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Shadow Pokemon, Team Rocket Grunt, Trainer Battle Changes and More in Pokémon Go Future Update

Team Rocket is set to invade Pokémon Go During Team Rocket Event. Plus, Pokémon can learn new attacks and there are changes made to Charged Attacks in Trainer Battles.

Pokémon Go is set to keep players busy this summer as they continue expanding the Pokémon Go World with new and exciting updates. After the successful completion of the Global Research Challenges at the Pokémon GO Fest, there will be a three-hour-long event where users have a chance to encounter Shiny Entei during Raid Battles.


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Right now, users can also spot the legendary Armored Mewtwo during Raid Battles as the Psychic-type Pokémon will appear as the level 5 Raid Boss.

Team Rocket Grunt

Whilst all this is going on, well-known dataminer for Pokémon Go as shared information of a future Grunt Invasion event. The iconic crime syndicate Team Rocket will be invading Pokéstop and will initiate Trainer Battles if you try standing in their way.

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Team Rocket Grunt Invasion – Pokémon Go

You can check out all Team Rocket Grunt Invasion dialogue shared by dataminer, Chrales.

Team Rocket have lost their Pokémon and now have since abandoned them. Users may come face to face with these Pokémon, but they are shrouded in an ominous aura. These Pokémon are known as Shadow Pokémon.

Shadow Pokémon

Shadow Pokémon will have their own Stardust and Candy requirement; therefore, you will need to capture more Shadow versions of Pokémon to level them up. In addition, they will learn new moves such as Return and many more, compared to their normal counterparts.

There will be a new process called Grunt Shadow Purification that will make the Pokémon more powerful. Purified Pokémon will gain bonus perks such as reduced cost to power up your Pokémon, new moves and earn lots of CP.

Two New Badges

From the tweet above, it details that there will be two new Badges, Purifier Badge which you can gain by purifying a number of Shadow Pokémon and a Hero Badge which is earned by defeating Team GO Rocket Grunt.

Trainer Battle Changes

Right now, the Pokémon team are focusing on improving Trainer Battles in the future updates in Pokémon Go.

The new update to Trainer Battles will see a new pause feature. Allowing users to briefly pause the battle when switching out their Pokémon, giving them more time to strategize and select the right Pokémon to enter the field of battle and avoid any further damage in the process.

In addition, Charged Attack are set to have new swiping and tapping mechanics that will sure to increase the user playing experience when battling.

Pokémon Go New Attacks

The Pokémon Team have also announce a list of Pokémon that can learn more attacks that they couldn’t learn before, and a small list of brand-new attacks new to Pokémon Go.

Check out the two lists below of the new attacks.

Pokémon learning new attacks that couldn’t before:

  • 026 Alolan Raichu: Grass Knot – Alolan Raichu currently can only learn Electric- and Psychic-type attacks. Grass Knot will give it more type coverage and help cover its weakness to Ground-type attacks.
  • 045 Vileplume: Sludge Bomb – Sludge Bomb provides Vileplume with a strong Poison-type Charged Attack to take full advantage of its Grass and Poison types.
  • 097 Hypno: Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch – These attacks provide Hypno with coverage to help it in the Great League.
  • 101 Electrode: Foul Play – All the attacks Electrode can currently learn are Normal type or Electric type. Foul Play provides more type coverage for Electrode.
  • 142 Aerodactyl: Rock Throw – Rock Throw allows Aerodactyl to compete in the Great League against other Flying-type Pokémon, such as Altaria.
  • 144 Articuno: Ancient Power, Ice Shard – Ice Shard will help Articuno use its Charged Attacks more frequently in battle. Ancient Power offers additional type coverage.
  • 145 Zapdos: Ancient Power, Drill Peck – Zapdos currently can only learn Electric-type Charged Attacks. Drill Peck gives another type option and is a natural fit for this Pokémon. Ancient Power provides Zapdos with additional type coverage.
  • 146 Moltres: Ancient Power, Wing Attack – Wing Attack provides Moltres with a Fast Attack alternative to Fire Spin, and Ancient Power gives it a new type option for its Charged Attacks.
  • 254 Sceptile: Dragon Claw – Dragon Claw gives Sceptile additional coverage to compete with Dragon-type Pokémon in the Great League and the Ultra League.
  • 306 Aggron: Smack Down – The Fast Attack Smack Down should make Aggron a formidable choice to use in any league.
  • 344 Claydol: Mud Slap – This Ground-type alternative to Claydol’s Psychic-type Fast Attacks provides it with additional type coverage, improving its capabilities against Pokémon resistant to Psychic-type attacks.
  • 437 Bronzong: Bulldoze, Psyshock – Bulldoze and Psyshock are Charged Attacks that Bronzong can capitalize on to differentiate it from other Psychic-type or Steel-type Pokémon, like Metagross.
  • 466 Electivire: Ice Punch – All the Charged Attacks Electivire can currently learn are Electric type. Ice Punch provides more type coverage for Electivire.

Brand-New Attacks

  • Charm: A Fairy-type Fast Attack – Raichu, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Wobbuffet, Granbull, Donphan, Gardevoir, Delcatty, Latias, Togekiss, Gallade
  • Skull Bash: A Normal-type Charged Attack that increases the Defense stat of the user 100 percent of the time – Blastoise, Raichu, Lapras, Snorlax, Rhyperior

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