Team Go Rocket's grunts first appeared in the game on July 22, 2019, invading PokéStops for 24 hours with Shadow Pokémon.
After that was stopped suddenly, they reappeared 3 days later and more frequently, along with a special field research quest.
As a publicity stunt by Niantic, on July 27, 2019, they invaded most of N York's PokéStops and hacked the game's social media, sharing information about themselves and Giovanni's ambitions.
The next day, they claimed the New York invasion was a decoy and invaded every Pokéstop from 4-5 pm EST.
They extended their roster several times.
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