Back in 2019, when Team Go Rocket invaded Pokémon GO, many players ended up losing their items from their collection. The team started stealing items from players who were in the middle of spinning a Pokéstop. If you already don’t know, Team GO Rocket uses a Shadow Pokémon to snath items from other players. And, the only way to protect yourself from their attack is to defeat the team (and their 3 Shadow Pokémon) at one of the Pokéstops.

To make your job easier, we’re going to share a few tips on how you can defeat a shadow Pokémon and more importantly how you can purify it as well. So, without any further ado, let’s start with the guide.

Part 1: What Is Shadow Pokémon

Shadow Pokémon are corrupt creatures who are specifically designed for criminal activities in the game. They help players snatch collections from other people who have peacefully collected all the Pokémon. Shadow Pokémon were first introduced in Pokémon Colosseum and since then they’ve been seen in almost every Pokémon game.

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In Pokémon GO, Team Go Rocket was responsible for introducing shadow Pokémon. A year ago, when the team invaded Pokémon GO, they brought hundreds of evil Shadow Pokémon. It’s important to understand that Shadow Pokémon look a lot like regular Pokémon.

The only difference between the two is that Shadow Pokémon always look angry and have red eyes. Also, there’s a blue aura around Shadow Pokémon that distinguishes them from a normal Pokémon.

A Pokémon GO Shadow Pokémon can only be cured after you’ve purified it. But for this, you’ll first have to defeat the Team Go Rocket in a battle. In such battles, you’ll have to create a team of 3 Pokémon that’ll go against three shadow Pokémon. After you’ve successfully defeated the other team, you can catch one of those shadow Pokémon and purify it.

Part 2: How to Get Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO

Now, let’s understand how to get a shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO. First, you’ll have to spin a Pokéspot that’s been invaded by Team Go Rocket. As soon as you’ll spin the Pokéspot, you’ll be challenged by the Team Go Rocket in a battle. The battle works like any other Pokémon GO battle where you can create your own team of Pokémon to defeat the opponent’s Shadow Pokémon.

However, keep in mind that Team GO Rocket will always use three similar types of Shadow Pokémon. This means that if you want to defeat them in battle, you’ll have to use Pokémon that can counter their attacks. That’s the only way to defeat a Shadow Pokémon in the game.

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Once you’ve defeated the Team GO Rocket, you’ll get premiere Pokéballs that’ll help you capture one of the Shadow Pokémon. But, be extra careful because catching such creatures is not a piece of cake.

And, after you’ve successfully captured a Shadow Pokémon, you’ll be given an opportunity to either purify it or keep its Shadow version. In general, players tend to purify the Pokémon because purifying boosts its stats and reduces the overall cost to power it up. But, since Shadow Pokémon are pretty useful creatures as well, many players like to keep the Shadow version of the Pokémon.

Part 3: How to Purify Shadow Pokémon

Purifying a Shadow Pokémon will give the creature a special power that’ll allow it to return back to the original (non-corrupted state). The good news is that it’s quite easier to purify a Pokémon GO Shadow Pokémon. All you need is Stardust and some candies to do the job.

But, the stardust/candy cost will vary for each Shadow Pokémon. In general, it depends on the rarity of the specific Pokémon that you’re trying to purify. For instance, easily available species like Rattata and Zubat will only require 1,000 Stardust and one candy for purification.

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On the other hand, rare Pokémon GO creatures like Articuno will cost 20,000 Stardust. These types of rare species are legendary Pokémon and it’s always a challenge to purify them.

After the purification completes, you’ll receive dedicated awards depending on the Pokémon you’ve just purified. In the case of legendary Pokémon, you’ll receive Premiere Pokéballs to capture and purify more and more Shadow Pokémon.

Part 4: What Happens If You Keep Shadow Pokémon

Since you can also keep a Shadow Pokémon in your collection, many players would want to know if there are any special benefits of keeping them. The answer is Yes! They have great attacking powers that’ll help you win different types of PvP battles in the game. In fact, their attacks are quite difficult to counter and they are the perfect option to win different types of battles after a raid.

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But, like any other creature in Pokémon GO, even Shadow Pokémon have a few drawbacks. In exchange for high attacking power, their defense is so poor that they don’t stand a chance in front of some counter Pokémon. So, if the other team has a Pokémon that can counter your Shadow Pokémon, it’ll definitely lose the battle.

