Yesterday during the GO Rocket event, I had something annoying. Not knowing the composition of an opponent before going in meant I could wipe only because I came in with a few water types only to face a Venosaur.

So is there a way to know what you'll be facing before going into a fight with GO Rocket?

  • Guess you haven't felt the rush of the final phase in the Battle Factory of Johto's Battle Frontier, where you only know the 1st Pokemon of the foe. :)
    – gsamaras
    Jul 31, 2019 at 16:19

1 Answer 1


The "taunt" line that the grunt says (right when you're confirming your team) will hint at the general makeup of the grunt's team--particularly the third Pokemon.

  • BUG – Go, my super bug Pokemon!
  • DARK – Wherever is a light, there is also shadow.
  • DRAGON – ROAR! … How’d that sound?
  • ELECTRIC – Get ready to be shocked!
  • FAIRY – Check out my cute Pokemon!
  • FIGHTING – This buff physique isn’t just for show!
  • FIRE – Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get?
  • FLYING – My bird Pokemon wants to battle with you!
  • GHOST – Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…ke!
  • GRASS – Don’t tangle with us!
  • GROUND – You’ll be defeated into the ground!
  • ICE – You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.
  • NORMAL – Normal doesn’t mean weak.
  • POISON – Coiled and ready to strike!
  • PSYCHIC – Are you scared of physics that use unseen power?
  • ROCK – Let’s rock and roll!
  • STEEL – You’re no match for my iron will!
  • WATER – These waters are treacherous!
  • RANDOM – Winning is for winners, Don't bother, I've already won, and Get ready to be defeated

Source 1, source 2 (credit to Wondercricket), plus hints as to good compositions to bring.

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    Great answer, but those sources left out a few. Currently, the grunts with taunts Winning is for winners, Don't bother, I've already won, and Get ready to be defeated will throw out a random combination (Source) Jul 29, 2019 at 14:33

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