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Pokémon Go: A Challenging Development

Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket Giovanni
Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket Giovanni (Image credit: Niantic)

Team Go Rocket brought another Special Research line for December, and this time Giovanni had captured the Legendary bird Zapdos. Zapdos is safe now, but if you haven't completed A Challenging Development, you still can with this guide.

What is Team Go Rocket anyway?

Based on the original antagonists of Pokémon, Team Rocket is an infamous criminal organization led by Giovanni. The group seeks to steal valuable Pokémon and force those Pokémon to further Giovanni's endeavors. In Pokémon Go, the group is much the same, known as Team Go Rocket. Basically, they're the bad guys who've been missing from the game since day one. They're here now, and once a month, you can complete a Special Research to take on their leader, Giovanni and potentially rescue a Legendary Shadow Pokémon from him.

Can I start right away?

Probably but, unlike some of the other Special Research, players must complete two other Special Researches to begin A Challenging Development. If you haven't completed A Troubling Situation and Looming in the Shadows, you'll have to finish those first. Fortunately, A Troubling Situation is pretty quick, and we have a guide that will walk you through it fast. Looming in the Shadows takes a little longer, but we also have a guide to walk you through it. You can also only complete one of the monthly Special Research lines a month, even if you're behind.

You must also be at least Level eight to begin this Special Research.

A Challenging Development

Once you've completed A Troubling Situation and Looming in the Shadows, you will find A Challenging Development in your list of Special Research quests. Like Looming in the Shadows, this Special Research is split up into six steps of three tasks each.

Step One

  1. Spin ten PokéStops for 500 XP.
  2. Defeat three Team GO Rocket Grunts for 500 XP.
  3. Catch one Shadow Pokémon for 500 XP.

Completion Rewards: 500 Stardust, ten PokéBalls, and ten Razz Berries.

Step Two

  1. Spin a PokéStop five days in a row for 750 XP.
  2. Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon for 750 XP.
  3. Win five raids for 750 XP.

Completion rewards: 1,000 Stardust, three Hyper Potions, and three Revives.

Step Three

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Mysterious Component (Image credit: Niantic)
  1. Use six super effective Carged Atacks in Gym Bttles for 1,000 XP.
  2. Win three Great League Trainer Battles against another Trainer for 1,000 XP.
  3. Defeat six Go Rocket Grunts for 1,000 XP.

Completion rewards: 1,500 Stardust, 15 Great Balls, and five Pinap Berries.

Step Four

Pokemon Go Rocket Radar (Image credit: Niantic)
  1. Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo for 1,250 XP.
  2. Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff for 1,250 XP.
  3. Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra for 1,250 XP.

Completion rewards: 2,000 Stardust, one Super Rocket Radar, and three Golden Razz Berries.

Step Five

Pokemon Go Super Rocket Radar (Image credit: Niantic)
  1. Find the Team GO Rocket Boss for 2,500 Stardust.
  2. Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss for 1,500 XP.
  3. Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss for three Silver Pinap Berries.

Completion rewards: 3,000 Stardust, one Charged TM, and one Fast TM.

Step Six

  1. Autocompleted for 2,000 XP.
  2. Autocompleted for 2,000 XP.
  3. Autocompleted for 2,000 XP.

Completion rewards: three Max Revives, 20 Ultra Balls, and three Rare Candies.

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.