Giovanni returns with Shadow Lugia and new Shadow Pokémon


Trainers, a new Shadow Pokémon shuffle is taking place in Pokémon GO during the Festival of Lights. Team GO Rocket’s Leader Giovanni is making a return to Pokémon GO, this time with Shadow Lugia and new Shadow Pokémon across the board for the entire GO Rocket team!

TLDR 📝: Shadow Lugia, new Shadow Pokémon, TM-able Frustration, shiny Vullaby and increased TGR encounters are coming. Shadow Lugia is a normal white Lugia with Shadow Pokémon effect.

Starting at 12:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Team GO Rocket will be using new Shadow Pokémon. Full details on the new features and bonuses are below.

Giovanni returns with Shadow Lugia and plots to capture Hoopa

Team GO Rocket has decided to take over the Festival of Lights, aimed at capturing and using Hoopa’s powers to no good. It seems likely that Giovanni was watching from the shadows this entire time, studying Hoopa as we learned about it, too.

Giovanni is back to lead this mission, as discovered in a recent datamine, and it looks like TGR has managed to capture more Shadow Pokémon, including a new Legendary Shadow Pokémon: Lugia.


Date and time

  • From 12:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • To 8:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, November 14, 2021


  • Giovanni Returns – Giovanni has emerged from the shadows once again! He and his Shadow Pokémon might try to capture Hoopa. Defeat Giovanni to rescue Shadow Lugia!
  • Team GO Rocket Grunts as well as their leaders—Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo—are using different Shadow Pokémon. Help Spark, Blanche, and Candela overcome their adversaries and rescue the Shadow Pokémon.


  • You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
  • Team GO Rocket will appear significantly more frequently at PokéStops and in Balloons
  • Misunderstood Mischief Research story continues
  • Shiny Vullaby makes a debut

Exclusive Field Research


In addition to the event-themed Pokémon already available to encounter in Field Research Tasks, you’ll also be able to encounter Vullaby! For the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Vullaby, if you’re lucky!

Vullaby family shiny comparison
Regular Shiny

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