Pokemon Go: Shadow Pokemon List – Counters, Purifying, Shiny List

We're taking a look at all the available Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go!

Our Pokemon Go: Shadow Pokemon List & Counters Guide walks you through everything you need to know about this new addition to the game! Team Rocket have done something to some of the Pokemon in game, and your job is to track them down and purify them from evil.

The Team Rocket event is now in full swing, and players are out and about battling against evil and purifying the innocent Pokemon that have been seemingly infected. Quite a few Pokemon are out there and available to be cured, and there's a whole lot more to come in the coming days and weeks ahead.

Update (12/16/2020): This guide has been updated with the most current list of Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon GO. We've also divided the list by each regional dex, as the list of Shadow Pokemon has significantly grown since 2019.

Update (10/17/2019): A bunch more Pokemon were added to the list (Source).

Obtaining Shadow Pokemon

To collect yourself some Shadow Pokemon, you're going to need to duel with Team Rocket! To find these evil doers, you're going want to go to areas that have a lot of PokeStops. Looks for ones that look dark blue and are moving sporadically. If you get close enough, a Team Rocket member will be shown. Go to the PokeStop and battle with them, if you are able to come out victorious, you will be given some Premiere Balls and a chance to catch a bewitched Pokemon (just like a Raid). The battle against Team Rocket can sometimes be difficult, so check out our guide here on how to defeat them more easily.

Purifying Shadow Pokemon

Once you catch the Pokemon, you can then choose to Purify them. This is a requirement of the A Troubling Situation Field Research, you'll need to purify three of them. This costs you 2,000 Stardust and 2x Candy to do.

  • Purified Pokemon are level 25 (doesn't matter where their Shadow form started).
  • Purified Pokemon get +2 IV added to their original Shadow IVs.
  • Purified Pokemon have the move Frustration replaced with the Return Charge move.
  • Purified Pokemon cost 90% Stardust to Power Up.


The Pokemon you face after you defeat Team Rocket are pretty difficult, this is especially the case with the likes of Snorlax & Dragonite. Here are some of the counters you can use that should help you defeat them (Credit to Pokebattler).

Snorlax Counters

Standard Snorlax usually falls to Pokemon with fighting moves, but the shadow version isn't going to fall for such tactics. Here's a list of the best counters against this big Pokemon:

  • Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Focus Blast)
  • Dialga (Dragon Breath, Draco Meteor)
  • Weavile (Ice Shard, Focus Blast)
  • Tyranitar (Smack Down, Crunch)
  • Metagross (Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash)
  • Ursaring (Counter, Hyper Beam)
  • Heatran (Fire Spin, Stone Edge)
  • Melmetal (Thunder Shock, Hyper Beam)
  • Lucario (Counter, Close Combat)

Dragonite Counters

Dragonite can be countered by Ice and Dragon moves. Just watch out if you're bringing a Dragon, because they are countered by Dragonite's moves!

  • Melmetal (Thunder Shock, Hyper Beam)
  • Dialga (Dragon Breath, Iron Head)
  • Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Ice Beam)
  • Ho-Oh (Hidden Power, Brave Bird)
  • Gyarados (Dragon Tail, Outrage)
  • Suicune (Hidden Power, Ice Beam)
  • Lapras (Ice Shard, Ice Beam)
  • Articuno (Ice Shard, Icy Wind)
  • Mew (Frost Breath, Rock Slide)

Charizard Counters

  • Omastar (Mud Shot, Rock Slide)
  • Relicanth (Water Gun, Ancient Power)
  • Kabutops (Mud Shot, Ancient Power)
  • Golem (Mud Shot, Ancient Power)
  • Rhyperior (Smack Down, Surf)
  • Giratina (Dragon Breath, Ancient Power)

Blastoise Counters

  • Raikou (Thunder Shock, Thunder)
  • Zapdos (Thunder Shock, Thunder)
  • Dialga (Dragon Breath, Thunder)
  • Leafeon (Razor Leaf, Leaf Blade)
  • Dragonite (Dragon Breath, Dragon Pulse)
  • Palkia (Dragon Tail, Draco Meteor)

Venusaur Counter

  • Ho-Oh (Extrasensory, Brave Bird)
  • Moltres (Wing Attack, Sky Attack)
  • Rayquaza (Air Slash, Aerial Ace)
  • Charizard (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  • Dragonite (Dragon Tail, Outrage)
  • Heatran (Fire Spin, Stone Edge)

Shiny Shadow Pokemon

If you're hoping to get yourself an alternate colored Shadow Pokemon you are unfortunately out of luck. You can' t get a shiny one at the moment, but it's possible that changes in the future.

Pokemon Go: Shadow Pokemon List

Here's a look at all of the currently available Shadow Pokemon in the game, divided by regional dex. This list reaches all the way up to Gen IV, the Sinnoh Region. Niantic is yet to add new Shadow Pokemon beyond the Sinnoh Dex,

Kanto Dex:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charizard
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise
  • Weedle
  • Kakuna
  • Beedrill
  • Rattata
  • Raticate
  • Ekans
  • Arbok
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Nidoran (Female)
  • Nidorina
  • Nidoqueen
  • Nidoran (Male)
  • Nidorino
  • Nidoking
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetales
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Venonat
  • Venomoth
  • Diglett
  • Dugtrio
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
  • Abra
  • Kadabra
  • Alakazam
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Machamp
  • Bellsprout
  • Weepinbell
  • Victreebell
  • Slowpoke
  • Slowbro
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Grimer
  • Muk
  • Shellder
  • Cloyster
  • Drowzee
  • Hypno
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor
  • Cubone
  • Marowak
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmonchan
  • Koffing
  • Weezing
  • Scyther
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Pinsir
  • Magikarp
  • Gyarados
  • Lapras
  • Porygon
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Aerodactyl
  • Snorlax
  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Dratini
  • Dragonite
  • Mewtwo

Johto Dex:

  • Crobat
  • Mareep
  • Flaaffy
  • Ampharos
  • Bellossom
  • Politoed
  • Hoppip
  • Skiploom
  • Jumpluff
  • Wooper
  • Quagsire
  • Misdreavus
  • Wobbuffet
  • Pineco
  • Forretress
  • Gligar
  • Scizor
  • Shuckle
  • Sneasel
  • Teddiursa
  • Ursaring
  • Delibird
  • Skarmory
  • Houndour
  • Houndoom
  • Porygon2
  • Stantler
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicine
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar

Hoenn Dex

  • Mudkip
  • Marshstomp
  • Swampert
  • Seedot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Ralts
  • Kirlia
  • Gardevoir
  • Sableye
  • Mawile
  • Carvanha
  • Sharpedo
  • Trapinch
  • Vibrava
  • Flygon
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Shuppet
  • Banette
  • Duskull
  • Dusclops
  • Absol
  • Bagon
  • Shelgon
  • Salamence
  • Beldum
  • Metang
  • Metagross

Sinnoh Dex

  • Turtwig
  • Grotle
  • Torterra
  • Mismagius
  • Stunky
  • Skuntank
  • Snover
  • Abomasnow
  • Weavile
  • Magnezone
  • Electivire
  • Magmortar
  • Gliscor
  • Porygon-Z
  • Gallade
  • Dusknoir


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