Shadow move

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Shadow moves (Japanese: ダークわざ Dark moves) are moves known only by Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.


Shadow moves have no type and display a blank space where the type would normally go on the summary and battle screens. In Pokémon Colosseum, there is only one Shadow move, Shadow Rush, which has regular effectiveness against any type. In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Shadow moves are super effective on any non-Shadow Pokémon and are not very effective on Shadow Pokémon. Shadow moves cannot receive STAB. All Shadow moves have unlimited PP, and display "--" (two dashes) as their current and maximum PP at all times. Shadow moves cannot be sketched.

In Pokémon XD, the area on the summary screen that would normally display type effectiveness instead displays no icon at all for every type (instead of either a super effective, effective, not very effective, or immune icon).

Damage-dealing Shadow moves can be either physical or special, despite damage categories being otherwise solely dependent on type at the time. Other moves would not be categorized separately from type until the following generation.

Since Shadow Pokémon cannot be traded, these moves are all exclusive to the two GameCube games, with all but Shadow Rush exclusive to Pokémon XD. This also excludes them from use in Contests as there are no Contests in Orre.

All Legendary Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon XD have one of the Shadow moves as their signature move. This move appears as a dark, corrupted counterpart of a move that the Pokémon would normally learn, and has lower base power than its non-Shadow counterpart, but still inflicts more damage due to usually being in a situation where it will be super effective.


Pokémon Colosseum

Game Move Category Power Accuracy Target Description
C Shadow Rush Physical 90 100%
An attack that is so harsh, it also hurts the attacker.

Pokémon XD

Game Move Category Power Accuracy Target Description
XD Shadow Blast Physical 80 100%
A wicked blade of air is formed using a shadowy aura.
XD Shadow Blitz Physical 40 100%
A Pokémon throws this tackle while casting a shadowy aura.
XD Shadow Bolt Special 75 100%
A shadowy thunder attack that may paralyze.
XD Shadow Break Physical 75 100%
A shattering ram attack with a shadowy aura.
XD Shadow Chill Special 75 100%
A shadowy ice attack that may freeze.
XD Shadow Down Status 100%
All foes
A shadowy aura sharply cuts the foe's Defense.
XD Shadow End Physical 120 60%
A shadowy aura ram attack that also rebounds on the user.
XD Shadow Fire Special 75 100%
A shadowy fireball attack that may inflict a burn.
XD Shadow Half Status 100%
All Pokémon
A shadowy aura's energy cuts everyone's HP by half.
XD Shadow Hold Status 80%
All foes
The opponent Pokémon cannot escape.
XD Shadow Mist Status 100%
All foes
A shadowy aura sharply cuts the foe's evasiveness.
XD Shadow Panic Status 60%
All foes
A shadowy aura emanates to cause a confuse condition.
XD Shadow Rave Special 70 100%
All foes
A shadowy aura in the ground is used to launch spikes.
XD Shadow Rush Physical 55 100%
A Pokémon executes a tackle while exuding a shadowy aura.
XD Shadow Shed Status 100%
All Pokémon
A shadowy aura eliminates Reflect and similar moves.
XD Shadow Sky Status 100%
All Pokémon
Darkness hurts all but Shadow Pokémon for 5 turns.
XD Shadow Storm Special 95 100%
All foes
A shadowy aura is used to whip up a vicious tornado.
XD Shadow Wave Special 50 100%
All foes
Shadowy aura waves are loosed to inflict damage.


  • Shadow moves in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness are the only damage-dealing moves which can never deal neutral damage.
  • Shadow moves is the only move type that can deal physical or special damage prior to Generation IV.
  • All Shadow status moves inflict negative effects to the opponent and non-Shadow Pokémon with none of the moves providing positive stat changes to the user.
  • Shadow moves are similar to the ??? type: they both have moves of their type, but no Pokémon can be their type. Additionally, both types were eventually retired.

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