Pokémon GO: Raising Shadows Event Guide and Tips

Guide to the new Shadow Raids and more!

Team Go Rocket’s back, and they’re up to some big trouble. In their newest scheme, Team Go Rocket plans to take over Gyms with hordes of Shadow Pokémon. Team Go Rocket will launch their plans during the Raising Shadows Event in Pokémon GO. Recently a new challenge is announced ie Shadow Raids.

Pokémon Go Raising Shadows: Event Overview

Raising Shadows event is available from Monday, May 22, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time. During the event, Shadow Raids will be held in some of the Gyms. In other Gyms, normal raids could be held. Though the frequency of the Shadow Raids will be higher. 

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, the number of Shadow Raids will be increasing very much and Shadow Mewtwo will be appearing in 5-Star Shadow Raids. If players are lucky, they might be able to catch Shiny Shadow Mewtwo

Event Bonus

Pokémon GO Raising Shadows
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Team Go Rocket will appear more frequently in Pokéstops and Ballons. Players will earn Shadow Shards from Field Research and fighting Team Go Rocket Grunts.

Shadow Raids

In Shadow Raids, trainers will be encountering Shadow Pokémon. And as expected, the shadow variant of the Pokémon is stronger than their normal variants. Also, during the raid, as the Health of the 3-star and 5-star Raid Bosses decreases, the Raid Bosses get enraged, and their Attack and Defense increase. So, the longer the raid goes on the stronger the Raid Boss becomes.

Pokémon GO Raising Shadows
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So, it is encouraged that trainers try to defeat the raid bosses in groups and it would be easier. Also, the Shadow Raids have to attend in person. Remote passes would not work. Trainers would not get the Team Bonus as well because, during the raid, Team Go Rocket is having control of the Gym. To make the fight with the Raid Boss easier, trainers can use the Purified Gems.

Purified Gems

During the event. Upon defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts and from Field Research Tasks, players will be able to get Shadow Shards. If enough Shadow Shards are collected, trainers can use Professor Willow’s newly invented Shard Refiner to get a Purified Gem.

How to use Purified Gems

Trainers can use the purified gems during the raid on the Raid Bosses, then, the attack and defense of the Enraged Raid Boss will be lowered. Also, multiple trainers can use the Purified Gem in the Shadow Raid. The effect of the Purified Gems stacks. On using enough Purified Gem, the Enraged Shadow Raid Boss will return to its non-enraged state.

Pokémon Go Raising Shadows Event: Wild Encounters and Raids

During this event trainers would encounter the following Pokémon:

  • Ekans
  • Golbat
  • Koffing
  • Houndour
  • Poochyena
  • Stunky
  • Skorupi

Some trainers might also encounter: Hisuian Qwilfish or Scraggy.

The following Pokemon will arrive in raids during the event in Pokemon Go:

  • 5-Star Raids
    • 5-Star Shadow Raid: Shadow Mewtwo
    • 5-Star Normal Raid: Tapu Fini till May 24, 2023 10:00 a.m. and Regigigas from May 24, 2023 10:00 a.m.
  • 3-Star Raids
    • 3-Star Shadow Raids: Shadow Bayleef, Shadow Quilava, Shadow Croconaw, Shadow Sneasel.
    • 3-Star Normal Raids: Magneton, Lapras, Mawlie, Empoleon.
  • 1-Star Raids
    • 1-Star Shadow Raids: Shadow Poliwag, Shadow Machop, Shadow Bellsprout, Shadow Beldum.
    • 1-Star Normal Raids: Clefairy, Tentacool, Maril, Skrelp, Popplio
  • Mega Raids 
    • Mega Pinsir till May 24, 2023 10:00 a.m. and Mega Altaria from May 24, 2023 10:00 a.m.

Final Thoughts

Shadow Mewtwo has been one of the strongest attackers in the game. Earlier it was available only through an encounter with Giovanni. Now, players who have missed that opportunity will be able to get it. Also, during this event players would have to fight with the Team Go Rocket Grunts as much as possible to get the purified gems. The Purified Gems would be quite helpful in the Shadow Raids.

Although it is not known, what might be the range of Shadow Pokémon IVs which are obtained from the raids. But as many raids can be done easily, players can hope to get good IV Pokémon. During the raid, try to raid in groups as multiple purified gems would help very much as the Shadow Pokémon might return to their non-enraged state if enough Purified Gems are used. This event is one of the best events where players can use up their stacked-up Raid Passes. 

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