The latest Special Research task for Pokemon GO is Looming in the Shadows, which follows on from the recent quest, A Troubling Situation, that introduced Team GO Rocket. Now you have the chance to take on Giovanni himself.
Looming in the Shadows is built around Team GO Rocket and ups the challenge by introducing stronger Shadow Pokemon, Team GO Rocket Leaders, and the chance to capture legendary Shadow Pokemon.
This Pokemon Go guide will tell you everything you need to know about Looming in the Shadows, including how to start it, how to complete each quest step, how to get mysterious fragments, and what you need to do to find Giovanni.
Let’s get started.
Pokemon Go: How to Start Looming in the Shadows
You won’t actually see Looming in the Shadows in your Special Research tasks unless you’ve completed A Troubling Situation. If you haven’t done that, go ahead and get it taken care of so you can get started with this latest quest.
Pokemon Go: Looming in the Shadows Quests
Looming in the Shadows is split up into six quests. Each quest has individual tasks to complete. You’re rewarded with items for completing each task and the overall step. Here’s each one, as well as the tasks you need to do to complete them.
Looming in the Shadows Step 1
The first step in Looming in the Shadows involves three tasks.
|Spin 10 PokeStops||500 XP|
|Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts||500 XP|
|Purify 1 Shadow Pokemon||500 XP|
If you don’t know how to purify Shadow ‘mon, check out our Pokemon Purification guide for more info.
The overall reward for completing Step 1 of Looming in the Shadows is 500 Stardust, 10 PokeBalls, and 10 Razz Berries. You’ll need the Razz Berries for catching Shadow Pokemon and eventually catching a legendary Shadow Pokemon.
Looming in the Shadows: Step 2
Step 2 is a bit different because it takes five IRL days to finish.
|Spin a PokeStop 5 days in a row||750 XP|
|Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon||750 XP|
|Win 5 Raids||750 XP|
For tips and tricks on how to win raids, check out our Raid guide for some quick strategies. The overall reward for Step 2 is 1,000 Stardust, 3 Hyper Potions, and 3 Revives.
Pokemon Go: Team GO Rocket Leader Battles
While you wait for those five days to pass, you can still work your way toward fighting the Team GO Rocket Leaders: Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo.
To do that, you’ll need to gather six Mysterious Components so you can form the Rocket Radar.
How to Get Mysterious Components in Pokemon GO
Gathering up those Mysterious Components is fairly simple. You’ll just need to battle Rocket Grunts.
It seems like getting a Mysterious Component drop is random, but on the plus side, defeating Grunts is required for the Special Research, and it gives you a chance to catch (and Purify) Shadow Pokemon.
How to Find Team GO Rocket Leaders
After you gather 6 Mysterious Components, you’ll be able to build the Rocket Radar. Use the Rocket Radar to change the map overlay and pinpoint where a GO Rocket Leader is.
PokeStops with a Leader will have the Rocket “R” logo over them, and you’ll be able to actually see the Leader as you approach the PokeStop. Leader Hideouts vanish at 10 p.m. and re-appear at 6 a.m. the next day.
You can always roam around and see if there are any other Rocket-invaded PokeStops, though it’s not certain right now if the Leaders are locked to individual players until they spawn again the next day.
Keep in mind, however, that you won’t be able to collect any more Mysterious Components until you complete a Leader battle and lose your Rocket Radar.
Pokemon Go: Team GO Rocket Leaders Battles
Courtesy of Reddit user u/skewtr, here’s what to expect for every Team GO Rocket Leader, including the Shadow Pokemon they’ll have. All GO Rocket Leaders have the same starting Pokemon, plus two others that could each be one of three different Shadow Pokemon.
Leaders are like Grunts, but more difficult. Their Pokemon have significantly higher CP values. They also have two Protect Shields that negate your first two charged attacks. Force the Leader to use these Shields on their first Shadow Pokemon, which is always the weakest of the team.
Winning gets you 1,000 Stardust and the following:
- 2 Revives
- 2 Max Potions
- 2 Hyper Potions
- 2 Max Revive
- 2 Sinnoh Stones
- 2 Unova Stones
Leader Cliff Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
|First Shadow Pokemon||Meowth|
|Second Shadow Pokemon||Sandslash, Snorlax, Flygon|
|Third Shadow Pokemon||Tyranitar, Infernape, Torterra|
Leader Sierra Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
|First Shadow Pokemon||Sneasel|
|Second Shadow Pokemon||Hypno, Lapras, Sableye|
|Third Shadow Pokemon||Alakazam, Gardevoir, Houndoom|
Leader Arlo Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
|First Shadow Pokemon||Scyther|
|Second Shadow Pokemon||Gyrados, Magnezone, Crobat|
|Third Shadow Pokemon||Charizard, Dragonite, Scizor|
Pokemon Go: Looming in the Shadows Giovanni Battle
Right now, it doesn’t appear that you need to complete the entirety of Looming in the Shadows to challenge Team GO Rocket Leaders. However, it’s looking like you will need to complete the quest, defeat all three Leaders, and battle Grunts to get the Super Rocket Radar that lets you track down Giovanni.
Once you defeat Giovanni, you’ll get the chance to catch a legendary Shadow Pokemon, and though the announcement trailer shows all three of Gen One’s legendary birds, we’ve only got confirmation of Shadow Articuno right now.
The thing is, we don’t know how this will play out right now because no one can finish Looming in the Shadows yet. We’ll update as more info becomes available. So, for now, that’s all you need to know about Pokemon GO Looming in Shadows and how to face Giovanni.
For more tips, tricks, and strategies, be sure to check out our other Pokemon Go guides.