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Pokemon Go Mysterious Components explained: how to find and battle the Team Go Rocket leaders

Pokemon GO Mysterious Components Team GO Rocket radar
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Pokemon Go Mysterious Components started appearing in the game shortly after the Team Rocket invasion. Mysterious Components are obtained by defeating Rocket Grunts in Pokemon Go, but what do they actually do? Their use isn't obvious when you start picking them up, but we're here to help. They can be used to track down the three Rocket leaders; Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo, who will eventually lead you to the big bad boss, Giovanni. Here's everything you need to know about the Pokemon Go Mysterious Components and the Rocket Radar.

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How to find Mysterious Components

How to find Mysterious Components

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Finding Mysterious Components in Pokemon Go is fairly simple - they're a reward for defeating the Team Go Rocket grunts that have been messing up PokeStops for a while now. Taking down a Team Go Rocket grunt has a chance of dropping a Mysterious Component which you can collect, until you have six. Then it's time for stage two... 

Building a Rocket Radar

Building a Rocket Radar

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When you collect your sixth Mysterious Component you'll be given the option to combine them all to create a Rocket Radar. This will intercept transmissions and enable you to track down the three Team Go Rocket Leaders.  

Battling the Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket leaders 

The Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket leaders are Cliff, Sierra and Arlo. Fighting them plays out in a similar way to the Trainer and Grunt battles. Defeating them will earn you 1000 Stardust and two things from the rewards list: 

  • Max Revive
  • Revive
  • Max Potion
  • UnOvA sToNe
  • Sinnoh Stone

So far it looks like a Rocket leader will always use a shield on your first charges attack and seems to be using Shadow Pokemon from this list: 

CliffMeowthSandslash, Snorlax, FlygonTyranitar, Torterra, Infernape
SierraSneaselHypno, Lapras, SableyeAlakazam, Houndoom, Gardevoir
ArloScytherGyarados, Magnezone, CrobatCharizard, Dragonite, Scizor

So far it looks like the first Pokemon will be dropped when you defeat them and has a chance of being a Shiny. 

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Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's guides coordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website.  I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.