Pokemon Go Mysterious Components, Rocket Radar and Rocket Leaders explained

Everything you need to know about the Team Go Rocket Leaders invasion in Pokémon Go.

Team Go Rocket Leaders have started invading PokéStops in Pokémon Go alongside the Team Go Rocket Grunts.

It's up to you to hunt down Arlo, Cliff and Sierra by collecting Mysterious Components and the Rocket Radar. Defeating them might even give you the chance to catch a shiny Shadow Pokémon and eventually, a battle against Giovanni himself.

Team Go Rocket Leaders were currently only available in London, Atlanta, Austin and San Francisco. On November 7th 2019, however, they began to invade PokéStops across the globe with the arrival of Looming in the Shadows.

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How to find Mysterious Components in Pokémon Go

If you want to battle a Team Go Rocket Leader, then you must first collect six Mysterious Components.

You can find Mysterious Components by defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts.

These battles will occur normally with the only difference being that, once the Grunt is defeated, you may be rewarded with a Mysterious Components.

You'll receive this dialogue when you find this first Mysterious Component.

While we received two Mysterious Components in a row, we don't know whether these items are guaranteed drops yet. Originally, you could only receive a Mysterious Component if you're in London, Atlanta, Austin or San Francisco.

Now, however, the Team Go Rocket Leaders invasion is worldwide and the special research quest line, Looming in the Shadows has been released. These also lead to a battle against Giovanni, the ultimate reward for your efforts in finding and using these components.

The components you collect will appear in your bag, allowing you to easily keep track of how many you have.

Once you have six Mysterious Components, you'll be able to combine them to create a Rocket Radar.

How to use the Rocket Radar to find Team Go Rocket Leaders in Pokémon Go

Using the Rocket Radar will change the appearance of the overworld map in Pokémon Go.

This new version of the map will highlight the location of the Team Go Rocket Leaders, allowing you to track them down.

PokéStops that have been invaded by a Rocket Leader will have the red Team Rocket 'R' hovering above them.

When you approach an invaded PokéStop, the Rocket Leader inhabiting will appear on the map, just like a Grunt.

Use the Rocket Radar to hunt down the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

If you don't fancy fighting that particular Rocket Leader, you can walk to the next invaded PokéStop and see who you find.

When you find a Rocket Leader that you wish to battle, simply enter the PokéStop and confront them just like a Grunt.

Keep in mind that once you've created a Rocket Radar you'll no longer be able to find Mysterious Components. This means that you can only have one Rocket Radar at a time.

Team Go Rocket Leader battles explained in Pokémon Go

Each Team Go Rocket Leader has a team consisting of three Shadow Pokémon.

The first Shadow Pokémon they send out will always be the same, but the second and third have three separate options for them to pick from.

Since you'll never know which two Pokémon you'll find yourself facing, you need to ensure that you pick a team that has an advantage over all seven possible opponents.

You should also keep in mind that the Team Go Rocket Leader's Pokémon are all very powerful, so its best to choose your team from Pokémon with high CP levels.


The main difference between a Team Go Rocket Leader battle and one with a Grunt is that the Rocket Leader has the ability to use a Protect Shield.

Just like your Protect Shields, this allows the Team Go Rocket Leader to block one of your charged attacks.

The Rocket Leader will typically use these Protect Shields to deflect the first two charged attacks that you use.

For this reason, it's a good idea to force them to use both of their Protect Shields on their first, and weakest, Pokémon. For Sierra this will be her Sneasel, for Alro his Scyther and Cliff his Meowth.

Try to use a Pokémon whose charged attack can be quickly, well, charged to achieve this and remember - none of these battles are meant to be easy.

Team Go Rocket Leaders line up and counters explained in Pokémon Go

If you want to face Giovanni, then you must defeat his three Team Go Rocket leaders.

These will be tough battles, not just because you can't be sure which Pokémon you'll be facing, but because each Pokémon will be very powerful. Victory depends on your ability to create a team that takes advantage of as many of the Team Rocket Go Leader's team's weaknesses as possible.

