Challenger (GO)

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Challengers (Japanese: ) are Pokémon Trainers who can be encountered during certain events in Pokémon GO. Like all Trainer Battles in that game, they use parties of three Pokémon. Research tasks during these events often involve defeating Challengers.

Like Team GO Rocket Grunts they appear near PokéStops which have an altered appearance in the overworld. Unlike those affected by Grunts' hacking, PokéStops visited by Challengers do not change color and rotate more slowly.

To date, every such event has featured Challengers that share a unique Trainer class.

GO Tour Challengers

In preparation for the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto, players were invited to enter a Twitter contest to have their Trainer's likeness and battle team used as Challengers during the event. Entries were judged based on creativity and theming.[1]. Defeating these Trainers was integral to progression in the Go Tour Kanto: Defeat all Challengers Timed Research.

CashmereFeline
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Persian Dragonair Ninetales
DieCurryWurst
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Charmander Charmeleon Charizard
enjoyryde
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Snorlax Clefable Wigglytuff
Juanevoli
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Pikachu Pikachu Pikachu
LenTao9
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Geodude Graveler Onix
MalibuLeo
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Gloom Butterfree Victreebel
oneslapguy
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Nidoran♂ Koffing Gengar
Telli997
GO Tour Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Flareon Vaporeon Jolteon

Fashion Challengers

During the Fashion Week 2021 event, Fashion Challengers appeared in the game. These non-player characters were designed to showcase fashion items available to players and had teams featuring Fashion Week Event Pokémon as well as various Trims of the newly released Furfrou. The Fashion Week Timed Research involved defeating Fashion Challengers.

Cool Challenger
Fashion Challenger
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Furfrou Sneasel Gothitelle
Eccentric Challenger
Fashion Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Furfrou Gligar Graveler
Quirky Challenger
Fashion Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Furfrou Braixen Shinx
Rugged Challenger
Fashion Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Furfrou Kirlia Mienshao
Sassy Challenger
Fashion Challenger
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#1 #2 #3
Furfrou Butterfree Vaporeon
Slick Challenger
Fashion Challenger
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Furfrou Croagunk Obstagoon

GO Gym Trainers

In preparation for the Pokémon Go Tour: Johto, players were invited to enter a Twitter contest to have their Trainer's likeness and battle team used as Challengers during the event. Entries were judged based on creativity and theming.[2]. Each team was meant to represent the Type favored by one of the Gyms of the Johto region and would appear to participants in the appropriate order. Defeating these Trainers was integral to progression in the GO Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Timed Research. After completing all the Research tasks, players were given the option to continue encountering the Gym Trainers or to have them stop appearing in order to focus on collecting Pokémon.

Robbenprinz
GO Gym Trainer: Flying
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#1 #2 #3
Hoppip Gligar CrobatShiny
Alehouhou
GO Gym Trainer: Bug
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#1 #2 #3
Parasect Scizor Heracross
Leon9715
GO Gym Trainer: Normal
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#1 #2 #3
Eevee Jigglypuff Rattata
Brissete
GO Gym Trainer: Ghost
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#1 #2 #3
Gastly Misdreavus Gengar
Terureruru
GO Gym Trainer: Fighting
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#1 #2 #3
Mankey Machoke Hitmontop
Balthazarpokemom
GO Gym Trainer: Steel
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#1 #2 #3
Forretress Steelix Skarmory
Absolfairy
GO Gym Trainer: Ice
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#1 #2 #3
Dewgong Lapras Sneasel
Robbenprinz
GO Gym Trainer: Dragon
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Kingdra Dragonair Dragonite

In other languages

Go Tour Challenger

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Fashion Challenger

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GO Gym Trainers

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese GOジムトレーナー
Mandarin Chinese GO道館訓練家
France Flag.png French Dresseur d'Arène GO
Germany Flag.png German GO-Arenatrainer
South Korea Flag.png Korean GO 체육관 트레이너
Spain Flag.png Spanish Entrenador de Gimnasios GO
Thailand Flag.png Thai GO ยิมเทรนเนอร์
Turkey Flag.png Turkish GO Gym Trainer


References



Non-player characters in Pokémon GO
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Team GO RocketChallengers