Team GO Rocket encounters to be fixed in an upcoming update

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Trainers, Niantic has just updated their official Known Issues page with one notable change: Team GO Rocket encounters are now slated to be fixed in an upcoming update to Pokémon GO.

We previously reported that Team GO Rocket were still disabled with an unknown return date, and not much has changed – we still don’t know when they will reappear, but at least we know that the issue has been fixed.


The issue has been described with the following status update:

Team GO Rocket Grunt encounters sometimes causes the game to freeze.

Issue description: Sometimes, when a Trainer initiates a battle with Team GO Rocket, the game will freeze and become unresponsive. This issue has been mitigated by removing Team GO Rocket encounters temporarily until this can be resolved.

Issue status: Investigating
Issue status: Fixed in an upcoming update

Curiously, it seems that the fix requires a client side update to Pokémon GO, rather than a server side change. It’s not clear at this moment what the underlying issue was – a memory leak perhaps? – but we hope to find out in an upcoming data mine concerning this update.

Stay tuned for updates, and be sure to check out our Team GO Rocket guides: