Let’s explore the process Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO and everything you need to know about purification.
What Are Shadow Pokemon?
Ah, Shadow Pokemon! These Pokemon have been captured by Team GO Rocket and subjected to an unfortunate dark shroud. Under the influence of this malevolent spell, their hearts are shrouded in darkness, causing them to act in peculiar and sometimes unruly ways.
Shadow Pokemon will have a higher attack stat in exchange for a lower defense stat.
Now, here’s the tricky part. When you catch a Shadow Pokémon, they come equipped with a move called “Frustration.” Don’t let the name fool you—it’s a skill that unfortunately does no damage. Yes, you heard that right. Frustration might as well be a gentle tickle to your opponents. It’s more frustrating for us trainers than for the opposing Pokémon!
Fortunately, during special events, you can change that. You are sometimes given the opportunity to replace Frustration with a Charged TM just as you would any other Pokemon. So, keep your eyes peeled for those events and unleash the true potential of your shadowy companion!
The Purification Process
To rescue these wayward Pokémon from the clutches of Team GO Rocket, trainers like you and I must undertake the noble task of purifying them. Purification is not just an act of kindness, but also an opportunity to help these Pokémon increase their IV stats as well as gives you the ability to change the Charged Attack of the Pokemon. You will also be able to trade the purified Pokemon (Special Trade) and the Attack/Defense stat adjustments were normalize.
Purification doesn’t come for free, my friend. It requires Stardust and Candy. The amount of Stardust and Candy needed varies depending on the Pokémon. For example, a Shadow Pidove will cost 1 Candy and 1,000 Stardust while a Shadow Latios will cost a whopping 20 Candy and 20,000 Stardust.
How To Get Shadow Pokemon
So, how does one go about getting a Shadow Pokémon? Well, my friend, the journey starts by catching these purple shrouded Pokemon when they appear as Shadow Pokémon during Team GO Rocket encounters. Once you’ve defeated the Team Go Rocket Grunt, Leader, or Giovanni, you will encounter the Shadow Pokemon.
Another way to catch Shadow Pokemon is by participating in Shadow Raids. This is a form or raiding that allows you to encounter Shadow Pokemon including rare and legendary Pokemon you wouldn’t normally encounter. To learn more about Shadow Raids, click here.
Benefits of Purifying Shadow Pokemon
As the purification process completes, the once-shadowy creature emerges cleansed of its purple smoke. They become a purified Pokémon, symbolizing their return to a state of purity and good intentions.
Furthermore, purification bestows certain benefits upon these now-pure Pokémon. They receive a significant boost in CP, making them stronger especially for scenarios like Gym Defense. Purified Pokémon also learn a special move called “Return,” which can then be replaced with a Charged TM.
Purification will also raise the Pokemon’s IVs on all three stat categories by 2 points. So if you have Attack/Defense/HP IVs of 8/7/5, after purification, those IVs will increase to 10/9/7.
When To Purify Shadow Pokemon
The first and foremost reason for why you should purify Pokemon is to complete Research Tasks and quests that require you to do so. However, in this scenario, it is best to purify Pokemon that cost the least amount to purify such as Pidove.
In some scenarios, if purifying a Pokemon will increase it’s IV stats to a point where it is beneficial to your battle needs, you may want to purify that Shadow Pokemon.
Sometimes you may catch a Shadow Pokemon where it has IV stats like 13/13/13 and if you purify it, it will become a Perfect IV Pokemon. Some players, like myself, enjoy collecting perfect IV pokemon. Shadow Pokemon is a great avenue for those who are looking to collecting perfect IV Pokemon.
When You Should Not Purify Shadow Pokemon
So it may seem at this point that purifying Shadow Pokemon is always better. However, that is not always the case and here we will explore some reasons why you may want to keep a Shadow Pokemon in its Shadow form.
As we’ve already mentioned, Shadow Pokémon possess an incredible boost to their attack stat. This power surge can be a game-changer in certain battles and raids. So, if you’re looking to unleash unparalleled strength and dominate your opponents, keeping a Shadow Pokémon in its shadowy form might be the way to go. Embrace the dark side and let their raw power shine!
Battling with Shadow Pokémon requires a whole new level of strategy and finesse. Their boosted attack and lowered defense stats add an element of risk and reward to your battles. If you enjoy the challenge of carefully planning your moves, optimizing your team’s strengths, and outsmarting your opponents, keeping a Shadow Pokémon as-is can be a thrilling endeavor. Become a master of the shadows and surprise your opponents with your strategic prowess.
If you’re lucky enough, you might even find a Perfect IV Shadow Pokemon. In this scenario, you certainly want to keep it in this form as purifying it will not give you any additional IV boost. This may apply in some cases if the IVs are high enough. IVs of 14/14/14 counts as well.
Trainers, we’ve covered the ins and outs of purifying Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO, but here’s where the fun really begins. While purifying your captured shadowy companions brings a multitude of benefits, there are moments when keeping them in their enigmatic shadow form can be equally enticing.
Remember, trainers, while purifying Shadow Pokémon offers a range of advantages, the decision to embrace the darkness or bask in the light depends on your personal style, battle preferences, and collecting aspirations. Each path offers its own unique rewards and challenges, making your Pokémon journey an exciting and individual experience.
So, go forth and make your choice! Unleash the shadows and revel in their extraordinary might, or purify and embrace the light, boosting your Pokémon’s stats.