A few days ago, I decided to do a little bit of late night walking to clear my mind and to catch some Luvdics, because I had a research task that required me to catch them. I did a lot of walking, to the point that I ended up running into a guy who was trying to do a Team Rocket Go Leader. Cliff was being a massive pain in the ass, doing to us with his Pinsir what Arlo did to us with his Scyther and Scizor. Unfortunately, it was very late, to the point that the Team Rocket Go Leader disappeared. He vanished in a cloud of smoke. Why? Because it was 10pm.
But why? Why did Cliff disappear? What’s so special about 10pm that Cliff has to leave?
Well, in Pokemon Go, all raid events end at 10pm local time for me. In some places it’s earlier or later, depending on time of year, I assume. Raids all seem to just stop spawning after about 9pm and are all gone after 10pm. The same applies to the Team Rocket Go Leaders, who will literally vanish into thin air, taking their Pokemon with them.
As for why this happens, I assume it’s to stop kids sneaking out at night so they can do raids and things like that, but frankly, I don’t know. Sure, Pokemon Go is supposed to be a universal game for kids and adults but… I mean, it’s not like Pokemon stop spawning at night. You actually get some different spawns at night, like Lunatone and ghost types. There’s Pokemon spawning everywhere, no matter what time it is. But the weird thing is that Team Rocket Pokestops ALSO spawn all the time.
I’ve actually seen Team Rocket Pokestops spawning at 1am. If raids and Team Rocket Leaders and Giovanni himself are all supposed to bugger off at 9-10pm, why do normal grunts spawn?
Well, I don’t know.
But I have a theory!
The theory is pretty simple. Do you remember a somewhat recent article I wrote about Pokemon spawning in the real world? The idea is that Team Rocket (or maybe Mewtwo) are using a faulty cloning machine that is creating clones but teleporting them to our universe. By accident, of course. This would make these Pokemon unstable, which is why they don’t really fight back and tend to disappear after a while.
Now, what if Team Rocket have worked out what’s going on and are sending clones into our universe to try and reclaim their lost Pokemon and grab a bunch of free Pokeballs while they’re here?
Now consider that everything is on a time limit in Pokemon Go. Raids only last an hour. Pokemon mostly only exist for half an hour at a time. But even Team Rocket things are limited! The Team Rocket Grunts only last about 30 minutes before they disappear. the Team Rocket Leaders will last from about 6am until 10pm, as will Giovanni. But they too will vanish.
Why do they vanish?
Because they are no longer stable on a quantum level. These are clones that have traveled through space and time. They are decaying before our very eyes and vanish into nothing. Because they are ceasing to exist.
In fact, this is more true with grunts than it is for leaders. The Team Rocket Leaders are made of stronger stuff and their clones can stick around for longer, but the grunts only last for 30 minutes before they vanish. They all just decay and melt into nothingness. But because they’re just unimportant grunts, Team Rocket has no issue with sending out grunts no matter what time it is, while the Team Rocket Leaders need to waste time out of their valuable days to sit down and create clones. What better time to do this than when the Leaders and Giovanni are asleep? I.e. between 6am and 10pm?
This also explains why you can have two of the same grunt or even two of the same Leader nearby. Because they’re all clones. It doesn’t matter that there’s more than one because they’re just disposable clones.
After all, why the hell would Giovanni risk his own skin when he can just hide in his lair as always?