The best moveset for shadow Tangrowth in Pokémon Go

More shadow Pokémon to use in the Battle League.

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Tangrowth is one of the better Grass-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go. You can normally see it as a fairly common choice in the Battle League and raids. If you use it in PvP, you can primarily see it in the Ultra or Master League. It’s one of the bulkier Pokémon and has excellent attacks it can spam out. But with a little more damage, it can do even more, and with shadow Tangrowth, you can do even more damage due to the damage boost it receives as a shadow Pokémon.

Tangrowth is a Grass-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-type moves, but it’s resistant against Water, Ground, Grass, and Electric-type. Tangrowth’s biggest weakness is that it has more weaknesses than resistances, so you have to be careful when using it, and this doubles for the shadow Pokémon.

These are all of the moves shadow Tangrowth can learn.

Fast moves

  • Infestation (Bug-type) – 6 damage and 4 energy per turn (2 damage per turn) – 3 turns
  • Vine Whip (Grass-type) – 5 damage and 4 energy per turn (2.5 damage per turn) – 2 turns

Charged moves

  • Ancient Power (Rock-type) – 45 damage and 45 energy (10% chance to increase attacker’s attack and defense by two ranks)
  • Power Whip (Grass-type) – 90 damage and 50 energy
  • Rock Slide (Rock-type) – 75 damage and 45 energy
  • Sludge Bomb (Poison-type) – 80 damage and 50 energy
  • Solar Beam (Grass-type) – 150 damage and 80 energy

Shadow Tangrowth doesn’t have too many options for its fast move, but the charged moves offer some great diversity depending on how you want to use it. When it comes to the fast move, you’ll always want to go with vine whip. Not only does shadow Tangrowth receive a STAB modifier for it, but it’s also a faster attack that generates more energy for shadow Tangrowth to use its charged moves.

When it comes to the charged move options, there are several factors you need to consider. The best charged move of all the options will be power whip. It’s a Grass-type move, similar to vine whip, and Tangrowth receives a STAB modifier for it, giving it more damage against any foe. That’s an attack you always want in your back pocket. If you plan on using shadow Tangrowth is a spamming attacker who drains the shield of your enemies, or finishes them off in a final one-on-one option, the second charged move you want to use will be rock slide. It’s a powerful and useful charged move that can easily protect shadow Tangrowth from several Pokémon.

Alternatively, you may want to consider using solar beam instead of power whip and keep rock slide. While solar beam requires a massive amount of energy to use, it can slice through various Pokémon, and shadow Tangrowth’s increased attack power makes it even more deadly.

A shadow Tangrowth can be exceptionally deadly based on the type of moveset you teach it. Unfortunately, several Pokémon types can take advantage of it, so you want to remain mindful of that when using it in Pokémon battles.

The best moveset for shadow Tangrowth will be the fast move vine whip, followed by the charged moves power whip and rock slide.