Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge rewards revealed: Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon, Catch XP Bonus - Dexerto

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge rewards revealed: Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon, Catch XP Bonus

Published: 25/May/2021 10:36 Updated: 26/May/2021 14:51

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Pokemon Go’s Team Go Rocket Grunt challenge has now been completed! Here’s everything you need to know about the rewards on offer now that you can claim.

Pokemon Go trainers have been excited for the Luminous Legends Y event coming to the game ever since it was first announced, and now that it’s finally here, it started with a bang thanks to the Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge.

In essence, Team GO Rocket is up to their usual shenanigans, but on a grander scale. They’re trying to turn more Pokemon into Shadow Pokemon at an accelerated rate during the first week of the event, and they’re mixing up their battle strategies to help make it happen. Let’s take a look at all the details.



Team GO Rocket in Pokemon GO
Team Go Rocket Grunts are taking over!

When does the Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge finish?

The Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge was completed on Sunday, May 15, 2021.

Though the challenge itself has now been completed, trainers were previously able to take advantage of the increase in Team Go Rocket Grunt spawns to earn Shadow Pokemon encounters. This finished on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

How to track progress

Niantic confirmed that Pokemon Go players were able to track the progress of the Team Rocket Grunt challenge by following their social media accounts. There was not be an in-game progress bar.

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge rewards

Now that trainers around the world have come together to complete the Team Go Rocket Grunt global challenge, the following rewards are available:


  • 3x Catch XP bonus.
  • Galarian Zigzagoon will be appearing in 1-Star Raids.
  • Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon, Linoone, and Obstagoon will be available.

Trainers can now claim these rewards between May 25 and May 31 – so make sure you log on to the Pokemon Go app so that you don’t miss out!

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge rules

The premise for the challenge was simple. Trainers from all around the world united and worked together to defeat 25 million Team GO Rocket Grunts. Since the goal was met, the above special bonuses are up for grabs.

The Pokemon Go Team Rocket Grunt challenge is all about teamwork on a massive scale. The villainous trainers have shown up in great numbers, and they’re even changing up their battle strategies. Some specialize in different Pokemon types, while others might jump you two-to-one.


Strange Eggs explained

pokemon go strange eggs
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon Go’s Strange Eggs are among the rarest available.

Defeating Pokemon Go’s Team Rocket grunts will have earned you Strange Eggs, which can hatch into a number of different Pokemon in-game. Most recently, Pancham was added to the pool of species available to hatch from them, following the Luminous Legends X event.

So, what are you waiting for? Get stuck into the grind, take out some grunts, and do your part in abolishing Team Go Rocket.

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