we are happy to announce that two new Raid Bosses have been introduced with the release of Generation III!

You are now able to raid a Tier 4 Absol (Boss CP 26262) and a Tier 2 Mawile (Boss CP 9403). We are preparing a full guide on Absol and Mawile that will be published later today.

In addition to their release as Raid Bosses, both Pokemon are available as Shiny variants. We can confirm that both of these images are legitimate:

Shiny Absol proof
Shiny Mawile proof

Kudos to /u/mbarbagallo for reporting the shiny Mawile encounter and to /u/fefeland from Panama for reporting the shiny Absol encounter and providing video evidence on reddit.

We don’t know if Mawile and Absol are available as Shiny variants outside raids. It seems peculiar that their shiny variants were first encountered in a raid scenario, it is possible that the chance to get a shiny Mawile/Absol is currently increased in raids.

As of the time of this writing, there are multiple reports of Trainers obtaining their Shiny Mawile from a raid and zero reports from a wild encounter.

Countering Absol

While you wait for our full guide to come out, here’s a few tips on countering Absol:

  • Absol is a pure dark Pokemon, with weakness to Bug, Fighting and Fairy
  • Absol can deal a huge amount of damage with it’s STAB Dark moves (Same Type Attack Bonus)
  • Dodge a lot!
  • Use something along the lines of Heracross, Machamp (careful if Absol has Psycho Cut as quick move), Granbull (Fairy moveset), Scizor and Pinsir

Absol has access to following moves:

  • Snarl dark (quick)
  • Psycho Cut psychic (quick)
  • Dark Pulse dark (charged)
  • Thunder electric (charged)
  • Megahorn bug (charged)
  • Curtis Beales

    It would be a bit stupid if the shiny versions could only be found from Raids.

    Are they able to be caught in the wild as I haven’t seen one yet?

    • not in the wild yet. I assume it’s only available at raid boss which is stupid they want more money from us

      • Dan

        Not everything is about money. Both of these bosses are soloable, so they can be there for the rural players as well.

        • hkmaly

          In cloudy weather maybe.

          • Dan

            I take it back. Absol is not. Mawile is not an issue (I soloed it during partly cloudy weather).

    • Cao Đình Hải

      I don’t know about Absol and Mawile but I had caught 7 shiny Magikarps, 2 shiny Pikachus in the wild and also hatched a shiny Pichu!

      • Curtis Beales

        That’s a bit irrelevant we all know they can be found.

      • Brandon J. Moye

        That’s what’s up.