Pokemon Go Shadow Pokemon - Team Rocket PokeStops, How to Purify Shadow Pokemon

Pokemon Go Shadow Pokemon - Team Rocket PokeStops, How to Purify Shadow Pokemon

Team Rocket have hijacked your summer vacation. Here’s everything you need to know about Shadow Pokemon.

There’s a brand new event happening in Pokemon Go, one that brings Team Rocket into the fray. After being teased for quite some time, the iconic villains have landed in Pokemon Go, bringing a whole new kind of Pokemon along with them. To help you make sense of it all, we’ve put together this Pokemon Go Shadow Pokemon Guide. We’ll take a look at how to find Team Rocket PokeStops, how to catch Shadow Pokemon, and then how to purify them.

Pokemon Go Team Rocket PokeStops

To kick off the new Team Rocket event in Pokemon Go, you’ll need to get out there are start spinning PokeStops. They’re pretty rare, but eventually you will come across Team Rocket PokeStops, appearing as a darker blue disc. Spin it and a Team Rocket Grunt will appear, triggering a battle. Note that currently, Team Rocket PokeStops seem to be pretty tricky to find, so just be sure to explore as much as possible.

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Battles

Once you’ve located a Team Rocket Grunt, you’ll be forced into a battle. You’ll need to defeat three Pokemon, with the first two at around 2300CP and the final being 3200 or higher. You’ll use a team of Pokemon to do so, though once you’ve beaten them you’ll be faced with a Shadow Pokemon.

Pokemon Go Shadow Pokemon

Shadow Pokemon are a new variant of Pokemon in Pokemon Go. They are characterized by a purple haze that emanates from their bodies, and the fact that they always know the move Frustration. Once you’ve beaten a Team Rocket battle, you’ll be faced with a Shadow Pokemon, and will be given a certain number of Premier Balls to catch them. Your Ball Bonus will increase as you Purify more Pokemon and defeat more Grunts. Once they’re caught, they’re yours to keep, though you may notice that they have a very low CP relative to your other Pokemon.

A wild Shadow Bulbasaur | Kat Bailey/USG

How to Purify Shadow Pokemon

The final step in catching a Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go is to Purify it. This costs Stardust and Candy to complete, and there are two stages to be aware of. The first stage will increase the level of the Pokemon, for the cost of 2,000 Stardust and 2 Candy. The final stage will keep the move Return, and increase level up to 25. This final stage costs 5,000 Stardust and 5 Candy.

Can Shadow Pokemon Be Shiny?

One thing to note about Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go is that they can also be Shiny as well. We have confirmed this with a Shiny Shadow Bulbasaur being spotted during a Team Rocket Battle. Let us know in the comments if you’ve found any other Shadow Pokemon variants.

Evolving Shadow Pokemon

Finally, let’s take a look at whether or not you can evolve Shadow Pokemon. You’ll be pleased to hear that you can indeed evolve Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go, in the usual way. They will keep the move Return after they have evolved too.

If you're playing Pokemon GO and want some help, we've got plenty of Pokemon Go Guides. Check out that hub or head straight to our individual guide pages. You'll find tips on Pokémon GO Eevee Evolutions , Pokemon GO Trading, and Pokémon GO Ditto List - How To Catch Ditto. There's also a look at the Pokemon GO Celebi Quest Guide. and the latest info on this month's Pokemon GO Community Day. Finally, Smeargle was just added to Pokemon Go, so check out our Pokemon Go Smeargle Guide.

Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who is still very much new to all of this. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and playing wonderfully silly VR games. He has an unhealthy obsession with Mega Man, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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