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Pokémon Go: Looming in the Shadows Research guide

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Help Professor Willow take down Team Rocket

A shadowy Pokéstop sits in a forest, taken over by Team Rocket grunts. Niantic/The Pokémon Company

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.

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

  • Use 6 super effective Charge Moves in gym battles (1,000 XP)
  • Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another trainer (1,000 XP)
  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket grunts (1,000 XP)

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

Step 4

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo (1,250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff (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 Team GO Rocket Boss (2,500 Stardust)
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss (1,500 XP)
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss (3 Silver Pinap Berries)

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

After you beat Giovanni in this step, you get to try to catch a Shadow Articuno 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 special research quest, there should be four more to complete: