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Shadow Pokémon (GO)

A Shadow Charmander (left) and the same Charmander immediately after purification (right)

Shadow Pokémon (Japanese: シャドウポケモン Shadow Pokémon) are Pokémon in Pokémon GO that have been modified by Team GO Rocket through unnatural means, resulting in them having visible dark auras and angry, red eyes. By defeating members of Team GO Rocket, players can capture Shadow Pokémon and restore them to a more normal state through purification.

In the Pokémon Box, Shadow Pokémon have a GO Shadow icon.png icon at the bottom left of their image, and Purified Pokémon have a GO Purified icon.png icon. Similar to Lucky Pokémon, the Pokédex will keep count of the number of Pokémon that the player has purified of that species; evolving a Purified Pokémon will not increment the evolution's purified counter.

The Charged Attacks Frustration and Return are exclusive to Shadow Pokémon and Purified Pokémon, respectively. Unlike all other moves, these are not rerolled upon evolution. On Community Days, Purified Pokémon may learn event-exclusive moves, replacing Return upon evolution even if that Pokémon already knows a second Charged Attack. Shadow Pokémon, however, cannot learn their event-exclusive moves and, to do so, must be purified before the final evolution.



According to the research of Candela and Professor Willow, Shadow Pokémon are the result of having been artificially overpowered by Team GO Rocket, causing them frequent pain from their uncontrollable strength.

During a Team GO Rocket battle, Shadow Pokémon of Team GO Rocket Grunts have significantly inflated stats, especially in Attack, attaining CP values much higher than the maximum possible by powering up. The CP of a Grunt's Pokémon increases with each player's Trainer level. Each of their moves, including Charged Attacks, are randomly selected from the current move pool. If a Team GO Rocket Grunt is defeated, they will flee from the PokéStop and leave behind one of the Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which will be reduced to a much lower CP. The player can then capture, or "rescue", the Shadow Pokémon during a bonus challenge using Premier Balls.

During the capture encounter, Shadow Pokémon behave more aggressively than their normal counterparts[1] and all have a base capture rate of 5%, regardless of species. A Shadow Pokémon has a random initial Power Up level between 1 to 5, or 6 to 10 with a Weather Boost, and its IVs are randomly determined the same way as in standard wild encounter.

Upon capture, a Shadow Pokémon will:

  • Have Frustration as a Charged Attack
    • Frustration cannot be replaced using a Charged TM
  • Cost 3× Candy and Stardust to Power Up and to learn a second Charged Attack
  • Not be eligible for trades (since July 25, 2019)


Through a process discovered by Blanche and Professor Willow, player can Purify (Japanese: リトレイン Retrain) them using Candy and Stardust, restoring them to a stronger, more normal state. Upon purification, the Pokémon will:

  • Power Up to level 25 (if currently at a lower level)
  • Have each of its IVs increased by 2 (up to the maximum 15)
  • Have Return replace Frustration as its Charged Attack
    • Return can be replaced using a Charged TM, but cannot be relearned afterwards
  • Cost 0.9× Candy to evolve (rounded down)
  • Cost 0.9× Stardust and Candy to Power Up (rounded up)
  • Cost 0.8× Stardust and Candy to learn a second Charged Attack
  • Be eligible for Special Trades

List of Shadow Pokémon

The cost to purify a Shadow Pokémon is proportional to its Buddy distance. The following is a list of all currently possible Shadow Pokémon grouped by the costs to purify them:

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# Pokémon
019 Rattata Rattata
020 Raticate Raticate
041 Zubat Zubat
042 Golbat Golbat
129 Magikarp Magikarp
130 Gyarados Gyarados
169 Crobat Crobat
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# Pokémon
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur
003 Venusaur Venusaur
004 Charmander Charmander
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon
006 Charizard Charizard
007 Squirtle Squirtle
008 Wartortle Wartortle
009 Blastoise Blastoise
043 Oddish Oddish
044 Gloom Gloom
045 Vileplume Vileplume
048 Venonat Venonat
049 Venomoth Venomoth
054 Psyduck Psyduck
055 Golduck Golduck
058 Growlithe Growlithe
059 Arcanine Arcanine
060 Poliwag Poliwag
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
063 Abra Abra
064 Kadabra Kadabra
065 Alakazam Alakazam
088 Grimer Grimer
089 Muk Muk
096 Drowzee Drowzee
097 Hypno Hypno
104 Cubone Cubone
105 Marowak Marowak
182 Bellossom Bellossom
186 Politoed Politoed
228 Houndour Houndour
229 Houndoom Houndoom
258 Mudkip Mudkip
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp
260 Swampert Swampert
387 Turtwig Turtwig
388 Grotle Grotle
389 Torterra Torterra
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# Pokémon
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
123 Scyther Scyther
143 Snorlax Snorlax
147 Dratini Dratini
148 Dragonair Dragonair
149 Dragonite Dragonite
212 Scizor Scizor
246 Larvitar Larvitar
247 Pupitar Pupitar
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar
280 Ralts Ralts
281 Kirlia Kirlia
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
475 Gallade Gallade


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 暗影寶可夢 Amyíng Pokémon
Mandarin 暗影寶可夢 Ànyǐng Pokémon
France Flag.png French Pokémon Obscur
Germany Flag.png German Crypto-Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon ombra
South Korea Flag.png Korean 그림자 포켓몬 Geurimja Pokémon
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pokémon das Sombras
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon oscuro


Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 淨化 Jihngfa
Mandarin 淨化 Jìnghuà
France Flag.png French Purification
Germany Flag.png German Erlösung
Italy Flag.png Italian Purificazione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 정화 Jeonghwa
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Purificação
Spain Flag.png Spanish Purificación


Boss: Giovanni
Leaders: CliffArloSierra
Pokémon: Shadow Pokémon

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