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

Encounter Team GO Rocket Leaders

By defeating a regular Rocket 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.

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. You cannot obtain further Mysterious Components while you own a Rocket Radar.

Battle Team GO Rocket Leaders

Team GO Rocket Leaders battles work similarly to the normal Grunts battles. 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.

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. Winning them also increases the rank of the Hero medal. The Shadow Pokémon caught do not necessarily have better Individual Values. Unlike the normal battle, Shadow Pokémon are possible to be shiny.

The first Pokémon of each Leader is always the same while the latter two are randomly chosen from three Pokémon in each position.

Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo icon
Arlo
Charizard
#006
Charizard
Icon Fire
Icon Flying
Dragonite
#149
Dragonite
Icon Dragon
Icon Flying
Mawile
#303
Mawile
Icon Steel
Icon Fairy
Blastoise
#009
Blastoise
Icon Water
Scizor
#212
Scizor
Icon Bug
Icon Steel
Steelix
#208
Steelix
Icon Steel
Icon Ground
Salamence
#373
Salamence
Icon Dragon
Icon Flying
Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff icon
Cliff
Marowak
#105
Marowak
Icon Ground
Tyranitar
#248
Tyranitar
Icon Rock
Icon Dark
Pinsir
#127
Pinsir
Icon Bug
Omastar
#139
Omastar
Icon Rock
Icon Water
Swampert
#260
Swampert
Icon Water
Icon Ground
Electivire
#466
Electivire
Icon Electric
Torterra
#389
Torterra
Icon Grass
Icon Ground
Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra icon
Sierra
Exeggutor
#103
Exeggutor
Icon Grass
Icon Psychic
Alakazam
#065
Alakazam
Icon Psychic
Beldum
#374
Beldum
Icon Steel
Icon Psychic
Lapras
#131
Lapras
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Houndoom
#229
Houndoom
Icon Dark
Icon Fire
Sharpedo
#319
Sharpedo
Icon Water
Icon Dark
Shiftry
#275
Shiftry
Icon Grass
Icon Dark

From December 24th, 2019 to February 3rd, the Pokémon of each Leader were:

Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo icon
Arlo
Charizard
#006
Charizard
Icon Fire
Icon Flying
Dragonite
#149
Dragonite
Icon Dragon
Icon Flying
Bagon
#371
Bagon
Icon Dragon
Blastoise
#009
Blastoise
Icon Water
Scizor
#212
Scizor
Icon Bug
Icon Steel
Steelix
#208
Steelix
Icon Steel
Icon Ground
Salamence
#373
Salamence
Icon Dragon
Icon Flying
Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff icon
Cliff
Onix
#095
Onix
Icon Rock
Icon Ground
Tyranitar
#248
Tyranitar
Icon Rock
Icon Dark
Stantler
#234
Stantler
Icon Normal
Marowak
#105
Marowak
Icon Ground
Swampert
#260
Swampert
Icon Water
Icon Ground
Electivire
#466
Electivire
Icon Electric
Torterra
#389
Torterra
Icon Grass
Icon Ground
Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra icon
Sierra
Alakazam
#065
Alakazam
Icon Psychic
Houndoom
#229
Houndoom
Icon Dark
Icon Fire
Absol
#359
Absol
Icon Dark
Lapras
#131
Lapras
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Shiftry
#275
Shiftry
Icon Grass
Icon Dark
Cacturne
#332
Cacturne
Icon Grass
Icon Dark
Gallade
#475
Gallade
Icon Psychic
Icon Fighting

Before December 24th, 2019 the Pokémon of each Leader were:

Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo icon
Arlo
Gyarados
#130
Gyarados
Icon Water
Icon Flying
Charizard
#006
Charizard
Icon Fire
Icon Flying
Scyther
#123
Scyther
Icon Bug
Icon Flying
Crobat
#169
Crobat
Icon Poison
Icon Flying
Dragonite
#149
Dragonite
Icon Dragon
Icon Flying
Magnezone
#462
Magnezone
Icon Electric
Icon Steel
Scizor
#212
Scizor
Icon Bug
Icon Steel
Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff icon
Cliff
Sandslash
#028
Sandslash
Icon Ground
Tyranitar
#248
Tyranitar
Icon Rock
Icon Dark
Meowth
#052
Meowth
Icon Normal
Snorlax
#143
Snorlax
Icon Normal
Torterra
#389
Torterra
Icon Grass
Icon Ground
Flygon
#330
Flygon
Icon Ground
Icon Dragon
Infernape
#392
Infernape
Icon Fire
Icon Fighting
Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra icon
Sierra
Hypno
#097
Hypno
Icon Psychic
Alakazam
#065
Alakazam
Icon Psychic
Sneasel
#215
Sneasel
Icon Dark
Icon Ice
Lapras
#131
Lapras
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Houndoom
#229
Houndoom
Icon Dark
Icon Fire
Sableye
#302
Sableye
Icon Dark
Icon Ghost
Gardevoir
#282
Gardevoir
Icon Psychic
Icon Fairy

Giovanni

Giovanni can only be fought in Special Research, which, among other tasks, requires you to defeat all three Rocket Leaders at least once. This awards the trainer with a Super Rocket Leader to track down Giovanni. Much like the regular version, it will highlight a number of PokéStops; all of them except one are actually only a normal Rocket Grunt working as a decoy for Giovanni. Winning Giovanni increases the rank of the Ultra Hero medal.

After defeating Giovanni, Trainers can encounter and catch the Legendary Pokémon used by him. It has a 100% catch rate.


Leader 1st Pokémon 2nd Pokémon 3rd Pokémon
Team GO Rocket Giovanni icon
Giovanni
Cloyster
#091
Cloyster
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Persian
#053
Persian
Icon Normal
Steelix
#208
Steelix
Icon Steel
Icon Ground
Raikou
#243
Raikou
Icon Electric
Hippowdon
#450
Hippowdon
Icon Ground

In January 2020, the second Pokémon used by Giovanni was either Cloyster, Kangaskhan or Garchomp.

In 2019, the second Pokémon used by Giovanni was either Dugtrio, Rhydon or Hippowdon.

Gallery

Members

Promotional images

Rocket Radar

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!

Trivia

  • 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".
  • The update post refers to Shadow Scyther as exclusive to a Team GO Rocket leader, when it was previously available in regular Rocket Grunts' teams.
  • Event Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption was held to promote their introduction.

References

  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.
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