How to Beat Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon GO: Best Counters and Weaknesses

Pokemon GO see Shadow Mewtwo and its Shiny variant appearing in Shadow Raids as part of the Rising Shadows event. From May 27 at 10 a.m. to May 28 at 8 p.m., Shadow Mewtwo will appear as 5-star Shadow Raids. If you’re looking to add Shadow Mewtwo to your Pokedex, you’ll need to act quickly and follow these tips to ensure it’s defeated. Here’s how to defeat Shadow Mewtwo Pokemon GO.

Tips for defeating Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon GO

Shadow Mewtwo Attacks

Shadow Mewtwo has two potential fast attacks: Psycho Cut or Confusion, both are Psychic-type attacks. It can have one of six charged attacks:

  • Focus Blast (Combat)
  • clairvoyant (psychic)
  • thunderbolt (electric)
  • Flamethrower (Fire)
  • Ice Beam (Ice)
  • frustration (normal)

That’s a wide variety of movement types to choose from. This is one of the hardest parts when it comes to getting ready to battle an original Legendary Pokemon.

Shadow Mewtwo weaknesses

Shadow Mewtwo is only weak against three types:

This is helpful as several Dark-type Pokemon have appeared as part of the Rising Shadows event.

You should also avoid bringing Psychic-type Pokemon into battle, as Shadow Mewtwo is resistant to it. Fighting-types will be at a disadvantage, as they’re weak to psi attacks and Shadow Mewtwo is fight-resistant, meaning they could end up being a dead burden on your team.

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The best shadow mewtwo counters

When choosing your team, be sure to focus on Pokémon with attacks that get the Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB). I know Fairy-type Pokemon can stand up to a super-effective Dark Attack, but it loses both STAB damage and Psychic type resistance.

  • Mega Gengar: Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball
  • triangle: bite, brutal swing
  • shadow cursola: Hex, Shadow Ball
  • Mega pinsir: Insect Bite, X-Scissors
  • shadowhoundoom: growling, foul play
  • We heard: growling, foul play
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If you don’t have either of these Pokemon, choose your strongest Dark, Bug, or Ghost Pokemon with attacks that use STAB.

Purified Gem

A unique mechanic of Shadow Raids is that as the fight progresses, the Shadow Pokemon will become enraged. This also applies to Shadow Mewtwo. Using a Purified Gem will help calm the Pokemon and lower its Attack and Defense. If enough Purified Gems are used, the enraged state may be completely removed. This can be extremely useful against Shadow Mewtwo.

That’s all you need to know about fighting Shadow Mewtwo during a Shadow Raid Pokemon GO. Good luck defeating and catching his Shiny version. For more raid battle tips or the best league Pokemon, check out our Pokemon GO Leader.

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Ashley Erickson

Ashley, also known as Glitchiee, is an avid gamer of roleplaying games, TTRPGS, farming sims, The Sims and a variety of games in between. Playing on the NES and SNES, collecting 1st gen Pokemon cards and playing on her Gameboy Color are some of her fondest memories from early childhood. Combined with a passion for writing, Ashley is focused on delivering the best news, guides, reviews and lists the industry has to offer.

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