With the arrival of Team Rocket in Pokemon Go, the huge mobile game is changing once again – and one new element that’s arrived alongside the villainous team are Shadow Pokemon and, after some trainer effort, Purified Pokemon.
Shadow Pokemon are a special new addition to Pokemon Go, though they have appeared in other Pokemon games before. They appear as part of the Team Rocket Pokestop invasions where Rocket Grunts turn Pokestops into Rocket Stops. In order to encounter Shadow Pokemon you’ll first need to find a Team Rocket Grunt – more information on that in the link above.
How to catch Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go
After finding yourself an invaded Rocket Pokestop, you’ll be able to battle the nearby Team Rocket Grunt NPC. These grunts will deploy red-eyed Shadow Pokemon against you in battle. After a battle is complete, you’ll get a chance to catch one of the Rocket Grunt’s Shadow Pokemon – exactly which is plucked from the table of available Shadow Pokemon in the game, which you can find a little below.
The number of Premier Balls you have to catch the Shadow Pokemon will be determined by your battle performance – like with Pokemon Gym Raid Bosses, but in a single-player, player-versus-enemy setting. The Premier Ball allowance is determined by how many Pokemon are still conscious on your team at the end of battle and by some of your medal levels.
These are the Pokemon you can currently encounter in Shadow form:
Pokemon Go Shadow Pokemon List
Here’s all of the Pokemon that can appear in Pokemon Go as Shadow Pokemon forms, which can then be purified to get high-stat regular Pokemon.
Purifying Shadow Pokemon to make powerful Purified Pokemon with the exclusive Return move
Once you’ve caught a Shadow Pokemon, it’ll be added to your Pokemon roster like any other catch, but it will retain its shadowy nature, keeping the red eyes and the nasty purple cloud around it. Shadow Pokemon will also have the charged normal-type move Frustration, which is a fine move and all but also not as useful as any of the more specific moves it could have. Other than that, Shadow Pokemon act and function like any other.
The good news is that you can cure that shadowy evil presence with a few simple steps – and this is known and Purifying Pokemon. You can do this from a Pokemon’s profile page, and purifying a Pokemon will cost a small amount of candy and stardust.
Purified Pokemon function like any other Pokemon, but thanks to their cute little redemption arc from being beholden to Team Rocket they have some powerful bonuses which could be significant if we get Shadow and Purified versions of some of the Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go:
- Purified Pokemon will by default have the normal-type charge move Return – and this move is entirely exclusive to Purified Pokemon. They’ll hold on to this move even through evolution, though it can be removed with TMs.
- Purified Pokemon will get +2 to all of its Individual Values, the base stats that determine a Pokemon’s power and strength.
- Purified Pokemon have a discount to the Stardust and Candy costs associated with powering up. This bonus stacks with those of Lucky Pokemon.
- Purified Pokemon also get a discount on the cost of their 2nd charge move for PVP battles.
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