Challenger (GO)

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Challengers (Japanese: ) are Pokémon Trainers who can be encountered during certain events in Pokémon GO. Like all Trainer Battles in that game, they use parties of three Pokémon. Research tasks during these events often involve defeating Challengers.

Like Team GO Rocket Grunts they appear near PokéStops which have an altered appearance in the overworld. Unlike those affected by Grunts' hacking, PokéStops visited by Challengers do not change color and rotate more slowly.

To date, every such event has featured Challengers that share a unique Trainer class.

GO Tour Challengers

In preparation for the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto, players were invited to enter a Twitter contest to have their Trainer's likeness and battle team used as Challengers during the event. Entries were judged based on creativity and theming.[1]. Defeating these Trainers was integral to progression in the Go Tour Kanto: Defeat all Challengers Timed Research.

CashmereFeline
GO Tour Challenger
 
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DieCurryWurst
GO Tour Challenger
 
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enjoyryde
GO Tour Challenger
 
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Juanevoli
GO Tour Challenger
 
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LenTao9
GO Tour Challenger
 
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MalibuLeo
GO Tour Challenger
 
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oneslapguy
GO Tour Challenger
 
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Telli997
GO Tour Challenger
 
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Fashion Challengers

During the Fashion Week 2021 event, Fashion Challengers appeared in the game. These non-player characters were designed to showcase fashion items available to players and had teams featuring Fashion Week Event Pokémon as well as various Trims of the newly released Furfrou. The Fashion Week Timed Research involved defeating Fashion Challengers.

Cool Challenger
Fashion Challenger
 
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Eccentric Challenger
Fashion Challenger
 
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Quirky Challenger
Fashion Challenger
 
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Rugged Challenger
Fashion Challenger
 
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Sassy Challenger
Fashion Challenger
 
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Slick Challenger
Fashion Challenger
 
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GO Gym Trainers

In preparation for the Pokémon Go Tour: Johto, players were invited to enter a Twitter contest to have their Trainer's likeness and battle team used as Challengers during the event. Entries were judged based on creativity and theming.[2]. Each team was meant to represent the Type favored by one of the Gyms of the Johto region and would appear to participants in the appropriate order. Defeating these Trainers was integral to progression in the GO Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Timed Research. After completing all the Research tasks, players were given the option to continue encountering the Gym Trainers or to have them stop appearing in order to focus on collecting Pokémon.

Robbenprinz
GO Gym Trainer: Flying
 
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Alehouhou
GO Gym Trainer: Bug
 
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Leon9715
GO Gym Trainer: Normal
 
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Brissete
GO Gym Trainer: Ghost
 
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Terureruru
GO Gym Trainer: Fighting
 
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Balthazarpokemom
GO Gym Trainer: Steel
 
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Absolfairy
GO Gym Trainer: Ice
 
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Robbenprinz
GO Gym Trainer: Dragon
 
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In other languages

Go Tour Challenger

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Fashion Challenger

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GO Gym Trainers

Language Title
  Japanese GOジムトレーナー
Mandarin Chinese GO道館訓練家
  French Dresseur d'Arène GO
  German GO-Arenatrainer
  Korean GO 체육관 트레이너
  Spanish Entrenador de Gimnasios GO
  Thai GO ยิมเทรนเนอร์
  Turkish GO Gym Trainer


References



Non-player characters in Pokémon GO
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Team GO RocketChallengersRhi