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Shadow Entei Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Weakness & Counters

This powerful Shadow Pokémon is back in raids.

Shadow Entei is back in Pokémon GO Shadow Raids across Saturdays and Sundays in April. Shadow Entei is a very powerful Fire-type Raid attacker and well worth raiding for over the month.

Plus, you can encounter Shadow Entei in the shiny form for the first time ever in Pokémon GO. The shiny odds are the same as other Five Star Raids, about 1 in 20.

Of course, Shadow Raids are very difficult in Pokémon GO. You'll need a team of in person trainers if you want to take Shadow Entei down, as well as plenty of Purified Gems.

Here is everything you need to take on this Shadow Raid in Pokémon GO.

Best Shadow Entei counters in Pokémon GO:

Shadow Entei is a Fire-type, and has a weakness to Water, Rock and Ground-type Pokémon. In addition, Shadow Entei has a resistance to Bug, Fairy, Fire, Grass, Ice and Steel-types.

We've got some really good options to choose from in these categories, so here are the best Shadow Entei counters in Pokémon GO:

Primal Kyogre
Waterfall & Origin Pulse
Primal Groudon
Mud Shot & Precipice Blades
Mega Swampert
Water Gun & Hydro Cannon
Mega Garchomp
Mud Shot & Earth Power
Mega Rayquaza
Dragon Tail & Dragon Ascent
Mega Blastoise
Water Gun & Hydro Cannon
Mega Tyranitar
Smack Down & Stone Edge
Mega Gyrados
Waterfall & Hydro Pump
Mud Slap & Rock Wrecker
Mega Diance
Rock Throw & Rock Slide
Rock Throw & Meteor Beam
Therian Forme Landorus
Mud Shot & Sandsear Storm

As expected, the two Primal Pokémon are some of the best Shadow Entei counters in Pokémon GO. With both of them having had Raid Days recently, you'll likely have the Mega Energy to Primal Evolve one of Groudon or Kyogre. Of course, non Mega Evolved versions of those Pokémon are also good counters too.

Rhyperior is another readily available Pokémon, with Rhyhorn being a common spawn all season long.

This list is full of Mega Pokémon, but as always, the normal versions of those will also be good counters. After all, you can only have one Pokémon Mega Evolved at a time in Pokémon GO.

Mega Evolutions to get you more Entei candy in Pokémon GO

Mega Evolutions can help you get more candy and XL candy with every catch. Having a mega level 3 active that boosts candy for Fire-types will give you an extra 2 candy per catch, as well as a 25% bonus to your XL candy chance.

Here are the Pokémon you can Mega Evolve to get more Entei candy and candy XL:

  • Groudon
  • Houndoom
  • Blaziken
  • Charizard

Groudon is absolutely your best bet here. Not only will you get additional candy and candy XL for Shadow Entei, but it will also target Shadow Entei's weakness to Ground-type Pokémon too.

How many trainers do I need to beat Shadow Entei in Pokémon GO?

Before we even think about how many trainers you need - you MUST have Purified Gems to take down Shadow Entei in Pokémon GO. Without, this raid will be near impossible.

For high level trainers, at least five with very high level counters is a safe minimum. Party Play may reduce this slightly, but be prepared to lose a LOT of Pokémon.

For lower level trainers, you're looking at 8-10 minimum to win this raid. Don't forget, Shadow Raids are local only.

Shadow Entei Pokémon GO 100% IV

With Shadow Pokémon being so powerful in Pokémon GO, having a 100% IV Shadow Entei would give you an absolute beast for future Raid battles. So, here are the CP values to keep an eye out for when your raid has finished to know you have a 100% IV Shadow Entei:

  • 1984 CP
  • 2480 CP (Weather Boost)

Weather Effects:

Weather boost can help you save candy, get better IVs and benefit from power boosts on your team. Here are the weather effects to keep an eye on when taking on these raids.

Shadow Entei will be a higher CP when caught. Your Ground-type Pokémon will be boosted.
Shadow Entei's Fire-type and Ground-type moves will be boosted.
Partly Cloudy
Your Rock-type Pokémon will be boosted.
Shadow Entei's Steel-type move will be boosted.
Your Water-type Pokémon will be boosted.

If you're looking to save some Candy and Stardust, keep an eye out for Sunny weather. It will mean Shadow Entei hits harder, but your Ground-type Pokémon will also be boosted. Primal Groudon is an even better choice in Sunny weather.

With Shadow Pokémon costing so much to power up, this Weather Boost can be pretty valuable.

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