Team GO Rocket Grunt (Trainer class)

Team GO Rocket Grunt
GOロケット団のしたっぱ GO Team Rocket Underling
GO Team GO Rocket Grunt M.pngGO Team GO Rocket Grunt F.png
Models from Pokémon GO
Other names
Introduced in Generation VII
Appears in Pokémon GO
Gender Both
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Notable members Jessie, James
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Team GO Rocket Grunts (Japanese: GOロケット団のしたっぱ GO Team Rocket Underling) are members of Team GO Rocket in Pokémon GO. They invade PokéStops, use hot air balloons and battle using Shadow Pokémon to defend their claims.

Defeating a Team GO Rocket Grunt in a Trainer Battle rewards the player with GO Stardust icon.png500. The Grunt will abandon the PokéStop (if not flee via hot air balloon), and leave one of the Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which can then be captured during the bonus challenge. Since November 5, 2019, starting in selected locations, a defeated Team GO Rocket Grunt will also leave behind a Mysterious Component needed to assemble a Rocket Radar.

When using a Super Rocket Radar, Decoy Grunts may be found disguised as Giovanni. Upon interacting with the PokéStop, they will reveal themselves to be Grunts and challenge the player to battle.


Models before battle from
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VS models from
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Trainer list

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A Grunt's prebattle quote hinting at specializing in Fire-type Pokémon

The possible Shadow Pokémon used by each Team GO Rocket Grunt are based on the Grunt's gender and type specialty, which is hinted at by the quote on the prebattle screen. Team GO Rocket Grunts will always send out their Pokémon in the same order, with each of their three Pokémon independently and randomly selected from separate pools. The odds of each Grunt appearing and which Pokémon they use are not uniformly distributed. Team GO Rocket Grunts will also never use Protect Shields.

After a Grunt is defeated, they will abandon one of their Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which can then be captured during the bonus challenge. Although Grunts usually abandon the first Pokémon used, some have a small chance of abandoning the second instead. For Grunts that may abandon either the first or second Shadow Pokémon, the bonus challenge encounter is random for every player; for instance, if two players defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt at the same PokéStop invasion, whose team consisted of Houndour, Houndoom, and Arcanine, one player may encounter Houndour while the other encounters Houndoom.

The following lists the possible Pokémon that may be used by each Team GO Rocket Grunt since July 9, 2022. Green-colored cells denote the pools of Pokémon that may be encountered during the bonus challenge.[1]

For a list of all past Team GO Rocket Grunt rotations, see Team GO Rocket Grunt (Trainer class)/Pokémon change history.
  Normal does not mean weak.  
#1 #2 #3
  This buff physique isn't just for show!  
#1 #2 #3
  Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!  
#1 #2 #3
  Coiled and ready to strike!  
#1 #2 #3
  You'll be defeated into the ground!  
#1 #2 #3
  Let's rock and roll!  
#1 #2 #3
  Go, my super bug Pokémon!  
#1 #2 #3
#1 #2 #3
  You're no match for my iron will!  
#1 #2 #3




  Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?  
#1 #2 #3
  These waters are treacherous!  
#1 #2 #3
  These waters are treacherous!  
#1 #2 #3
  Don't tangle with us!  
#1 #2 #3
  Get ready to be shocked!  
#1 #2 #3
  Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?  
#1 #2 #3
  You're gonna be frozen in your tracks.  
#1 #2 #3
  ROAR! ...How'd that sound?  
#1 #2 #3
  Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.  
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  Check out my cute Pokémon!  
#1 #2 #3
  • Don't bother—I've already won.
  • Get ready to be defeated!
  • Winning is for winners.
#1 #2 #3
Decoy Grunt
Boss Decoy
#1 #2 #3

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese GO火箭隊手下 GO Huǒjiànduì Sáuhah
Mandarin GO火箭隊手下 GO Huǒjiànduì Shǒuxià
  French Sbire de la Team GO Rocket
  German Team GO Rocket-Rüpel
  Italian Recluta del Team GO Rocket
  Korean GO로켓단의 조무래기 GO Roket-dan Jomuraegi
  Brazilian Portuguese Recruta da Equipe GO Rocket
  Spanish Recluta del Team GO Rocket
  Thai ลูกสมุนแก๊งโกร็อกเกต Luksamun Gang GO Rocket
  Turkish GO Roket Takımı Serseri



Boss: Giovanni
Leaders: CliffSierraArlo
Lower members: Team GO Rocket Grunts
Pokémon: Shadow Pokémon
Items: Mysterious Component
Rocket RadarSuper Rocket Radar

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