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Pokemon GO: How to Get Super Rocket Radar

Team GO has invaded Pokemon GO in balloons. To defeat them, you'll need to get a Super Rocket Radar and battle the boss. Here's what you need to know.
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Team GO has ramped things up in Pokemon GO and has begun invading the game with balloon attacks. Not only are they taking over different areas of the map, they’re also using Shadow Pokemon to accomplish their evil works. To stop them, players will need to know how to get a Super Rocket Radar in Pokemon GO so that they can defeat Giovanni and end the attack. Here’s everything you need to know.

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How to Get a Super Rocket Radar in Pokemon GO

Players can get the Pokemon GO Super Rocket Radar item by completing the “A Troubling Situation” Special Research Tasks and page 4 of the “Looming in the Shadows” task. These tasks will require trainers to defeat Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo, the three Team GO leaders, among other things. When the three bosses have been successfully defeated, players will get a Super Rocket Radar and can find and defeat Giovanni.

While this may sound like a simple process, it’s going to require a bit of work. For starters, once you’ve completed the “A Troubling Situation” tasks, you’ll need to acquire Rocket Radars to locate Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo. You must make your first Rocket Radar in Pokemon GO by combining six Mysterious Components, which are dropped every time a Grunt is defeated. With the radar, you will be able to see nearby Leader Hideouts and can go from Hideout to Hideout trying to find one of the three bosses. When you find either Sierra, Cliff, or Arlo, you can battle them repeatedly until you beat them. Unfortunately, upon winning you’ll lose your Rocket Radar and will have to get another. This time around, you’ll be able to buy one from the store if you’d like, or you can simply make another.

When you’ve defeated all three bosses, you’ll get the Pokemon GO Super Rocket Radar, which can be used to find Giovanni, the head honcho. To find him, you’ll have to investigate different Hideouts to figure out which one he is in, and when you locate the big bad boss, you can battle and (hopefully) defeat him. Further, players will be able to defeat Giovanni once per calendar month, so if you win in July, you won’t be able to fight him again until August. 

Related: Pokemon GO Raid Friend Invites Delayed

For more on Team GO’s balloon invasion, check out the official event trailer in the video below: 

Now that you know how to get a Super Rocket Radar in Pokemon GO, there are plenty of other items to obtain and creatures to catch once you’ve beaten Giovanni. We have tons of great Pokemon GO guides on our website and in the links below you’ll find some of our more recent coverage. 

How long did it take you to get a Super Rocket Radar? Have you defeated Giovanni yet? Be sure to let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page!

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Andrew Smith is a Guides Writer at Prima Games. Previously he has worked with IGN, GameSpot, and a handful of other great outlets. When Andrew isn't writing up game guides, you kind find him playing single-player, narrative-driven games. Wanna say hi? You can email Andrew at [email protected]