Sableye Raid Guide

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Sableye is a Tier 3 raid boss in Pokémon Go and is a part of the Halloween Mischief Event Part 1: Creepy Companions, running from October 15 – October 22, 2021. Sableye is one of the best Pokémon to use in the Great League, although its most optimal performance is its Purified form (with Return). Regardless, non-Return Sableye can still work in the GL meta.

  • Sableye raids can be used to farm normal candies and XL candies. An XL Sableye is very much playable in the Great League and is at its most meta-relevant level.
  • Sableye can be shiny. It has a gorgeous golden, emerald-laden shiny form!
  • Sableye’s mega evolution which would come at a future date

Sableye can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 789 – 843 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 986 – 1054 CP at Level 25 with Fog weather boost

With its dual Dark and Ghost typing, it is weak only to the Fairy typing, and that too, it’s a 2x weakness. As it is a Tier 3 boss, high-level trainers can solo Sableye easily, exploiting its 2x weakness to the Fairy type. Since fairies aren’t present in too many numbers in the meta, one can add mega evolutions or powerful, high DPS mons for dishing out raw neutral damage. Other trainers of lower levels would need 2-3 trainers for easiness. 

Sableye Raid Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The best counters for Sableye are the following:

Sableye Counters
Supreme Counters
Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Great Counters
Pidgeot (Mega) Gust* Flying Brave Bird Flying
Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Gardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Zacian (Hero) Snarl Dark Play Rough Fairy
Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Granbull Charm Fairy Play Rough Fairy
Sylveon Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon

*denotes a legacy move

Stats and Max CP

Sableye DarkGhost
Max CP at Level 40 1476 | Max CP at Level 50 1668
ATK 141 DEF 136 HP 137
Weak to Strong Against
Fairy  Ghost Psychic


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Foul Play Dark
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost
  • Power Gem Rock

Shadow Claw hits harder but Feint Attack charges faster.

Foul Play is its hardest-hitting move but your fairies resist Dark.

Shadow Sneak is a 3-bar charged move and hits frequently and is not always easy to dodge.

Power Gem lacks STAB but still has high DMG.

Overall, it is a little tricky due to its movepool but nothing you can’t do with good counters.

This ‘gem’ is up for grabs and it can shine!! 😉

All the best, trainers!

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