Pokémon Go Team Go Rocket Celebration event research quest: How to complete each quest task and field research

Team Rocket has invaded Pokémon Go once again!

The Team Go Rocket Celebration event in Pokémon Go is a great time to get back into battling the evil crime organisation which targets Pokémon.

Not only is there an exclusive Team Go Rocket Celebration event research quest, but a new selection of Shadow Pokémon has been released. The Team Leaders have also changed their Pokémon teams, so there are new challenges awaiting you are well.

You'll also be able to collect a number of field research tasks exclusive to the Team Go Rocket Celebration event, which will lead to encounters with dark, ghost and poison-type Pokémon.

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'Team Go Rocket Celebration' quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find all of the challenges, along with their associated rewards, for the Team Go Rocket Celebration event in Pokémon Go. Before you continue, however, be aware that this section does contain spoilers.

It's also important to remember that the Team Go Rocket Celebration research will only be available during the titular event and, once it ends, this research quest will disappear forever.

Thank you to Amiibofan101 from reddit for the help with this information!

'Team Go Rocket Celebration' Step 1 of 2

  • Defeat 1 Team Go Rocket Grunt - 10 Potions
  • Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket Grunts - 5 Super Potions
  • Defeat 6 Team Go Rocket Grunts - 3 Revives

Rewards: 1 Rocket Radar, 10 PokéBalls and a Golbat encounter

'Team Go Rocket Celebration' Step 2 of 2

  • Defeat 1 Team Go Rocket Grunt - 10 Super Potions
  • Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket Grunts - 5 Hyper Potions
  • Defeat 6 Team Go Rocket Grunts - 3 Max Revives

Rewards: 1 Rocket Radar, 15 PokéBalls and a Misdreavus encounter

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Field research tasks and everything you need to know about the Team Go Rocket Celebration event in Pokémon Go

During the Team Go Rocket Celebration event in Pokémon Go, you'll be able to collect exclusive field research quests by spinning PokéStops. Though these tasks can only be collected during the event, they can be saved and completed afterwards.

Here are the field research tasks for the Team Go Rocket Celebration event:

  • Catch 7 Poison-type Pokémon reward - Gligar encounter
  • Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon reward - Misdreavus encounter
  • Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket Grunts reward - Nidoran (female) or Nidoran (male) encounter
  • Catch 15 Dark-type Pokémon reward - Umbreon encounter

Thank you to SilphScience from reddit for the help with this information!

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The other major bonus that this event has is that any egg placed within an incubator during this event will have its hatch distance halved, which makes this week the perfect time to work through your egg backlog.

There are also a variety of Team Go Rocket bonuses, such as the Team Leaders all have new Pokémon teams which they will keep once the event ends, and the introduction of new Shadow Pokémon.

These new Shadow Pokémon are:

  • Swinub
  • Nosepass
  • Aron
  • Spheal
  • Lileep
  • Anorith
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Pokemon_Spheal
Swinub, Aron and Spheal are some of the new Shadow Pokémon.

Alongside this, the Strange Egg pool has also been changed, meaning you can expect one of the following Pokémon to hatch from the Strange Eggs you collect:

  • Qwilfish
  • Larvitar
  • Corphish
  • Absol
  • Skorupi
  • Sandile
  • Scraggy
  • Pawniard
  • Vullaby
  • Deino
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Finally, a variety of dark and poison-type Pokémon will be appearing in the wild more frequently and in raids, including Koffing, Sneasel, Houndour, Absol, Stunky and many others. You can also expect to see Raikou and Suicune in five-star raids, while Mega Venusaur, Ampharos and Houndoom will be appearing in Mega Raids.


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Team Go Rocket Celebration event dates and times in Pokémon Go

As the name suggests, the Team Go Rocket Celebration event focuses on the nefarious crime team who converted Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon.

Both the Team Go Rocket Celebration research and exclusive field research tasks are only available during this event, which runs from Tuesday, 2nd February, starting 10am (local time), and ends on Sunday, 7th February at 8pm (local time).

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The Team Go Rocket Celebration research quest consists of two steps, with rewards for each individual challenge and overall quest step. If you want to earn all of these rewards, you need to ensure you complete the Team Go Rocket Celebration research quest before the end of the event or less risk losing the rewards when the research quest vanishes.

Good luck defeating Team Go Rocket!

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