Team GO Rocket has come to Pokémon GO and has invaded PokéStops and is in possession of Shadow Pokémon. With the arrival includes new special research tasks.
You’ll encounter Team GO Rocket at discolored PokéStops. It appears they’re after the PokéStops’ resources. You can battle Team GO Rocket — Once you begin the encounter with a Team GO Rocket Grunt, they’ll challenge you to a battle. After a successful battle, you’ll have an opportunity to catch a Shadow Pokémon that Team GO Rocket abandoned. The Shadow Pokémon can’t be traded away by the Trainer who rescued them unless they’re Purified first.
Purification help Shadow Pokémon return to a more normal state, and Purified Pokémon can also become stronger than their normal counterparts
Team GO Rocket will be around from Thursday, July 25th, 2019, at 4:00pm until Thursday, August 1st, 2019, at 4:00pm ET.
Oddly specific Shiny Pokémon have started appearing including Shiny Ekans or Shiny Koffing in the wild, in raids, or in Eggs. The following Pokémon will hatch more frequently from Eggs: Rattata, Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Meowth, Machop, Magnemite, Grimer, Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, Koffing, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, and Poochyena.
Raids will feature Pokémon that are significant to Team GO Rocket.