Team GO Rocket Grunt (Trainer class)

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Team GO Rocket Grunt
GOロケット団のしたっぱ GO Team Rocket Underling
GO Team GO Rocket Grunt M.pngGO Team GO Rocket Grunt F.png
Models from Pokémon GO
Other names
Introduced in Generation VII
Appears in Pokémon GO
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Jessie, James
Anime debut [[]]
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut {{{manga}}}

Team GO Rocket Grunts (Japanese: GOロケット団のしたっぱ GO Team Rocket Underling) are members of Team GO Rocket in Pokémon GO. They invade PokéStops, use hot air balloons and battle using Shadow Pokémon to defend their claims.

Defeating a Team GO Rocket Grunt in a Trainer Battle rewards the player with GO Stardust icon.png500. The Grunt will abandon the PokéStop (if not flee via hot air balloon), and leave one of the Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which can then be captured during the bonus challenge. Since November 5, 2019, starting in selected locations, a defeated Team GO Rocket Grunt will also leave behind a Mysterious Component needed to assemble a Rocket Radar.

When using a Super Rocket Radar, Decoy Grunts may be found disguised as Giovanni. Upon interacting with the PokéStop, they will reveal themselves to be Grunts and challenge the player to battle.


GO Team GO Rocket Grunt M 2.pngGO Team GO Rocket Grunt F 2.png
Models before battle from
Pokémon GO
VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.pngVSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
VS models from
Pokémon GO
Spr GO Team GO Rocket Grunt M.pngSpr GO Team GO Rocket Grunt F.png
Icons from
Pokémon GO

Trainer list

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 at 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. The odds of each Grunt appearing and which Pokémon they use are not uniformly distributed. Team GO Rocket Grunts will also never use Protect Shields.

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. While most Grunts only abandon the first Pokémon used, a few have a small chance of abandoning the second instead. For Grunts that may abandon either the first or second Shadow Pokémon, the bonus challenge encounter is random for every player; for instance, if two players defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt at the same PokéStop invasion, whose team consisted of Houndour, Houndoom, and Arcanine, one player may encounter Houndour while the other encounters Houndoom.

The following table shows the possible Pokémon that may be used by each Team GO Rocket Grunt since May 18, 2021. Green-colored cells denote the pools of Pokémon that may be encountered during the bonus challenge.[1]

For a list of all past Team GO Rocket Grunt rotations, see list of Team GO Rocket Pokémon changes.
GO Normal.png Normal does not mean weak. VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
TeddiursaShadow RaticateShadowPorygon2Shadow SnorlaxShadowPorygon-ZShadow
GO Fighting.png This buff physique isn't just for show! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
MachopShadowMakuhitaShadow MachokeShadow HitmonleeShadowHitmonchanShadowHariyamaShadow
GO Flying.png Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
ZubatShadowStarlyShadow GolbatShadowStaraviaShadow GyaradosShadowDragoniteShadowCrobatShadow
GO Poison.png Coiled and ready to strike! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
Nidoran♀ShadowNidoran♂ShadowSkorupiShadow NidorinaShadowNidorinoShadow NidorinaShadowMukShadowWeezingShadow
GO Ground.png You'll be defeated into the ground! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
DiglettShadowSwinubShadow MarowakShadowVibravaShadow FlygonShadowGliscorShadow
GO Rock.png Let's rock and roll! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
NosepassShadowAronShadow LarvitarShadowPupitarShadowLaironShadow PupitarShadowTyranitarShadow
GO Bug.png Go, my super bug Pokémon! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
ShuckleShadowAnorithShadowSkorupiShadow VenomothShadowPinsirShadowScizorShadow BeedrillShadowScytherShadowScizorShadow
GO Ghost.png!
VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
MisdreavusShadowShuppetShadowDuskullShadow BanetteShadowDusclopsShadow SableyeShadowBanetteShadowDusknoirShadow
GO Fire.png Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get? VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
VulpixShadowHoundourShadow NinetalesShadowMagmarShadowHoundoomShadow CharmeleonShadowNinetalesShadowArcanineShadow
GO Water.png These waters are treacherous! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
MagikarpShadow MagikarpShadow MagikarpShadowGyaradosShadow
GO Water.png These waters are treacherous! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
PoliwagShadowHorseaShadowSphealShadow QuagsireShadowMarshtompShadow PoliwrathShadowPolitoedShadow
GO Grass.png Don't tangle with us! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
OddishShadowTangelaShadowHoppipShadow GloomShadowTangelaShadowSkiploomShadow VileplumeShadowVictreebelShadowShiftryShadow
GO Electric.png Get ready to be shocked! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
ElectabuzzShadowMareepShadowElectrikeShadow ElectabuzzShadowFlaaffyShadow ElectabuzzShadowAmpharosShadow
GO Psychic.png Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power? VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt M.png
#1 #2 #3
SlowpokeShadowExeggcuteShadowWobbuffetShadow KadabraShadowDrowzeeShadow HypnoShadowExeggutorShadowKirliaShadow
GO Ice.png You're gonna be frozen in your tracks. VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
SphealShadowSnoverShadow CloysterShadowSwinubShadowSealeoShadow CloysterShadowLaprasShadowAbomasnowShadow
GO Dragon.png ROAR! ...How'd that sound? VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
DratiniShadow DragonairShadowFlygonShadow DragonairShadowDragoniteShadowFlygonShadow
GO Dark.png Wherever there is light, there is also shadow. VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
MurkrowShadowPoochyenaShadow MightyenaShadowSableyeShadow ShiftryShadowCacturneShadow
GO Fairy.png Check out my cute Pokémon! VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
SnubbullShadow SnubbullShadowGranbullShadow GranbullShadow
  • Don't bother—I've already won.
  • Get ready to be defeated!
  • Winning is for winners.
VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
SnorlaxShadow PoliwrathShadowSnorlaxShadowGardevoirShadow GyaradosShadowSnorlaxShadowDragoniteShadow
Decoy Grunt
Boss Decoy
VSTeam GO Rocket Grunt F.png
#1 #2 #3
BellsproutShadow RaticateShadowWeepinbellShadow RaticateShadowSnorlaxShadow


