New Shadow Pokémon have arrived in Pokémon Go, and just in time for Halloween.
Shadow Pokémon are corrupted Pokémon used by Team Go Rocket in the game. You can tell they are shadow Pokémon by the black aura that surrounds them. Shadow Pokémon also knows the move Frustration, a normal-type move whose strength is determined by how much the Pokémon dislike its trainer. Players can earn Shadow Pokémon by defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts.
Team Go Rocket is an evil organization that uses Pokémon for nefarious deeds, and are run by the charismatic Giovanni. It is based on Team Rocket from the main games and anime. Team Rocket Grunts can by the challenge at grey PokéStop. You face off against a grunt in a three-v-three match, and winning will earn you one of the grunts’ Shadow Pokémon. You can then purify the Shadow Pokémon with Stardust and Candies. Once purified, the move Frustration will be replaced by Return. Return is the exact opposite of Frustration; the strength of Return is determined by how calm the Pokémon is.
Today, Pokémon Go started its Halloween event. The Halloween event will reward participating trainers with new costumes for certain Pokémon, and the shiny versions of “spooky” Pokémon will spawn more often. There are other rewards and research goals for players to do during the event.
The Pokémon Go Twitter also revealed that Team Go Rocket is using new Shadow Pokémon. Though it isn’t specified, the arrival of new Shadow Pokémon are probably another form of celebration for the Halloween holiday.
The List of new Shadow Pokémon are below:
Hmm… What’s this? It looks like there are more Shadow Pokémon that need saving from #TeamGORocket! ? Weedle ? Kakuna ? Beedrill ? Electabuzz ? Magmar ? Lapras ? Mareep ? Seedot ? Nuzleaf ? Sableye ? Trapinch ? Cacnea ? Shuppet ? Duskull