Pokémon GO launches Team Rocket and Shadow Pokémon
Prepare for trouble, and make it double! A new update has just dropped for Pokémon GO by developer Niantic, and it includes a large chunk of content, including the introduction of the series most iconic villains, Team Rocket, and with them Shadow Pokémon.
The new patch, which should update on the app automatically on iOS and Android for most users, drops today and the new content allows players who are using Pokémon GO to come into contact with Team Rocket members when coming across a PokéStop that is highlighted in grey on the GPS tracker. This will then trigger a 3v3 Pokémon Battle with a Grunt.
Officially known as Team GO Rocket, encountering a Grunt will require a Pokémon Battle, where the member has a Shadow Pokémon battle for them, a Pokémon that will have a shadowy essence to them and will know the Pokémon move Frustration. Upon beating them, the Shadow Pokémon will be added to your collection, and you can use Stardust and Candies to ‘purify’ them, removing their shadowy effect and replace Frustration with Return.
The update, which was data-mined earlier this month during the Pokémon GO Fests where Team Rocket Members would appear in pictures, will add more fresh content to the game and potentially open up more reasons to explore PokéStops as well as Pokémon that are otherwise quite rare to obtain. Thankfully, Serebii has confirmed that Team GO Rocket Grunts will have more than Rattatas and Zubats.
— Serebii.net (@SerebiiNet) July 22, 2019