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The Take Over Continues: Special Research Guide

The Pokemon Go The Take Over Continues: Special Research has started 10 days ago. This comes after “A Troubling Situation” (December Team GO Special Research). In this post you will find the tasks, rewards and more as this month things have changed a little. Defeat the Rocket Grunts, Team Rocket Leaders and Giovanni to have a chance to catch the Shadow Moltres.

Here is the list of the tasks for this Special Research quest line.

The Take Over Continues (1/6)

  • Spin 10 PokeStops (Sudowodoo encounter)
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts (500 XP)
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokemon (500 XP)

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The Take Over Continues (2/6)

  • Spin a PokeStop 3 days in a row (750 XP)
  • Purify 5 Shadow Pokemon (750 XP)
  • Win 5 raids (750 XP)

Different from the previous Team GO Rocket researchers, this time you just need to wait for 3 days to move on to the next task. It is important to spin everyday or it will reset (and you will need to start all over again).

Remember to save Shadow Zubat or Ratata to purify (and its revolutions) as they only require 1000 Stardust. The raids can be any level, so you can do solo as well. Or you can save for the Raid hour (on Wednesdays at 6pm local time).

The Take Over Continues (3/6)

  • Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym battles (1000 XP)
  • Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer (1000 XP)
  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts (1000 XP)

The Take Over Continues (4/6)

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo (1250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff (1250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra (1250 XP)

In this part you need to battle 18 grunts to make enough Rocket Radars for each leader! Remember that they are also for sale for 200 poke coins if you don’t have time or you don’t have enough places to find the grunts.

Follow the link below to access all the information to defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders since they are a lot more challenging comparing with the Grunts. Although some of the Pokemon used the by the leaders have changed, the information below is useful to get hints to defeat them.

The Take Over Continues (5/6)

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss (2500 Stardust)
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss (1500 XP)
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss (3x Silver Pinap Berry)

It will be beneficial to check the link below to learn more about Giovanni and his tactics: Rocket Boss Giovanni Counters.

The Take Over Continues (6/6)

  • Already Completed (2000 XP)
  • Already Completed (2000 XP)
  • Already Completed (2000 XP)

Hope the information has been useful to prepare yourself to catch the Shadow Moltres.

Good luck trainers!



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