Team GO Rocket

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Team GO Rocket
GO ロケット団 GO Rocket-dan
GO Rocket logo.png
GO Team GO Rocket.png
Promotional artwork from Pokémon GO
Leader Giovanni
Region Earth
Admins Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra
Major targets PokéStops
Base locations Unknown

Team GO Rocket (Japanese: GO ロケット GO Rocket-dan, literally GO Rocket Gang) is a villainous team in pursuit of evil and the exploitation of Pokémon in Pokémon GO.[1][2][3][4] Their objective is to invade PokéStops for their resources by using Shadow Pokémon in Trainer Battles to defend their claims.

Team GO Rocket invasions initially started on July 22, 2019, lasting for 24 hours before stopping all of a sudden.[5] On July 25, 2019, Team GO Rocket began reappearing at even higher rates with a new Special Research, A Troubling Situation, becoming available.[6][7]

On July 27, 2019, Team GO Rocket started an all-out invasion of all New York City PokéStops as part of a real-life publicity stunt organized by Niantic with continuous updates on the official Twitter channel.[8][9][10] Later on that day, Team GO Rocket seemingly took over Pokémon GO's Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels. Localized social media in other languages were also vandalized in the same way. Team GO Rocket then began publishing information about their worldwide domination goals and achieving Giovanni's goals. They also started giving visual hints and broadcasting a video countdown setting up for an event on July 28, 2019. On that day, claiming that the invasion in New York was nothing but a decoy, Team GO Rocket started invading every single PokéStops in each timezone from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time as well as globally announcing their presence by sending broadcast messages to every Trainer in-game.

On August 1, 2019, after suffering a series of defeats, Team GO Rocket expanded their pool of Shadow Pokémon species.[11] They expanded their roster again on September 5, 2019 to include some more species.[12]

On September 29, 2019, a suspicious folder appeared in Professor Willow's computer, which contained several corrupted files.[13] On October 2, 2019, Professor Willow had managed to recover these corrupted files, which were revealed to be profiles of Team GO Rocket Leaders Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra.[14]

Invaded PokéStops

A PokéStop invaded by a Team GO Rocket Grunt

Occasionally, for players level 8 and above, a PokéStop may be invaded by a Team GO Rocket Grunt attempting to steal its items and resources. From a distance, an invaded PokéStop's cube is frequently rotating and has a dark, shadowy overlay. If within range, the invaded PokéStop turns black with the red "R" logo above it, and a Team GO Rocket Grunt is standing beside it in the overworld. Invaded PokéStops turn back to normal if the Grunt is defeated or 30 minutes has passed since the PokéStop was initially invaded. If a player successfully defeats a Grunt, the affected PokéStop can immediately be spun regardless of how much time has passed since the last spin. If the player's Item Bag is full, a Team GO Rocket Battle can still be triggered, but no items will be received.

Team GO Rocket Battles

Upon interacting with an invaded PokéStop, the Grunt will challenge the player to a Trainer Battle, in which they will use three Shadow Pokémon with highly inflated CP values, which vary increasingly depending on the player's Trainer level. Unlike in other Trainer Battles, the player's Pokémon will not be healed beforehand or afterwards, requiring the use of medicine to restore any lost HP. If the player loses, their team leader will appear and give advice based on type advantages against the Grunt's Pokémon. Team GO Rocket Battles can be repeatedly attempted until either the player is victorious or the PokéStop invasion expires. Each Team GO Rocket Grunt will always send out their Pokémon in the same order and never use Protect Shields.

If the player is victorious, they will be awarded GO Stardust icon.png500, and the Grunt will abandon the PokéStop along with one of their Shadow Pokémon used in battle. Similar to a Raid Battle, there is a bonus challenge afterwards to capture the abandoned Shadow Pokémon using Premier Balls. The number of Premier Balls given is based on the number of Pokémon the player has remaining at the end of the battle and the Hero and Purifier medals, ranging from 3 to potentially 11 Premier Balls.

Quantifier Premier Balls
Grunt Defeated Premier Ball +2
Pokémon Remaining Premier Ball +1 per Pokémon
Hero None Bronze Silver Gold
Premier Ball +0 Premier Ball +1 Premier Ball +2 Premier Ball +3
Purifier None Bronze Silver Gold
Premier Ball +0 Premier Ball +1 Premier Ball +2 Premier Ball +3


A Grunt's prebattle quote hinting at specializing in Fire-type Pokémon

The possible Shadow Pokémon used by each Team GO Rocket Grunt are based on the Grunt's gender and type specialty, which is hinted by the quote on the prebattle screen. Team GO Rocket Grunts will always send out their Pokémon in the same order, with each of their three Pokémon independently and randomly selected from separate pools.

After a Grunt is defeated, they will abandon one of their Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which can then be captured during the bonus challenge. Only certain Grunts have a 15% chance of abandoning their second Pokémon, while others are guaranteed to always abandon the first. Although the Grunt's Pokémon used in battle are fixed (with CP varying depending on Trainer level), the Shadow Pokémon encountered in the bonus challenge is random. This means that if two players battle the same Team GO Rocket Grunt who uses a team consisting of Rattata, Raticate, and Snorlax, it's possible that one player encounters Rattata during the bonus challenge while the other encounters Raticate.

