New Team GO Rocket Special Research Leaked

Team GO Rocket
Team GO Rocket

Data miners have discovered a new Team GO Rocket Special Research quest line called “Looming in the Shadows”, that features shadow Legendary Pokemon, a new item called Rocket Radar and fights with Team GO Rocket leaders (Arlo, Cliff and Sierra).

The data mined quest line is available below, but be aware that it contains potential spoilers for the Pokemon GO story line. Additionally, the info below has been discovered via data mining, which means that it is not affiliated nor approved by Niantic, and is always subject to change. Do not take it for granted, features change and get scrapped all the time.

Team GO Rocket Quests

The following quests appear in various stages of Looming in the Shadows:

Quest objective Quest ID
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo {0} times quest rockethq1 arlo win
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff {0} times quest rockethq1 cliff win
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra {0} times quest rockethq1 sierra win
Defeat {0} Team GO Rocket Grunts quest rockethq1 grunt win1
Defeat {0} Team GO Rocket Grunts quest rockethq1 grunt win2
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss quest rockethq1 defeat boss
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss quest rockethq1 find boss
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss quest rockethq1 battle boss
Catch {0} Shadow Pokémon quest rockethq1 catch shadow1
Purify {0} Shadow Pokémon quest rockethq1 purify
Catch a Legendary Shadow Pokémon quest rockethq1 catch legendary shadow
Win {0} raids quest rockethq1 raid win
Spin {0} PokéStops quest rockethq1 spin
Spin a PokéStop {0} days in a row quest rockethq1 spin row
Use {0} supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym Battles quest rockethq1 supereffective
Win {0} Great League Trainer Battles quest rockethq1 trainerbattle win

16 new field research tasks have been discovered as a part of the new Special Research quest line, ranging from simple ones like “Spin N PokéStops” to really exciting ones like “Catch a Legendary Shadow Pokémon”.

Team GO Rocket Leader and Boss Battles

The data mined quests confirm that we will be fighting Cliff, Arlo and Sierra, but it also reveals their official title: Team GO Rocket Leaders. A few quests reference a person named Team GO Rocket Boss, which we are almost completely sure is Giovanni. As you will find in the data mined story line below, Giovanni seems to be included in this quest line.

Catch a Legendary Shadow Pokemon quest

The player base has been clamoring for Legendary Shadow Pokemon for a while now, ever since Shadow Pokemon were first released. The list of Legendary Shadow Pokemon for “Catch a Legendary Shadow Pokémon” is not known at this moment, but we don’t expect it to include Shadow Lugia in this phase. Team GO Rocket has mostly used Kanto and Johto region Pokemon, with a strong emphasis on Kanto. If anything, we expect shadow Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno, as they are the only shadow Pokemon which are currently present in the code base.

Zapdos Moltres Articuno

New Team GO Rocket special research story line

In addition to the quests listed above, this data mined leak includes a complete story line for a Team GO Rocket themed special research quest lines. We are sharing the story line with its appropriate in-game identifiers (key values that are used in the code). The quest line picks up where the A Troubling Situation Guide: Team Rocket Special Research quest line ended, where we have defeated Team GO Rocket with the help of Team Leaders, but Prof. Willow was not sure that was the end of GO Rocket.


“Thanks for your help in defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts, %PLAYERNAME%! The team leaders and I have been observing Team GO Rocket, and something tells us this is far from over. The transmission sent during the Team GO Rocket take-over had a message from an unknown sender at the end. We’re going to need all the help we can get to reveal the identity of this unknown figure looming in the shadows, and you are just the Trainer for the job! Can you help us get to the bottom of this mystery?”

Mysterious Components

“Thank you for your continued support against those pesky Team GO Rocket Grunts.
As they flee, some Grunts are leaving behind Mysterious Components. I believe these are what Team GO Rocket is using to hack and steal resources from PokéStops. Clever little devices, aren’t they?

There’s information we can glean from these components that will help us in our fight against this dangerous organization. Once you have enough pieces, you should be able to assemble something similar to the device I’ve modified in my lab. It might be best to prepare yourself for whatever might come, %PLAYERNAME%.”

Do not underestimate them

“Interesting. It appears there’s more to Team GO Rocket than previously thought. 
Their ingenuity has got me thinking there might be another use for these Mysterious Components. We shouldn’t underestimate Team GO Rocket. It’s time to get battle ready, %PLAYERNAME%.

I don’t want to send you out to face another foe without some more training. 
While you sharpen your battle skills, I’ll be sure to get this little project of mine up and operational.”

Rocket Radar

“Fantastic work, Trainer. I’ve been working on a prototype for something I call the Rocket Radar, but I was missing some critical components. Your hard work in retrieving these components actually made my device work!

If we combine my research and these Mysterious Components you’ve found, we can create a radar-like tool to track down Team GO Rocket Hideouts! Trainers all over the world are figuring out how to put together devices like this, and they’re identifying more hideouts than I originally anticipated.

%PLAYERNAME%, it’s time to head to these hideouts and face whatever—or whomever—is there head on. Let’s GO.”

Finding the boss

“You battled well, %PLAYERNAME%! You’ve done your team leaders—and me—proud. According to my observations, it appears the sender of that mysterious transmission during the Team GO Rocket take-over was not in attendance. There’s someone else calling the shots—someone above Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo.

I’ve improved on my previous invention and put together a Super Rocket Radar that should help you track this mastermind down. If it is who I think it is, he signs all his messages with “G.””

Defeat Giovanni

“Astounding work, %PLAYERNAME%! You’ve put a stop to Team GO Rocket’s plans for the time being and rescued a special Shadow Pokémon! It’s unlikely that Giovanni will give up this easily, so I hope we can rely on you to take down Team GO Rocket members as they appear around your area.

Spark, Blanche, and Candela will be on the lookout as well. I’m sure Team GO Rocket will try to hatch another villainous plot soon…”

Giovanni in new Team GO Rocket Special Research
Giovanni in new Team GO Rocket Special Research