April 2021 will be a weird month for Giovanni in Pokémon Go. We’re still in the middle of the Season of Legends, which means each month Giovanni will have one of the three legendary bird Pokémon from the Kanto region. When it was March, Giovanni had captured Articuno, and you were able to save it to catch the shadow version to add to your collection. The shadow version was better to use on most occasions, and we highly recommended it to every trainer who could catch it. For April 2021, Giovanni would have shadow Zapdos, and it was another one we recommended catching.
Normally, Giovanni appears in a special research project that players have a certain amount of time to finish. If you did not capture shadow Articuno while it was appearing in March 2021, then you can still complete that one called ‘The Higher They Fly,’ and when you reach the end you’ll receive a Super Rocket Radar, leading you to Giovanni.
For those already completed, then the only way to receive another one is to complete the Tricky Pokémon timed research. That quest became available on April 1, and you have until April 8 to complete it in your local time zone. If you do not complete it in time, you will miss your opportunity to add another Super Rocket Radar to your inventory, and you won’t be able to go after Giovanni and his shadow Zapdos.
The Tricky Pokémon timed research task is straightforward and pretty easy. It only consists of one series of tasks that players need to complete to gain access to battling Giovanni. Because it’s pretty easy, there’s a distinct time limit on it. April 2021 is al little weird for Giovanni. There is a way to encounter a new one, but there’s no special research quest, making things a little different.
Even though they’re different, there’s still a chance to encounter Giovanni and his shadow Zapdos. We’re hoping things go back to normal, and there’s a new special research project in May for shadow Moltres, the final legendary bird Pokémon Giovanni will have in his arsenal for the Season of Legends.