Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket Takeover: Event Date and Time, Shadow Regigigas, Shadow Raid Debuts, and More

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The Pokemon GO Team Go Rocket Takeover is here and Team Rocket is back to take over Pokemon GO once again, allowing trainers another opportunity to take on Giovanni and reap the rewards. Here’s everything you need to know about the Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket Takeover event in Pokemon GO.

Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket Takeover All Event Details

In this house, we take Team Rocket events in Pokemon GO very seriously, and it’s because there’s another opportunity to take down Giovanni. This time, there’s a new Shadow Legendary to receive and plenty of other worthwhile reasons to participate. It’s time to save the Pokemon world yet again by taking down Team Rocket and freeing the Shadow Pokemon from their grasp.

Event Date and Time

The Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket Takeover event will begin on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 10:00 AM to Tuesday, October 31, at 8:00 PM local time.

Giovanni’s Shadow Pokemon

This time, Giovanni will have his pesky hands on a Shadow Regigigas. There will be a new Special Research story that follows the latest situation with Giovanni. It will reward you with a Super Rocket Radar, which in turn will allow you to confront the Team Rocket Boss, and ultimately defeat him once again.

You will be able to obtain the above research until December 1, 2023, at 10:00 AM local time.

Shadow Legendary Pokemon Raid Debut

Shadow Lugia will make its debut in Shadow Raids in Pokemon GO during the event! It will be the first time that players can fight and catch Shadow Lugia in Shadow Raids. There will also be a possibility that you will find a shiny version of Shadow Lugia after completing the raid too!

Shadow Lugia will be available in raids for a very limited time. You will be able to find it from October 28, 2023, at 10:00 AM to Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 8:00 PM local time.

Shadow Pokemon

Whenever you defeat a Team Rocket Leader – Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo, or a Rocket Grunt, you will have the opportunity to attempt to catch a Shadow Pokemon after the battle has been won. The following Shadow Pokemon will be able to be potentially found during the event.

Shadow PokemonShiny
Shadow Gastly
Shadow Rhyhorn
Shadow Barboach
Shadow Cranidos
Shadow Shieldon
Shadow Drilbur
Shadow Litwick

Shadow Pokemon Raids

The following Pokemon will be found in Shadow Raids which will only appear at Gyms that are controlled by Team Rocket for the duration of the event.

PokemonRaid TypeShiny
Shadow GastlyOne-star Shadow Raids
Shadow GrimerOne-star Shadow Raids
Shadow MisdreavusOne-star Shadow Raids
Shadow LitwickOne-star Shadow Raids
Shadow NidorinaThree-star Shadow Raids
Shadow NidorinoThree-star Shadow Raids
Shadow GolbatThree-star Shadow Raids

Event Egg Pool

The following Pokemon will be available to hatch from eggs that are obtained during the event period.


Event Bonuses

The following event bonuses will be active for the duration of the event.

  • Team Rocket will have more frequent appearances in both balloons and at PokeStops.
  • Using a Charged TM during the event will allow a Shadow Pokemon to forget the move Frustration.

Field Research Tasks

During the event, spinning PokeStops will provide trainers with Field Research Tasks that when completed will offer Mysterious Component as a reward.

What a perfect way to blend the evil Team Rocket in with the spooky Halloween event! Both can be utterly terrifying, and now you can tackle both at the same time.

About the Author

Priscilla Wells

Priscilla is both the weekend editor and a freelance writer at Prima Games. She began working at Prima Games in early 2023. Prior to this, she spent nine years writing for both her own personal gaming blog, and other related websites. Priscilla has grown up playing video games, and most often plays her PS5 and Nintendo Switch consoles. You can find her playing Final Fantasy XIV, RuneScape, Pokemon GO, or lost in the latest RPG to release. She is an Australian living in the United States with her American husband, three children, and her Basset Hound. Before moving to the United States, Priscilla obtained a Bachelors of Secondary Education majoring in English and Japanese Language. This allowed her to teach English and Japanese in a high school setting. You can follow her on Twitter/X at @Cilllah