Team GO Rocket Loading Screen
Team GO Rocket Loading Screen

Trainers, something strange is happening on the official Pokémon GO Twitter account, strange enough that it looks like a teaser to our eyes. We will be updating this post as new information comes in – stay tuned.

First, it was announced that they’ve received a series of messages from the self-titled leaders of #TeamGORocket. With a playful “stay tuned”, Niantic announced that they will share out these messages soon.

A few hours later they’ve delivered a message from Cliff. Cliff is taunting Blanche and challenging their position as a Team Leader:

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Blanche already encountered Cliff once and froze on sight, maybe this taunt will reinvigorate Blanche’s willingness to fight:

He was reluctant to battle us, and told us to retreat in a surprisingly gentle tone. It was clear that this would be the only kindness he’d show us and would not stand down if challenged to a battle. Blanche stood frozen. I made the decision for both of us to head back, we were not prepared for a face-off.

Update: Sierra is taunting Spark, three hours after Cliff taunted Blanche! Judging by this schedule, Arlo will taunt Candela at 1 PM PDT!

Update #2:

  • The existing Rocket battle has been compressed to half its size
  • Leaders have received an updated typing
    • Arlo: Steel
    • Sierra: Dark
    • Cliff: Rock
    • Giovanni: Ground

Update #3: Players are reporting getting Mysterious Components in-game from a rocket grunt battle. Need 6 to do something. The drops are not guaranteed.

Mysterious Component
Mysterious Component
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