The first Team GO Rocket Takeover of Pokemon GO Season 10: Rising Heroes is taking place from 10 AM local time on March 25 to 9 PM local time on March 29, 2023.

Of course, Team GO Rocket Grunts will be appearing more often, but the Takeover is also adding new Shadow Pokemon and Research to complete!

The Team GO Rocket Takeover is happening during the Pokemon GO Let’s GO event. This means there is plenty more than just battling Team Rocket to do now!

March 2023 Team GO Rocket Takeover Bonuses

The following bonuses will be active during the March 2023 Team GO Rocket Takeover:

  • Team GO Rocket will appear at PokeStops and in balloons more often
  • You can use a Charged TM to make a Shadow Pokemon forget the charged attack Frustration

Additionally, all of the Let’s GO event bonuses will be active during the Takeover. This is because it is happening at the same time.

Pokemon GO Battle Team Rocket Ultra Beast Protection Efforts

New Shadow Pokemon

The March 2023 Team GO Rocket Takeover is adding six new Shadow Pokemon to the game.

The Team GO Rocket Boss Giovanni will use Shadow Regice in battles, while the Grunts may use the other new Shadow Pokemon when you challenge them.

The new Shadow Pokemon are:

Shadow RegiceShadow Regice Pokemon GO
Shadow Alolan GrimerShadow Alolan Grimer Pokemon GO
Shadow PhanpyShadow Phanpy Pokemon GO
Shadow TreeckoShadow Treecko Pokemon GO
Shadow TorchicShadow Torchic Pokemon GO
Shadow DrifloonShadow Drifloon Pokemon GO

Additionally, the Team GO Rocket Leaders Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra will be using updated rosters of Shadow Pokemon. These Shadow ‘Mon won’t be any of the new ones, but you may have to switch up your strategy.

Defeating these Team GO Rocket Leaders or Giovanni might get you a 12km Strange Egg. Here’s every Pokemon you can hatch from 12km Eggs right now!

Shadow Regice and Giovanni Pokemon GO

New Shadow Regice Research

The Team GO Rocket Takeover is introducing a new Special Research Story to defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders and the boss Giovanni.

Any player who logs in before June 1 will be able to claim it and complete the Research to catch Shadow Regice.

However, if you have the previous Team GO Rocket research, Shadowy Skirmishes, active, you’ll need to finish that first. Find out how to complete Shadowy Skirmishshes and catch Shadow Registeel so you can get this new Special Research.

Additionally, Pokemon GO players can pick up a new limited-time Field Research Task during the Team GO Rocket Takeover. Completing this will give a Mysterious Component as a reward!

This Team GO Rocket Takeover is the last event in a very busy March 2023 Pokemon GO events schedule.

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