Pokémon Go: Looming in the Shadows Research guide

New Team Rocket bosses were recently added for Pokémon Go players to battle against and a new set of Special Research Tasks came with them.

Using the Super Rocket Radar, players will have to sniff out Team Rocket bosses and take them down. The tasks below mostly focus on beating bosses and catching Shadow Pokémon. After powering up your Pokémon and doing PvE battles against Team Rocket grunts and bosses, you’ll be presented with a Shadow Articuno.

Note that this set of Special Research is a sequel to “A Troubling Situation,” and you’ll have to complete that set before this one unlocks.


Pokémon Go players can now battle Team Rocket leader Giovanni

We’ll fill out the steps and rewards below as the community cruises through the quest throughout the day.

Step 1

  • Spin 10 PokéStops (500 XP)
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts (500 XP)
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon (500 XP)

Reward: 500 Stardust, 10 Poké Balls, 10 Razz Berries

Step 2

  • Spin a PokéStop 5 days in a row (750 XP)
  • Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon (750 XP)
  • Win 5 raids (750 XP)

Reward: 1,000 Stardust, 3 Hyper Potions, 3 Revives

Note: Purifying 15 Shadow Pokémon is an expensive endeavor, sometimes costing 3,000 or 5,000 Stardust each. Look for Shadow Ratata or Shadow Zubat, who only cost 1,000 Stardust to purify.

Step 3

  • Build a Rocket Radar by taking down Team Rocket grunts and combining six Mysterious Components.

Reward: Coming soon

Step 4

  • Find Team Rocket Leaders using the Rocket Radar and catch their Shadow Pokémon.

Reward: Coming soon

Step 5

  • In this step you’ll be tracking down Giovanni thanks to your newly-built Rocket Radar and rescuing a Legendary Shadow Pokémon.

Reward: Coming soon

If this is your first special research quest, there should be four more to complete:

  • Let’s Go Meltan Quest Guide
  • A Mythical Discovery Quest Guide (Mew)
  • A Ripple in Time Quest Guide (Celebi)
  • A Troubling Situation Quest Guide

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