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Shadow Pokémon are mysterious Pokémon that Team GO Rocket Grunts leave behind after they lose the battle. They are distinguished from normal Pokémon by a burning purple aura, glowing red eyes and often more menacing expression. Shadow Pokémon can be cured by purifying them to become Purified Pokémon with Stardust and Candy. All Shadow Pokémon that are captured will know the attack Frustration. This feature is only available to Trainers who are Level 8 and above.[1]

Obtaining Shadow Pokémon

Team GO Rocket is invading PokéStops all around the world. These PokéStops have a different appearance than regular PokéStops in the Map View. These PokéStops twitch and appear discolored. As a Trainer approaches an invaded PokéStop, it becomes black and the Team GO Rocket logo will appear over it. If a Trainer interacts with the PokéStop (items are still given) or the Grunt, a battle will ensue in order to defend the invaded PokéStop. Winning Team GO Rocket Battles offers a chance to catch Shadow Pokémon and increases the rank of the Hero medal.[1] The PokéStop will be invaded for 30 minutes at a time.

Team GO Rocket Battles work similarly to Trainer Battles. Trainers will need to select a party of three Pokémon to defeat the opponent's Shadow Pokémon. After winning a Team GO Rocket Battle, 500 Stardust will be rewarded and there will be a chance to catch one of the Shadow Pokémon they have left behind. If the battle is lost, a rematch will be offered.[1] Team GO Rocket does not use protect shields.

Warning: Some players have reported that having an incomplete default Ultra League team would prevent usage of any Pokémon above 1,500 CP in this battle.

Enemy Shadow Pokémon fought in Team GO Rocket Battles have greatly increased CP above normal limits, similar to Raid Bosses, albeit not as much; roughly 3 times the regular maximum of the Pokémon in the wild. It appears their strength is offensive-biased, meaning they can dish out quite a lot of damage but does not take hits as well as their CP suggests.

Similar to Raid Battles, Premier Balls, will be used to capture left behind Shadow Pokémon. At least three Premier Balls are given after a victory, and the number of extra Premier Balls received (beyond the base number of two) is based on how many Pokémon survive the battle, the rank of the "Purify" medal, and the "Hero" medal.[1]

The Shadow Pokémon available for capture is usually the first one battled, but there is also chance of catching the second one.

When attempting to capture Shadow Pokémon, they attack far more often than normal, making them especially hard to catch. A Nanab Berry can counter this. Also, while Shadow Pokémon often have a deep orange ring (even for common, low-level Pokémon like Rattata) it seems to be misleading, as the capture rate is not as low as the capture circle implies.

Purification

After capturing a Shadow Pokémon, there will be an option to purify the Pokémon with a combination of Stardust and Candy (ranges from 1000 Stardust and 1 Candy, to at least 5000 Stardust and 5 Candies). Evolving a Shadow Pokémon does not affect the cost, which appears to be based on Buddy Pokémon walking distance: 1 Candy for each km required to walk to gain 1 Candy, and 1000x the amount in Stardust. For example, you must walk a Snorlax for 5 km to obtain 1 candy; therefore, it costs 5 Candies and 5000 Stardust to purify a Shadow Snorlax.

Purifying a Shadow Pokémon have the following effects:

  • CP is boosted to level 25. If the Shadow Pokémon has been powered up past level 25, it would stay at the higher level (not recommended as powering them up costs 3x as much).
  • Amount of Stardust and Candy required to Power Up, Evolve, or learn a new attack reduced.
  • The Charged Attack, Frustration, will be replaced with the exclusive Charged Attack called Return.
  • Individual Values of the Pokémon will all increase by 2.[2]

Purifying a Shadow Pokémon increases the rank of the Purifier medal. The Pokémon's dark aura will also change to a bright, luminous aura.[1] Purified Pokémon require a Special Trade while Shadow Pokémon cannot be traded.

Improvement costs

The following table shows the costs for powering-up, evolving, or adding a second attack to Pokémon.[2] The Stardust cost reduction stacks multiplicatively with Lucky Pokémon (-50% cost); a Pokémon that is both Lucky and Purified costs 45% the normal amount of Stardust to power up.

