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Team Rocket are coming back to Pokemon Go, AGAIN – Everything we know

Published: 5/Jul/2020 20:20

by Paul Cot


It seems Team Rocket can’t make their minds up – one minute they’re causing havoc in Pokemon Go and then the next they’re blasting off again! Now though, all signs point to their latest return to the mobile game being imminent.

After months of build up starting with the Grunts and then the GO Rocket leaders, Giovanni was finally added to Pokemon Go in November of last year. However, after a few months of battling, and saving a Legendary Shadow Pokemon or two, he along the rest of the evil organization left the game entirely.


“It seems that Team GO Rocket has been quiet lately,” Niantic revealed on the official Pokemon Go blog. Interestingly, they did leave us with this tease: “We really don’t expect Team GO Rocket to be quiet all summer…”

Of course, their disappearance coincided with the worldwide pandemic. Maybe Team Rocket weren’t washing their hands which caused them all to get ill.


What’s more likely though, is Niantic took them out the game to encourage indoor play only. Regardless, their return is nigh.

Grunts in hot air balloons?

Before we share any speculation this is what we know in addition to the above tease. The first bit of news about a Team Rocket return came on June 30.

The Team Leaders – Blanche, Candela and Spark – found an ominous scrap of paper. It didn’t need much deciphering as the images clearly showed a Team GO Rocket Grunt setting up an hot air balloon to throw a net over a Pikachu. Knowing Team Rocket we can certainly say their intentions aren’t good.

Team Rocket Hot Air Balloon
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It almost looks like Team Rocket are trying to steal Pokemon…

Following that an image of some Clefairy surfaced which if you look very closely at, you can see a hot air balloon off in the distance. Blanche surmised that the previous image and this may be related, it’s almost like Blanche is onto something…

Clefairy Rocket Hot Air Balloon
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Clefairy during the Solstice. Team Rocket lurk in the background though…

The latest bit of information we have came on July 2 and July 3, which showed a Grunt climbing out of a hot air balloon to seemingly challenge a trainer. With a Poke Ball in hand it looks they’re either trying to steal said trainers’ Pokemon or start a battle.

Another scrap of paper shows Team Rocket flying high above a PokeStop. Does this suggest this latest encounter will only take place when near or spinning them – we’ll have to wait and see.

Team Rocket Return Battle
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It looks like Team Rocket have a new strategy to enact their evil…

Team Rocket are back

Niantic have been far from subtle here. We know Team Rocket’s return will entail hot air balloons and some sort of illegal acts.

We’re just waiting for the full details, which are expected very soon. Them climbing out and initiating a battle seems the most obvious feature but we’ve seen that already. As a result we expect something a little bit different.


Their return may even open up the Special Research that grants you an encounter with Giovanni, too. After all who doesn’t want more opportunities to catch Shiny Legendary Pokemon!


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.