Shadow Pokémon (GO)

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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 dark, flaming 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, eligible Purified Pokémon may learn event-exclusive moves, replacing Return upon evolution, even if that Pokémon already knows a second Charged Attack. Shadow Pokémon can only learn their event-exclusive moves if Frustration is first forgotten, either by purification or using a Charged TM during certain events. Once forgotten, Frustration and Return cannot be relearned, even if an Elite Charged TM is used, or if it evolves.


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. Shadow Pokémon are surrounded by what looks like a purple fire, or in Mewtwo's case, surrounded by its Psychic power. During a Team GO Rocket battle, Shadow Pokémon used by Team GO Rocket members have significantly inflated stats, especially in Attack, potentially attaining CP values much higher than the maximum possible by powering up. The CP of Team GO Rocket's Pokémon increases with each player's Trainer level. Their Shadow Pokémon's moves, including Charged Attacks, are randomly selected from the species' current move pool.

For further information about how CP is calculated for Team GO Rocket's Shadow Pokémon, see Team GO Rocket → Pokémon.

If a Team GO Rocket member is defeated, they will leave behind one of the Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which the player can then "rescue" by capturing it in a bonus challenge using Premier Balls. During the capture encounter, Shadow Pokémon attack more frequently than their normal counterparts[1]. Although their target rings are colored red to indicate a 5% base capture rate, their actual catch rates appear to be no different from that of their normal forms. Since November 7, 2019, all Shadow Pokémon are caught at an initial Power Up level of 8, or 13 with a Weather Boost, and their IVs are randomly determined the same way as in standard wild encounter. Currently, only Shadow Pokémon left behind by Team GO Rocket Leaders, Jessie, and James have a chance of becoming Shiny.

In addition, Shadow and Purified Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

Shadow Pokémon, once captured by the player, all have the following characteristics:

  • Have Frustration as a Charged Attack, which normally cannot be replaced using a Charged TM
  • Cost ×1.2* Candy and Stardust to power up and to learn a second Charged Attack
  • Have the following stat modifiers (not factored into CP) as a "Shadow Bonus":
    • ×6/5 Attack
    • ×5/6 Defense
  • Cannot be traded (since July 25, 2019)
  • Cannot Mega Evolve

When viewing the list of currently owned Pokémon, sorted by Pokédex number, they are sorted in the order: normal, Shadow, Purified.


Through a process discovered by Blanche and Professor Willow, players can Purify (Japanese: リトレイン Retrain) Shadow Pokémon using Candy and Stardust, restoring them to a more normal state. Purified Pokémon have almost same appearance as their normal forms, but surrounded by a misty, white aura.

Upon purification, the Pokémon will:

  • Power up to the player's Trainer level, 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 the Charged Attack in the first slot
  • 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
  • Lose its Shadow Bonus (Attack and Defense modifiers)
  • Be eligible for Special Trades, which do not cost extra Stardust if the receiving player already has the purified form registered
  • Be able to Mega Evolve, if it can

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. Shadow Pokémon with a Shiny icon denote those whose Shiny forms have been obtainable.

Purification cost Pokémon
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Weedle Shadow Kakuna Shadow Beedrill Shadow Rattata Shadow Raticate Shadow Zubat Shadow Golbat Shadow Magikarp Shadow Gyarados Shadow Crobat Shadow

