Team Rocket are looking to make the most of the lethargy that the European heatwave is giving to budding Pokémon trainers and their monsters, with Team GO Rocket your games of Pokémon Go for the first time and taking over PokéStops with Shadow Pokémon that are acting strangely.
So, it’s up to you to head out and rescue these creatures, putting an end to Team GO Rocket’s dastardly plan.
The event kicked off yesterday afternoon and will run until 9PM BST on 1st August. During this time you’ll hatch more Team Rocket themed Pokémon from eggs, including Rattata, Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Meowth, Machop, Magnemite, Grimer, Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, Koffing, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, and Poochyena. You’ll also occasionally find a Shiny Ekans or Shiny Koffing in the wild, while Raids will feature more Team Rocket themed Pokémon.
However, you’ll find Team GO Rocket running wild around the map and have to try and take them out.
Here’s how the event works:
- Spark and Professor Willow have noticed Team GO Rocket hanging out at discoloured black PokéStops.
- There you’ll encounter Team GO Rocket Grunts who will challenge you to battle.
- After successfully defeating them, you’ll have an opportunity to catch the Shadow Pokémon that they abandon. They’re stronger than usual thanks to the Shadow augmentations that Team Rocket have given them.
- Finally, you need to put them through a process called Purification to save them from the shadowy stuff Team Rocket did. This returns them to their normal state, allowing them to be traded after this point, and can also make them stronger than usual.
Source: press release