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Should You Purify Your Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon GO?

Should You Purify Your Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon GO?

Thanks to Team Rocket, Shadow Pokemon are running wild in Pokemon GO.

These Pokemon have red eyes, angry expressions, and an ominous purple aura.

They can be found by battling Team Rocket Grunts at PokeStops or tapping their hot-air balloons when they appear.

The question is which Pokemon should you purify? Here we discuss when it’s best to purify a Shadow Pokemon and when not to.

What Happens When You Purify a Shadow Pokemon?

The following will happen when you purify a Shadow Pokemon:

  • Each IV will increase by 2 (to a maximum of 15)
  • CP is increased to Level 25
  • The amount of Stardust required to Power Up, Evolve, or learn a new attack will be reduced by 10%
  • The Charged Move Frustration is replaced by Return

For in-depth information on IVs, check out our Pokemon GO IV guide.

Purifying a Pokemon in Pokemon GO
IVs are increased by 2 when you purify a Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon GO…

The biggest benefit to purifying a Shadow Pokemon is the IV increase.

If your Shadow Pokemon has IVs of 13 or more for each attribute (attack, defense, and stamina) then purifying it will get you a perfect IV Pokemon.

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This means any time you can encounter a Shadow Pokemon that there’s a 1 in 125 chance of being able to turn it into a 100 IV Pokemon.

For Weather Boosted Shadow Pokemon this goes all the way down to just 1 in 64!

For the more moral trainers, purifying a Pokemon alleviates it of its Shadow state. So, if you want to play Pokemon GO virtuously this is something to consider.

Purify or Not?

If you want to take advantage of increased IVs and discounted Stardust costs, then yes, you should purify your Shadow Pokemon.

Conversely, if you want to utilize a Shadow Pokemon’s increased attacking ability, then you’re better off leaving it alone.

Difference Between Normal and Shadow Pokemon

The biggest difference between a normal and Shadow Pokemon is its stats.

A Shadow Pokemon deals more damage than a normal Pokemon due to the Shadow Bonus next to their attacks. On the flip side, they take more damage when attacked.

In terms of numbers, Shadow Pokemon have 20% higher attack stats and 20% lower defense stats.

Additionally, the amount of Candy and Stardust required to Power Up and unlock a second Charged Move costs more than the typical Pokemon.

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This means Shadow Pokemon shine in Gyms, Raids, and Trainer Battles (GO Battle League).

Depending on the league, often Shadow Pokemon perform better than their purified counterparts.

While Shadow Pokemon have a more powerful attack, they only have Frustration for their Charged Move. This cannot be changed even with the use of a TM until you’ve purified it. 

Frustration is weaker than some Fast Moves and is statistically the worst Charged Move in Pokemon GO.

There have been events where players can get rid of it. However, it is currently inactive and it’s unknown if it will ever return.

How Much Does Purification Cost?

Purification costs in Pokemon GO
Purification cost depends on what Pokemon you want to purify…

To purify a Shadow Pokemon, you will need either 1,000 Stardust and 1 candy, 3,000 Stardust and 3 Candy, or 5,000 Stardust and 5 Candy, depending on their species.

For Shadow Legendary Pokemon, this goes all the way up to 20,000 Stardust and 20 Candy!

It’s worth noting that you need to catch 10 Pokemon to get 1,000 Stardust.

Should You Evolve or Purify First?

It’s sensible to purify a Pokemon before you evolve it in Pokemon GO.

This is because it costs a purified Pokemon 10% less Stardust to Power Up, Evolve, or learn a new attack.

Purified Pokemon Power Up costs
Purified Pokemon cost less to Power Up…

So, a Power Up that usually costs 3,000 Stardust would cost 2,700 Stardust instead.

However, if you’re looking for a purified tick for a particular Pokemon in your Pokedex, then you would need to evolve before purifying.