Team GO Rocket February 2021 Event

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Team GO Rocket is celebrating—but why? It’s up to you to find out! Here’s what you can expect during the Team GO Rocket Celebration event.

Date + Time

Tuesday, February 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, February, 7th, at 8:00 p.m. local time.


New Shadow Pokémon

Team GO Rocket Grunts will be turning the following Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon: Swinub, Nosepass, Aron, Spheal, Lileep, Anorith, and more.

Swinub Nosepass Aron
Spheal Lileep Anorith

New Grunt Lineups

Team GO Rocket Grunts will also have different teams of Pokémon during the event and after its conclusion. Keep a lookout for more invaded PokéStops and Team GO Rocket balloons than usual!

New leader lineups

First defender Second defender Final defender
Sierra Carvanha
  • Hippowdon,
  • Porygon-Z,
  • Mismagius
  • Flygon,
  • Houndoom,
  • Walrein
Cliff Aerodactyl
  • Gallade,
  • Cradilly,
  • Slowking
  • Dusknoir,
  • Mamoswine,
  • Tyranitar
Arlo Beldum
  • Gardevoir,
  • Infernape,
  • Aggron
  • Armaldo,
  • Salamence,
  • Scizor

Team GO Rocket Gift Stickers

Defeat Team GO Rocket Leaders during the event for a chance to receive a Team GO Rocket Leader Gift sticker.

Wild Spawns

Be on the lookout for Pokémon like Golbat, Koffing, Ariados, Qwilfish, Sneasel, Houndour, Nuzleaf, Stunky, Skorupi, and Venipede appearing more often in the wild!

Golbat Koffing Ariados
Houndour Nuzleaf Stunky
Qwilfish Sneasel Skorupi

New Pokemon in 12km Eggs

Strange Eggs will hatch different Pokémon during and after the event, such as Qwilfish, Larvitar, Corphish, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Vullaby, Pawniard, and Deino.

Qwilfish Larvitar Corphish
Sandile Scraggy Vullaby
Absol Skorupi Pawniard


One-star raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in one star raids:

Meowth (Alola) Grimer (Alola) Gligar
Sneasel Shinx Klink

Three-star raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in three star raids:

Nidoqueen Ariados Umbreon
Tyranitar Absol


Five-star raids

For full dates on five star raid bosses and dates please check out the February Event Guide.

Raikou Suicune

Mega Raids

following Pokémon will be appearing in mega raids:

Venusaur (Mega) Ampharos (Mega) Houndoom (Mega)


Event-exclusive Field Research and Timed Research will be available:

Task Text Reward
Catch 7 Poison-type Pokemon Gligar (s)
Purify 3 Shadow Pokemon Misdreavus (s)
Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts Nidoran-female (s)
Catch 15 Dark-type Pokemon Umbreon

The Team GO Rocket Timed Research Challenge that begins during the Johto Celebration event will continue on during this event, and will reward an encounter with the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh that knows the exclusive attack Earthquake!


Half Egg Hatch Distance when an Egg is placed inside an Incubator during the event.

Author & tags

Turtwig obsessive, real life Psyduck, Pokémon GO AR Photographer, found footage horror fan and Pokémon GO Hub AR Queen

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