Shadow Golbat Raid Guide

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Shadow Golbat is available from Tier 3 Shadow Raids and can only be participated by using in-person raid passes.

Shadow Golbat can be caught with the following CP values, with an IV floor of 6/6/6:

  • 1017 – 1129 CP (no weather boost, 100% Golbat at Level 20)
  • 1272 – 1412 CP (Cloudy or Windy weather, 100% IV Golbat at Level 25)

Shadow Golbat is a Poison and Flying type and is weak to the Electric, Ice, Psychic, and Rock type attacks. Shadow Golbat is a difficult tier 3 raid due to the Shadow Raid mechanism. You will need to be well prepared with top counters, correct movesets, powered up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

Avoid weather that boosts Golbat such as Cloudy or Windy weather, and ensure that you are using top-tier counters. These are much more difficult raids than your usual tier 3 raid. If you are lower level or without ideal counters, you will definitely need to bring a friend, or two!

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Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Golbat will hit harder than ever before, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right moveset, and aren’t weak to the raid bosses moves. These tier 3 raids are tough to beat, even for the most prepared trainers, and you will need Purified Gems to defeat them. Shadow Raid Bosses will grow enraged as you battle them, boosting their attack and defense.

You will need to subdue Shadow Golbat by using Purified Gems, a new item that can be assembled from Shadow Shards.

Shadow Shards are mysterious gem pieces that may be dropped by Team GO Rocket grunts, leaders, and Shadow Raids. You will need to gather enough shards to use Professor Willow’s newly invented Shard Refiner, and in return, you’ll be rewarded with a Purified Gem. Be sure to have collected as many as you can before you attempt a Shadow Golbat raid, as without them you won’t be able to return it to its normal, non-enraged state.

There are multiple ways Purified Gems can assist your battle against enraged Shadow Raid Bosses:

  • When you use a Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss’s attack and defense will be lowered temporarily. This can give you the opening you need to take them down.
  • You and your fellow Trainers can use more than one Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid. If used at the same time, their effects will stack.
  • If enough Purified Gems are used, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss will be subdued—returned to its non-enraged state—which might give you the edge you need to defeat it!

Purified Gems will show in the bottom left corner of the raid battle when you are able to use them, so be sure to communicate with your raid group to stack their effects!

Best Shadow Golbat 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 raid counters according to our GO Hub battle simulator for Shadow Golbat are:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move TTW Deaths
1. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Confusion Psychic 72.4s 2.00
2. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 87.0s 1.00
3. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide
77.0s 2.00
4. Mewtwo Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 78.6s 2.00
5. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt
78.4s 2.00
6. Gardevoir (Mega) Confusion
78.7s 2.00
7. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion
81.1s 2.00
8. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 83.9s 1.00
9. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 82.9s 2.00
10. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 83.9s 2.00
11. Zekrom Charge Beam
Fusion Bolt
86.9s 1.00
12. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw
Rock Slide
88.2s 1.00
13. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 89.4s 2.00
14. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 90.6s 2.00
15. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide
90.7s 2.00
16. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 94.6s 2.00
17. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 98.1s 1.00
18. Lunala Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 94.0s 3.00
19. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 98.5s 2.00
20. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Psychic
95.1s 3.00
21. Tyrantrum Snarl Rock Meteor Beam Rock 98.7s 2.00
22. Baxcalibur Ice Fang Ice Avalanche
97.7s 2.00
23. Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang Ice Ice Fang Ice 95.5s 3.00
24. Latios Zen Headbutt
97.3s 3.00
25. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide
100.9s 2.00
26. Magnezone Spark
Wild Charge
101.3s 2.00
27. Tyranitar Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 106.5s 1.00
28. Zapdos Thunder Shock
Thunderbolt Electric 101.3s 2.00
29. Electivire Thunder Shock
Wild Charge
97.9s 2.00
30. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Blizzard
104.6s 1.00
31. Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 100.6s 2.00
32. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 103.7s 2.00
33. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 100.8s 3.00
34. Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 98.6s 4.00
35. Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 99.3s 4.00

Shadow Golbat Stats and Max CP

Golbat (Shadow) PoisonFlying
Max CP at Level 40 1976 | Max CP at Level 50 2234
ATK 161 DEF 150 HP 181
Weak To: Resistances:
Electric Ice Psychic Rock Bug Fighting Ground Grass Fairy Poison

Shadow Golbat Moveset

Golbat can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Bite Dark
  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Air Cutter Flying
  • Poison Fang Poison
  • Shadow Ball Ghost

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My name is Niladri Sarkar. A Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist & a Dragon Master on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown where I particularly excel with Dragon types and Weather teams in Ubers / OU. I love to apply my vast knowledge and experience to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go, specialising in DPS/TDO math, movesets, the Master League and Dragon types. Garchomp is my best Pokémon pal through and through.

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