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Team GO Rocket leaders live in Pokemon Go now: Full guide

Published: 6/Nov/2019 11:13 Updated: 7/Nov/2019 17:40

by Paul Cot


After what feels like forever, Team GO Rocket leaders have finally been added to Pokemon Go.

The previously teased Mysterious Components can now be found in the game, leading to encounter with Team Rocket bosses.

“We’ve received reports of Trainers finding Mysterious Components in a few parts of the world,” the official Pokemon Go Twitter account shared. “It looks to be a contained phenomenon. For now…”

As of 6am PST (9am EST and 2pm GMT) the much teased Team Rocket leaders went live in Pokemon Go. Along with their introduction they brought a brand new special research quest too, Looming in the Shadows.

Can I battle the Team Rocket bosses?

As is the case with new features in Pokemon Go, at first they tend to be restricted to either high level trainers or specific regions. This has now been opened up to all Pokemon Go players.

Mysterious Components and Team GO Rocket leaders

You can obtain Mysterious Components by defeating Team Rocket Grunts — how frequently they will drop them is currently unknown, though.

Six Mysterious Components will create a Rocket Detector and it is this new device that will allow you to find one of the new bosses. As previously confirmed these leaders are Arlo, Cliff and Sierra.

Activating the Rocket Detector will bring up a new map which will enable you to track where the Team Rocket bosses are located. Reports suggest this feature works a lot like Raid Battles, whereby encounters with them are only available during the day. The Rocket Detector will be removed from your inventory after each use.

Reddit: xavierxxiiiThe Rocket Detector map will help you track down the Team GO Rocket leaders.

The encounters with Arlo, Cliff and Sierra are similar to that of Grunts. There are two differences, however. Their Pokemon are unsurprisingly more powerful, estimated to be 1.32x as much, and they have the ability to use shields, just like you do.

Arlo, Cliff and Sierra’s Pokemon

With the encounters being far from easy, you’ll need to know which Pokemon to bring to battle. We’ll have to wait and see whether their Pokemon will vary, but the following are currently being reported:

Leader Pokemon 1 Pokemon 2 Pokemon 3
Cliff Meowth Flygon, Sandslash, Snorlax Infernape, Torterra, Tyranitar
Sierra Sneasel Hypno, Lapras, Sableye Dragonite, Gardevoir, Houndoom
Arlo Scyther Gyarados, Magnezone Charizard, Dragonite, Scizor

As we can see they have an impressive list of Pokemon at their disposal. This also presents the opportunity to nab yourself a pretty powerful Shadow Pokemon, though, luck withstanding.

Reddit: CherryManJoJoTough bosses bring big rewards.

Team Rocket leader rewards

After you have defeated them you will be awarded with an encounter with one of their Shadow Pokemon. They can also drop Unova Stones and Sinnoh Stones, two items which are fairly difficult to get hold of.

We’ll keep this page updated with any new information that surfaces.

Page last updated 12:40 EST, November 7, 2019


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.