Pokemon Go introduces Shadow Raids to the game, a new raid variation where you have to battle Shadow Pokemon under the control of Team Go Rocket. They reflect this new feature with a new in-game event called the Rising Shadows event.

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The event lasts about a week, so you’ll want to register and participate from Monday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time to Sunday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. local time. With several Team Go Rocket themed features making up this event, you won’t want to miss this event.

What are shadow raids?

Tyranitar fighting Shadow Croconaw in Shadow Raid, shown on phone screen

This new raid type challenges you to group and destroy the various Shadow Pokemon in the game. Unlike standard raids, this special raid variant can try only in person disabling the use of Remote Raid Passes.


Also, the Shadow Pokemon you fight in these raids will be slow increase your attack and defense stats during the raid. This stat boost, known as Wrath Growth, will only occur in three-star and five-star shadow raids.

You and your allies can briefly lower the stats of a Shadow Raid Pokemon with an assist Cleaned gemsnew game item received getting some Shadow Shards. You can get Shadow Shards by defeating various members of Team Go Rocket.

Like other raids currently in the game, successfully completing Shadow Raids will reward you with various in-game items and a chance to catch a shadow pokemon that you won

If multiple people in your raid party use Purified Gems, it will further reduce the stats of the Shadow Raid Pokemon.

Sharing enough refined gems will tame the angry Pokemon Shadow Raid, returns his stats to what they were before the rage.

Shadow raid events

Shadow Mewtwo is in town with Giovanni and the Pokemon Go Shadow Raid is behind

Throughout the Rising Shadows event, you can expect to see increase in shadow raids all over the world. This includes both one-star and three-star shadow raids, which account for the majority of active raids worldwide.

Additionally from 10:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, May 27 all active raids will be shadow. Below you can find all the Shadow Pokemon you’ll see in this new raid type that appear frequently during this event.

Shadow of Mewtwo can be found in Five-Star Shadow Raids with Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Sunday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. local time.

You will have a chance to meet and catch Mewtwo’s shiny shadow for the first time during this two-day window.

Shadow Raid Pokemon event


Raid level

Shadow Poliwag

One star

Shadow Machop

One star

Shadow Bellsprout

One star

Shadow of Beldum

One star

Shadow Bayleef


Shadow of Quilava


Shadow Croconaw


Shadow Sneasel


Shadow of Mewtwo

Five stars

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Event raids

Various Pokemon Go raids are scattered around the crowded city

Standard raids will also be available during this event, different from those commonly available. These include various one-star, three-star, five-star, and mega-raids, each of which are provided for you below.

Pokemon Raid event


Raid level


One star


One star


One star


One star


One star









Tapu Fini

Five stars


Five stars

Mega Pinsir

Mega raid

Mega Altaria

Mega raid

Tapu Fini and Mega Pinsir will be available in Raids until Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. local time.

Following this, Regigigas and Mega Altaria will be available in Raids.

Event bonus

Two Team Go Rocket Grunts stand next to Shadow Snorlax and a PokeStop

For the Rising Shadows event, there will only be one bonus that will be active for the duration of the event. This is an increasing the number of Team Go Rocket members found at PokeStops or in balloons.

Use this to get Mystery Components quickly, as well as a chance to get the new Shadow Shard item.

Event research

A Pokemon Master Ball on a table with a Pokemon Go logo in the corner

Field research

During this event, Event Field Exploration Challenges will be available as you spin the various PokeStop Photo Discs. These field research tasks will you need to defeat the members of Team Go Rocket, rewarding you with any Mysterious components or Stardust.

Special Study: Let’s Go

Seasonal special Let’s Go research will be continue the Rising Shadows event. The next steps of this special research will become available with the start of this event, rewarding you with a brand new one Master ball point after its completion.

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Wild Encounters event

Two Pokemon Go avatars stand back to back in Team Rocket costumes of Jesse and James

During this event, you can expect to meet a variety of people Rocket-themed team Pokemon in the wild. These Pokemon will spawn more often compared to the others, each listed below.

Wild Encounter Pokemon event


Hysui’s quilfa








New avatar pose

Two Pokemon Go avatars in Rising Heroes pose

Along with this event, a completely new Avatar pose will appear Beyond the hero’s rebellion, can be purchased from the in-game store. This Avatar item will continue to be available for purchase after this event ends.

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