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Prepare for trouble: Team Rocket are coming

Published: 5/Jul/2019 12:20 Updated: 23/Jul/2019 2:09

by Paul Cot


It’s as certain as can be that Team Rocket will soon be making their way into Pokemon Go soon. Niantic have even confirmed the evil team have been seen in the Pokemon overworld.

Update: Team Rocket’s arrival in Pokemon Go could be just days away as the official Pokemon Go Twitter account have been publicly discussing the group. It started with the official Pokemon account notifying it’s Go counterpart of their presence, before Go replied saying: “DM us ASAP! We have to notify Professor Willow right away!” We guess the conversation after that was indeed private – who knows what was said.

Interestingly it isn’t yet known why Team Rocket will be in Pokemon Go but it appears they are setting up some sort of narrative. With Professor Willow involved there will likely be some sort of new special research quest too.

The already seemingly certain arrival of Team Rocket in Pokemon Go has just become even more so. Chrales, who also leaked other information below, has shared a datamined list of dialogue between yourself and Grunts.

These dialogues essentially confirm that Team Rocket will be invading PokeStops in an attempt to steal the items. Upon beating them in battle they will “carelessly” leave Pokemon behind with an ominous aura which will need to be caught in order to save it.

The purification process will help the caught Pokemon to become stronger – another part which backs up the speculation below.

Pokemon Go Fest Chicago and Dortmund attendees have reported that their photos are being invaded by a Team Rocket member. They started appearing at Chicago Fest last month and this has continued into the Dortmund event, which is taking place between July 4 and 7.

Hot air balloon

There has been another tease though – a hot air balloon has been seen over the Dortmund Pokemon Go Fest, as first highlighted on the official Pokemon Go Germany Twitter account.

The caption is translated to “What a beautiful, relaxed evening. Today was the perfect start to the day #PokemonGOFest2019 in Dortmund!” This is an innocuous enough tweet but eagle-eyed trainers will also notice the hot air balloon has Team Rocket’s infamous “R” logo on it.

At this stage this doesn’t mean a lot, only increasing the likelihood Team Rocket will be featured in Pokemon Go in some shape or form.

Pokemon GoThe Team Rocket air balloon looms over Pokemon Go Fest Dortmund…

Team Rocket leak

However, when renowned dataminer Chrales shares something Pokemon Go related, there is nearly always truth to it. They shared the contents of the Pokemon Go update 0.147.1 ahead of schedule, which included some rather interesting Team Rocket details as well. 

The potentially leaked data suggests there will be a new Team Rocket quest, presumably meaning a new special research quest. Then there is also a new type of encounter called “Invasion” – which would also make sense to be Team Rocket related.

The absolute clearest indication, if not confirmation, that Team Rocket will be causing trouble in Pokemon Go is the array of invasion characters with the code string “grunt” in them.

Grunts are what the lowest-level agents in Team Rocket are called. These grunts are broken down by various types and each of them has a male and female grunt. This suggests encounters can be randomly intercepted by Team Rocket grunts, who you will presumably need to defeat.

ChralesThis Pokemon Go datamine suggests Team Rocket are imminent…

When is Team Rocket touching down then?

At this point when Team Rocket will come to Pokemon Go is speculation. However, following the teases at each of the last two Pokemon Go Fest events, it is reasonable to expect another tease at Pokemon Go Yokohama which takes place at the beginning of August.

From there, we might see Team Rocket touch down in the game some time in August. However, given the code is already being discovered in Pokemon Go, Niantic could surprise us and do it somewhat of the blue – prepare for trouble!

Last updated 21:21 ET, July 16, 2019


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.