Shadow Suicune Raid Guide

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Suicune (Shadow)

Shadow Suicune is available from Tier 5 legendary Shadow Raids. Shadow Raids can only be completed using in-person raid passes. Shiny Shadow Suicune ✨ is available from Raids starting May, 2024, debuting in the World of Wonders Season.

Shadow Suicune can be caught with the following CP values, with an IV floor of 6/6/6:

  • 1566 – 1704CP (no weather boost, 100% Suicune at Level 20)
  • 1957 – 2130 CP (during Rainy, 100% IV Suicune at Level 25)

Shadow Suicune is a Water-type Pokémon. Shadow Suicune is weak to Electric and Grass-type moves. It takes reduced damage from Fire, Ice, Steel and Water-type moves.

Shadow Suicune is an immensely difficult Tier 5 raid due to the Shadow Raid enrage mechanism. You will need to be well prepared with top counters, correct move-sets, powered-up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

Best Shadow Suicune Counters Raid icon

Here are the best Pokémon to use against a Suicune raid boss. Being weak to three different types, Suicune’s counters table is diverse and shows the strongest Pokémon to use against the raid boss. Try to pick from the top end of this list, and ensure they have the necessary move-sets, and are powered up.

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 49 1058s
2. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 45 1200s
3. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 51 1148s
4. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 43 1274s
5. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 42 1293s
6. Raikou (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 56 1161s
7. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 38 1361s
8. Tangrowth (Shadow) Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 54 1297s
9. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 49 1403s
10. Magnezone (Shadow) Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 58 1215s
11. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Solar Beam Grass 47 1444s
12. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 63 1149s
13. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 61 1196s
14. Zapdos (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric 66 1185s
15. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 56 1392s
16. Venusaur (Shadow) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 62 1274s
17. Chesnaught Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 53 1501s
18. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Thunderbolt Electric 64 1273s
19. Electivire (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 71 1134s
20. Tapu Bulu Bullet Seed Grass Grass Knot Grass 57 1477s
21. Sceptile (Shadow) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 69 1215s
22. Tangrowth Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 55 1552s
23. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 59 1452s
24. Palkia (Origin) Dragon Breath Dragon Spacial Rend Dragon 44 1743s
25. Celebi Magical Leaf Grass Leaf Storm Grass 52 1635s
26. Abomasnow (Mega) Leafage Grass Energy Ball Grass 53 1636s
27. Dialga (Origin) Dragon Breath Dragon Roar of Time Dragon 47 1775s
28. Decidueye Leafage Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 61 1464s
29. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Wildbolt Storm Electric 72 1257s
30. Luxray (Shadow) Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 76 1210s

While Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up, we have included the top Shadow Pokémon you can use against Shadow Suicune. Ensure you no longer have Frustration on these Pokémon before considering adding them to your team. If you have any of these as an option, while they may take more damage than non-shadow Pokémon, they will also deal more.

We would highly recommend the use of Mega Pokémon in Shadow Suicune raids. They provide not only greater damage output, but also boost Pokémon of the same typing in the raid. We would suggest discussing your counter choices with your fellow trainers, and plan Mega Pokémon, and their position in your team accordingly.

If you have a group of 6, for example, one person should have their mega in slot 1, the next slot 2, the next slot 3, etc., you can try to keep the mega boost going throughout the raid.

Tips and Tricks

Communication will be key for this raid! You will want to plan not only your Mega Pokémon team positions, and counters, but also your use of Purified Gems, so be sure you communicate with your fellow trainers.

We would suggest groups of 4+ for trainers with top counters that are maxed out, and armed with Purified Gems, or 8-10+ for lower-level trainers and those without ideal counters. Purified Gems are a must!

As these raids are in person only, you can make use of the Party Power raid bonus through Party Play! The Party Power is a Raid bonus that fills up as members of your Party attack the Raid Boss. Once the Party Power bonus is full, your next Charge Attack will receive a special boost. You can see the Party Power button and your progress towards achieving the bonus in the bottom left corner of your Raid Battle.

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Shadow Suicune Overview General icon

Here are all the stats you need to know about Suicune:

Suicune (Shadow) Water
Max CP at Level 40 2983 | Max CP at Level 50 3372
ATK 180 DEF 235 HP 225
Weak To: Strong Against:
Electric Grass Fire Ice Steel Water

Shadow Suicune Move Sets Raid icon

Shadow Suicune can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Snarl Dark
  • Hidden Power* Normal
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Bubble Beam Water
  • Water Pulse Water
  • Scald Water
  • Hydro Pump Water

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Shadow Suicune
Sunny/Sunny Boosts Super Effective Grass type attacks
Partly Cloudy Boosts Normal type moves
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Electric type attacks, LVL 25 encounter Boosts Water type moves
Snow Boosts Ice type moves
Fog Boosts Dark type moves
Windy Boosts Psychic type moves

Suicune has two main weakness: Grass and Electric type attacks, boosted by Sunny/Sunny and Rainy weather. Rainy weather also boosts Suicune’s Water type attacks, but you would be in for a weather-boosted encounter. Your best bet considering the difficulty of this raid if you have a small group is raiding during Sunny/Sunny weather, where your Grass type attacks will be boosted without the chance to boost Suicunes potential moveset.

Shiny Shadow Suicune Shiny icon

Shiny Shadow Suicune is available from defeating Suicune in Shadow Raids. We will update here when we have shiny confirmation. Good luck Trainers!

Regular Sprite Shiny Sprite

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Suicune will hit harder than ever before, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right move-set, and aren’t weak to the raid boss’ moves. These raids are a tricky group task for even 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 defence.

You will need to subdue Shadow Suicune 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 Suicune raid, as without them you won’t be able to return it to its normal, non-enraged state. You can hold up to 10 Purified Gems in your inventory at a time.

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 defence 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!

Notes 💡

The raid lasts 300 seconds. You get 3 guaranteed XL candy. It counts towards Battle Legend medal. It does not count towards the Ultra Hero medal. Shiny shadow Suicune has been enabled. IV floor appears to be 6. It appears it is 8 gems needed to subdue Suicune, like the T3 shadow raids.

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