Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event: Dates, Shadow Raids, shiny Mewtwo, more

Shadow Mewtwo headlining Shadow Raids in Pokemon GoNiantic

A new Team Go Rocket event titled Rising Shadows is coming to Pokemon Go to finally introduce Shadow Raids, so we’ll cover everything you need to know, including dates, Raid bosses, shiny Shadow Mewtwo debut, and more.

After many leaks in the last couple of months, Niantic officially announced Shadow Raids are coming to Pokemon Go very soon. The new kind of Raid will have its own event titled Rising Shadows to put a fitting close to the current season, Rising Heroes.

Shadow Raids promise to change the overall Pokemon Go experience with new elements and opportunities for players to catch powerful Pokemon. So, here’s everything you need to know about this special event, including dates, shiny Shadow Mewtwo debut, and more.

Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event dates

The Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event will run from Monday, May 22, 2023, at 10 AM to Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 8 PM local time.

The Rising Heroes season of Pokemon Go will end on June 1, so players expect more announcements in the coming days.

Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event introduces Shadow Raids

The Rising Shadows event is bringing Shadow Raids for the first time in Pokemon Go, and players will be able to face Shadow Mewtwo in 5-Star Raids. What’s more, for the first time in the mobile game, lucky players will be able to encounter shiny Shadow Mewtwo after defeating it in a Raid.

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Aside from the Shadow Pokemon that headlines, Shadow Raids won’t be that different from regular Raids. However, trainers won’t be able to join Shadow Raids using Remote Raid Passes. Additionally, Shadow Raids won’t reward a team bonus for Premier Balls.

The official announcement also states: “3-Star and 5-Star Shadow Raid bosses will grow enraged as you battle them, boosting their attack and defense. Continue to hold your ground and weaken the Shadow Raid bosses to subdue them.”

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Shadow Raids will also introduce a new item: Purified Gems. These Gems can be used during a Shadow Raid to lower the boss’ attack and defense, and its effects can be stacked if different players use them during a battle. Purified Gems will be obtainable by getting enough Shadow Shards from Team Go Rocket battles.

Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event – Shadow Raid bosses

According to the official Pokemon Go announcement, a majority of Gyms will host Shadow Raids during the Rising Shadows event. However, on Saturday, May 27, 2023, all Gyms will host Shadow Raids from 10 AM to 8 PM local time.

During the Rising Shadows event, Pokemon Go players will encounter these Raid bosses:

1-Star Raids

  • Shadow Poliwag
  • Shadow Machop
  • Shadow Bellsprout
  • Shadow Beldum
  • Clefairy
  • Tentacool
  • Marill
  • Skrelp
  • Popplio

3-Star Raids

  • Shadow Bayleef
  • Shadow Quilava
  • Shadow Croconaw
  • Shadow Sneasel
  • Magneton
  • Lapras
  • Mawile
  • Empoleon

5-Star Raids

  • Shadow Mewtwo
  • Tapu Fini
  • Regigigas
Shadow Raids in Pokemon GoNiantic
Shadow Raids will be easily distinguishable in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event bonuses

The following bonus will be active during the Rising Shadows event in Pokemon Go:

  • Team Go Rocket will appear more frequently at PokeStops and in balloons.

Additionally, players will be able to get new Field Research tasks to defeat Grunts and catch Pokemon. Trainers that complete the tasks can earn a Mysterious Component and Stardust as rewards.

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Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event wild encounters

The following Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild during the Rising Shadows event in Pokemon Go:

  • Ekans
  • Golbat
  • Koffing
  • Houndour
  • Poochyena
  • Stunky
  • Skorupi
  • Hisuian Qwilfish
  • Scraggy

And that’s all you need to know on the Pokemon Go Rising Shadows event. For more Pokemon content, check our other guides:

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