Pokémon Go: a challenging development research guide


Recently new Team Rocket bosses were added to Pokémon Go players to fight against and a new set of special research tasks came with them.

Using the Super Rocket Radar, players will have to track down Team Rocket bosses and knock them down. The tasks below focus primarily on beating bosses and catching Pokémon in the Shadows. After lighting your Pokémon and doing PvE battles against the growls and bosses of Team Rocket, you will be presented with a Shadow Zapdos.

Keep in mind that this special Investigation set is a sequel to "A problematic situation," and you must complete that set before it is unlocked. Each month seems to have a different set of special research tasks to confront Giovanni. Although the tasks are the same, the reward changes from month to month. If you already have a Giovanni Special Research set, you will not see the new one appear until you exceed the one you have.

Step 1

  • Turn 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

  • Turn 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 Pokémon Shadow is an expensive effort, which sometimes costs 3,000 or 5,000 Stardust each. Look for Shadow Ratata or Shadow Zubat, which only costs 1,000 Stardust to purify.

Step 3

  • Use 6 super effective load moves in gym battles (1,000 XP)
  • Win 3 Grand League coach battles against another coach (1,000 XP)
  • Defeat 6 rounds of GO team rockets (1,000 XP)

Reward: 1,500 Stardust, 15 Great Balls, 5 Pinap Berries

Stage 4

  • Defeat the rocket leader of the GO team, Arlo (1,250 XP)
  • Defeat the GO Rocket Leader Cliff team (1,250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra (1,250 XP)

Reward: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Super Rocket Radar, 3 Golden Razz Berries

Step 5

  • Find the rocket boss of the GO team (2,500 Stardust)
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss (1,500 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Boss (3 silver pineapple berries)

Reward: 3,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM

After beating Giovanni in this step, you can try to catch a Shadow Zapdos that he uses.

Step 6

  • Complete (2,000 XP)
  • Complete (2,000 XP)
  • Complete (2,000 XP)

Reward: 3 Max Revives, 20 Ultra Balls, 3 Rare Candy

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


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