Shadow Pokémon (GO)
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 icon at the bottom left of their image, and Purified Pokémon have a 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 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:
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:
- The English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian terms for Shadow Pokémon and Purification are the same as their equivalents (Shadow Pokémon and purification) in Pokémon Colosseum and XD; however, the Japanese terms differ (being ダークポケモン Dark Pokémon in the Gamecube games).
- Due to every Shadow Pokémon knowing Frustration and Purified Pokémon knowing Return, Magikarp in Pokémon GO has two moves it cannot learn in the core series.
- Generation I Shadow or Purified Pokémon cannot be transferred to either Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee! for Nintendo Switch.
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