January 16, 2024

Team GO Rocket returns, Shadow Kyogre joins Giovanni, and Shadow Ho-Oh makes its Shadow Raid debut!

Team GO Rocket returns, Shadow Kyogre joins Giovanni, and Shadow Ho-Oh makes its Shadow Raid debut!


Team GO Rocket is taking over again, and Giovanni is back with a vengeance—this time alongside Shadow Kyogre! Prepare yourselves for new Shadow Pokémon, as well as the return of Shadow Ho-Oh!

Assemble your team and prepare to conquer Team GO Rocket!

Taken Treasures

Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 12:00 a.m. to Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. local time

Pokémon debuts

The Single-Cyl Pokémon Varoom and its Evolution, the Multi-Cyl Pokémon Revavroom, will make their Pokémon GO debuts!

Starting with this event, Varoom will be available to hatch from 12 km Eggs.
  • You can use 50 Varoom Candy to evolve Varoom into Revavroom.

Event bonuses

Team GO Rocket will appear more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons.
You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.

Save Shadow Kyogre!

Giovanni makes his nefarious return, plunging into battle with Shadow Kyogre!
The last part of the Seasonal Special Research story will be unlocked at the beginning of this event. Progress through it to receive a Super Rocket Radar and chase down Giovanni!

You can claim this Seasonal Special Research story up to the end of the Timeless Travels Season on March 1, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Shadow Kyogre

Shadow Raid debut

Shadow Ho-Oh will return to Pokémon GO by making its debut in Shadow Raids. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Shadow Ho-Oh—if you’re lucky!

Shadow Ho-Oh will appear in five-star Shadow Raids from Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 6:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 10:00 p.m local time.

Five-Star Shadow Raids
Shadow Ho-Oh
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Shadow Pokémon

Team GO Rocket Grunts—as well as their leaders Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo—are using different Shadow Pokémon. Help Spark, Blanche, and Candela overcome their adversaries and rescue the Shadow Pokémon!

In addition, Team GO Rocket has also turned the following Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon. Defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts to save them!

Also, Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket Grunts may be Shiny Pokémon—if you’re lucky.

Shadow Corphish
Shadow Snorunt
Shadow Chimchar
Shadow Piplup
Shadow Croagunk
Shadow Dwebble
Shadow Ferroseed


The following Pokémon will appear in raids.

One-star Raids
Alolan Rattata
Alolan Meowth
Alolan Grimer
Galarian Zigzagoon
Three-star Raids
Galarian Weezing
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Shadow Raids

The following Pokémon will appear in Shadow Raids! Gyms not under Team GO Rocket control may still host other raids.

One-star Shadow Raids
Shadow Alolan Sandshrew
Shadow Murkrow
Shadow Pineco
Shadow Croagunk
Three-star Shadow Raids
Shadow Scyther
Shadow Skarmory
Shadow Golett
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!


The following Pokémon will hatch from 12 km Eggs, in addition to the Pokémon that currently hatch from those Eggs.


Field Research task encounters

Event-themed Field Research tasks will be available! Field Research rewards include the following.

  • Mysterious Components, Charged TMs, and Fast TMs.
  • Encounters with event-themed Pokémon

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks! Pokémon encountered through Field Research tasks will have a greater chance of being a Shiny Pokémon than when found in the wild!

Paldean Wooper
Hisuian Qwilfish
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

PokéStop Showcases

Be on the lookout for Showcases at different PokéStops during the event where you can enter event-themed Pokémon!

Pokémon GO Web Store Team GO Rocket Bundle

There’ll be an Team GO Rocket Box available during the event for $9.99, featuring seven Rocket Radars, seven Premium Battle Passes, seven Ultra Balls, and seven Silver Pinap Berries. Check it out in the Pokémon GO Web Store.

Event bundle

There’ll be a Team GO Rocket Box available during this event.

For 315 Pokécoins, you will get one Incubator, one Rocket Radar, and one Premium Battle Pass.

Check it out in the in-game shop!

Paid Timed Research

For US$5.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access event-exclusive Timed Research.

Timed Research rewards include the following.

  • Stardust, XP, one Incense, one Incubator, three Silver Pinap Berries, and more!
  • Encounters with event-themed Pokémon
  • An event-themed avatar pose!

Please note that Timed Research expires. The tasks associated with this Timed Research must be completed and their rewards must be claimed before Thursday, February 01, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. local time.

Trainers will be able to purchase and gift tickets to any of their Pokémon GO friends that they have achieved a Friendship level of Great Friends or higher with. Please note that purchases—including those made for other Trainers—are non-refundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.

Poké Ball Throw

Please note that the Timed Research ticket will only be available in the in-game shop until January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team