Pokémon Go: Looming Shadows is live

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

What you need to know

  • The Pokémon Go Looming Shadows Special Research is now available globally.
  • Players can battle Team Go Rocket Executives and even Giovanni himself.
  • Completion of the Special Research gives players a chance to rescue Legendary Shadow Pokémon.

The wait is finally over! After all the hype and build up over the past few weeks, Pokémon Go has released the Looming Shadows Special Research to Pokémon Go. A six step Special Research, Looming in the Shadows allows players to challenge the Team Go Rocket Executives by collecting Mysterious Components and building Rocekt Radars.

The promotional video for this release showed each of the Team Go Rocket Executives with heavy hitting Shadow Pokémon. Cliff was shown with a Shadow Tyranitar, Arlo with a Shadow Scizor, and Sierra with a Shadow Houndoom. In addition to many rewards across the six steps, completion of the Special Research will allow players to challenge the infamous Leader of Team Go Rocket himself, Giovanni. Giovanni was also depicted in the promotional video with the three Legendary birds, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, all Shadow Pokémon as well. While it is not yet clear if trainers must battle all three of the Legendary birds to defeat Giovanni, the announcement did state that upon defeating Giovanni, players will have the chance to rescue Legendary Shadow Pokémon.

The announcement included some other interesting information as well. It would seem as though there is some level of collaboration involved in challenging Team Go Rocket Executives. Players will need a Rocket Radar to detect the Team Go Rocket Hideouts but once detected, players can share the locations and face the same challenges, much in the way that Pokéstops offer the same research for a set period of time. The announcement also made mention of Team Go Rocket Grunts pretending to be Giovanni.

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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.