Pokémon Go: The Higher They Fly Special Research

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

Pokémon Go's Team GO Rocket is back with more Special Research and another chance to challenge Giovanni. Beginning on February 28, 2021, Trainers can begin The Higher They Fly, a six step Special Research which rewards players with a Super Rocket Radar to track down and beat the head of Team GO Rocket. Be sure to check out our guide for beating the leaders of Team GO Rocket, as well as our best Pokémon Go accessories so you're fully equipped for the battles ahead!

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 of the same, known as Team GO Rocket. Basically, they're the bad guys who've been missing from the game since day one.

Roughly once a month, you can complete a Special Research to take on their leader, Giovanni and potentially rescue a Legendary Shadow Pokémon from him. While these Special Research lines don't expire, you can only complete one a month, even if you haven't completed past months, so make sure to complete one every month so you don't miss out on a chance at another Shadow Legendary Pokémon.

Can I start right away?

Probably but, unlike some other Special Research, players must complete specific Special Research lines to begin The Shadowy Threat Grows. If you haven't completed A Troubling Situation and a previously started Team GO Rocket Special Research line, you'll have to finish that first. Fortunately, A Troubling Situation is pretty quick, and we have a guide that will walk you through it fast. Looming in the Shadows, A Challenging Development, The Take-Over Continues, and A Professor's Work is Never Done take longer - one month each, to be exact.

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

The Higher They Fly

Once you've completed the previous Team GO Rocket Special Research lines, you will find The Higher They Fly in your list of Special Research quests. This Special Research is split up into six steps of three tasks each.

Step One

  1. Win a Raid for 15 PokéBalls.
  2. Defeat three Team GO Rocket Grunts for three Hyper Potions.
  3. Catch one Shadow Pokémon for three Revives.

Completion Rewards: ten Razz Berries, ten Nanab Berries, ten Pinap Berries.

Step Two

  1. Catch five Shadow Pokémon for a Sun Stone.
  2. Make three Nice Curveball Throws in a row for 15 Great Balls.
  3. Catch ten Flying type Pokémon for a Doduo* encounter.

Completion rewards: 10 Mega Pidgeot Energy, 1,500 XP, 500 Stardust.

Step Three

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Mysterious Component (Image credit: Niantic)
  1. Purify five Shadow Pokémon for 30 Mega Pidgeot Energy.
  2. Defeat five Team GO Rocket Grunts for 30 Mega Pidgeot Energy.
  3. Earn three Candies walk with your Buddy Pokémon for 30 Mega Pidgeot Energy.

Completion rewards: Rocket Radar, Pidgeot encounter, 2,000 XP.

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: Super Rocket Radar, 2,500 XP, 1,000 Stardust.

Step Five

Pokemon Go Super Rocket Radar (Image credit: Niantic)
  1. Find the Team Go Rocket Boss for five Max Potions.
  2. Battle the Team Go Rocket Boss for 20 Ultra Balls.
  3. Defeat the Team Go Rocket Boss for five Max Revives.

Completion rewards: Fast TM, Charged TM, 3,000 XP.

Step Six

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

Completion rewards: Premium Battle Pass, two Golden Razz Berries, two Silver Pinap Berries.

Casian Holly

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.