Best Shadow Pokemon for Raids

Team Rocket (Jesse and James in particular) were comical support characters rather than an actual threat to Ash and his friends in the anime. Even in Pokemon Games, Team Rocket, and the other dissenting teams weren’t much of a threat to players. But Team Rocket is here Pokemon GO isn’t as easy to shake off as previous titles. The main reason is that Team Rocket uses Shadow Pokemon, which have unique abilities not found in “normal” Pokemon.

Shadow Pokémon are among the strongest Pokémon in Pokemon GO (apart from Mega Pokemon) and are very valuable for battles, especially raids. But with so many Shadow Pokémon to choose from Pokemon GOplayers may find it difficult to choose the ones that will help them easily beat Pokemon Raids.


8th Shadow Tyranitar

Shadow Tyranitar is hardly worth it for raids and even less for the GO Battle League without the right attack moves. But players who manage to get a decent Shadow Larvitar and teach it the right moves will have a power to be reckoned with in raids.

There are two combinations players should use with their Shadow Tyranitar. The first is usage Smack Down (fast movement) and Stone Edge (charged movement), Creating a pure Rock-type damage dealer that can bring down most Bug, Fire, Flying, and Ice Raid Pokémon. The second combination is Biting (fast motion) and crunching (charged motion)some of the best dark type moves Pokemon GO.

7 Shadow Hariyama

While Shadow Hariyama isn’t the best fighting-type Shadow Pokémon on this list, it still has one of the highest Stamina (HP) stats Pokemon GO, 302 at max CP. With that much HP, Shadow Hariyama can pack a heavy punch against 5-Star or Mega Raid Pokémon before being KO’d.

The ideal moves for Shadow Hariyama are Counter (Fast Movement) and Dynamic Strike (Charged Movement). Players use counters over the other fast moves as this is one of the fastest DPS moves Pokemon GOmeaning players can use their charged moves more often.

6 Shadow Entei

One of the three legendary beasts (affectionately known as the legendary hounds), Entei has always been a worthy contender on the competitive scene in Pokemon GO. As players can expect, Shadow Entei is among the best legendary Shadow Pokémon that players can add to their raid team. Shadow Entei’s stats are also well balanced (235 Attack, 171 Defense, and 251 Stamina), so it won’t go under as quickly as other Shadow Pokémon or its “purified” counterpart.

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The best move setup players should have on their Shadow Entei is Fire Fang (rapid movement) and Overheat (charged movement). But if players don’t have enough TMs or Stardust to change their moves, they can settle for that Fire spin (fast movement) and flamethrower (charged movement).

5 shadow moltres

Shadow Moltres is a slightly better Raid Pokémon than Shadow Entei, mainly because it has a better Attack stat (Attack 251). Additionally, Shadow Moltres is a dual-type (Fire/Flying) Pokémon, meaning it has a better chance of countering a Raid Pokémon than a monotype like Entei.

Shadow Moltres has several move combos that work well for raids, but the best moves are Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Sky Attack (Charged Move). But if a player already has a decent Shadow Entei, they can teach their Shadow Moltres Wing Attack (Fast Movement) since it’s a powerful counter to Fighting-type Raid-type Pokémon.

4 shadow Machamp

The combat type is one of the best offensive types out there Pokemon GO since it can face Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, and Steel-type Pokémon with ease. And Shadow Machamp is the best fighting-type Shadow Pokemon in the game, not to mention it has a decent array of stats (234 Attack, 159 Defense, and 207 Stamina).

counter (fast movement) is the most optimal move for Shadow Macchamp coupled with Dynamic Strike (charged movement). Players can change their Shadow Macchamp’s heavy attacker role to higher damage per second by teaching it Bullet Punch (fast movement) and Heavy Slam (charged movement)allowing it to assert itself as an arena defender.

3 Shadowweavile

Weavile is one of the few Dark-type and Ice-type Shadow-type Pokémon Pokemon GO that can solo a low-tier (maybe higher with perfect stats) raid-type pokemon. But due to its low stamina (172), Shadow Weavile is something of a glass cannon, meaning players will need to choose their raid battles carefully.

Shadow Weavile can fill two different types of roles Pokemon GO, but mostly a full dark role is best. Players will want to teach their Shadow Weavile Growl (Fast Charge) and Foul Play (Charged Move). For the Ice-type role, Shadow Weavile should study Shards of Ice (Fast Movement) and Avalanche (Charged Movement).

2 shadowmumwine

Although Shadow Mamoswine is an unpopular Gen 2 Pokémon, it is the best weapon among Ice-type Pokémon Pokemon GO. Shadow Mamoswine not only plays the role of a tank due to its high stamina value (242), but can also be a strong attacker since it has a base attack of 247. In addition, Mamoswine is a dual-type (Ground/Ice) Pokémon and can counter Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel, Dragon, Flying, Grass, and Ground.

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The best moves for Shadow Mamoswine are Powder Snow (Fast Movement) and Avalanche (Charged Movement). Powder Snow, while slow, has a high charge rate, allowing players to use Avalanche more often. Bulldoze (charged attack) is a good second choice for Charged Moves when a player is low on Stardust and can’t change it.

1 Shadow Mewtwo

Undoubtedly, Shadow Mewtwo is the best Shadow Pokemon to use in Raids since it has the strongest Attack stat (300) and that’s after Niantic nerfed it. But beyond that, Shadow Mewtwo can learn almost any type of move, from Thunderbolt to Hyper Beam. Mewtwo can learn from all the possibilities of Fast Moves, confusion remains the best as it has high DPS. As for charged moves, players can choose from the following:

  • shadow ball

  • psystrike

  • clairvoyant

  • lightning

  • flamethrower

  • Focus Blast

  • Hyper Beam (Legacy Attack)

Players should choose a charged move that suits them best or is otherwise lacking in their raid team. In terms of performance, Hyper Beam is the toughest, but it also takes longer to charge.

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