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Pokémon Go guide: Team Go Rocket leaders and boss tips

Find and take down the baddest there is

Artwork from Pokemon Go showing the new Team Rocket admins, Giovanni, and a group of shadow Pokemon Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Go has its own version of the notorious Team Rocket, called Team Go Rocket. In this Pokémon Go guide, we’ll break down how to find the Rocket leaders and take them down.

How to find the Team Go Rocket leaders in Pokémon Go

Team Go Rocket members can be found in hot air balloons flying above you or from glitchy, black PokéStops. Each time you defeat one, you’ll get a Mysterious Component. After you get 6 Mysterious Components, they’ll combine into a Rocket Radar, which allows you to find a random leader. The three leaders are Sierra, Arlo, and Cliff.

Some Timed Research and Team Go Rocket Special Research tasks require you to beat all three leaders. Often, but not always, you’ll be rewarded with a Super Rocket Radar, allowing you to find the boss, Giovanni. Beating Giovanni will net you a Legendary Shadow Pokémon.

How to beat the Team Go Rocket leaders in Pokémon Go

The Pokémon teams that the leaders and boss have change fairly frequently, though they’re not super hard to take down. You won’t have to pay too much attention to their teams if you use Pokémon with CP at 2,900 or higher. Ideally, use strong Pokémon with their Community Day moves, like any of the following:

  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
  • Salamence with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Dragonite with Dragon Tail and Outrage

Using powerful Legendary Pokémon you may have picked up from raids, like Mewtwo or Rayquaza, will also help.

Even if you take your strongest Pokémon into battle, be careful about the Pokémon typing. If you because the boss uses attacks that are super effective against your Pokémon, you’ll want to swap out members of your party.

The admins and boss also use their shields, so the first two charge attacks you use will be blocked.