Team GO Rocket Leaders

Team GO Rocket Leaders are more powerful enemies than the regular Team GO Rocket Grunts. Similar to Team Leaders, there are three of them: Arlo, Cliff and Sierra, with Giovanni being their boss. They made their debut on November 7th, 2019.[1]

Finding leaders

Rocket Radar equiping

A Rocket Radar equiping

By defeating a regular grunt, the player will receive a Mysterious Component. After collecting 6 of them, they can be combined to form a Rocket Radar, which can be equipped to find otherwise hidden locations of PokéStops where the Team GO Rocket Leaders are, boasting teams of Shadow Pokémon far stronger than the average grunt. The leaders start to appear at 6 a.m. and leave at 10 p.m. every day.

Finding Leaders

Locating hideouts

Without the Rocket Radar equipped, those PokéStops will only function as normal ones. A Radar may reveal multiple locations, but it is consumed after winning the battle against one leader. A new one must be crafted. It may also not reveal any leader hideouts even when there are PokéStops nearby, and your Team Leader would prompt you to travel to a different location to find them, or wait till tomorrow as the hideouts change over time. However, beating a leader does not change the other spots, even if you craft another radar.

Battling leaders

After locating Team GO Rocket leader's hideout at last, that is a PokéStop overtaken by one of them, Trainer can engage battle with them just like in case of Team GO Rocket Grunts and Giovanni.

Team GO Rocket Leaders battles work similarly to the normal Grunts battles. Trainer has to select a party of three Pokémon and use their Fast and Charged Attacks to defeat the opponent. Enemy Shadow Pokémon fought also have greatly increased CP above normal limits because strength is offensive-biased, meaning they can dish out quite a lot of damage but does not take hits as well as their CP suggests.

The only notable difference is that the Leaders always block the first two Charged Attacks with protect shields, similar to the Master League Trainer Battle against Team Leaders.

For more information on battling any of Team GO Rocket members, see: Team GO Rocket#Battling Team GO Rocket members.

After winning the Battle, 1000 Stardust and several Potions and Revives will be rewarded and there will be a chance to catch the first Shadow Pokémon they used. If the battle is lost, a rematch will be offered, but if it is won the Rocket Radar is being removed from Trainer's bag and they have to begin completing Mysterious Components again.

Winning the battle with Leader also increases the rank of the Hero medal. Their Shadow Pokémon caught do not necessarily have better Individual Values, but they are possible to be shiny, unlike the battle with regular grunts.

Leaders' parties

These are current sets of Pokémon to be used by each of Leaders in a battle with them.

In a single battle with a leader, the first Pokémon of each leader is always the same while the latter two are randomly chosen from three Pokémon in each column. Pokémon highlighted with green can be caught after winning a battle.
Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo icon
Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff icon
Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra icon

Changes to leaders' parties

Main article: List of Team GO Rocket Leaders Pokémon changes

From the release of Battle against Team GO Rocket Leaders, until now, there were some changes to their Pokémon parties.


Members' icons

Promotional images

Promotional video

The Team GO Rocket Leaders have blasted their way into Pokémon GO!

The Team GO Rocket Leaders have blasted their way into Pokémon GO!


  • All three Team GO Rocket Leaders have name that refer to mountainous features: "Cliff" is a vertical rock side; "Sierra" is Spanish for "mountain range", and "Arlo" is Old English for "fortified hill".
  • According to in-game commentary, Arlo appears to be the counterpart of Team Leader Candela; Cliff is the counterpart of Blanche, and Sierra is the counterpart of Spark.
  • Event Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption was held to promote their introduction.
    • The event blog post refers to Shadow Scyther as exclusive to a Team GO Rocket Leader, when it was previously available in regular Rocket Grunts' teams.[7]
  • On March 7th, 2020, the global take-over mini-event, the Leaders used every first Pokémon which previously appeared.[8] The rest of the team was the newest set though.
  • PokéStops that would be taken over by Team GO Rocket Leaders cannot be taken by grunts, which is noticeable during events where all PokéStops are taken over by grunts with the exceptions of those with leaders. However, it is possible for Cliff, Sierra, or Arlo to occupy the same PokéStop as Giovanni.
  • Friendly Team Leaders may give advice on defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders based on their types. However, it is possible for them to list the weakness of Ground types against Giovanni, even if he has Kingler as his second Pokémon and therefore does not have any Ground types on his team.

External links


  1. Find the Team GO Rocket Leaders and defeat Giovanni!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-11-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 PokemonGoApp. (2019, September 30). Professor Willow has started to recover files from the corrupted folder, and he's uncovered these images.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-10-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 PokemonGoApp. (2019, October 2). Professor Willow recovered these photos from the corrupted folder hidden on his computer.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-10-29.
  4. PokemonGoApp. (2019, October 30). Incoming Willow Report: A Valor recruit no more. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-10-30.
  5. PokemonGoApp. (2019, October 26). Incoming Willow Report: The first of many cliffhangers. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-10-29.
  6. PokemonGoApp. (2019, October 28). Incoming Willow Report: A shadowy sierra. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-10-29.
  7. The Team GO Rocket Leaders have disrupted Pokémon habitats!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-11-09.
  8. Stardust bonuses, Shadow Entei, Thundurus in raids, and more in March!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-02-29.
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