Shadow Sableye Raid Counters Guide

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

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

  • 747 – 843 CP (no weather boost, 100% Sableye at Level 20)
  • 934 – 1054 CP (Fog weather, 100% IV Sableye at Level 25)

Shadow Sableye is a Dark and Normal type and as such, it is only weak to Fairy type attacks. Shadow Sableye is a challenging Tier 3 raid due to how Shadow Raids work. You should be well prepared with the best counters, correct moveset, powered-up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

Avoid weather that boosts Sableye, that is, Fog 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 Sableye 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 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 Sableye are:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Gardevoir (Mega) Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 4 122s
2. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 3 126s
3. Xerneas Geomancy Fairy Moonblast Fairy 3 155s
4. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Dazzling Gleam Fairy 6 150s
5. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 3 162s
6. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 3 164s
7. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Moonblast Fairy 5 159s
8. Zacian (Hero) Snarl Dark Play Rough Fairy 3 163s
9. Tyranitar (Mega) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 2 175s
10. Garchomp (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 3 168s
11. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy 8 159s
12. Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 4 167s
13. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 6 166s
14. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 5 168s
15. Gardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 6 167s
16. Tapu Koko Volt Switch Electric Dazzling Gleam Fairy 5 171s
17. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 6 170s
18. Tapu Bulu Bullet Seed Grass Dazzling Gleam Fairy 5 175s
19. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Dazzling Gleam Fairy 9 170s
20. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 4 179s
21. Sylveon Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 4 180s
22. Primarina Charm Fairy Moonblast Fairy 5 178s
23. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 8 173s
24. Granbull Charm Fairy Play Rough Fairy 6 177s
25. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 7 177s
26. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 5 186s
27. Latias (Mega) Charm Fairy Outrage Dragon 6 187s
28. Florges Fairy Wind Fairy Moonblast Fairy 4 194s
29. Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dazzling Gleam Fairy 5 193s
30. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Hydro Pump Water 3 205s

Shadow Sableye Stats and Max CP

Sableye (Shadow) DarkGhost
Max CP at Level 40 1476 | Max CP at Level 50 1668
ATK 141 DEF 136 HP 137
Weak To: Resistances:
Fairy Normal Psychic Fighting Poison

Shadow Sableye Moveset

Sableye can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost
  • Foul Play Dark
  • Power Gem Rock

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Sableye 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 Sableye 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 Sableye 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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