Pokemon A Looming Shadow Returns: Giovanni, Shadow Lugia, and More

Monday, November 8th, 2021 10:03 am

Team Go Rocket is coming back soon!

As PokeMiners spotted, Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, revealed additional details about the Festival of Lights event that is taking place in the mobile game until November 14, 2021.

When the Festival of Lights event was first announced, Niantic teased a sub-event that would take place during the Festival of Lights, beginning on November 9. At first, this event was seemingly called “With Light Comes Shadow,” but now, we know the event is called “A Looming Shadow Returns.”

When the “A Looming Shadow Returns” event kicks off on November 9, players will be able to complete a new portion of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research storyline, which will focus on Team Go Rocket and Giovanni’s attempt to steal Hoopa.

Players will be able to earn a Super Rocket Radar as they complete tasks in this Special Research storyline, which they can use to battle Giovanni and capture Shadow Lugia.

Plus, during this event, Niantic said “Team GO Rocket will appear significantly more frequently at PokéStops and in Balloons.” Players will also be able to use a Charged TM to make their Shadow Pokemon forget the move Frustration.

Elsewhere, once this event begins, players will be able to complete event-themed Field Research tasks to earn encounters with Vullaby. Shiny Vullaby will also become available.

Finally, when this event begins, Team Go Rocket will begin using different Shadow Pokemon.

To learn more about the Festival of Lights event in Pokemon Go, check out our previous coverage.

Are you excited about collecting Shadow Lugia in Pokemon Go? Let us know on Twitter at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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