Pokemon Go A Troubling Situation research: Quests, tasks, rewards and more explained

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The Pokemon Go A Troubling Situation research tasks appeared last week at the same time the Pokemon Go Team Rocket invasion took place, and it should come as a surprise to nobody that this Pokemon Go special research is all about stopping Team Rocket from taking over the world. We've got the full list of Pokemon Go "A Troubling Situation" tasks here along with tips on how to complete them and the rewards for doing so.

There's only four stages to this special research, which is shorter than any of the others in the game. As such, it's also somewhat easier to complete and there's no legendary or shiny Pokemon available as a reward, but you do still get some pretty sweet stuff so it's worth completing.

Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation (1/4)

  • Evolve two Pokemon (Murkrow encounter)
  • Power up Pokemon five times (Sableye encounter)

Some simple stuff to kick off A Troubling Situation, so it should be easy to complete as long as you're not brand new to the game. Simply evolve any two Pokemon you own - something that only takes 12 candy would probably be easiest - then power up any Pokemon five times. Your lower level Pokemon will take less stardust to power up if you're running low.

Rewards: 1,000 stardust, 2,000 XP

Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation (2/4)

Pokemon Go shadow Charizard

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  • Catch two shadow Pokemon (Koffing encounter)
  • Defeat three Team Rocket GO Grunts (Ekans encounter)

For this, you need to hunt down Team Rocket Pokestops which are indicated by the spinning cube on top which will be a slightly darker shade of blue. When you approach, the stop will turn black and a Team Rocket GO Grunt will appear after you spin it, challenging you to a battle.

To catch two shadow Pokemon, you simply need to defeat two Rocket Grunts then catch the shadow Pokemon they leave behind afterwards. You're only given a few Premier Balls to throw though so make sure you're accurate and use a berry to ensure it doesn't escape. Go ahead and defeat one more Grunt to complete the second task.

Rewards: 2,000 stardust, 2,000 XP, five Golden Razz Berries

Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation (3/4)

Pokemon Go A Troubling Situation

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  • Purify three shadow Pokemon (3,000 stardust)
  • Purify a Fire-, Water-, or Grass-type shadow Pokemon (3,000 XP)

When you've caught the shadow Pokemon from the previous step, you just need to catch one more in order to purify three of them. For that, you simply have to tap on your shadow Pokemon, then click the Purify option, which will cost a few thousand stardust and a couple of candy for that specific Pokemon. If one of them is a Fire, Water, or Grass-type, then you'll complete the second option too, though if they're not then you'll need to keep battling Team Rocket GO Grunts until you find one that is.

Rewards: 2,000 stardust, five Silver Pinap Berries, one Rare Candy

Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation (4/4)

  • Auto-completed (1,000 stardust)
  • Auto-completed (1,000 XP)
  • Auto-completed (1,000 stardust)

Funnily enough, you don't actually have to do anything for the final step of A Troubling Situation. All three objectives are automatically completed for you, and you get a bunch of rewards. Happy days.

Rewards: One Fast TM, one Charged TM, three Rare Candies

That's all there is to it! As long as you can find enough Team Rocket stops, this should be a breeze to complete, and if you pop a Lucky Egg and Star Piece before completing steps three and four, you'll get double the amount of XP and stardust. Good luck trainer, and don't let Team Rocket beat you!

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