  • PokéStop invasion
"Wha— Hey! You’re the Trainer that’s been getting in our way all the time!"
"Intruder alert!"
"Halt! State your purpose for being here!"
"What’d you hope to achieve by coming here?"
"This is as far as you’ll go!"
"Welcome to this PokéStop! So good of you to join me!"
"Intruder spotted!"
"Uh-oh! I found a little troublemaker!"
"Not even a single Rattata is getting past me!"
"Who’s there? Quit listening in on us!"
"What do you want, you pest? Scram!"
"Are you lost? No, you can’t be. You don’t have that scared look."
"No way! Only authorized members are allowed. I was told to let no one else get close."
"What d’you think you’re doing running around here?! We’re Team GO Rocket, don’t you know!"
"Show Team GO Rocket a little respect!"
"We’re pulling a big job here! Get lost!"
"Hey, you! What are you wandering here for?"
"If you get in our way, then you’ll...really be in our way!"
"You snuck into Team GO Rocket’s operation? What nerve!"
"Team GO Rocket has taken control of this PokéStop!"
"We’re Team GO Rocket, and we strike fear into others with our strength!"
"Looking for more items? They’re mine now!"
"Not seeing many items? I’ve been stealing them!"
"Want more items? You’ll have to beat me."
"Stealing items from this PokéStop is fun!"
  • Decoy Grunt:
"Looking for the boss? HA. Try again."
"I’m sorry—the boss is at another PokéStop."
"You’ll never find Giovanni!"
"You’ve been tricked again, punk! Our boss isn’t here, but I am—and I’m raring for a battle!"
"Hyuck-hyuck—tricked ya, didn’t I?"
"You’ll never find the boss!"
"Team GO Rocket forever! I’ll protect the boss with my life!"
"Heh heh. Feeling lucky? Well, you shouldn’t be. He’s not here, and I’m gonna crush you!"
"Hyuck-hyuck—you’re messing with the wrong grunt, kid!"
"You think you’re a hero? You can’t even find the boss!"
"I’ve been given strict orders. I’m to crush anyone who’s looking for the boss!"
  • Team GO Rocket balloon (GO Fest 2020):
"Caw, CAW! We’ve already taken the skies, and now we’ve taken your precious event, too!"
"Team GO Rocket’s balloon squad, reporting for duty! We’ve taken over this festival!"
"Wow! The confetti looks great from up here!"
Before battle
  • PokéStop invasion/Decoy Grunt:
"You’re not going any farther! I don’t show mercy to my enemies!"
"This PokéStop belongs to Team GO Rocket!"
"I’ll give you something to be scared about!"
"We won’t let you ruin our plans to take over PokéStops."
"Pokémon battle? Cool! Rumble!"
"You look gentle, so I think I can beat you. I’ll give it a GO!"
"Feeling lucky, punk? Go ahead, take another step."
"You think you’re a hero?"
"There’s nothing past here except our PokéStop. So what brings you here?"
"I’ll flick you away effortlessly!"
"Boss said he’ll take this PokéStop in the name of Team GO Rocket!"
"You don’t have any business here! Go home!"
"Pokémon are only good for making money. Why not use them? You stay out of our business!"
"Hey, Trainer! C’mon!"
"We’re going to steal all the items and catch all the Pokémon from this PokéStop! You want to stop us? Let’s battle!"
"Nice Pokémon! Hand it over!"
"I'm gonna rough you up!"
"Get lost! I’m bushed!"
"Let me take all the Pokémon and items from this PokéStop! Uh...pretty please?"
  • Team GO Rocket balloon (GO Fest 2020):
"Sure glad I got over that fear of heights... Oh, wait... What?"
"I've always wanted to see this event from the air! What a view!"
