Shadow Raids go live in New Zealand, here’s everything we know!

New Zealand has Shadow Raids before anyone else. For once, they seem to be working just fine!

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Pokémon GO Shadow Raids just went live in New Zealand, an hour earlier than they were supposed to go live, but alas, we have them. As Twitter wakes up and starts producing new information, we decided to catch the early bird and post everything we know at the moment.

Shadow Raids are being released as part of the Pokémon GO Rising Shadows event, which brings increased Team GO Rocket activity, and thematic Field Research tasks. But you didn’t come here for that, you came here to see how Shadow Raids look like.

Well, here you go – spoilers ahead!

Here’s what we know at the moment, either via screenshots, or word of mouth, or videos from New Zealand:

  • 6/6/6 IV floor, not 10/10/10 as it is with usual Raids
  • Tier 1 and Tier 3 Shadow Raids do not feel particularly more difficult
  • Tier 5 Shadow Raids should be a bit more difficult, but we just don’t know yet
  • Shadow Shards are rewarded for completing Shadow Raids
  • Shadow Raids are in-person only

Here is how the new feature looks like:

Kudos to Niantic, it seems like  the rollout of Shadow Raids is proceeding smoothly. The Raids are not broken, rewards are working as intended, cutscenes are played as they should be, and the game already has all the assets it needs to show them.

The only thing we don’t know yet is will Shadow Mewtwo work as smoothly as lower tier raids are, but we are happy Niantic decided to test the waters with 1 and 3 Star raids first.

Bosses in Shadow Raids

Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids

As Rising Shadow event starts in your region, you can expect the following Pokémon to be available in Shadow Raids in a Gym near you. Do note that not all Gyms will be hosting Shadow Raids, some will host regular Raids. You can find the full Raid Boss list in our Pokémon GO Rising Shadows Event guide.

One-Star Shadow Raids

Three-Star Shadow Raids

Five-Star Shadow Raids

Mewtwo (Shadow)

Shadow Mewtwo will appear in five-star Shadow Raids from Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 8:00 p.m local time. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Shadow Mewtwo—if you’re lucky! 

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