All Team Rocket grunt Pokémon teams and shadow Pokémon rewards in Pokémon Go – March 2023

The backbone of Team Rocket.

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The Team Rocket grunts make up the bulk of the Team Rocket forces you will fight in Pokémon Go. They have a handful of shadow Pokémon they use against you, and they’re slightly stronger than the average Pokémon. The Team Rocket Grunt teams switch up every so often, as do their bosses, Sierra, Arlo, or Cliff, the Team Rocket leaders. If you want to find the Team Rocket leaders and eventually Giovanni, you need to take on the Grunts. This guide covers all Team Rocket Grunt teams and their shadow Pokémon rewards in Pokémon Go.

All Team Rocket Grunt shadow Pokémon rewards in Pokémon Go

The type of Pokémon a Team Rocket grunt uses is based on the dialogue they have. Match up the type of Pokémon with the grunt you’re about to fight, learn what type of Pokémon they’re going to use, and the shadow Pokémon you can rescue from them.

Team Rocket grunt Pokémon teams and shadow Pokémon rewards

Type of TeamTeam Rocket grunt gender and dialogueFirst PokémonSecond PokémonThird PokémonShadow Pokémon Reward
AceFemale: “Winning is for winners or … Get ready to be defeated or … Don’t bother- I’ve already won!”SnorlaxSnorlax
Poliwrath
Gardevoir
Snorlax
Gyarados
Dragoniate
Snorlax
BugMale: “Go, my super bug Pokémon!”Skorupi
Shuckle
Joltik
Beedrill
Weedle
Forretress
Scizor
Beedrill
Skorupi
Shuckle
Joltik
Weedle
DarkFemale: “Wherever there is light, there is also a shadow.”Alolan Rattata
Murkrow
Purrloin
Alolan Raticate
Murkrow
Stunky
Cacturne
Honchkrow
Alolan Raticate
Alolan Rattata
Murkrow
Purrloin
DragonFemale: “Roar! How’d that sound?”DratiniAlolan Exeggutor
Flygon
Dragonair
Dragonite
Flygon
Dratini
ElectricFemale: “Get ready to be shocked!”Mareep
Shinx
Blitzle
Voltorb
Electabuzz
Ampharos
Zebstrika
Blitzle
Mareep
Shinx
Ekectabuzz
FairyFemale: “Check out my cute Pokémon!”Snubbull
Ralts
Mawile
SnubbullGranbull
Snubbull
Mawile
Ralts
Snubbull
FightingFemale: “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”MakuhitaHItmonlee
Hitmonchan
MachampMakuhita
FireFemale: “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”Vulpix
Torchic
Numel
Magmar
Quilava
CameruptTorchic
Vulpix
Numel
FlyingFemale: “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”Natu
Ducklett
StaraviaDragonite
Crobat
Natu
Ducklett
GhostMale: “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”Duskullk
Golett
Banette
Dusclops
Banette
Dusknopir
Golurk
Golett
Duskull
GrassMale: “Don’t tangle with me!”Oddish
Cacnea
Treecko
Bayleef
Gloom
Amoonguss
Cacturne
Meganium
Cacnea
Treecko
Oddish
GroundMale: “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”Phanpy
Hippopotas
Donphan
Hippopotas
HippowdonPhanpy
Hippopotas
IceFemale: “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”Alolan Sandshrew
Alolan Vulpix
SnoverLaprasAlolan Sandshrw
Alolan Vulpix
NormalMale: “Normal does not mean weak.”Patrat
Whismur
RaticateRaticate
Ursaring
Patrat
Whismur
PoisonFemale: “Coiled and ready to strike!”Alolan GrimerNidorina
Nidorino
WeezingAlolan Grimer
PsychicMale: “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”Natu
Spoink
RaltsMetang
Alakazam
Natu
Spoink
SteelMale: “You’re no match for my iron will!”Alolan Sandshrew
Aron
Alolan Diglett
LaironScizorAlolan Sandshrew
Aron
Alolan Diglett
RockMale: “Let’s rock and roll!”Lileep
Onix
Anorith
Lileep
Graveler
Anorith
Onix
Steelix
Golem
Lileep
Onix
Anorith
WaterFemale: “These waters are treacherous!”Psyduck
Wailmer
Croconaw
Golduck
Feraligatr
Golduck
Psyduck
Wailmer
WaterMale: “These waters are treacherous!”MagikarpMagikarpMagikarp
Gyarados
Magikarp