All Team Rocket grunt Pokémon teams and shadow Pokémon rewards in Pokémon Go for February 2021

The backbone of Team Rocket.

There are multiple teams of Team Rocket that you can battle in Pokémon Go. These grunts are the backbone of Team Rocket, and you can find them all over the place. They spawn at any Pokéstop that Team Rocket has captured or appear in front of you in a Team Rocket balloon. When you defeat these grunts, you have the chance to capture one of the shadow Pokémon they were using in battle and receive mysterious components. Once you have six mysterious components, you can craft a Rocket Radar to find one Sierra, Arlo, or Cliff, the three leaders of Team Go Rocket.

Not every Team Rocket grunt is the same. They all have different shadow Pokémon you can battle against, and they also reward you with specific shadow Pokémon encounters. If you’re looking for a specific shadow Pokémon to add to your collection, you have to make sure to battle that grunt. We’ve compiled a list of all the different Team Rocket grunts, what Pokémon they use, and what shadow Pokémon encounter they give you a chance to capture.

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!”SnorlaxPoliwrath
Gardevoir
Snorlax
Snorlax
Gyarados
Snorlax
BugMale: “Go, my super bug Pokémon!”AnorithPinsirBeedrillAnorith
DarkFemale: “Wherever there is light, there is also a shadow.”SableyeSkuntank
Nuzleaf
Shiftry
Cacturne
Sableye
DragonFemale: “Roar! How’d that sound?”DratiniDragonair
Flygon
Gyarados
Dragonite
Dragonair
Dratini
ElectricFemale: “Get ready to be shocked!”Magnemite
Electabuss
Mareep
Flaaffy
Electabuzz
Magneton
Electabuzz
Ampharos
Magnemite
Electabuzz
Mareep
FightingFemale: “This buff physique isn’t just for show!”Hitmonlee
Hitmonchan
Machop
MachokeMachoke
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
FireFemale: “Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”Vulpix
Houndour
Ninetales
Magmar
Houndoom
Ninetales
Charmeleon
Arcanine
Vulpix
Houndour
Ninetales
Magmar
Houndoom
FlyingFemale: “Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”GolbatScyther
Golbat
Dragonite
Crobat
Golbat
GhostMale: “Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”Misdreavus
Duskull
Shuppet
Banette
Dusclops
Dusknoir
Banette
Sableye
Misdreavus
Duskull
Shuppet
GrassMale: “Don’t tangle with me!”Lileep
Hoppip
Oddish
Weepinbell
Gloom
Ivysaur
Shiftry
Victreebel
Vileplume
Lileep
Hoppip
Oddish
GroundMale: “You’ll be defeated into the ground!”Swinub
Diglett
Flygon
Vibrava
Pupitar
Gliscor
Flygon
Swinub
Diglett
IceFemale: “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.”Spheal
Snover
WalreinAbomasnowSpheal
Snover
NormalMale: “Normal does not mean weak.”TeddiursaRaticateSnorlaxTeddiursa
PoisonFemale: “Coiled and ready to strike!”Nidoran(male)
Nidoran(female)
Zubat
Grimer
Muk
Muk
Nidorina
Weezing
Nidoran(male)
Nidoran(female)
Zubat
PsychicMale: “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”Exeggcute
Wobbuffet
Slowpoke
Kadabra
Drowzee
Kirlia
Kirlia
Exeggutor
Hypno
Exeggcute
Wobbuffet
Slowpoke
RockMale: “Let’s rock and roll!”Aron
Nosepass
Pupitar
Lairon
Larvitar
Pupitar
Tyranitar
Aron
Nosepass
Lairon
Pupitar
WaterFemale: “These waters are treacherous!”Shellder
Poliwag
Wooper
Golduck
Poliwhirl
PolitoedShellder
Poliwag
Wooper
WaterMale: “These waters are treacherous!”MagikarpMagikarpMagikarpMagikarp