Team GO Rocket Takeover: Shadow Registeel

Giovanni returns with Shadow Registeel, new Shadow Pokémon release, and Team GO Rocket Grunts and Team GO Rocket Leaders get new line-ups

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Giovanni returns, this time with Shadow Registeel! Giovanni has returned once again, with a new devious plot, involving Shadow Registeel. Sierra, Cliff, Arlo and Rocket Grunts are also using different Shadow Pokemon in the newest Team GO Rocket Takeover event.

From Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, February 5, at 11:59 p.m. local time, help Spark, Blanche, and Candela overcome Team GO Rocket. You will be able to pick up a new Special Research, TM-away Frustration, and save Shadow Registeel!

Event overview

  • Date and time 📅
  • Event icon Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, February 5, at 11:59 p.m. local time
  • Bonuses ⭐
  • Team Rocket icon Giovanni, Team GO Rocket Leaders and Grunts will be using different Shadow Pokémon
  • Team Rocket icon Shadow Registeel is available as a reward for defeating Giovanni
  • Team Rocket icon Release of Shadow Alolan Vulpix, Shadow Spoink, Shadow Blitzle, and Shadow Joltik
  • Team Rocket icon Team GO Rocket will appear more frequently at PokéStops and in Balloons
  • Attack icon You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget Frustration

Save Shadow Registeel


Giovanni’s iron will is strong as ever, and this time his plot includes using Shadow Registeel.

A new Special Research story will be available at the beginning of this event. Progress through it to receive a Super Rocket Radar and chase down Giovanni!

This Special Research will be available to claim until the end of Season of Mythical Wishes, on March 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Shadow Pokémon

Team GO Rocket Grunts – as well as their leaders Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo – are using different Shadow Pokemon. In addition, Team GO Rocket has also turned the following Pokemon into Shadow Pokemon. Defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts to save them!


The following Pokemon will hatch from 12 kilometer Eggs. Trainers can earn 12 km Eggs by defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders.

Currently, Sandile, Pawniard, Vullaby, Pancham, and Salandit can only be hatched from 12 km Eggs.

Field Resarch

A Field Research task awarding a Mysterious Component will be available.

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