Shadow Porygon Raid Guide

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

This Raid Boss be caught with the following CP values, with an IV floor of 6/6/6:

  • 879  – 982 CP (no weather boost, 100% Porygon at Level 20)
  • 1098 – 1228 CP (Partly Cloudy weather, 100% IV Porygon at Level 25)

Shadow Porygon is a pure Normal type and as such, it is only weak to Fighting type attacks. Shadow Porygon 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 Porygon, that is, Partly 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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Best Shadow Porygon 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 Porygon are:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 3 125s
2. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 4 122s
3. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 4 123s
4. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 5 131s
5. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 5 135s
6. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 5 136s
7. Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 5 144s
8. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 5 148s
9. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 3 161s
10. Cobalion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 3 160s
11. Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 6 152s
12. Virizion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 4 161s
13. Buzzwole Counter Fighting Superpower Fighting 5 159s
14. Pheromosa Low Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 10 159s
15. Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 7 157s
16. Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 6 159s
17. Garchomp (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 3 168s
18. Hawlucha Low Kick Fighting Flying Press Fighting 7 158s
19. Zapdos (Galarian) Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting 6 161s
20. Meloetta (Pirouette) Low Kick Fighting Close Combat Fighting 5 163s
21. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 5 165s
22. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 5 167s
23. Gengar (Mega) Sucker Punch Dark Focus Blast Fighting 5 168s
24. Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 7 166s
25. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 5 169s
26. Tyranitar (Mega) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 4 177s
27. Pinsir (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Superpower Fighting 6 169s
28. Passimian Counter Fighting Superpower Fighting 6 170s
29. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 4 177s
30. Bewear Low Kick Fighting Superpower Fighting 6 173s

Shadow Porygon Stats and Max CP

Porygon (Shadow) Normal
Max CP at Level 40 1720 | Max CP at Level 50 1944
ATK 153 DEF 136 HP 163
Weak To: Resistances:
Fighting Ghost

Shadow Porygon Moveset

Porygon can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Hidden Power Normal
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Hyper Beam Normal
  • Solar Beam Grass
  • Zap Cannon Electric

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Porygon 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 Porygon 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 Porygon 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!

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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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