Niantic has announced the details for A Looming Shadow Returns! which begins on November 9th, 2021 in Pokémon GO.
The Season of Mischief Story Continues!
Continue to follow the Season of Mischief storyline focused on the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa!
If you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!
With Light Comes Shadow: Team GO Rocket has decided to take over the Festival of Lights event in an attempt to take away Hoopa! Giovanni has also returned to lead this mission. It seems likely that he was watching from the shadows this entire time, studying Hoopa as we learned about it, too. There’s also rumors of another Legendary Pokémon that he’s turned into a Shadow Pokémon! Let’s stop Team GO Rocket, Trainers!
Use the Super Rocket Radar from this part of the Special Research to encounter Giovanni!
Giovanni has emerged from the shadows once again! He and his Shadow Pokémon might try to capture Hoopa. Defeat Giovanni to rescue Shadow Lugia!
Team GO Rocket Has Created More Shadow Pokémon
Team GO Rocket has been busy in the shadows. Team GO Rocket Grunts as well as their leaders—Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo—are using different Shadow Pokémon. Help Spark, Blanche, and Candela overcome their adversaries and rescue the Shadow Pokémon.
Team GO Rocket will begin using these Pokémon at 12:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
The following bonuses will be in effect during the Festival of Lights event.
- You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
- Team GO Rocket will appear significantly more frequently at PokéStops and in Balloons
Field Research Task Encounters
In addition to the event-themed Pokémon already available to encounter in Field Research Tasks, you’ll also be able to encounter Vullaby! For the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Vullaby, if you’re lucky!
Will Light Defeat Shadow?