Pokemon GO Team Rocket Balloons Not Showing Or Working? Read This

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Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket Balloons have become an integral part of the game and although there's already plenty to do fans can't get enough of taking on Team Rocket.

Although of late the Team GO Rocket Balloons have been anything but reliable, with Niantic encountering quite a few issues.


In fact during April the Balloons became so problematic that the developer had to take them offline entirely for around two weeks to fix issues. Granted players received a nice bonus as a way to compensate dedicated fans who missed out, but it's not quite the same as being able to face off with the Grunts or Rocket Leaders proper.

If you're still encountering issues, you've probably navigated yourself to this page and if you're looking for help, read on, we'll try and give you a steer on what to do.

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How To Fix Team Go Rocket Balloons Not Appearing

This was the core issue to impact the game in April 2021. Unfortunately at the time Niantic had to take Team GO Rocket Balloons offline in order to fix it.


If you're encountering issues with Team GO Rocket Balloons not showing on your map, you might just have to wait it out.

We'd also suggest keeping one eye on the Niantic Support Twitter account who will most likely have updates on when they'll return. Other than that, you'll just have to enjoy the game without the dastardly interference of Team GO Rocket

How to Fix Team Go Rocket Balloons Not Working

Some trainers have on occasion noted that the Team Go Rocket Balloons will appear in the game, but will simply stop working, with players unable to click on the balloons to initiate the PvE battle encounter.

Here's an example of the Team Go Rockets simply 'not working' for players who were unable to click on the balloons as they floated across the map

If you find yourself in a similar situation, it isn't as bad as the Balloons not appearing, but you might have to do without fighting Team GO Rocket for the time being.


Based on what we've seen, these are isolated incidents that are normally rectified quite quickly by the Niantic developers. In the case of the above example, Niantic help replied to the user on Twitter some two hours later, writing:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, Trainer! Our team had identified an issue where Trainers were unable to battle Team GO Rocket encountered via balloon. However, we've resolved it now. If there is anything else that requires our attention, please let us know!"

Unfortunately, you'll have to chalk this down to one of those annoying unavoidable errors that sometimes impacts fully online games.