For this month’s Shadow Raids, Pokémon GO has returned to a familiar icy opponent. Despite Shadow Articuno’s recent frequent flights through our weekend challenges, it appears Niantic is giving us a full month to master the battle against this Legendary bird. It’s an opportunity for both new and experienced players to refine their strategies and potentially achieve victory against this opponent.
When a Gym in Pokémon GO flares up with a purple flame, it signals a call to arms for a Shadow Raid. These encounters are not for the faint-hearted, Team GO Rocket is in command, and it’s your mission to liberate the Gym. Prepare for a real-time clash and remember, only those present with a Raid Pass in hand can join, remote passes won’t cut it.
During the Raid, be wary as Shadow Articuno can unleash its wrath in an enraged state, escalating the intensity of the battle. If you’re equipped with a Purified Gem, it’s the perfect moment to use it, easing the confrontation ahead.
Overcoming this Raid in Pokémon GO is rewarding, you’ll be granted Premier Balls and the shot at capturing Shadow Articuno. The more effectively you fight, the more Premier Balls are at your disposal.
Trainers, we'd like to clarify that Shadow Articuno is currently available in five-star Shadow Raids until November 30.
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) November 8, 2023
Shadow Articuno Best Counters
For the best chance of victory, you’ll want to bring:
- Mega Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Mega Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Mega Blaziken with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Shadow Rampardos with SmackDown and Rock Slide
- Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
- Terrakion with Smack Down and Rock Slide
You can challenge Shadow Articuno in five-star Shadow Raids on Pokémon GO until November 30, 2023. Collaborate with fellow Trainers and catch this Legendary Pokémon before the deadline. However, we have already encountered it every weekend for a long time, so if you missed it, now’s your chance to get it.