored Shadow, etc.) active and not completed, they must finish it first before getting the latest Special Research.

A complete list of this Special Research’s tasks and associated rewards will be added here once the event is live.

Note: Step 1 may be titled “Field Notes: Team GO Rocket (1/6)” which was the previous Season’s Team GO Rocket Special Research. This may be fixed by Niantic, but it will revert to its proper title when Trainers have reached Step 2.


Ultra Beast Protection Efforts
Step 1Reward
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts10 Hyper Potions
Catch 4 Shadow Pokémon10 Poké Balls
Purify 2 Shadow Pokémon10 Pinap Berries
Completion Rewards2,000 XP, 15 Great Balls, and 1 Rocket Radar
Step 2Reward
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 Rewards2,500 XP, 1,000 Stardust, and 1 Super Rocket Radar
Step 3Reward
Find 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 2 Golden Razz Berries
Step 4Reward
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Claim Reward!2,500 XP
Completion Rewards5,000 XP, 2,500 Stardust, and 2 Silver Pinap Berries


Shadow Pokémon

  • The following Pokémon will be transformed into Shadow Pokémon (which can be caught after successful battles with Team GO Rocket Grunts): Shadow Alolan Diglett, Shadow Onix, Shadow Natu, Shadow Wailmer, Shadow Golett, and more.
    • The Team GO Rocket Leaders will have the following Shadow Pokémon:
      • Arlo: Shadow Mawile*.
      • Cliff: Shadow Machop*.
      • Sierra: Shadow Sableye*.


Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Shadow Alolan Diglett, Shadow Onix, Shadow Natu, Shadow Wailmer, and Shadow Golett are new Shadow Pokémon additions in Pokémon GO.



The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs obtained by defeating Team GO Rocket leaders (Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra):

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


Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Sandile, Pawniard, Vullaby, Pancham, and Salandit can only be obtained in Pokémon GO by hatching 12 km Eggs.
  • This will be the first time you have the chance to hatch a Shiny Pawniard.


Field Research Tasks

There will be event-exclusive Field Research Tasks available and Trainers will be rewarded a Mysterious Component (which is needed to craft Rocket Radars). 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. A complete list of tasks and associated rewards will be added here once the event is live. Note: Field Research Tasks that are part of the main Greedy Gluttons event will also be available.


  • Task: Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts
    • Reward: 1 Mysterious Component


Timed Research – Greedy Gluttons

The Greedy Gluttons event Timed Research will be available during the takeover event. According to Niantic, this Timed Research will reward Trainers with Berries (Razz Berries, Golden Razz Berries, and Silver Pinap Berries) and an encounter with Snorlax*.


  • Task: Walk 1 km
    • Reward: 3 Nanab Berries
  • Task: Walk 2 km
    • Reward: 7 Razz Berries
  • Task: Walk 3 km
    • Reward: 7 Pinap Berries
  • Task: Walk 4 km
    • Reward: Snorlax* Encounter
  • Task: Walk 5 km
    • Reward: 5 Nanab Berries
  • Task: Walk 6 km
    • Reward: 3 Golden Razz Berries
  • Task: Walk 7 km
    • Reward: 3 Silver 2 Pinap Berries
  • Completion Rewards: Snorlax* Encounter, 1 Poffin, and 7,000 XP


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



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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?)