Niantic Labs has resolved its prevalent issue with Team GO Rocket battles in Pokemon GO.
Trainers had been experiencing a number of problems with Team GO Rocket encounters since April 9. Chief among these was the inability to complete grunt battles, effectively locking trainers out of progression past levels 43-45. In an effort to contain the issue, Niantic briefly took the feature offline so they could find a solution without affecting the rest of the game.
Now, it seems, trainers will finally be able to battle their beloved antagonists again.
Pokemon GO Team Rocket Battles Finally Fixed
Niantic announced the return via their official support Twitter account on Thursday, April 22—much to the excitement of trainers.
Team GO Rocket has been an integral feature of the game since its implementation in July 2019. From grunt battles to executives, floating balloons, and the elusive boss Giovanni, contemporary trainers likely found it difficult to untangle themselves from the antagonist web.
The bugs affecting trainers included freezing during combat, the disappearance of the map, glitches with the Rocket radar, and missing balloon spawns—to name a few. In simplest terms: the feature was broken.
In an effort to make it up to its audience, Niantic has revealed that Shadow Zapdos will make another appearance as the reward for defeating Giovanni between June 1 and June 17. Trainers will also be able to claim a free item box in the in-game shop containing 30 PokeBalls and a Rocket Radar.
More information about the return of Team GO Rocket can be found on Niantic's website.