Team Rocket has invaded Pokemon Go, and with their arrival came a new Special Research quest.
The quest is the shortest one by far at only four steps, but it’s a great way to help you get introduced to the new shadow Pokemon.
Pokemon GO players and sites like GamePress are already hard at work cataloging the new Special Research. Here’s all the things you need to do to complete the Pokemon Go Team Rocket Research quest, also known as “A Troubling Situation,” and get all of the rewards.
Evolve 2 Pokemon – Murkrow Encounter
Power Up 5 Pokemon – Sableye Encounter
Completion Reward: 1,000 Stardust & 2,000 XP
Tip: Complete this step before trying to catch Shadow Pokemon because you’ll be asked to do that in the next step.
Catch 2 Shadow Pokemon – Ekans Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Members – Koffing Encounter
Completion Reward: 2,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP & 5 Golden Razz Berries
Tips: To fight Team Rocket and catch a shadow Pokemon, head to a dark blue Pokestop on the map. It will turn black once you get close to it. You’ll be prompted to fight a grunt and after you do you’ll be able to catch the Shadow Pokemon they leave behind. Catching them works like catching Raid Bosses, according to Eurogamer.
Wait to purify your Shadow Pokemon until the next step.
Purify 3 Shadow Pokemon – 3,000 Stardust
Purify a fire-, water- or grass-type Shadow Pokemon – 3,000 XP
Completion Reward: 2,000 Stardust, 5 Silver Pinap Berries and 1 Rare Candy
Tips: According to Eurogamer, you purify a shadow pokemon by going to that pokemon’s page (shadow pokemon have a black flame near their name) and then hitting the “purify” button above “power up” and “evolve.” You need to spend Stardust and Pokemon Candy to purify it.
The Shadow Pokemon that are currently available according to Eurogamer that will complete the second task in this step are Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle and Mudkip. The other Shadow Pokemon available are Ratatta, Zubat, Snorlax and Dratini.
Purified Pokemon use 10 percent less Stardust and Candy to power up, have their Charge Move change from Frustration to Return and become more powerful than their shadow forms among other effects according to Eurogamer.
Completion Reward: 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM and 3 Rare Candies
Tips: There are no real tasks here. Just accept the rewards and finish the quest.