Shadow Nidorino Raid Guide

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Shadow Nidorino can be captured from Tier 3 Shadow Raids and these raids can only be accessed by using in-person raid passes.

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

  • 702  – 796 CP (no weather boost, 100% Nidorino at Level 20)
  • 878 – 995 CP (Cloudy weather, 100% IV Nidorino at Level 25)

Shadow Nidorino is a pure Poison type and as such, it is weak to the Ground, and Psychic type attacks. Shadow Nidorino is a hard-to-beat Tier 3 raid due to how Shadow Raids work. You will need to be well prepared with the best counters, correct moveset, powered-up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

Avoid weather that boosts Nidorino, that is, Cloudy 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, Nidorino will dish out more damage 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 Nidorino 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 Nidorino 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 Nidorino 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 Nidorino are:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move TTW Deaths
1. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 52.6s 0.00
2. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic
53.7s 1.00
3. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt
59.5s 1.00
4. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 58.1s 1.00
5. Gardevoir (Mega) Confusion
59.4s 1.00
6. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 64.4s 1.00
7. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion
61.7s 1.00
8. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 72.0s 0.00
9. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic
67.9s 1.00
10. Lunala Confusion Psychic Psychic
70.5s 1.00
11. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Psychic
70.8s 1.00
12. Swampert (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake
73.5s 1.00
13. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake
74.8s 1.00
14. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Scorching Sands Ground 73.1s 1.00
15. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power
76.8s 2.00
16. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground High Horsepower Ground 75.4s 1.00
17. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 79.2s 1.00
18. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 71.6s 1.00
19. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 75.3s 1.00
20. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic
73.7s 1.00
21. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 78.2s 1.00
22. Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic
72.7s 2.00
23. Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic
73.7s 2.00
24. Azelf Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic 76.7s 2.00
25. Articuno (Galarian) Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic 79.1s 1.00
26. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic
80.7s 1.00
27. Jirachi Mud-Slap Ground Brutal Swing Dark 85.2s 1.00
28. Krookodile Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 85.9s 1.00
29. Gallade Confusion Psychic Psychic
79.7s 2.00
30. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 893.1s 1.00
31. Golurk Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 85.7s 1.00
32. Rhydon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 86.8s 1.00
33. Tapu Lele Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic 79.9s 2.00
34. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 80.5s 2.00
35. Latias Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 85.2s 1.00

Shadow Nidorino Stats and Max CP

Nidorino (Shadow) Poison
Max CP at Level 40 1393 | Max CP at Level 50 1575
ATK 137 DEF 111 HP 156
Weak To: Resistances:
Ground Psychic Bug Fairy Fighting Grass Poison

Shadow Nidorino Moveset

Nidorino can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Poison Sting Poison
  • Dig Ground
  • Horn Attack Normal
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Ice Beam Ice

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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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