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Earth is where I shall unleash my evil schemes next!
~ Giovanni
Your Pokémon exist for Team GO Rocket’s use.
~ Giovanni

Team GO Rocket are the main antagonists of the mobile video game Pokémon GO. They are a group of terrorist Pokémon trainers that use hacking and corrupted Shadow Pokémon to serve their leader Giovanni in his quest to take over Earth.

History

Beginning in July 2019, Team GO Rocket began taking over various Pokéstops throughout the world. They later seemingly hacked the Pokémon GO Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, using them as propoganda to promote their evil-doings.

Team GO Rocket began taking over Pokéstops, stealing the items and guarding them with their corrupted Shadow Pokémon, brainwashed Pokémon whose stats were unnaturally boosted by dark energy. Players could engage the Team GO Rocket Grunts in battles. If they won, the Grunt would flee, leaving one of their Shadow Pokémon and an item known as a Mysterious Component behind. If the abandoned Shadow Pokémon was caught by the player, they could be purified back to its original state using Stardust and candies. In August of that year, the pool of Shadow Pokémon species grew.

After defeating enough Grunts, Professor Willow was able to construct a Rocket Radar out of the dropped Mysterious Components, allowing players to track which Pokéstops were being used as hideouts. Starting in November 2019, Team GO Rocket leaders Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo began appearing in these hideouts.

After performing Special Research for Professor Willow, he will provide the player with a Super Rocket Radar, which can lead the player to a Pokéstop where Giovanni or one of his Decoy Grunts is hiding. He will challenge the player to a much more difficult battle. If the player is victorious, Giovanni will flee, swearing revenge.

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Team Rocket
Leaders: Giovanni | Proton | Petrel | Ariana | Archer
Anime only: Jessie | James | Meowth | Matori | Dr. Zager | Butch | Cassidy | Dr. Namba | Madame Boss | Matori | Domino | Tyson | Iron-Masked Marauder | Attila | Hun | Dr. Sebastian | Pierce
Manga only: Lt. Surge | Sabrina | Koga | Will | Karen | Carl | Sham | Carr | Sird | Orm

Team Aqua
Archie | Matt | Shelly
Manga only: Amber

Team Magma
Maxie | Tabitha | Courtney
Manga only: Blaise

Team Galactic
Cyrus (Anime) | Mars | Jupiter | Saturn | Charon (Manga)
Manga only: Io | Sird

Team Plasma
N | Colress | Shadow Triad
Seven Sages: Ghetsis | Zinzolin | Rood | Gorm

Team Flare
Lysandre | Malva | Aliana | Bryony | Celosia | Mable | Xerosic (Anime)

Team Skull
Guzma | Plumeria | Gladion

Aether Foundation
Lusamine | Faba

Team Yell
Piers

Macro Cosmos
Chairman Rose | Oleana

Cipher
Greevil | Evice | Ein | Lady Venus | Nascour | Miror B. | Dakim | Lovrina | Snattle | Gorigan | Ardos | Eldes | Hexagon Brothers

Team Snagem
Gonzap | Wakin | Biden | Agrev

Go-Rock Squad
Gordor | Go-Rock Quads

Team Dim Sun
Blake Hall | Kincaid | Sinis Trio

Pokémon Pinchers
Societea | Edward | Blue Eyes | Red Eyes | Purple Eyes

Manga Villains
Lorelei | Bruno | Agatha | Lance | Mask of Ice | Carl | Carr

Other People
Silver | Lawrence III | Annie | Oakley | Phantom the Pirate | Dr. Yung | Hunter J | Baron Alberto | Zero | Marcus | Grings Kodai | Goone | Damon | Damian | Dario | Mayor of Trovitopolis | Invincible Pokémon Brothers | Nobunaga | Ninja Riot | Marilyn Flame | Argus Steel | Shamus | AZ | Alva | Levi | Cherie | Roger Clifford | Miyamoto | Cross | Viren | Revengers | Team Break | Bede | Sordward and Shielbert

Pokémon
Mewtwo (anime) | Gengar | Mimikyu | Deoxys | Yveltal | Entei | Unown | Darkrai | Palkia | Giratina | Arceus | Chandelure | Cofagrigus | Haxorus | Hydreigon | Zekrom | Reshiram | Kyurem | Red Genesect | Genesect Army | Munna | Malamar | Spiritomb | False Groudon | Shadow Lugia | Giant Tentacruel | Mirage Mewtwo | Evil Togepi | Hoopa Unbound | Nihilego | Necrozma | Ultra Beast | Incineroar | Guzzlord | Hatterene | Eternatus

Other
Rayquaza | Team Meanies | Dusknoir | Primal Dialga | Drowzee | Team Skull (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon) | Snover | Bittercold | Dark Matter | Darkrai (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon) | Darkrai (Poképark) | MechaMew2

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Howard Clifford | Ditto | Sebastian | Ann Laurent

Pokémon GO
Team GO Rocket | Sierra | Cliff | Arlo Shadow Pokémon

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