Moreover, Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up. And, since they faint so quickly in the game, you’ll have to revive them more frequently. This will require more potion, that’ll eventually cost you more Stardust. But, if you’re willing to go with this tradeoff, a Shadow Pokémon will help you a lot in the game.

Part 5: Shadow Pokémon List

Now that you know the benefits of keeping a shadow Pokémon, let’s take a look at the list of best Shadow Pokémon. This list will help you decide if a specific Shadow Pokémon is worth purifying or not. Keep in mind that Niantic continues to alter the Shadow Pokémon list from time to time so make sure to check the updated list before purifying/keeping a shadow Pokémon.


Stardust Candy
Bulbasaur 3000 3
Venusaur 3000 3
Charmeleon 3000 3
Ivysaur 3000 3
Charizard 3000 3
Squirtle 3000 3
Blastoise 3000 3
Weedle 1000 1
Kakuna 1000 1
Rattata 1000 1
Ekans 3000 3
Sandshrew 3000 3
Nidoran female 3000 3
Nidorina 3000 3
Nidoran male 3000 3
Nidoking 3000 3
Vulpix 3000 3
Articuno (Legendary) 20,000 20
Moltres (Legendary) 20,000 20
Misdreavus 3000 3
Jumpluff 3000 3
Dratini 5000 5
Kabutops 5000 5
Omastar 5000 5

Part 6: Is Shiny Shadow Pokémon Available in Pokémon GO

Are Shiny Shadow Pokémon available in Pokémon GO? This is one of the frequently asked questions about shadow Pokémon. To be honest, it is possible for a Shadow Pokémon to be shiny. Since a Pokémon being Shiny is directly related to its original trainer, there’s a huge probability that a Shadow Pokémon can be Shiny as well.

shiny shadow Pokemon

When someone will snatch the Pokémon from the original trainer, its Trainer ID will change. But, it’s personality value will still remain the same. This means even if you’re a NPC trainer, you can still acquire a Shiny Shadow Pokémon easily in the game.

Pro Tips: Get More Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO players always want to know little tricks and hacks to collect more Pokémon. Today, we’re going to share one such trick that’ll help you get more Shadow Pokémon by raiding more Pokéstops.

You can use iMyFone AnyTo, a location spoofing tool, to change your location of iOS & Android devices and set it to where a particular Team GO Rocket’s PokéSpot is located. Once the location is changed, you can simply raid the Pokéspot and fight the team to capture Shadow Pokémon.

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Even though there are dozens of location spoofing apps, iMyFone AnyTo has few USPs that separate it from the rest of the crowd. With iMyFone AnyTo, you’ll be able to create your own route to spoof Pokémon GO without walking and moving outside, which is really convenient for the trainer to catch more Shadow Pokémon. Secondly, the software will help you change your GPS location to anywhere in the world. This means you can even spoof your location and change it to a place with dozens of Pokéspots.

And, finally, you can even find a specific location using its GPS coordinates in iMyFone AnyTo. This will be a pretty useful feature for players who use online Pokémon GO forums to find coordinates for different locations in the game.

Here are some additional features that make iMyFone AnyTo the best tool for faking GPS location.

  • Fake GPS movement with customized speed to find more Shadow Pokémon without moving outside.
  • Change location to anywhere in the world to unlock more Team GO Rocket at home.
  • Support all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above system, includes the latest iOS 14.
  • Support all Android devices running Android 5.0 and above system, includes the latest Android 11.
  • You don't have to install iTunes for iPhone or jailbreak your devices before spoofing Pokémon GO with iMyFone AnyTo.

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Since you already known how amazing iMyFone AnyTo is, now, please allow me to invite you to watch the video tutorial on how to use iMyFone AnyTo to spoof Pokémon GO without moving.

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Even though Pokémon GO Shadow Pokémon are corrupt and evil creatures, they have their own significance that make the entire Pokémon GO experience interesting. You can either purify them to get Premiere Pokéballs or use their Shadow version to win more and more battles. In either case, Shadow Pokémon are a great option for anyone who’s willing to step up their gameplay and want to collect some cool creatures in the game.