Pokémon Power-Up Evolve Second Charged Attack
Normal Stardust Rare Candy 25× Rare Candy 100× Rare Candy 10,000× Stardust 25× Rare Candy
Shadow Stardust Rare Candy 25× Rare Candy 100× Rare Candy 30,000× Stardust 75× Rare Candy
Purified 0.9× Stardust 0.9× Rare Candy 22× Rare Candy 90× Rare Candy 8,000× Stardust 20× Rare Candy

List of Shadow Pokémon

The following Pokémon were made available as Shadow Pokémon in different waves.

July 22nd, 2019

Bulbasaur
#001
Bulbasaur
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Ivysaur
#002
Ivysaur
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Venusaur
#003
Venusaur
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Charmander
#004
Charmander
Icon Fire
Charmeleon
#005
Charmeleon
Icon Fire
Charizard
#006
Charizard
Icon Fire
Icon Flying
Squirtle
#007
Squirtle
Icon Water
Wartortle
#008
Wartortle
Icon Water
Blastoise
#009
Blastoise
Icon Water
Rattata
#019
Rattata
Icon Normal
Raticate
#020
Raticate
Icon Normal
Zubat
#041
Zubat
Icon Poison
Icon Flying
Golbat
#042
Golbat
Icon Poison
Icon Flying
Snorlax
#143
Snorlax
Icon Normal
Dratini
#147
Dratini
Icon Dragon
Dragonair
#148
Dragonair
Icon Dragon
Dragonite
#149
Dragonite
Icon Dragon
Icon Flying
Crobat
#169
Crobat
Icon Poison
Icon Flying
Mudkip
#258
Mudkip
Icon Water
Marshtomp
#259
Marshtomp
Icon Water
Icon Ground
Swampert
#260
Swampert
Icon Water
Icon Ground


August 1st, 2019[3][4]

Poliwag
#060
Poliwag
Icon Water
Poliwhirl
#061
Poliwhirl
Icon Water
Poliwrath
#062
Poliwrath
Icon Water
Icon Fighting
Grimer
#088
Grimer
Icon Poison
Muk
#089
Muk
Icon Poison
Drowzee
#096
Drowzee
Icon Psychic
Hypno
#097
Hypno
Icon Psychic
Cubone
#104
Cubone
Icon Ground
Marowak
#105
Marowak
Icon Ground
Scyther
#123
Scyther
Icon Bug
Icon Flying
Magikarp
#129
Magikarp
Icon Water
Gyarados
#130
Gyarados
Icon Water
Icon Flying
Politoed
#186
Politoed
Icon Water
Scizor
#212
Scizor
Icon Bug
Icon Steel
Houndour
#228
Houndour
Icon Dark
Icon Fire
Houndoom
#229
Houndoom
Icon Dark
Icon Fire

August 8th, 2019[5]

Ralts
#280
Ralts
Icon Psychic
Icon Fairy
Kirlia
#281
Kirlia
Icon Psychic
Icon Fairy
Gardevoir
#282
Gardevoir
Icon Psychic
Icon Fairy
Gallade
#475
Gallade
Icon Psychic
Icon Fighting

September 5th, 2019[6]

Oddish
#043
Oddish
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Gloom
#044
Gloom
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Vileplume
#045
Vileplume
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Venonat
#048
Venonat
Icon Bug
Icon Poison
Venomoth
#049
Venomoth
Icon Bug
Icon Poison
Psyduck
#054
Psyduck
Icon Water
Golduck
#055
Golduck
Icon Water
Growlithe
#058
Growlithe
Icon Fire
Arcanine
#059
Arcanine
Icon Fire
Abra
#063
Abra
Icon Psychic
Kadabra
#064
Kadabra
Icon Psychic
Alakazam
#065
Alakazam
Icon Psychic
Hitmonchan
#107
Hitmonchan
Icon Fighting
Bellossom
#182
Bellossom
Icon Grass
Larvitar
#246
Larvitar
Icon Rock
Icon Ground
Pupitar
#247
Pupitar
Icon Rock
Icon Ground
Tyranitar
#248
Tyranitar
Icon Rock
Icon Dark
Turtwig
#387
Turtwig
Icon Grass
Grotle
#388
Grotle
Icon Grass
Torterra
#389
Torterra
Icon Grass
Icon Ground

