A Troubling Situation – Team GO Rocket’s Arrival

Team GO Rocket has invaded. Well, they invaded a few days ago, but they were setting up for something big. Now that I’ve managed to defeat a good amount of Grunts, I’m detailing the process. I didn’t get kidnapped over this event, I just happened to be away from a computer due to going on a mini-break, while also dealing with some threats on the side – the usual.

So we also have Special Research, which was previously unannounced. Just before I battled my first Grunt, Professor Willow came in to inform me of ‘A Troubling Situation’.

Part 1

  • Evolve 2 Pokemon                     – Murkrow
  • Power up Pokemon 5 times     – Sableye

The full rewards for completing this part of the research is 1,000 Stardust and 2 lots of 1000 XP. This is pretty straightforward providing you have the provisions for this. I evolved two spare Aron, and powered up my 100% IV Luxray further. I was underwhelmed by the research rewards, plus I already had both Murkrow and Sableye as shinies anyway.

Part 2

  • Catch 2 Shadow Pokemon                – Ekans
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts   – Koffing

The full rewards for competing this part of the research is 2000 Stardust, 2000 XP and 5 Golden Razz Berries. I feel that this part of the research is a little more complicated if you have limited Pokestops that you can travel to within the time limit. In my experience, I was waiting for the Grunts to come to the Pokestop outside my house, as I was not prepared to wear myself out and miss the battles, as it was mid-30 degrees, even in the UK. The battles have different difficulties, with some people struggling to defeat a Snorlax, and even Blastoise was a tough competitor. The set-up for these battles is exactly like PvP, but be careful of how many Pokemon on your team faint.

Living in a trash biome, I am tired of seeing Koffing everywhere, honestly. Perhaps introducing the shiny would have been a good option at the time of competing the task, no?

Part 3

  • Purify 3 Shadow Pokemon                                        – 3,000 Stardust
  • Purify a Grass, Water and Fire-type Pokemon      – 3,000 XP

The full rewards for completing this part of the research is 2,000 Stardust, 5x Silver Pinap Berries and 1 Rare Candy.

I left the purifying until I saw this part of the research – I had a feeling that we would be purifying some Pokemon anyway, so I left the Squirtle and Bulbasaur until then. The base cost to purify Pokemon is 2 candy and 2,000 Stardust.

Part 4

  • Claim Reward – 3,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP and 1,000 Stardust

The full rewards for completing this part of the research is 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM and 3 Rare Candies.

This was, as usual, pretty simple. Going forward, it was a case of managing to take down the Team GO Rocket Grunts.

Further Troubling Times…

On 26th July, I ventured out to Lincoln to assist in their Team GO Rocket crisis. Just that morning, we had had alerts of four new shinies launched – Sneasel, Zubat, Koffing and Ekans. With this I am surprised at the lack of shiny Kanto Meowth, but that may come quite soon, perhaps?

In the time I was in Lincoln, I managed to defeat just over 20 Grunts. Snorlax and Dratini still eluded me, but I managed to capture one of each shadow family.

However, the danger was not in Lincoln, or even in Europe. In New York City, a group of Team GO Rocket Grunts appeared and altered Pokemon Go posters, billboards and digital advertisements. Soon, the entirety of the area was inundated with Grunts to battle.

The next morning, I woke up to a Tweet notifying us of something happening on Sunday 28th July. A live stream featuring a countdown also launched. Further down the countdown, the live stream also featured snapshots of the Grunts mocking the viewers. The countdown will stop at 5am BST. Due to the image shown, it is very likely Giovanni will make an appearance.

What do we do now? Well, we carry on fighting the good fight. And just wait to see what despair Giovanni will bring.

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