The following table shows the possible Pokémon that may be used by each Team GO Rocket Grunt since October 17, 2019. Green-colored cells denote the pools of Pokémon that may possibly be encountered during the bonus challenge.[15] For past lists of Pokémon used by Team GO Rocket, see list of Team GO Rocket Pokémon changes.

Quote Gender Pokémon
1 2 3
GO Normal.png "Normal does not mean weak." Male RattataZubat RattataRaticate RaticateSnorlax
GO Fighting.png "This buff physique isn't just for show!" Female Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
GO Flying.png "Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!" Female ZubatGolbat GolbatScytherCrobat GyaradosDragoniteCrobat
GO Poison.png "Coiled and ready to strike!" Female ZubatVenonatGrimer GolbatGrimerMuk GolbatVenomothMuk
GO Ground.png "You'll be defeated into the ground!" Male CuboneLarvitarTrapinch CuboneMarowakVibrava MarowakFlygon
GO Rock.png "Let's rock and roll!" Male Larvitar LarvitarPupitar PupitarTyranitar
GO Bug.png "Go, my super bug Pokémon!" Male WeedleVenonatScyther KakunaVenomothScizor BeedrillScytherScizor
GO Ghost.png "!" Male SableyeShuppetDuskull SableyeBanetteDusclops SableyeBanetteDusknoir
GO Fire.png "Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?" Female GrowlitheMagmarHoundour CharmeleonHoundoom CharmeleonArcanineHoundoom
GO Water.png "These waters are treacherous!" Male Magikarp Magikarp MagikarpGyarados
Female PsyduckPoliwag GolduckPoliwhirl PoliwrathPolitoed
GO Grass.png "Don't tangle with us!" Male SeedotCacneaTurtwig BulbasaurIvysaurGloom VileplumeShiftryCacturne
GO Electric.png "Get ready to be shocked!" Female ElectabuzzMareep ElectabuzzFlaaffy ElectabuzzAmpharos
GO Psychic.png "Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?" Male AbraDrowzeeRalts DrowzeeHypnoRalts KadabraHypnoKirlia
GO Dragon.png "ROAR! ...How'd that sound?" Female Dratini DratiniDragonairFlygon GyaradosDragonairDragonite
  • "Don't bother—I've already won."
  • "Get ready to be defeated!"
  • "Winning is for winners."
Male BulbasaurCharmanderSquirtle IvysaurCharmeleonWartortle VenusaurCharizardBlastoise
Female LaprasSnorlax PoliwrathSnorlaxGardevoir GyaradosSnorlaxDragonite


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"Boss said he'll take the PokéStop in the name of Team GO Rocket!"
"Hey, Trainer! C'mon!"
"Intruder spotted!"
"Looking for more items? They're mine now!"
"Not seeing many items? I've been stealing them!"
"Pokémon battle? Cool! Rumble!"
"Wha— Hey! You're the Trainer that's been getting in our way all the time!"
"Stealing items from this PokéStop is fun!"
Before battle
"I'll flick you away effortlessly!"
"I'll give you something to be scared about!"
"Looking for more items? They're mine now!"
"Nice Pokémon! Hand it over!"
"You don't have any business here! Go home!"
"You think you're a hero?"
Upon victory
"My life as a criminal makes me feel so alive!"
"It sure does feel good to have Pokémon do your evil deeds for you!"
"Keep out of our way!"
"Hahaha, is that all you've got?"
"Nailed it!"
Upon being defeated
"Forget it. Who needs your Pokémon!"
"If you were to join Team GO Rocket, you could become a Team GO Rocket Leader."
"I blew it!!!"
"I'm stunned!"
"Such a dreadful twerp!"
"What if the boss hears about this?"
"What? I lost? No!"
"Who needs a weak Pokémon like this? It's all yours!"


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  • At the end of the Team GO Rocket promotional video, a silhouette of Giovanni flashes, followed by a quote, "Earth is where I shall unleash my evil schemes next!" The quote is a possible reference to Giovanni's final line in Episode RR from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, "Now...what new world shall I unleash my evil schemes upon...?"
  • Team GO Rocket's appearance in Pokémon GO was first hinted at both Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago and Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund where Grunts started photobombing on each day of those events after closure time. Those photobombs initiated a Meowth encounter.
  • A Team GO Rocket hot air balloon was sighted at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund for each day of the event around closure time.
  • During Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Yokohama, Giovanni started photobombing on each day of the event after closure time. Each of these photobombs initiated a Meowth encounter.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese GO 火箭隊 GO Fójin Déui
Mandarin GO 火箭隊 GO Huǒjiàn Duì
France Flag.png French Team GO Rocket
Germany Flag.png German Team GO Rocket
Italy Flag.png Italian Team GO Rocket
South Korea Flag.png Korean GO로켓단 GO Rocket-dan
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Equipe GO Rocket
Spain Flag.png Spanish Team GO Rocket



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Team RocketTeam AquaTeam MagmaTeam GalacticTeam PlasmaTeam FlareTeam SkullTeam Rainbow RocketTeam Yell
Team Great RocketTeam SnagemCipherPhobos BattalionGo-Rock SquadTeam Dim Sun
Team DebonairsPokémon PinchersTeam GO RocketTeam Break