Shadow Scyther Raid Guide

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

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

  • 1414 – 1546 CP (no weather boost, 100% Scyther at Level 20)
  • 1768 – 1933 CP (Rainy or Windy weather, 100% IV Scyther at Level 25)

Shadow Scyther is a Bug and Flying type and as such, it is weak to Rock, Electric, Fire, Flying, and Ice type attacks. You should note that this Pokémon has a doubke weakness (4x) to Rock type attacks.

Shadow Scyther 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 Scyther, that is, Windy or Rainy 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 Scyther 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 Scyther are:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 4 98s
2. Rayquaza (Mega) Air Slash Flying Dragon Ascent Flying 3 101s
3. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 4 106s
4. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 4 108s
5. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 7 112s
6. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 5 115s
7. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 5 121s
8. Tyrantrum Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 5 123s
9. Aggron (Mega) Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 3 135s
10. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 6 129s
11. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 4 135s
12. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Dragon Ascent Flying 5 134s
13. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 5 134s
14. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 6 135s
15. Archeops Wing Attack Flying Ancient Power Rock 7 138s
16. Aggron Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 4 141s
17. Aurorus Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 6 139s
18. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 6 140s
19. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 5 140s
20. Ampharos Volt Switch Electric Power Gem Rock 5 143s
21. Nihilego Acid Poison Rock Slide Rock 4 149s
22. Arcanine (Hisuian) Fire Fang Fire Rock Slide Rock 5 147s
23. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Rock Slide Rock 5 168s
24. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Fusion Flare Fire 5 153s
25. Lycanroc (Dusk) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 8 154s
26. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 154s
27. Lycanroc (Midday) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 10 156s
28. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 5 157s
29. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 7 155s
30. Kleavor Quick Attack Normal Rock Slide Rock 5 156s

Shadow Scyther Stats and Max CP

Scyther (Shadow) BugFlying
Max CP at Level 40 2706 | Max CP at Level 50 3060
ATK 218 DEF 170 HP 172
Weak To: Resistances:
Rock Electric Fire Flying Ice Ground Fighting Grass Bug

Shadow Scyther Moveset

Scyther can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Air Slash Flying
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Trailblaze Grass
  • Night Slash Dark

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Scyther 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 Scyther 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 Scyther 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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