October 17th, 2019[7]

Weedle
#013
Weedle
Icon Bug
Icon Poison
Kakuna
#014
Kakuna
Icon Bug
Icon Poison
Beedrill
#015
Beedrill
Icon Bug
Icon Poison
Electabuzz
#125
Electabuzz
Icon Electric
Magmar
#126
Magmar
Icon Fire
Lapras
#131
Lapras
Icon Water
Icon Ice
Mareep
#179
Mareep
Icon Electric
Seedot
#273
Seedot
Icon Grass
Nuzleaf
#274
Nuzleaf
Icon Grass
Icon Dark
Sableye
#302
Sableye
Icon Grass
Icon Poison
Trapinch
#328
Trapinch
Icon Dark
Icon Ghost
Cacnea
#331
Cacnea
Icon Grass
Shuppet
#353
Shuppet
Icon Ghost
Duskull
#355
Duskull
Icon Ghost

Gallery

Trivia

  • Shadow Pokémon was introduced in July 22nd, 2019 with the launch of Team GO Rocket Invasion.[8]
    • However, the feature was suspended one day later.[9] It was found that the adjustments include reduced catch rate, increased attack and dodge rate and Shadow Pokémon are banned from trading.[10]
  • Shadow Pokémon was released again on July 25th, 2019. After a few days, the candy and stardust purification costs were adjusted to current values (it was previously not based on walking distances, and evolved Shadow Pokémon of the same family can have different costs, e.g. Wartortle costed more than Squirtle). In most cases, it is a reduction; exceptions include Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur, which used to cost 2 Candies and 2000 Stardust but now costs 3 and 3000.
  • According the official blog:
    • Shadow Pokémon look unusual and behave strangely because Team GO Rocket tried to make them stronger through unnatural means.
    • Purification help Shadow Pokémon return to a more normal state, but Purified Pokémon can also become stronger than their normal counterparts due to the gratitude they feel toward the Trainer who saved them.[11]
  • The number of each Purified Pokémon a Trainer has purified is tracked in the Pokédex.
  • Shadow Pokémon all share a unique background not based on Types. It is dark purple and a silhouette of the Pokémon can be faintly seen.
  • The animation for purification is similar to Evolution. Similar to the latter, purification can be done even if the Pokémon has fainted, and would revive them to full or near full health.
  • The number of Premier Balls you obtain is increased by 1 upon your tenth defeat of a Rocket Grunt, even though technically you don't gain the badge until after the catch.
  • It has been observed that purified Turtwig does not offer a reduced cost in evolution, but the cost is still reduced for unlocking a second charged attack. This difference may be only during Turtwig's Community Day on September 15, 2019.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Team GO Rocket & Shadow Pokémon. Helpshift – Niantic. Retrieved on 2019-07-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Quick & Dirty Team Rocket Invasion Infographic. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-07-24.
  3. New stats for Purified/Shadow Pokémon. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-08-01.
  4. PokemonGoApp. (2019, August 1). Luckily, we've intercepted a list. Retrieved on 2019-08-01.
  5. Shadow Ralts now out. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-08-12.
  6. PokemonGoApp. (2019, September 5). TeamGORocket has turned even more species of Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon! Can you help us rescue the Shadow Pokémon below?. Retrieved on 2019-09-07.
  7. Prepare for a ghastly good time during Pokémon GO Halloween 2019!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-10-18.
  8. PokemonGoApp. Trainers, we have an incoming message from Professor Willow: “I’ve noticed an alarming number of reports from Trainers who have found PokéStops that look...discolored?”. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-07-24.
  9. PokemonGoApp. Professor Willow has noticed that sightings of discolored PokéStops and Pokémon enshrouded in a shadowy aura have...suddenly stopped?. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-07-24.
  10. Few changes for Shadow Pokémon !. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-07-27.
  11. Team GO Rocket invades Pokémon GO!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-07-27.
  12. Lucky Shadow has no shiny background, check the text before transfer!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-07-27.
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