Team GO Rocket Event announced, brings shiny Ekans and Koffing

Team GO Rocket
Team GO Rocket

Trainers! Team GO Rocket have officially arrived to Pokémon GO and have no intentions on leaving this time! Beginning July 25th, 2019 through August 1st, 2019 Pokémon significant to Team GO Rocket’s arrival will be appearing more frequently in the Wild, Eggs, and Raids, shiny Ekans and Koffing will be released and you will be able to catch as many Shadow Pokemon as you wish. Team Rocket Invasions are expected to become much more frequent than they were during the teaser event a few days ago.

Team GO Rocket Event

Team GO Rocket Event
Event Team GO Rocket Event
Date + Time START: July 25th, 2019
END: August 1st, 2019
  • Increased encounters with Pokémon significant to Team GO Rocket!
  • Select Pokémon significant to Team GO Rocket will appear in raids.
  • Specific Pokémon will be hatching more frequently from Eggs:
    Rattata, Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Meowth, Machop, Magnemite, Grimer, Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, Koffing, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, and Poochyena.
  • If you are lucky, you may encounter Shiny Ekans or Shiny Koffing in the Wild, Eggs or in Raids. Additionally, you may hatch Shiny Sneasel or Shiny Zubat!



Shiny Ekans, Koffing, Sneasel, and Zubat Families

Two new shiny Pokemon are being released alongside the Team Rocket Event. Of course, it’s the iconic Team Rocket duo: Ekans and Koffing. We’re quite sure these two will be highly sought after by shiny hunters, as both Pokemon are iconic anime characters. Sadly, shiny Meowth wasn’t mentioned in the official announcement.

Normal Version Shiny Version

Both Pokemon are Poison types whose spawns are boosted by Cloudy weather, but we expect these to be spawning like crazy during the event. Be sure to shiny check every Koffing you encounter, as these are quite rare outside of themed events. Ekans is found in the same biome as Pidgey, Rattata and other “trash tier” spawns.

Increased Spawns

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently the Team Rocket event:

Pokémon with Increased Spawns
Pokemon GO RattataRattata Pokemon GO EkansEkans Pokemon GO SandshrewSandshrew
Pokemon GO ZubatZubat Pokemon GO MeowthMeowth Pokemon GO MachopMachop
Pokemon GO MagnemiteMagnemite Pokemon GO GrimerGrimer Pokemon GO GastlyGastly
Pokemon GO DrowzeeDrowzee Pokemon GO CuboneCubone Pokemon GO KoffingKoffing
Pokemon GO SneaselSneasel Pokemon GO MurkrowMurkrow Pokemon GO HoundourHoundour
Pokemon GO PoochyenaPoochyena

Pokemon appearances will be increased in all places where they can naturally be found: Wild encounters, Egg hatches and Raid battles. Please be aware that these event spawns will take over some of your local spawns once the event starts and will stop spawning once it ends. It’s hard to predict rarity tiers at this moment.

Special Field Research

As of now it unknown if a complete Raid Boss shakeup will happen or if it will be just a few more Bosses added to the existing Raid pool. Keep checking back, as we will update as soon as we know what the Raid Bosses and Field Research are.

Team GO Rocket Research Tasks
Quest Reward
Stage 1/4
Evolve 2 Pokémon Pokemon GO MurkrowMurkrow
Power up a Pokémon 5 times Pokemon GO SableyeSableye
Stage Rewards
  • 1000 Stardust
  • 2000 XP
Stage 2/4
Catch 2 Shadow Pokemon Pokemon GO EkansEkans
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts Pokemon GO KoffingKoffing
Stage Rewards
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 2000 XP
  • 5 Golden Razz Berry
Stage 3/4
Purify 3 Shadow Pokemon 3000 XP
Purify a Fire-, Water-, or Grass-type Pokémon 3000 XP
Stage Rewards
  • 2000 Stardust
  • 5 Silver Pinap
  • 1 Rare Candy
Stage 4/4
Auto Complete 1000 Stardust (x2)
Auto Complete 1000 XP
Stage Rewards
  • 1 Charged TM
  • 1 Fast TM
  • 3 Rare Candy


Special Raid Boss List

Raid Boss List: Team GO Rocket Has Arrived!
Tier Boss Raid
EX Pokemon GO Deoxys (Speed)Deoxys (Speed) Link
5 Pokemon GO Mewtwo (Armored)Mewtwo (Armored) Link
4 Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Link
4 Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Link
4 Pokemon GO Marowak (Alola)Marowak (Alola) Link
4 Pokemon GO VictreebelVictreebel Link
3 Pokemon GO GengarGengar Link
3 Pokemon GO HypnoHypno Link
3 Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Link
3 Pokemon GO Raichu (Alola)Raichu (Alola) Link
2 Pokemon GO GloomGloom
2 Pokemon GO MagnetonMagneton
2 Pokemon GO MukMuk
2 Pokemon GO SandslashSandslash
2 Pokemon GO SneaselSneasel
1 Pokemon GO CuboneCubone
1 Pokemon GO EkansEkans
1 Pokemon GO KoffingKoffing
1 Pokemon GO MeowthMeowth
1 Pokemon GO ZubatZubat


  • Increased Encounters via Wild, Eggs, and Raids
  • Special Raid Battles and Field Research
  • Shiny Ekans/Koffing
  • July 25 – August 1
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