Pokemon Go Looming in the Shadows Special Research Tasks and Rewards

Update: The ‘Looming in the Shadows’ special research is now live and the Pokemon Go community is reporting of receiving new, mostly Team Go Rocket themed tasks and new encounters as a reward.

Previous Story: Trainers, a new ‘Looming in the Shadows’ special research is on the way and now it’s the perfect time to get ready for the upcoming tasks and rewards.

The new Looming in the Shadows Special Research is six-stage research and completing the given quests will grant you cool rewards.

Looming in the Shadows Special Research Tasks and Rewards


  • Spin 10 PokeStops: 500 XP
  • Defeat 3 Team Go Rocket Grunts: 500 XP
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokemon: 500 XP
  • Rewards: x500 Stardust, x10 PokeBall and x10 Razz Berry


  • Spin a PokeStop 5 days in a row: 750 XP
  • Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon: 750 XP
  • Win 5 Raids: 750 XP
  • Rewards: x1000 Stardust, x3 Revives and x3 Hyper Potion





Looming in the Shadows 1/6 Story

Thanks for your help in defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts, %PLAYERNAME%

The team leaders and I have been observing Team GO Rocket, and something tells us this is far from over.

The transmission sent during the Team GO Rocket take-over had a message from an unknown sender at the end.

We’re going to need all the help we can get to reveal the identity of this unknown figure looming in the shadows, and you are just the Trainer for the job!

Can you help us get to the bottom of this mystery?

Looming in the Shadows 2/6 Story

Thank you for your continued support against those pesky Team GO Rocket Grunts.

As they flee, some Grunts are leaving behind Mysterious Components.

I believe these are what Team GO Rocket is using to hack and steal resources from PokeStops. Clever little devices, aren’t they?

There’s information we can glean from these components that will help us in our fight against this dangerous organization.

Once you have enough pieces, you should be able to assemble something similar to the device I’ve modified in my lab. It might be best to prepare yourself for whatever might come, %PLAYERNAME%.

Looming in the Shadows 3/6 Story

Interesting. It appears there’s more to Team GO Rocket than previously thought.

Their ingenuity has got me thinking there might be another use for these Mysterious Components. We shouldn’t underestimate Team GO Rocket.

It’s time to get battle ready, %PLAYERNAME%

I don’t want to send you out to face another foe without some more training.

While you sharpen your battle skills, I’ll be sure to get this little project of mine up and operational.

Looming in the Shadows 4/6 Story

Fantastic work, Trainer. I’ve been working on a prototype for something I call the Rocket Radar, but I was missing some critical components.

Your hard work in retrieving these components actually made my device work’

If we combine my research and these Mysterious Components you’ve found, we can create a radar-like tool to track down Team GO Rocket Hideouts!

Trainers all over the world are figuring out now to put together devices like this, and they’re identifying more hideouts than I originally anticipated.

PLAYERNAME%, it’s time to head to these hideouts and face whatever—or whomever—is there head on. Let’s GO.

Looming in the Shadows 5/6 Story

You battled well, %PLAYERNAME%I You’ve done your team leaders—and me—proud.

According to my observations, it appears the sender of that mysterious transmission during the Team GO Rocket take-over was not in attendance.

There’s someone else calling the shots—someone above Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo.

I’ve improved on my previous invention and put together a Super Rocket Radar that should help you track this mastermind down.

If it is who I think it is, he signs all his messages with “G”

Looming in the Shadows 6/6 Story

You’ve put a stop to Team GO Rocket’s plans for the time being and rescued a special Shadow Pokemon.

It’s unlikely that Giovanni will give up this easily, so I hope we can rely on you to take down Team GO Rocket members as they appear around your area.

Spark, Blanche, and Candela will be on the lookout as well.

I’m sure Team GO Rocket will try to hatch another villainous plot soon

More info to follow soon, so stay tuned!

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Dejan Kacurov

Hi, gamers! You can call me Mr. DComplex. I'm a gamer, a hardcore gamer. My favorite genres are Action RPG and MMORPG. At the moment I'm using my PC as my only gaming platform, but soon I might get a new PS4 from Angel. Update - Angel did get me a PS4, oh wait, it's the PS4 PRO 1TB!!! Much love bro!

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