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Team Rocket Counters

Team Rocket has invaded Pokemon Go and Pokebattler is here to help you fight them off! Battles are 3v3 with you facing your 3 Pokemon off against Team Rocket's boosted Pokemon. These battles can be extremely challenging so make sure you prepare before you challenge them!

Team Rocket Grunts are not very difficult as they do not shield. Team Rocket Executives and Giovanni have higher stats and will shield the first two specials used. Resisting the quick attack and using Pokemon that can force the shadow Pokemon to use their shields is the best way to beat these tough foes!

Breaking News

Team Rocket Invasions In Pokemon Go

Battle Executive Cliff, Executive Sierra and Executive Arlo in Team Rocket Battles

Executives have appeared in all cities with Pokemon that appear to be boosted 15% to all stats for a 32% boost in CP!

You need a Rocket Detector to discover a single Team Rocket Executive. To create one you need to

  1. Defeat Team Rocket Grunts to obtain a Mysterious Component
  2. Use 6 Mysterious Components to create a Rocket Detector
  3. Use the Rocket Detector to bring up a map showing where a Team Rocket Executive is
Team Rocket Exectutive battle rewards are 1000 Stardust and two random picks from:
  • Unova Stone
  • Sinnoh Stone
  • Max Revive
  • Revive
  • Max Potion
  • Hyper Potion

You also will have the chance to catch a shiny Shadow Pokemon! Team Rocket Executives are significantly more difficult as they can use shields in battle.

Giovani now has Shadow Legendary Beasts

There is a quest to summon Giovanni which will take a minimum of 5 days to complete. Their stats are 25% boosted from regular grunts. Giovanni currently has
Shadow Raikou
Shadow Entei
Shadow Suicune
confirmed as the current Giovanni Legendary Beast for this. If you finish the quest, you will fight Giovani and have a 100% catch rate on the beasts so make sure to hit it!

Team Rocket Leaders

Team Rocket leaders feature more difficult fights including shielding! Make sure you are prepared for all Team Rocket has in store for you!

I will not tolerate your interference.
You cannot stop me...but I’m amused by your attempt.
Your professor has not prepared you for what is to come.
You’ve made it this far. Let me see just how strong you are.
You will never defeat Team GO Rocket.
Decoy Grunt ♀
Fooled ya, twerp.
I can’t believe you fell for it!
In the name of the boss, I’ll destroy you!
You’ll never get to him!
It feels good to see you disappointed.
Executive Arlo
It’s time to learn your place in the world.
I never lose.
Prepare yourself for a world of hurt.
Arrogance leads to failure.
Your defeat comes on swift wings.
Executive Cliff
My strength comes from my loyalty to Team GO Rocket.
I will do anything and everything for Team GO Rocket.
I owe the boss my life. I’d do anything for him.
Team GO Rocket saved me. It’s time to return the favor!
Add my name to your list of weaknesses.
Executive Sierra
I envy you—you get to battle me!
This will be a battle I’m sure you’ll never forget.
You already know this, but you don’t stand a chance.
You can’t possibly match my skill, dear.
I do hope you like the taste of failure!

Custom Team Rocket Counters

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Team Rocket Grunts

Team Rocket grunts are easier fights with no shields.

Starter Grunt
Don't bother - I've already won
Get ready to be defeated
Winning is for winners
Hard Grunt
Don't bother - I've already won
Get ready to be defeated
Winning is for winners
Bug Grunt ♂
Go, my super bug Pokemon!
Dragon Grunt ♀
ROAR! ...How'd that sound?
Fighting Grunt ♀
This buff physique isn't just for show!
Fire Grunt ♀
Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get?
Flying Grunt ♀
Battle against my Flying-type Pokemon!
Ground Grunt ♂
You'll be defeated into the ground
Ground Grunt ♂
You'll be defeated into the ground
Ice Grunt ♀
You're gonna be frozen in your tracks
Poison Grunt ♀
Coiled and ready to strike!
Psychic Grunt ♂
Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?
Rock Grunt ♂
Let's rock and roll!
Water Grunt ♀
These waters are treacherous!
Water Grunt ♂
These waters are treacherous!

