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.

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Pokemon_Go_Mysterious_Compoent_Part_Two
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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.

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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.

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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
ScytherGyaradosCharizard
MagnezoneDragonite
CrobatScizor
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Building a team consisting of a powerful Melmetal, Mewtwo and Blaziken is a good strategy for defeating Arlo. Melmetal is a great Pokémon to start with, because it has an advantage over Scyther, Gyarados, Crobat and Dragonite.

Ensuring you have a strong fire-type in your team, like Entei, is a most for Arlo, because a good number of his Pokémon are weak to fire-types. Rhyperior is also a good choice, because it has an advantage over both Scyther and Charizard.

Cliff Rocket Leader battle lineup

First PokémonSecond PokémonThird Pokémon
Meowth SandslashTyranitar
SnorlaxTorterra
FlygonInfernape
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A good set of counters for Cliff's team would be Lucario, Regice and Swampert. These three Pokémon cover the majority of the weaknesses within Cliff's team.

A strong psychic Pokémon, like Mewtwo, would also be a great option as it would easily battle Sandslash, Snorlax and Flygon. Blaziken and Emboar are also good choices as their dual type nature, fire and fighting, will allow them to easily take out Torterra and Meowth.

Sierra Rocket Leader battle lineup

First PokémonSecond PokémonThird Pokémon
SneaselHypnoAlakazam
LaprasHoundoom
SableyeGardevoir
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A team consisting Lucario, Melmetal and Tyranitar would have a good chance to defeat Sierra, as, while she does have a range of Pokémon, she focuses more on psychic and dark-type Pokémon.

Again, it's hard to decide which Pokémon you should pick for this battle. Though Steel types, including Metagross and Scizor, will definitely have an advantage. As would a mixture of fighting and dragon-type Pokémon, like Machamp and Dialga.


November features a string of events, the first of which is Super effective week. We've recently seen the first Gen 5 Pokémon arrive - these include new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Elsewhere this year we've also seen new Adventure Sync rewards, a Jirachi quest, Team Rocket Invasions and freeing Shadow Pokémon, as well as monthly Field Research rewards. Complete the Looming in the Shadows special research quest line to fight against the invading Team Go Rocket Leaders and Giovanni! Finally, Niantic Wayfarer has been released worldwide.


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.

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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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