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Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon list: Every shadow monster available to catch in-game for January 2020

Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon
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Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon were added to the game with the arrival of Pokemon Go Team Rocket last year, and while they look incredibly cool with their purple auras, they're unfortunately quite weak until you purify them. Not sure what on earth I'm talking about? Then let this guide to Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon help you, as it covers all of the available shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go and how they work.

What are Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon?

Pokemon Go shadow Charizard

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Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon Go are some Pokemon that Team Rocket have brought with them. Whenever you defeat a Team Rocket GO Grunt at a pokestop they've taken over, you'll have the opportunity to catch a shadow Pokemon that they've left behind. They're easily distinguishable due to the purple aura around them, red eyes, and when you catch them, you'll notice that their CP is significantly lower than you'd expect.

This is because when you catch a shadow Pokemon, you've got the option of spending a few candy and stardust to purify it. This will increase each IV stat by two and raise the CP considerably, making it a much more formidable fighter. You could also keep it as a shadow Pokemon though, because like I said before... they look badass.

Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon list

Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon - Charmander

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Here's the complete list of all Pokemon Go shadow Pokemon in order of their Pokemon Go Pokedex number, along with all of their evolutions. Note: you can only catch the base Pokemon as a shadow type in this table, and then you can evolve it into the higher types. 

BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaur
CharmanderCharmeleonCharizard
SquirtleWartortleBlastoise
WeedleKakunaBeedrill
RattataRaticate
SandshrewSandslash
ZubatGolbatCrobat
OddishGloomVileplumeBellossom
VenonatVenomoth
MeowthPersian
PsyduckGolduck
GrowlitheArcanine
PoliwagPoliwhirlPoliwrathPolitoed
AbraKadabraAlakazam
BellsproutWeepinbellVictreebel
MagnemiteMagnetonMagnezone
GrimerMuk
DrowzeeHypno
CuboneMarowak
Hitmonlee
Hitmonchan
ScytherScizor
ElectabuzzElectivire
MagmarMagmortar
MagikarpGyarados
Lapras
PorygonPorygon2PorygonZ
Snorlax
ArticunoZapdosMoltres
DratiniDragonairDragonite
MareepFlaaffyAmpharos
Wobuffett
SneaselWeavile
Delibird
HoundourHoundoom
Stantler
LarvitarPupitarTyranitar
MudkipMarshtompSwampert
SeedotNuzleafShiftry
RaltsKirliaGardevoirGallade
Sableye
TrapinchFlygon
CacneaCacturne
ShuppetBanette
DuskullDusclopsDusknoir
Absol
BagonShelgonSalamence
TurtwigGrotleTorterra
SnoverAbomasnow

We'll continue to update this list whenever new shadow Pokemon are released and until then, get out there and save those Pokemon!

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