Shadow Skarmory Raid Guide

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Shadow Skarmory can be caught from Tier 3 Shadow Raids and these raids can only be accessed by using in-person raid passes. Shadow Skarmory cannot be shiny.

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

  • 1088 – 1204 CP (no weather boost, 100% Skarmory at Level 20)
  • 1360 – 1506 CP (Snow or Windy weather, 100% IV Skarmory at Level 25)

Shadow Skarmory is a Steel and Flying type and as such, it is only weak to Electric and Fire type attacks. It is a difficult 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.

Make sure that you avoid weather that boosts Skarmory, that is, Snow or Rainy weather, and only use 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 couple of friends!

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Best Shadow Skarmory 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 Skarmory are:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 6 178s
2. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 10 180s
3. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 7 198s
4. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Fusion Flare Fire 7 200s
5. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 7 203s
6. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 5 209s
7. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 7 205s
8. Thundurus (Therian) Rock Throw Electric Wildbolt Storm Electric 7 209s
9. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Magma Storm Fire 5 218s
10. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 9 218s
11. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Fire Punch Fire 6 228s
12. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 6 230s
13. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 5 237s
14. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 6 232s
15. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 8 233s
16. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Bolt Electric 7 239s
17. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 11 233s
18. Entei Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 9 242s
19. Emboar Ember Fire Blast Burn Fire 14 240s
20. Salamence Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 8 245s
21. Moltres Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 9 243s
22. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 10 243s
23. Chandelure Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 11 243s
24. Delphox Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 16 245s
25. Luxray Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 9 249s
26. Victini Quick Attack Normal V-create Fire 8 251s
27. Volcarona Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 13 247s
28. Charizard Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 11 250s
29. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 7 263s
30. Arcanine (Hisuian) Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 9 258s

Shadow Skarmory Stats and Max CP

Skarmory (Shadow) SteelFlying
Max CP at Level 40 2108 | Max CP at Level 50 2383
ATK 148 DEF 226 HP 163
Weak To: Resistances:
Electric Fire Bug Grass Poison Dragon Fairy Flying Ground Normal Psychic Steel

Shadow Skarmory Moveset

Skarmory can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Flash Cannon Steel
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Brave Bird Flying

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Skarmory 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 Skarmory 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 Skarmory 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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