Featured Team Rocket Mechanics Research Article

Curious about how Pokebattler and Pvpoke reverse engineered Team Rocket's Invasion? Read on!

Team Rocket Update

July 28, 2019 - celandro
Pokemon Go Research
Team Rocket

Update #2, A special guest has taken over the Pokebattler channel to provide you critical information about how to build a Team Rocket battle party!

On July 22nd, Team GO Rocket started to mysteriously steal Pokestops and challenge players to Trainer Battles putting up little black tents over Pokestops! With them, they brought purple shrouded Shadow Pokemon, with Combat Power far higher than we’ve seen previously in Trainer Battles.

Check out our article by PVPoke master KakunaMattata for updates on the actual CP formula, which Niantic keeps changing to keep us on our toes.

July 28th at 4pm local time the event which they’ve been teasing is set to launch. through the Pokemon Go social media channels, ‘taken over’ by Team GO Rocket, and the New York City takeover ad stunts. A live streaming countdown on the Pokemon Go Youtube channel led to the announcement by Team Rocket of a global takeover.

Pokebattler was updated just 2 hours after Team Rocket took over New Zealand to help with the threat. Pokebattler currently gives a good idea of which Pokemon to use to beat the Team Rocket Invasion but there is still much research to do! It seems that Team Rocket’s Pokemon are not as effective as they should be given their enormous stats. Perhaps the Pokemon are resisting the orders of Team Rocket? Time will tell!

Here are the current stats used by Pokebattler for these Shadow Pokemon:

Shadow Bulbasaur3381-3649127x3x2
Shadow Ivysaur5229 – 5561 127x3x2
Shadow Charmander2957 – 3209127x3x2
Shadow Charmeleon5081 – 5410 127x3x2
Shadow Squirtle2848 – 3096127x3x2
Shadow Wartortle4559 – 4871127x3x2
Shadow Zubat1974 – 2183 127x3x2
Shadow Golbat6110 – 6470127x3x2
Shadow Crobat8246 – 8662127x3x2
Shadow Dratini3370-3654230x3x2
Shadow Dragonair6097-6475230x3x2
Shadow Dragonite13234 – 13793230x3x2
Shadow Venusaur9425 – 9894230x3x2
Shadow Charizard10023 – 10508230x3x2
Shadow Blastoise8522-8968230x3x2
Shadow Snorlax11207-11732230x3x2

In the initial wave, there were different multipliers applied and we were able to do some research regarding Trainer Level CP adjustment. It appears that something like (TrainerLevel – 15) / (40 – 15) works. Pokebattler has assumed that this caps out at TrainerLevel 20 for a minimum of 5/35 but there is lots more research to do here! Here are some Shadow Pokemon that were encountered by players with different trainer levels:

PokemonCPTrainer LevelTrainer Level

If you know more about what the heck is going on with these Team Rocket Events let us know on Twitter!

UPDATE: We have new info on the Team Rocket ‘Grunt Teams’! The Grunts give hints as to what you are going to fight. The 3rd Pokemon will be of the type, and typically the other two Pokemon will be the same type or Normal type. There are also 3 hints that are used when you will be fighting a Tier 2 raid! So if you see anything about winning or defeated, know you will be fighting a harder fight.

Hint from Grunt Team3rd Pokemon
Don’t tangle with usGrass Type
Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can getFire Type
These waters are treacherousWater Type
Normal doesn’t mean weakNormal Type
ROAR! … How’d that soundDragon Type
Coiled and ready to strikePoison Type
My bird Pokémon wants to battle with youFlying Type
Winning is for winners.Tier 2 Pokemon
Don’t bother, I’ve already wonTier 2 Pokemon
Get ready to be defeatedTier 2 Pokemon

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