The coming clash between Pokemon GO trainers and Team GO Rocket is just around the corner. As Professor Willow continues his Rocket Radar research, it seems like a new Special Research storyline is nearly ready to kick and see players throw down against the Team GO Rocket's nefarious leaders.


Although the Looming in the Shadows Special Research hasn't been officially released yet, a lot of datamining has managed to reveal many details about the upcoming Pokemon GO event. Obviously Team R0cket, corrupted Pokestops, and Shadow Pokemon will all play a key role throughout the storyline as players attempt to help Professor Willow construct a Rocket Radar that will assist in locating the bad guys' HQ.



Although the live game has just released the Colossal Discovery Special Research, dataminers have already moved ahead and unearthed a list of tasks that are going to be associated with the Looming in the Shadows storyline, along with some Professor Willow text. Players who aren't worried about spoilers can read ahead now to see what is coming when the new Special Research is officially available...




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Quests Datamined So Far


Battle the Team Go Rocket Boss


Catch a Legendary Shadow Pokemon


Defeat {?} Team Go Rocket Grunts


Defeat {?} Team Go Rocket Grunts


Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Ario


Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra


Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff


Defeat the Team Go Rocket Boss


Find the Team Go Rocket Boss


Purify {?} Shadow Pokemon


Win {?} Raids


Spin {?} PokeStops


Spin a PokeStop {?} days in a row


Use {?} supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym Battles


Win {?} Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer


Quest Text


"Thanks for your help in defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts, %PLAYERNAME% The team leaders and I have been observing Team GO Rocket, and something tells us this is far from over. The transmission sent during the Team GO Rocket take-over had a message from an unknown sender at the end. We’re going to need all the help we can get to reveal the identity of this unknown figure looming in the shadows, and you are just the Trainer for the job!

Can you help us get to the bottom of this mystery?""Thank you for your continued support against those pesky Team GO Rocket Grunts. As they flee, some Grunts are leaving behind Mysterious Components.

I believe these are what Team GO Rocket is using to hack and steal reimgs from PokeStops. Clever little devices, aren’t they? There’s information we can glean from these components that will help us in our fight against this dangerous organization.

Once you have enough pieces, you should be able to assemble something similar to the device I’ve modified in my lab. It might be best to prepare yourself for whatever might come, %PLAYERNAME%.""Interesting. It appears there’s more to Team GO Rocket than previously thought. Their ingenuity has got me thinking there might be another use for these Mysterious Components. We shouldn’t underestimate Team GO Rocket.

It’s time to get battle ready, %PLAYERNAME%. I don’t want to send you out to face another foe without some more training. While you sharpen your battle skills, I’ll be sure to get this little project of mine up and operational."

"Fantastic work, Trainer. I’ve been working on a prototype for something I call the Rocket Radar, but I was missing some critical components. Your hard work in retrieving these components actually made my device work’

If we combine my research and these Mysterious Components you’ve found, we can create a radar-like tool to track down Team GO Rocket Hideouts! Trainers all over the world are figuring out now to put together devices like this, and they’re identifying more hideouts than I originally anticipated.

%PLAYERNAME%, it’s time to head to these hideouts and face whatever—or whomever—is there head on. Let’s GO."

"You battled well, %PLAYERNAME%I You’ve done your team leaders—and me—proud. According to my observations, it appears the sender of that mysterious transmission during the Team GO Rocket take-over was not in attendance. There’s someone else calling the shots—someone above Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo.

I’ve improved on my previous invention and put together a Super Rocket Radar that should help you track this mastermind down. If it is who I think it is, he signs all his messages with “G”"

"You’ve put a stop to Team GO Rocket’s plans for the time being and rescued a special Shadow Pokemon. It’s unlikely that Giovanni will give up this easily, so I hope we can rely on you to take down Team GO Rocket members as they appear around your area. Spark, Blanche, and Candela will be on the lookout as well. I’m sure Team GO Rocket will try to hatch another villainous plot soon"


That's everything we know so far, but more details and dates are likely going to be revealed in the very near future. When the new storyline does arrive, it sounds like it should be exciting enough to give players a reason to take a break from catching the best Unova region Pokemon in the game for a little while.


Be sure to check back for more Pokemon GO strategy guides, news, and updates in the near future. Until then, good luck out there, trainers!


Pokemon GO is available now on Android and iOS devices in select regions.



Source: Pokemon GO Hub