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Bulbasaur Shadow Ivysaur Shadow Venusaur Shadow Charmander Shadow Charmeleon Shadow Charizard Shadow Squirtle Shadow Wartortle Shadow Blastoise Shadow Ekans Shiny Shadow Arbok Shiny Shadow Sandshrew Shadow Sandslash Shadow Nidoran♀ Shadow Nidorina Shadow Nidoqueen Shadow Nidoran♂ Shadow Nidorino Shadow Nidoking Shadow Vulpix Shadow Ninetales Shadow Oddish Shadow Gloom Shadow Vileplume Shadow Venonat Shadow Venomoth Shadow Meowth Shiny Shadow Persian Shiny Shadow Psyduck Shadow Golduck Shadow Growlithe Shadow Arcanine Shadow Poliwag Shadow Poliwhirl Shadow Poliwrath Shadow Abra Shadow Kadabra Shadow Alakazam Shadow Machop Shadow Machoke Shadow Machamp Shadow Bellsprout Shadow Weepinbell Shadow Victreebel Shadow Magnemite Shadow Magneton Shadow Grimer Shiny Shadow Muk Shiny Shadow Drowzee Shadow Hypno Shadow Exeggcute Shadow Exeggutor Shadow Cubone Shadow Marowak Shadow Koffing Shiny Shadow Weezing Shiny Shadow Porygon Shadow Bellossom Shadow Politoed Shadow Misdreavus Shadow Wobbuffet Shadow Shuckle Shadow Sneasel Shiny Shadow Houndour Shadow Houndoom Shadow Porygon2 Shadow Stantler Shiny Shadow Mudkip Shadow Marshtomp Shadow Swampert Shadow Seedot Shadow Nuzleaf Shadow Shiftry Shadow Carvanha Shadow Sharpedo Shadow Cacnea Shadow Cacturne Shadow Shuppet Shadow Banette Shadow Duskull Shadow Dusclops Shadow Turtwig Shadow Grotle Shadow Torterra Shadow Mismagius Shadow Stunky Shadow Skuntank Shadow Snover Shadow Abomasnow Shadow Weavile Shiny Shadow Magnezone Shadow Porygon-Z Shadow Dusknoir Shadow

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Hitmonlee Shadow Hitmonchan Shadow Scyther Shiny Shadow Electabuzz Shadow Magmar Shadow Pinsir Shiny Shadow Lapras Shiny Shadow Omanyte Shadow Omastar Shadow Snorlax Shadow Dratini Shadow Dragonair Shadow Dragonite Shadow Mareep Shadow Flaaffy Shadow Ampharos Shadow Pineco Shiny Shadow Forretress Shiny Shadow Gligar Shadow Scizor Shiny Shadow Delibird Shadow Larvitar Shadow Pupitar Shadow Tyranitar Shadow Ralts Shadow Kirlia Shadow Gardevoir Shadow Sableye Shadow Mawile Shiny Shadow Trapinch Shadow Vibrava Shadow Flygon Shadow Absol Shiny Shadow Bagon Shiny Shadow Shelgon Shiny Shadow Salamence Shiny Shadow Beldum Shiny Shadow Metang Shiny Shadow Metagross Shiny Shadow Electivire Shadow Magmortar Shadow Gliscor Shadow Gallade Shadow

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Articuno Shadow Zapdos Shadow Moltres Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Raikou Shadow Entei Shadow Suicune Shadow

Unobtainable Shadow Pokémon

These Shadow Pokémon have never been obtainable by players, but have been used by Team GO Rocket members. Game data for their purification costs still exist, and they are grouped accordingly.

Purification cost Pokémon
GO Stardust icon.png3,000 + GO Slowpoke Candy.png3

Dugtrio Shadow Cloyster Shadow Onix Shadow Kingler Shadow Rhydon Shadow Kangaskhan Shadow Steelix Shadow Infernape Shadow Hippowdon Shadow Rhyperior Shadow

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Garchomp Shadow


  • Prior to July 25, 2019, Shadow Pokémon were eligible for Special Trades. However, due to the likelihood of a Lucky Shadow Pokémon being purified with perfect IVs, this feature was restricted.
  • Prior to July 31, 2019, purification costs were on average much higher and did not necessarily scale directly with Buddy distance. For starter Pokémon, the purification costs were also higher for the second and third stages.
  • Shadow Pokémon received a major update on March 2, 2020. Prior to this, Shadow Pokémon
    • Cost 3× the Candy and Stardust to power up or learn a second Charged Attack
    • Had no way of forgetting Frustration
    • Did not have any special stat modifiers
  • Prior to November 7, 2019, Shadow Pokémon were caught between Lv. 1 to 5 or Lv. 6 to 10 if Weather Boosted.


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 Sombroso
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon oscuro
Thailand Flag.png Thai โปเกมอนชาโดว์ Pokémon Shadow


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
Thailand Flag.png Thai ชำระล้าง Chamralang


Boss: Giovanni
Leaders: CliffSierraArlo
Lower members: Team GO Rocket Grunts
Pokémon: Shadow Pokémon
Items: Mysterious Component
Rocket RadarSuper Rocket Radar

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