"Where do you think the boss got all these balloons?"
Prebattle screen
  • Decoy Grunt:
"Fooled ya, twerp."
"I can’t believe you fell for it!"
"In the name of the boss, I’ll destroy you!"
"You’ll never get to him!"
"It feels good to see you disappointed."
"Wanna get to the boss, do ya? You’ll have to defeat me!"
"I’ll do anything to protect the boss!"
"You’ve been bamboozled, punk!"
"Get lost! You’ll never find him."
"What, did you think finding the boss was going to be that easy?"
Upon victory
  • PokéStop invasion/Decoy Grunt:
"Stop meddling in Team GO Rocket’s affairs, or else!"
"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!"
  • Team GO Rocket balloon (GO Fest 2020):
"Today, this celebration. Tomorrow, the world!"
"I know you hate to see us take over your festival but love to watch us fly away."
"Can’t wait to fly around in my handy-dandy hot-air balloon and defeat other event attendees!"
Upon being defeated
  • PokéStop invasion/Decoy Grunt:
"Argh! You are good!"
"It’s because of you that Team GO Rocket’s reputation was totally smashed!"
"If you were to join Team GO Rocket, you could become a Team GO Rocket Leader."
"What if the boss hears about this?!"
"Such a dreadful twerp!"
"Don’t fight us GO Rockets!"
"What’re you staring at? Get lost. Either you leave or I’ll make you leave!"
"Boy, that really makes me steam!"
"As always..."
"This is not good... I better tell the boss!"
"What? I lost? No!"
"I can’t do it!"
"Go wherever you like! Get lost! See if I care!"
"*cough cough* It’s only ’cause I’m coming down with a cold!"
"I failed in my duties... I’ll be docked pay for this..."
"I blew it!"
"So you are good..."
"Oww! We got beat bad!"
"This won’t do!"
"I surrender!"
"Oof! Taken down!"
"You’re tough!"
"Not enough grit!"
"I’m stunned!"
"Stop! I give up! I’ll leave quietly!"
"We’ll never be able to face the boss at this rate!"
"Grrr, Team GO Rocket is scarier than you know, and don’t you forget it!"
"Who needs a weak Pokémon like this? It’s all yours!"
"Forget it. Who needs your Pokémon!"
"I hate losing! Get out of my face!"
"I need to catch a few z’s!"
"Manners never get me anywhere."
  • Team GO Rocket balloon (GO Fest 2020):
"Caw, caw... Worst event ever..."
"Get in a balloon, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. This is the worst event ever..."
"This confetti just makes me sad now. Worst event ever."

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese GO火箭隊手下 GO Huǒjiànduì Sáuhah
Mandarin GO火箭隊手下 GO Huǒjiànduì Shǒuxià
France Flag.png French Sbire de la Team GO Rocket
Germany Flag.png German Team GO Rocket-Rüpel
Italy Flag.png Italian Recluta del Team GO Rocket
South Korea Flag.png Korean GO로켓단의 조무래기 GO Roket-dan Jomuraegi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Recruta da Equipe GO Rocket
Spain Flag.png Spanish Recluta del Team GO Rocket
Thailand Flag.png Thai ลูกสมุนแก๊งโกร็อกเกต Luksamun Gang GO Rocket


  • One of the introductory lines for the Decoy Grunt may be a reference to Super Mario Bros., and Toad's infamous line, “Thank you, Mario! But our princess is in another castle!”.
  • Currently, no Team GO Rocket Grunts specialize in the Steel-type.


Boss: Giovanni
Leaders: CliffSierraArlo
Lower members: Team GO Rocket Grunts
Pokémon: Shadow Pokémon
Items: Mysterious Component
Rocket RadarSuper Rocket Radar

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