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Get ready to purify, Trainers — new Shadow Pokémon are being added to Pokémon GO! When you face off against Team Rocket Grunts at PokéStops, there’s a chance you can run into Shadow versions of Vulpix, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Omanyte, Omastar, Misdreavus, Carvanha, and Sharpedo, while Rocket Leaders can have Pinsir, Mawile, and Beldum. Finally, if you face Giovanni he can have the Legendary Raikou as a snaggable Pokémon!

After beating the Rocket members, you have a chance to catch one of the Shadow Pokémon, which you can purify after adding to your team. The new Pokémon are available now, so go ahead and see if you can snag one on your morning commute!


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.