Team Rocket Invades Pokemon Go and Brings Shadow Pokemon With Them

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If it’s been a while since you’ve played Pokemon Go, now is time to open that app because Pokemon Go has gotten dark and mysterious…

Team Rocket Invades Pokemon Go and Brings Shadow Pokemon With Them and OMG I want gotta catch em’ all!

About a week ago, Pokemon Go creators released an update for the app and in the description it gave some information on an upcoming event where Team Rocket would invade the game.

“Trainers—we need your help! Team GO Rocket is invading the world of Pokémon GO!

Here’s what can you expect in this release.

– New Challenges: Take on Team GO Rocket Grunts in battle!

– Shadow Pokémon: Catch the mysterious Shadow Pokémon Team GO Rocket Grunts leave behind! Is there a way to help these Pokémon?

– New Appraisal Tool: You can now learn even more about your Pokémon when appraising them.

– Battle Minigames: Charged Attack gameplay includes new minigames.”

While nobody knew when it would happen or exactly what they’d bring, I am excited to announce that the event/challenge has officially rolled out for all users!

If you are looking for some answers on how to snag some super awesome Shadow Pokemon yourself, keep reading…

What Level Do you Need to Be to catch Shadow Pokemon?

Shadow Pokemon will appear and be available to catch for all players.

When Will Team Rocket Invade?

From faraway, a pokestop looks like a darker blue & moves in weirder way compared to regular stops.

Once you get closer to the pokestop, it will turn black & Team Rocket (or their grunts) will show beside it once you get near the stop.

You will then need to Spin the stop to battle Team Rocket. Beat them & you will have a chance to catch shadow pokemon.

If you win, Team Rocket will run off and leave their Shadow Pokémon behind.

How Do You Catch Shadow Pokemon?

Once you win a battle with Team Rocket, you can catch the Pokémon with Premier Balls, just like you do in a raid.

These Shadow Pokémon need to be “purified” on their information screens using their respective candy and dust. The button to purify sits right above the button to power them up.

Shadow Pokémon have a dark aura around them. Their CP is heavily reduced when shadowed. Shadow Pokémon also learn Return, a normal-type attack, when purified, which makes them well worth the trouble. Some players are reporting right now that purified Pokémon also appear to require less candy to evolve and less dust to power up.

What Are The Different Shadow Pokemon?

People are reporting all sorts of Shadow Pokemon but among the coolest looking ones is Charmander and Squirtle with red gem-like eyes.

Here is the full list of Shadow Pokemon currently:

List of Shadow Pokémon

  • Abra
  • Kadabra
  • Alakazam
  • Alolan Grimer
  • Alolan Muk
  • Alolan Marowak
  • Alolan Rattata
  • Alolan Raticate
  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charizard
  • Cubone
  • Marowak
  • Dratini
  • Dragonair
  • Dragonite
  • Drowzee
  • Hypno
  • Electabuzz
  • Eletivire
  • Grimer
  • Muk
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Gyarados
  • Hitmonchan
  • Houndour
  • Houndoom
  • Lapras
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Magmar
  • Magmortar
  • Mareep
  • Flaffy
  • Ampharos
  • Mudkip
  • Marshtom
  • Swampert
  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Bellossom
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwrath
  • Poliwhirl
  • Politoed
  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Ralts
  • Kirlia
  • Gardevoir
  • Gallade
  • Rattata
  • Raticate
  • Scyther
  • Scizor
  • Seedot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Snorlax
  • Squirtle
  • Wartotle
  • Blastoise
  • Venonat
  • Venomoth
  • Weedle
  • Kakuna
  • Beedrill
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Crobat

As we learn more about this new update we will update this post so make sure you bookmark it and come back often!

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