Pokemon Go: Team Rocket Bosses Finally Debut Alongside New Special Research

Prepare for trouble.


After weeks of teases, Pokemon Go's mysterious Team Rocket bosses--Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra--have finally made their debut in the game. Players around the world now have the opportunity to encounter and battle the three evil trainers, and they've arrived alongside a new Special Research questline that leads to the mastermind behind the organization: Giovanni.

The key to encountering the new Team Rocket leaders is the Rocket Radar, a device made out of the Mysterious Components that Rocket grunts have been leaving behind when defeated. If you collect six of these Mysterious Components, you can assemble a Rocket Radar, which will reveal the leaders' hideout and allow you to challenge them.

Just as with Rocket grunts, if you defeat the Team Rocket Leaders in battle, you'll then have a chance to catch one of the Shadow Pokemon in their possession, and Niantic teases that these monsters "might have special qualities." Defeating Rocket leaders and grunts will also help you complete tasks in the game's newest Special Research questline, which will culminate in an encounter with Team Rocket head honcho Giovanni. Defeat him and you'll have a chance to rescue a Shadow Legendary Pokemon.

Of course, that's not all that's happening in Pokemon Go right now. The game's first Gen 5 Legendary, Cobalion, recently made its debut in five-star Raids, and you'll be able to encounter it until November 26. The paid Regigigas event recently ended, but the Legendary Pokemon will return to the game as part of EX Raids later this month.

Finally, November's Community Day is right around the corner. This month, the event takes place on Saturday, November 16--the day after Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch. The featured Pokemon this time around is Chimchar, the Fire-type starter from Diamond and Pearl. On top of increased Chimchar spawns, you'll have your first chance to catch a Shiny Chimchar during the event, and Pokemon eggs will hatch at a quarter of the distance they normally require.

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