Team GO Rocket
Team GO Rocket is the latest version of the evil crime syndicate that uses Pokemon to further their evil plans. They can be found taking over PokeStops when playing Pokemon GO. The Pokestop will be dark blue and shake from a distance. As you get closer, the PokeStop will turn black and a Team Go Rocket member will appear.
Spin the PokeStop to receive an item or two. The Team GO Rocket member will come out saying they are taking the items. You must defeat them in a Pokemon Battle to take the items and PokeStop back!
Team GO Rocket Battle
Three Pokemon are chosen at the start of battle, but you won’t know what Pokemon they use until the battle begins. It’s best to pay attention to what they say. Their quote will give you a hint as to what type they use. Their three Pokemon will be shadow Pokemon, which makes them much stronger than normal Pokemon.
No items can be used to heal or revive any Pokemon. Pokemon can be switched out at any time, but they will be attacked while switching out. Tap on the opponent Pokemon to use fast attacks and begin charging up the charged attack(s).
The charged attacks will do the most damage, but will warn the opposing Trainer when selected. Once a charged attack is selected, hit as many Pokemon type (fire, grass, water, etc) icons as possible. The more icons that are hit, the stronger the charged attack will be. The attack will be ranked from Good, to Great, to Excellent.
If the Team GO Rocket member selects a charged attack, you will have a few seconds to decide if you want to use a shield. A shield will completely block the opposing Pokemon’s charged attack; however, only two shields can be used per battle.
It’s best to use a shield to block a super effective attack or an attack that might knock out your Pokemon. Remember, Pokemon have certain types that are stronger or weaker to other types in both attack and defense. Refer to the Type Chart below. Credit to Reddit user Alpha Nation.
Knock out all three opposing Pokemon to win a battle. If your Pokemon get knocked out, you can retry as many times as possible. You will need to use items to revive and heal the Pokemon that fainted, however.
At the end of the battle, you will get the chance to capture one of the three shadow Pokemon that were used in battle. However, these Pokemon can only be captured with the special Premier Balls that are awarded at the end of the battle.
Shadow Pokemon and Purification
Shadow Pokemon will move around a lot more than normal wild Pokemon. Use a Nanab Berry to slow down their movements and make them easier to land a Poke Ball. Razz Berries also help if they keep breaking free.
Once you capture a Shadow Pokemon, you can purify it using a set amount of candies specific to that species (e.g. Pikachu candies for Raichu). Purifying the Pokemon will increase its stats a small amount and change its charged attack from Frustration to Return.
Additionally, all Purified Pokemon will require less candies to power-up, evolve, and unlock their second charged attack. When it comes to evolution, candies will be reduced from 100 to 90, 25 to 22, and 50 to 45.