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Pokemon Go: Trainers react to Team Rocket’s hot air balloon invasion

Published: 8/Jul/2020 15:52

by Paul Cot


Team Rocket’s return to Pokemon Go has been not so subtly teased over the past week. The villainous team is now causing trouble once again in the mobile game and this time it is via hot air balloons.

Now, this will hardly come as a great shock to Pokemon Go trainers. Scraps of paper found by Professor Willow clearly showed a Team GO Rocket Grunt getting out of a hot air balloon.


Therefore, you didn’t need to be Detective Pikachu to figure out what was coming. The only question was would there be widespread changes or new features when interacting with Team Rocket.

Well, at this stage the answers appear to be no. The hot air balloons simply act as a new way to encounter Team Rocket.


Much like finding them at PokeStops, you will encounter a Grunt by default and a Team GO Rocket leader when you have a Super Radar equipped. Unlike PokeStops though, there have even been reports of encounters with Grunts after 10pm in your local time zone.

Trainers are also able to encounter the Team Rocket boss himself, Giovanni. You will need a Super Radar to do so but it isn’t clear whether you need to defeat each of the Team GO Rocket leaders first.

Regardless, and this applies to the leaders as well, you’ll need to make sure you have space in your Pokemon Storage, otherwise you’ll miss out on the resulting encounter. Giovanni is currently rewarding a Shadow Entei. Whether this will change soon remains to be seen – Suicune is expected next.


Join Team Rocket?

There has, of course, been a lot of speculation as to what the latest Team Rocket return would entail. As it turns out though, it seems to simply be another way to battle Team GO Rocket.

One trainer had an epic idea that would have changed the complexion of Pokemon Go dramatically. “You could have added in Team Go Rocket as the 4th team that you can join. Giovanni shows up in the balloon and asks if you want to join Team Go Rocket,” Mitch shared on Twitter.

This isn’t the way Pokemon do things, however. It would have been an awesome change of pace but would have required a lot of additional changes to the game. Who knows, maybe Niantic have something similar lined up in the future.


Jesse and James hint

Trainers seem to be enjoying the new feature but there are always eagle-eyed, more pedantic players who notice mistakes. One of those has been the yet to be updated dialogue which shows Grunts talking as if they are still at PokeStops.

This is a little strange considering new dialogue has been pushed to the Game Master. This is also a Jesse and James hint but we wouldn’t read too much into this. It looks to be nothing more than a subtle acknowledgment of them.


A new way to defeat Team Rocket

A lot of you may have noticed that no matter how many Grunts you defeat they keep coming back. It’s almost like there’s infinite amounts of them!

Maybe defeating them isn’t enough. Fortunately, this trainer may have inadvertently found a solution.

Simply send out Zekrom and leave it next to Team Rocket’s hot air balloon. We’re still figuring out how to do this, don’t hold your breath!

Despite the simple nature of the Team Rocket update, trainers, for the most part, are enjoying it. A Team Rocket themed Timed Research and wave of attacks are expected as part of the second week in the lead up to Pokemon Go Fest 2020.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Niantic have any more ideas such as fighting for Team Rocket or an appearance from Jesse and James in the future.


Pokemon Go trainer experiments with 3,500 CP league, ranks best Pokemon

Published: 15/Oct/2020 2:58

by Paul Cot


Master League has returned for Season 4 of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League which has led to a discussion about whether there should be a 3,500 CP limit league.

GO Battle League’s premier division is a free-for-all when it comes to eligible Pokemon. There is no CP limit meaning there is often a lot of mismatches.


It is the league where trainers who have grinded Pokemon Go get to put those hours to use. Maxing out a Pokemon’s CP costs a lot of Stardust!

In addition to this, due to the nature of unlimited CP Pokemon, the meta is very small. At a high level Dialga is a must and the rest is made up of Legendary and Mythical ‘mons.


Now, this does make sense. Legendary and Mythical Pokemon should be more effective at the very highest level. After all, if they weren’t, they’d be just like any other Pokemon.

Dialga Master League
Dialga is the ultimate Pokemon for Master League but not many trainers have it…

3,500 CP limit

If Master League were to be made a 3,500 CP limit, or more likely a 3,500 CP limit league added separately, then we’d see a lot more Pokemon prosper. It would also make the league playable for trainers that haven’t or can’t spend hours and hours grinding the game.

Going back to Dialga again, as it is the best Pokemon in Master League, at 3,500 CP it drops all the way from the best to 62nd. Not many trainers have the Temporal Pokemon, so this alone already makes a new league more inclusive.



Here are the top 10 ranked Pokemon for a potential 3,500 CP limit league. The top 5 (and more) can be found here:

  • Snorlax (Shadow) | Rating: 743

  • Mamoswine | Rating: 651

  • Snorlax | Rating: 697

  • Togekiss | Rating: 683

  • Giratina (Altered) | Rating: 804

  • Melmetal | Rating: 750

  • Regice | Rating: 684

  • Giratina (Origin) | Rating: 788

  • Landorus (Incarnate) | Rating: 741

  • Swampert | Rating: 719

  • Mew | Rating: 738

There’s certainly a big gap between the Ultra and Master Leagues in Pokemon Go. It will be interesting to see if Niantic do something to bridge that gap.

They have, however, introduced Premier Cup competitions, making Legendary Pokemon ineligible. Still, based on feedback in the Pokemon Go community these aren’t too popular.