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Giovanni returns to Pokemon Go with Shadow Zapdos, Moltres & Articuno Special Research

Published: 24/Feb/2021 22:33 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 23:10

by Brent Koepp


Team Rocket’s leader, Giovanni, is set to return to Pokemon Go during its Season of Legends event in March. The iconic boss will feature a new roster of Shadow Legendaries including Kanto bird trio Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno.

Niantic has revealed that Pokemon Go will be moving on from the Kanto region starting in March. The next phase of the mobile title will be kicked off with The Season of Legends which will feature the series’ most popular Legendaries.

The three-month-long event is launching with the return of Team Rocket boss, Giovanni. A new Special Research will lead players to encounter the Trainer, with Shadow versions of Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno.


Screenshot of Giovanni next to Shadow Moltres, Articuno, Zapdos.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Giovanni will return this March with Shadow Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno.

Giovanni’s Pokemon Go Season of Legends return date & start time

While the Season of Legends technically launches on March 1, eager Trainers can get their start tracking down the Team Rocket boss starting on February 28 at 12:00AM local time. Giovanni’s return will last all the way until May.

Since the new season is three-months long, the Gen I villain will stick around for March, April, and May. Each month, the Trainer will feature a new Shadow Legendary from the iconic Kanto bird trio, giving players plenty of opportunities to snag the rare ‘mon.

While the Kanto Tour and Pokemon Raid Day on February 28 will have already featured Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno, players will not want to miss out on catching the popular characters in their Shadow form, which gives them a substantial boost in power.


Screenshot of Shadow Moltres, Shadow Zapdos, and Shadow Articuno in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The Kanto Legendary trio will return to Go in their Shadow forms.

Pokemon Go Shadow Legendary schedule

  • March 2021: Shadow Articuno
  • April 2021: Shadow Zapdos
  • May 2021: Shadow Moltres

How to find Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Screenshot of Team Rocket in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players need to find Giovanni by completing Special Research.

On February 28, a Team Rocket Special Research will be given out which will reward players with a Super Rocket Radar upon completion. Equipping the item will then lead to an encounter with Giovanni who will have a Shadow Legendary to catch.

According to Niantic, there will also be other chances to get a Super Rocket Radar each month, although details have yet to be revealed. From the announcement, it seems that the mobile game will be giving players plenty of chances to snag Shadow versions of the Kanto trio Legendaries.