Team GO Rocket Grunt and Shadow Reward Distributions

With the latest buff to Shadow Pokémon attacks, there has been a renewed interest in hunting down the very best Pokémon from Team GO Rocket Grunts. Shadow Pokémon now perform significantly better than their normal counterparts in Raid Battles at the same level, but cost more Stardust to power up and take more damage.

The Silph team has been hard at work collecting data on the frequency of each of the Grunt types as well as their possible rewards, and have defeated 1,864 Grunts since the latest batch of Shadow Pokémon were captured by Team GO Rocket on February 4th. We hope that this information is useful when planning out your strategy for augmenting your battle teams with Shadow Pokémon!

Grunt Type Frequency
(N = 1,864)
Possible Rewards
Ground
“You’ll be defeated into the ground!”
290 = 15.6 % Sandshrew (74%), Trapinch (14%), Larvitar (12%)
Flying
“Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!”
226 = 12.1 % Zubat (59%), Golbat (41%)
Fire
“Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?”
214 = 11.5 % Growlithe (38%), Vulpix (34%), Houndour (17%), Ninetales (6%),  Houndoom (5%)
Psychic
“Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?”
212 = 11.4 % Wobbuffet (49%), Ralts (33%), Drowzee (7%), Abra (6%), Hypno (5%)
Water
“These waters are treacherous!”
199 = 10.7 % Mudkip (59%), Carvanha (41%)
Grass
“Don’t tangle with us!”
198 = 10.6 % Exeggcute (86%), Weepinbell (7%), Ivysaur (4%), Gloom (4%)
Ghost
“Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!”
115 = 6.2 % Misdreavus
Electric
“Get ready to be shocked!”
111 = 6.0 % Magnemite (65%), Mareep (18%), Electabuzz (17%)
Bug
“Go, my super bug Pokémon!”
73 = 3.9 % Weedle (59%), Venonat (41%)
Rock
“Let’s rock and roll!”
68 = 3.6 % Larvitar (50%), Omanyte (50%)
Normal
“Normal doesn’t mean weak.”
56 = 3.0 % Porygon
Fighting
“This buff physique isn’t just for show!”
56 = 3.0 % Hitmonchan (79%), Hitmonlee (21%)
Ace Female
“Winning is for winners!”
“Don’t bother – I’ve already won!”
“Get ready to be defeated!”
46 = 2.5 % Lapras

Until next time, travelers!