How to get Shadow Shards & Purified Gems in Pokemon Go

Ezequiel Leis
Shadow Shard and Purified Gem in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go players can tackle Shadow Raids to get powerful species, so here’s how to get Shadow Shards and Purified Gems to use them in battle against enraged Pokemon.

Pokemon Go introduced Shadow Raids in 2023, giving trainers the chance to get powerful shadow species by challenging PvE battles. Defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts and Leaders, players can get Shadow Shards to create Purified Gems, an item that makes Shadow Raids a bit easier.

So, here’s how to get Shadow Shards and Purified Gems in Pokemon Go.


How to get Shadow Shards in Pokemon Go

Currently, there are two ways to get Shadow Shards in Pokemon Go:

Defeating a Team Go Rocket Grunt will grant players only one Shadow Shard. Alternatively, beating a Team Go Rocket Leader rewards players with three Shadow Shards. Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni gives players four Shadow Shards when defeated. These rewards are 100% guaranteed alongside Mysterious Components to build the Rocket Radar.

On the other hand, winning a Shadow Raid can give players between one and six Shadow Shards. The amount of Shards depends on many factors, like damage output, accolades, and other Shadow Raid bonuses.

How to make Purified Gems in Pokemon Go

To craft one Purified Gem, Pokemon Go players need to collect four Shadow Shards. Once players get the Shards, the Purified Gem will appear automatically, the same way getting enough Mysterious Components creates a new Rocket Radar.

Players can hold up to 10 Purified Gems in their inventory, and both Shadow Shards and Purified Gems use storage space.

What are Shadow Shards & Purified Gems in Pokemon Go?

Shadow Shards are an item in Pokemon Go that players can get in Team Go Rocket activities like battles and Shadow Raids, while Purified Gems are items players can use against Shadow Raid bosses to get them out of their enraged state.

While Shadow Shards don’t do anything on their own, collecting four of them will let you create a Purified Gem using Professor Willow’s Shard Refiner.

Shadow Raid Pokemon can enter an enraged state, boosting their attack and defense power. So, players can use Purified Gems to lower their stats and subdue them. While they aren’t necessary against lower-tiered bosses, Purified Gems can come in very handy for more powerful ones. What’s more, if different trainers use Purified Gems in a Raid, their effects can stack to give them a better chance at victory.

How to get free Purified Gems in Pokemon Go

Niantic launched a new giveaway for Pokemon Go players, and here’s what you need to do to participate in the Purified Gems giveaway:

  • Follow Pokemon Go on TikTok.
  • Like this TikTok post.
  • Tag a friend in the comments.
  • Save the TikTok post.
  • Share the TikTok post.

Trainers can participate until March 29, 2024, at 12:59 AM PT / 3:59 AM ET / 7:59 GMT “for a chance to receive a code for in-game items.” Players getting ready for the return of Shadow Mewtwo in Raids on March 30 and March 31 will need all the Purified Gems they can get, so keep that in mind.

That’s all you need to know about Shadow Shards and Purified Gems in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon content, check our other guides:

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About The Author

Ezequiel is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge of gaming, he's focused mostly on Pokemon, Fortnite, and HoYoverse titles such as Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Latin America. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected]