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Pokemon Go: What types do each Team Rocket Grunt use? (Updated February 2020)

Published: 27/Dec/2019 22:57 Updated: 6/Feb/2020 20:50

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go trainers continue to battle Team Rocket in their quest to purify Shadow Pokemon. The Grunts may be the lowest ranked Team Rocket members but they can prove tough adversaries, especially when you don’t know what type of Pokemon they’ll be using. Fortunately, we can tell you who you’ll be up against before the battle begins.

Among other things, Grunts give you the opportunity to save (catch) a Shadow Pokemon and pick up a Mysterious Component that can be used to find one of the Team Rocket Leaders – Arlo, Cliff or Sierra. Nobody wants to lose a battle that with a little care they could have easily won. After all, using those revives and potions mount up.


If your Pokemon are a high enough level you can sometimes blast through their team regardless, but if not you’ll need to utilize the type advantages. Check out our Pokemon Go type effectiveness charts if you’re unsure as to which types holds an advantage over another.

@PokemonGoAppTeam GO Rocket Grunts sporadically appear at PokeStops…

Team GO Grunts will taunt you ahead of the battle. It is this taunt that indicates what type of Pokemon they’ll use and the pool they’ll choose from. They’ll send out one Pokemon from each number at random and will drop one listed under “Shadow Pokemon”.


The Grunt teams have once again been updated for February 2020. Here are those updated Pokemon based on each taunt/type, courtesy of skewtr:

Normal doesn’t mean weak

  • Pokemon 1: Porygon
  • Pokemon 2: Porygon2
  • Pokemon 3: Porygon-Z or Snorlax
  • Shadow Pokemon: Porygon

Fighting types are the most effective against normal types.

Go, my super bug Pokemon!

  • Pokemon 1: Weedle or Venonat
  • Pokemon 2: Kakuna, Venomoth or Scizor
  • Pokemon 3: Beedrill, Scizor or Scyther
  • Shadow Pokemon: Weedle or Venonat

Use fire, flying and rock-types against these bugs.


Ke… ke… ke… ke… ke… ke…

  • Pokemon 1: Misdreavus
  • Pokemon 2: Sableye, Banette or Dusclops
  • Pokemon 3: Sableye, Banette or Dusknoir
  • Shadow Pokemon: Misdreavus

Ghost-types are weak to other ghost-types, although there’s the contradiction of your Pokemon also being weak. Therefore, dark-type species are probably the most effective.

ROAR! … How’d that sound?

This Grunt would usually use dragon-types but there have been no reported sightings.

Ice-types are the best option here but fellow dragon-types and more so fairy are also what you want to use here.


Coiled and ready to strike!

The poison-type Grunt hasn’t been seen either.

Tyranitar, as it often is, is a good overall option here. With the inclusion of the Zubat line though a strong electric-type wouldn’t go-a-miss.


You’ll be defeated into the ground!

  • Pokemon 1: Sandshrew, Larvitar or Trapinch
  • Pokemon 2: Pupitar, Marowak or Vibrava
  • Pokemon 3: Marowak or Flygon
  • Shadow Pokemon: Sandshrew, Larvitar or Trapinch

If you’ve put the time in catching Magikarp, then using Gyarados is a no-brainer here. It’s double resistance to ground and fighting moves make it the best counter. Other than that, most grass and water-types will naturally hold a type advantage.

@PokemonGoAppGyarados is the perfect counter to ground-types…

Get ready to be shocked!

  • Pokemon 1: Magnemite, Electabuzz or Mareep
  • Pokemon 2: Magneton, Electabuzz or Flaaffy
  • Pokemon 3: Electabuzz or Ampharos
  • Shadow Pokemon: Magnemite, Electabuzz or Mareep

As all of these are electric-types, the counter is a pretty simple choice — ground-types. There’s plenty of options here but the most powerful is Groudon.

Don’t tangle with us!

  • Pokemon 1: Bulbasaur, Exeggcute or Bellsprout
  • Pokemon 2: Gloom, Ivysaur or Weepinbell
  • Pokemon 3: Vileplume
  • Shadow Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Oddish, Gloom, Bellsprout or Exeggcute

With all of these having a grass-type association, you don’t need to look any further than a fire-type. Charizard, Entei and Moltres are the first species that come to mind.

Battle against my flying-type Pokemon!

  • Pokemon 1: Zubat or Golbat
  • Pokemon 2: Golbat, Scyther or Crobat
  • Pokemon 3: Gyarados, Dragonite or Crobat
  • Shadow Pokemon: Zubat or Golbat

With such variation here, Tyranitar is once again the safest bet. Electric will do well against Zubat and co but ice-types are also a good backup.

Let’s rock and roll!

  • Pokemon 1: Omanyte or Larvitar
  • Pokemon 2: Larvitar or Pupitar
  • Pokemon 3: Pupitar or Tyranitar
  • Shadow Pokemon: Omanyte or Larvitar

Use Machamp or at least another fighting-type.

Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?

  • Pokemon 1: Abra, Wobbuffet or Ralts
  • Pokemon 2: Drowzee, Hypno or Ralts
  • Pokemon 3: Kadabra, Hypno or Kirlia
  • Shadow Pokemon: Abra, Drowzee, Ralts, Wobbuffet or Hypno

Another Grunt, another time Tyranitar is effective. If you haven’t noticed the trend already, make sure you get the go-to dark-type Pokemon!

Pokemon FandomTyranitar is one of the most effective species in Pokemon Go…

Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get?

  • Pokemon 1: Growlithe, Houndour or Vulpix
  • Pokemon 2: Charmeleon, Ninetales or Houndoom
  • Pokemon 3: Charmeleon, Arcanine or Houndoom
  • Shadow Pokemon: Growlithe, Houndour, Vulpix, Charmeleon or Houndoom

What puts out fire? Water! And it’s no different here. Kyogre is the most powerful water-type that comes to mind but Tyranitar is also good to have, too.

This buff physique isn’t just for show!

  • Pokemon 1: Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee
  • Pokemon 2: Hitmonchan
  • Pokemon 3: Hitmonchan
  • Shadow Pokemon: Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee

Psychic types are the natural counter to fighting and there is no better than Mewtwo.

These waters are treacherous


  • Pokemon 1: Carvanha, Poliwag or Mudkip
  • Pokemon 2: Golduck, Poliwhirl
  • Pokemon 3: Poliwrath, Politoed
  • Shadow Pokemon: Carvanha, Poliwag or Mudkip


Not seen so far in February.

Not the easiest of Grunts (not the male) to defeat but if you stick with grass-types you shouldn’t have too many issues.

Become familiar with each taunt and you’ll be able to rack up a lot of Shadow Pokemon before you know it! If any of this is outdated due to a Pokemon Go update, please let us know.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.