Below you'll find the current possible lineups for each Team Go Rocket Leader, along with some ideas about which Pokémon would work best as counters.

Thank you to skewtr and LanAkou from reddit with the help with this information.

Arlo Rocket Leader battle lineup

First PokémonSecond PokémonThird Pokémon

To defeat Arlo you'll want to have a team built around at least three of the following Pokémon types - water, fire, ground, ice and dragon. Each of these types will give you an advantage over one of his possible Pokémon. The issue is, of course, finding the right balance.

A strong water-type Pokémon, either Poliwrath or Swampert, is ideal for defeating Alro's Shadow Mawile. After that it's a good idea to include a strong rock-type Pokémon, such as Tyranitar, that will have an advantage over both Charizard and Salamance if Alro decides to use them. Heatran is also a good choice for your Pokémon team, because it has an advantage over both Steelix and Scizor.

The best way to approach Arlo and his current type is by scouting first. Pick a Pokémon, like Poliwrath, that you know will quickly defeat Mawile, so that you know what his second choice will be. That way you can plan for two Pokemon, giving you a better chance of defeating the third.

Cliff Rocket Leader battle lineup

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Having a strong grass-type Pokémon is essential for defeating Cliff, as at least three of this possible choices are weak to grass-type Pokémon. Torterra, Leafeon and Roserade are all great choices that will help you quickly defeat Swampert, Marowak or Omastar if those are Pokémon Cliff decides to pick.

A fire-type Pokémon, such as Moltres, Charizard or Heatran, is also a good choice for your Pokémon team. Not only will this choice help you defeat Shadow Pinsir, but they're also a good choice for battling Torterra.

Finally, a ground or fighting-type Pokémon will help you round out your team. Machamp, Garchomp and, of course, Lucario are good choices for battling either Tyranitar or Electrivire. If you want to know which one to definitely include in your team, then it's a good idea to scout Cliff's chosen Pokémon party to ensure you make the right decision.

Sierra Rocket Leader battle lineup

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Both a Scizor and a Giratina are good choices for your Pokémon team when it comes to battling Sierra. Sciozor has a very strong Exeggutor, Shiftry and, though smaller than Giratina's, Shadow Beldum. Giratina, on the other hand, can easily defeat Shadow Beldum and will heavily damage Alakazam. You don't need to include both of these Pokémon in your team, but having either one will help you out greatly.

You should also consider using a Tyranitar, because, as a ground-type Pokémon, it will have an advantage over Shadow Beldum, Houndoom and Exeggutor.

It's Sierra's Lapras and Sharpedo that might cause you some trouble when it comes to team planning, since neither are a full water-type Pokémon, which prevents you from including an electric-type in your team. You could use a Melmetal that knows an electric-type for Lapras, but your better off experinmenting with either a dragon-type, like Hydreigon, or bringing out good old Lucario once again.

Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Master League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being The Shadowy Threat Grows. There is also an upcoming paid in-game event, A Drive for Discovery.

Team Go Rocket Leader rewards in Pokémon Go

Defeating a Team Go Rocket Leader will grant you a number of rewards.

For every Team Go Rocket Leader, you'll receive 1,000 Stardust and two of the following items:

Thank you to skewtr from reddit with the help with this information.

Sierra - one of the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

You will also have the opportunity to catch one of the Team Go Rocket Leader's Shadow Pokémon. For Arlo this will be his Scyther, for Cliff a Shadow Meowth and Sierra's Sneasel.

Best of all, there's a chance that these Shadow Pokémon could be shiny.

To catch these Shadow Pokémon, you'll receive a base number of 5 Premier Balls. Bonus PokéBalls will be rewarded depending on a number of factors:

  • How many of your Pokémon survive the Trainer Battle
  • Your Purify Pokémon (Purifier) medal rank
  • Your Defeat Team Rocket (Hero) medal rank

Good luck hunting down those evil Team Go Rocket leaders!

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