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Pokemon GO - Why are There no Team GO Rocket Balloons?

Team GO Rocket, where are you?

April 11, 2021

Since their debuts back in 2019, Team GO Rocket has become an integral part of Pokemon GO.

The troublesome gang appear in balloons and at Pokestops and offer players the chance to capture Shadow Pokemon.

These Shadow Pokemon have boosted attack rates and, once purified, can be powered up and evolved for a much reduced candy/stardust rate.

However, recently, players have started to notice no Team GO Rocket Balloons anywhere within the game. Here’s why.

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What’s going on with Team GO Rocket this month?

Over the course of The Season of Legends (March through May), players have the opportunity to catch Shadow versions of the Legendary Bird trio from the original games.

Should they earn a Super Rocket Radar and defeat Giovanni, players would encounter either Articuno (March), Zapdos (April) or Moltres (May).

The fact that there are no Team GO Rocket Balloons, however, hampers the chance players have of earning these opportunities.

So, why are there no Balloons appearing?

A couple of days back, players started to notice that when they interacted with the Team GO Rocket Balloons, the game began to freeze.

There was no ability to select the battle option causing the game to crash. From here players had to close and reopen the game to regain access.

Niantic realised this issue, disabling the ability for players to encounter the grunts. They tweeted out this message shortly after:

Trainers, while we investigate errors associated with Team GO Rocket encounters, they will be temporarily unavailable. We’ll update here with more information. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Unfortunately, Niantic hasn’t confirmed when the feature will be back, so it’s best to keep an eye on their official @NianticHelp Twitter account.

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