A Challenging Development

Date Released: December 1st 2019

This special research continues on with the story of Team GO Rocket and Shadow Pokémon and introduces the Team GO Rocket Leaders Arlo, Cliff & Sierra as well as the final leader Giovanni in another storyline that has you defeat Team GO Rocket. You can only start it after you've completed the "A Troubling Situation" Special Research.

This research will reappear every calendar month and is the only way to battle Giovanni.

Research Tasks

Task Task Reward Total Reward
1 / 6
Spin 10 PokéStops
500 XP
StardustStardust * 500
Poke BallPoke Ball * 10
Razz BerryRazz Berry * 10
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts
500 XP
Catch 1 Shadow Pokémon
500 XP
2 / 6
Spin a PokéStop 5 days in a row
750 XP
StardustStardust * 1000
Hyper PotionHyper Potion * 3
ReviveRevive * 3
Purify 15 Shadow Pokémon
750 XP
Win 5 Raids
750 XP
3 / 6
Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in Gym Battles
1000 XP
StardustStardust * 1500
Great BallGreat Ball * 15
Pinap BerryPinap Berry * 5
Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another trainer
1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts
1000 XP
4 / 6
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo
1250 XP
StardustStardust * 2000
Super Rocket RadarSuper Rocket Radar * 1
Golden Razz BerryGolden Razz Berry * 3
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff
1250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra
1250 XP
5 / 6
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss
Stardust"Stardust * 2500
StardustStardust * 3000
Fast TMFast TM * 1
Charged TMCharged TM * 3
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss
1500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss
SilverSilver Pinap Berry * 3
6 / 6
Claim Reward
2000 XP
Max ReviveMax Revive * 3
Ultra BallUltra Ball * 20
Rare CandyRare Candy * 3
Claim Reward
2000 XP
Claim Reward
2000 XP