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Pokémon Go A Shadowy Disturbance quest steps and rewards

It’s time to catch Shadow Regirock!

A Shadowy Disturbance, released during the Solstice Horizons event in June 2023, is the latest instalment in Pokémon Go’s Team Go Rocket invasion storyline.

Like past Team Go Rocket special research quests in Pokémon Go, the A Shadowy Disturbance quest steps tasks you with defeating Rocket Grunts and the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

This will all lead to a battle against Giovanni and, if you defeat him, you’ll be able to catch his latest Shadow Legendary Pokémon - Shadow Regirock.

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'A Shadowy Disturbance' quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you’ll find all of the quest steps for the A Shadowy Disturbance special research quest in Pokémon Go.

Remember - to access this quest you may have to complete your previous Team Go Rocket research quest, which began with A Troubling Situation in 2019. The last quest released in the Team Rocket storyline was From The Shadows.

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

'A Shadowy Disturbance' Step 1 of 5

Rewards: 1000 XP, 1000 Stardust and an Aron encounter.

'A Shadowy Disturbance' Step 2 of 5
  • Catch 15 Pokémon - 5 Pinap Berries
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon - 10 Great Balls
  • Defeat 6 Team Go Rocket Grunts - 3 Mysterious Components

Rewards: 1500 XP, 1500 Stardust and a Graveler encounter.

'A Shadowy Disturbance' Step 3 of 5
  • Defeat the Team Go Rocket Leader Arlo - 2500 XP
  • Defeat the Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff - 2500 XP
  • Defeat the Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra - 2500 XP

Rewards: 2500 XP, 3000 Stardust and a Super Rocket Radar.

'A Shadowy Disturbance' Step 4 of 5
  • Find the Team Go Rocket Boss - 10 Hyper Potions
  • Battle the Team Go Rocket Boss - 10 Ultra Balls
  • Defeat the Team Go Rocket Boss - 6 Max Revives

Rewards: 3000 XP, 3000 Stardust and a Sableye encounter.

'A Shadowy Disturbance' Step 5 of 5
  • Claim reward - 2500 Stardust
  • Claim reward - 2500 Stardust
  • Claim reward - 2500 Stardust

Rewards: 5000 XP, 3500 Stardust and two Silver Pinap Berries.

How A Shadowy Disturbance works in Pokémon Go

A Shadowy Disturbance, which was released in June 2023 during the Solstice Horizons event, is part of the Team Go Rocket storyline in Pokémon Go.

To access this research quest, you must first complete the ‘tutorial’ quest, A Troubling Situation. You may also need to complete any previous Team Go Rocket special research quests may have, such as From The Shadows.

Each Team Go Rocket quest is based around defeating the crime organisation grunts and purifying Shadow Pokémon, which can be found at invaded PokéStops around the world.

You’ll also need to battle the Leaders Arlo, Cliff and Sierra and, eventually, Giovanni.

It’s also important to remember that the highlighted Shadow Legendary released alongside this quest’s debut - Shadow Regirock in the case of A Shadowy Disturbance - is technically not part of the quest itself, but, rather is simply an extra reward for battling Giovanni. Due to this, you can catch the current Shadow Legendary at least twice if you haven’t finished the previous Team Go Rocket quest yet.

Aside from this, the Team Go Rocket quests work exactly the same as the other research quests, which challenge you to complete a number of objectives in a specific order.

Since the Team Go Rocket quests don’t expire, you’ll have a good amount of time to complete A Shadowy Disturbance. We do recommend ensuring you complete it though, because you won’t be able to access the new quest in the series - which are usually released every three months - until you do.

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Tips for completing A Shadowy Disturbance in Pokémon Go

Below you’ll find some tips which will help you complete A Shadowy Disturbance in Pokémon Go:

  • Don’t forget to use Pinap Berries when catching Shadow Pokémon to ensure you gather enough Candy to purify the Pokémon once it’s yours.
  • Keep an eye out for the Team Go Rocket Balloons, because the grunt, Team Go Leader and even the Giovanni battles you encounter through them all count towards this quest.
  • Make sure you check the lineup possibilities before battling the three Team Go Rocket Leaders and Giovanni, so you can plan an effective team of counters.
  • Since both the Leaders and Giovanni have a selection of Pokémon they can use, it’s a good idea to scout out their team before properly defeating them - provided you have some healing items on standby for this first ‘trail’ encounter. You can do this by using a Pokémon which is guaranteed to defeat this first Pokémon, which will always be the same, and, once you know what they’re second choice is, you can plan accordingly. Just remember that their lineup may change if you move to a different PokéStop.

Good luck during the A Shadowy Disturbance questline!

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