Pokemon Go: Shadow Pokemon Guide

Pokemon Go: Shadow Pokemon Guide

Team Go Rocket have invaded Pokemon Go, you can fight Team Rocket grunts at invaded Pokestops. If you are successful in beating them, they run off leaving their Shadow Pokemon behind.

Shadow Pokemon

Shadow Pokemon of Team Go Rocket has a  dark aura around them. It will have reduced CP.

How Shadow Pokemon is different?

They need to be purified to get the following benefits:

  • They cost less candy to evolve
  • They cost less stardust to power up
  • They learn Return a normal type attack
  • Purified Pokemon also get IV boosts when powered up

If you catch a Pokemon with 13 Attack, Defense, and Stamina, it will turn into a 100-percent IV Pokemon on power-ups.

This concept is a variation mechanics used in Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. Both the games focused on taking Shadow Pokémon away from trainers who received them from a suspicious organization.

But to purify the caught Pokemon, one had to battle them or use a special chamber.

Special Research

Some new types of Pokemon have also been added to Pokemon Go, with new Special Research accompanying them.


  • Evolve 2 Pokemon (Murkrow encounter)
  • Power up a Pokemon 5 times (Sableye encounter)

Reward: 1,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP


  • Catch 2 Shadow Pokemon (Koffing encounter)
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts (Ekans encounter)

Reward: 2,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP, 5 Golden Razz Berries


  • Purify 3 Pokemon (Shadow and 3,000 Stardust)
  • Purify a Fire, Water, or Grass-type Pokemon (Shadow and 3,000 XP)

Reward: 2,000 Stardust, 5 Silver Pinap Berries, 1 Rare Candy


  • Auto completed (1,000 Stardust)
  • Auto completed (1,000 XP)
  • Auto completed (1,000 Stardust)

Reward: 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM, 3 Rare Candies

How To Catch A Shadow Pokemon?

To catch a Shadow Pokemon, you have to go to a Pokestop that’s taken over by Team Rocket. You’ll battle the grunt, and if you win, you’ll get a chance to catch the Shadow Pokemon they were using.

Number Balls To Catch Shadow Pokemon?

When you go to catch your first Shadow Pokemon, you may only get 4 or 5 Premiere Balls to do the job. Just defeating the Grunt will get you 2, and you’ll get an additional ball for every Pokémon you have still standing at the end of the fight.

Ways to increase Premiere Balls:

When you start encountering invaded Pokestop, you will see two options listed as +0

  • Hero Medal – Bronze Hero medal requires defeating 10 Grunts
  • Purifier Medal – Bronze Purifier medal requires purifying 5 Shadow Pokemon

As you achieve a bronze level, the number of premiere balls available will increase.


To purify you simply have to hit the button on their information screen. Purifying costs dust and candy, but it’s a pretty simple process.

Shadow Pokemon List

As of July 22, the only Pokemon that can be caught as Shadow Pokemon are:

  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Bulbasaur
  • Rattata
  • Zubat
  • Snorlax

If you have caught any other Pokemon, do leave a comment.

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