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Pokémon Go is currently running a very fun event called Let’s Go that changed up the list of Ditto disguises and increased the Transform Pokémon’s spawn rate, which has fans feverishly chase the elusive creature to finally it add to their Pokédex and complete old questlines. There are several Let’s Go Research Tasks as well as a Collection Challenge to work on, too, so players have their hands full at the moment.

That’s not everything for Let’s Go, however: A Rocket Takeover will begin this coming weekend, refreshing the battle teams of Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, and Giovanni as well as their Rocket underlings.

This sub-event includes a bonus that makes it possible that encounters from defeating regular Team GO Rocket Grunts can contain Shiny Shadow Pokémon, an extremely rare and thus coveted combination of traits. The great news for collectors is that this feature doesn’t seem to be a temporary bonus included in the Let’s Go event – it’s a permanent addition to the game.

A group of podcasters focused on Pokémon Go asked Niantic about this topic, which confirmed the matter towards them:

“We have confirmed with Niantic that Shiny Shadow Pokémon that may be encountered from Team GO Rocket Grunts during the Let's GO Event are a permanent feature in the game! So long, FOMO!”

Once the Rocket Takeover begins on March 25, 2023, at 10am local time, you’ll have a chance of encountering Shiny Shadow Pokémon after defeating regular Team GO Rocket Grunts, not only the villainous organization’s bosses.

The community will probably have to conduct its own research regarding the actual odds of meeting a Shiny Shadow Pokémon, though, as it’s not clear right now if the odds of getting a Shiny Shadow Pokémon from Team GO Rocket Grunts are equal to those of encountering one from a boss. Rocket bosses have a boosted spawn rate for Shiny Pokémon.

Such distrust and paranoia among the community has Niantic seeded with its history of dubious actions that players are not quite believing this yet, however.

Many users try to caution the more enthusiastic parts of the community, arguing that they should wait for official confirmation from a Niantic post. Others say that the information could have been misinterpreted and are waiting for there to be a catch, like the feature only being permanent for the ongoing season or permanent meaning that there will be additional events with this bonus instead of Shiny Shadow Pokémon being available all the time.