Pokemon Go : A Challenging development special research tasks and rewards

Vaibhav Chawla Vaibhav Chawla Dec 02, 2019 Gaming, News

Team Go Rocket made their entry to the game in July 2019, and their addition was well appreciated by all Pokemon Go fans. Team Go Rocket Grunts invaded Pokestops with Shadow Pokemon. Players were required to defeat Shadow Pokemon and save them with the process called Purification.

The process of Purification required a certain amount of Candy and Stardust. Well, last month, Team Go Rocket leaders made their entry to the game, along with Team Go Rocket Boss, Giovanni.

Players were required to defeat all Team Go Rocket leaders and complete four stages of Looming in the Shadows to encounter Giovanni.


Well, for this month, a new Special Research has been included in the game, and it is the part of Team Go Rocket’s research. Mentioned below are the first two stages of Pokemon Go, A Challenging development special research, along with their corresponding rewards.

Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket
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Pokemon Go – A Challenging development (Stage 1)


Spin 10 stops


500 XP & 500 Stardust

Pokemon Go Stardust Blast Event
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Defeat 3 Grunts

500 XP & 10 Pokeball


Catch 1 Shadow Pokemon


500 XP & 10 Razz Berry

Pokemon Go – A Challenging development (Stage 2)


Spin a Pokestop 5 days in a row


750 XP & 1000 Stardust


Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon


750 XP & 3 Hyper Potion


Win 5 raids


750 XP & 3 Revive

Pokemon Go Community Day
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The new special research, A Challenging development” has been divided into six-stages, and so far, we only have managed to know about two stages. We will update this post whenever we get to know about the remaining ones.

Pokemon Go Water Festival

Being a Team Go Rocket Boss, Giovanni is not easy to defeat. Players need to have a strategy in order to encounter Giovanni Pokemon. Mentioned below are the Pokemon used by Giovanni and their best counters. Also, Giovanni will have Shadow Zapdos as its final Pokemon until December 31.

Pokemon 1 (Persian)

Persian Counters


Machamp, Breloom, Hariyama, Lucario

Pokemon 2 ( Nidoking, Dugtrio, Rhydon)

Nidoking Counters


Excadrill, Mamoswine, Groudon, Garchomp, Articuno, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam or Psychic/Psystrike)

Dugtrio Counters


Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam), Mamoswine, Kyogre, Kingler (w/ Crabhammer), Gyarados, Roserade, Sceptile

Rhydon Counters


Kyogre, Kingler (w/ Crabhammer), Gyarados, Roserade, Sceptile, Venusaur, Machamp, Groudon, Metagross, Dialga, Lucario, Excadrill, Mamoswine, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam)

Pokemon 3 – Articuno/Moltres/Zapdos

Articuno Counters

Shadow Articuno

Rampardos, Tyranitar, Metagross, Dialga, Lucario, Chandelure, Moltres, Heatran, Entei, Excadrill, Raikou, Electivire, Magnezone, Zapdos

Moltres Counters

Mewtwo Raid Hour

Tyranitar, Regirock, Aggron, Typhlosion

Zapdos Counters

Rhyperior, Mamoswine, Tyranitar, Regice

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Vaibhav Chawla

An avid follower of the latest technology & gaming trends. Looks for positivity & happiness around. Follows the mantra "Work Hard & Play Hard." A sports enthusiast, and Federer fan. I believe in myself & currently enjoying the journey of life.