Shadow Moltres Raid Guide

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Moltres (Shadow)

Shadow Moltres is available from Tier 5 legendary Shadow Raids. Shadow Raids can only be completed using in-person raid passes. Shiny Shadow Moltres ✨ is available from Raids starting October 1, 2023, 10:00 am local time.

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

  • 1830 – 1980 CP (no weather boost, 100% Moltres at Level 20)
  • 2288 – 2475 CP (Sunny and Windy weather, 100% IV Moltres at Level 25)

Shadow Moltres is a Fire and Flying type and is weak to Rock, Electric and Water type attacks. Shadow Moltres is an immensely difficult tier 5 raid due to the Shadow Raid mechanism. You will need to be well prepared with top counters, correct move-sets, powered-up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

Communication will be key for this raid! You will want to plan not only your Mega Pokémon team positions, and counters, but also your use of Purified Gems, so be sure you communicate with your fellow trainers.

We would suggest groups of 4+ for trainers with top counters that are maxed out, and armed with Purified Gems, or 8-10+ for lower-level trainers and those without ideal counters. Purified Gems are a must!

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Best Shadow Moltres Counters Raid icon

Shadow Moltres Counters
Shadow Moltres Counters

Here are the best Pokémon to use against a Moltres raid boss. Being weak to three different types, Moltres’ counters table is diverse and shows the strongest Pokémon to use against the raid boss. Try to pick from the top end of this list, and ensure they have the necessary move-sets, and are powered up.

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Rhyperior (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 8 277.4s
2. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 10 274.4s
3. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 7 301.4s
4. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 10 306.2s
5. Tyranitar (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 10 316.1s
6. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 15 313.6s
7. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 8 331.1s
8. Tyrantrum Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 9 338.0s
9. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 12 346.6s
10. Aerodactyl (Shadow) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 17 344.3s
11. Omastar (Shadow) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 12 355.0s
12. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 11 360.5s
13. Aggron (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 14 355.9s
14. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 10 372.7s
15. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 10 375.6s
16. Golem (Alola Shadow) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 13 368.3s
17. Golem (Shadow) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 14 370.0s
18. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Ancient Power Rock 12 372.9s
19. Aurorus Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 16 401.2s
20. Regirock (Shadow) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 11 414.3s
21. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 12 414.1s
22. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 17 404.8s
23. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Power Gem Rock 13 413.6s
24. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 12 418.9s
25. Aggron Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 14 417.0s
26. Aggron (Mega) Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 17 416.4s
27. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 20 415.5s
28. Archeops Wing Attack Flying Ancient Power Rock 20 416.3s
29. Lycanroc (Dusk) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 19 417.8s
30. Nihilego Acid Poison Rock Slide Rock 11 436.4s

While Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up, these are the top Shadow Pokémon you can use against Shadow Moltres. Ensure you no longer have Frustration on these Pokémon before considering adding them to your team. If you have any of these as an option, while they may take more damage than non-shadow Pokémon, they will also deal more.

We would highly recommend the use of Mega Pokémon in Shadow Moltres raids. They provide not only greater damage output, but also boost Pokémon of the same typing in the raid. We would suggest discussing your counter choices with your fellow trainers, and plan Mega Pokémon, and their position in your team accordingly.

If you have a group of 6, for example, one person should have their mega in slot 1, the next slot 2, the next slot 3, etc., you can try to keep the mega boost going throughout the raid.

Shadow Moltres Overview General icon

Moltres (Shadow) FireFlying
Max CP at Level 40 3465 | Max CP at Level 50 3917
ATK 251 DEF 181 HP 207
Weak To: Strong Against:
Rock Electric Water Bug Grass Fairy Fighting Fire Ground Steel

Moltres Move Sets Raid icon

Moltres can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Heat Wave Fire
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Overheat Fire
  • Sky Attack* Flying

*Denotes a Legacy Move only available via Elite TM.

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Shadow Moltres
Sunny Boosts Fire type moves
Sunny Boosts Fire type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Rock type attacks Boosts Rock type moves
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Electric and Water type attacks
Windy Boosts Windy type moves

As you can see, Rainy weather is the best for countering Shadow Moltres, however given the nature of shadow raids meaning you cannot play remotely, this may be less than desirable. If you’re using the top attackers, Partly Cloudy, weather will give you the best weather boost – but be aware there is a chance of Shadow Moltres knowing Ancient Power. 

Shiny Shadow Moltres Shiny icon

Shiny Shadow Moltres is available from defeating Moltres in Shadow Raids. This verification screenshot was shared on Reddit by a user named Aluthiago. Good luck Trainers!

Shiny Shadow Moltres

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Moltres will hit harder than ever before, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right move-set, and aren’t weak to the raid boss’ moves. These raids are a tricky group task for even 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 defence.

You will need to subdue Shadow Moltres 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 Moltres raid, as without them you won’t be able to return it to its normal, non-enraged state. You can hold up to 10 Purified Gems in your inventory at a time.

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 defence 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!

Notes 💡

The raid lasts 300 seconds. You get 3 guaranteed XL candy. It counts towards Battle Legend medal. It does not count towards the Ultra Hero medal. Shiny shadow Moltres has been enabled. IV floor appears to be 6. It appears it is 8 gems needed to subdue Moltres, like the T3 shadow raids.

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