Pokemon Go Shadow Raid schedule for December 2023

Cassidy Stephenson
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Pokemon Go players can participate in 5-Star, 3-Star, and 1-Star Shadow Raids in addition to normal Raids. Here’s who will appear during December 2023.

Niantic introduced Shadow Raids to Pokemon Go as part of the Rising Shadows event in May 2023. Unlike normal Raids, this version features Shadow Pokemon at a Gym captured by Team Go Rocket.

Also, the Pokemon in these Raids are stronger than their normal counterparts, and battling them increases their attack and defense. You should use Purified Gems to subdue the Shadow Pokemon, which are crafted from Shadow Shards.

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The month of December has a lineup notably featuring Shadow Zapdos. Keep reading for more information on this month’s Raid schedule.

Pokemon Go Shadow Raid bosses in December 2023

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Pokemon Go’s 3-Star and 1-Star Shadow Raids appear daily for players. However, 5-Star Shadow Raids are only available during the weekend. Therefore, Shadow Zapdos will spawn only on the weekends during the month of December.

Here are what Pokemon will appear in Shadow Raids during December 2023:

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5-Star Raids

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3-Star Raids


1-Star Raids

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How to join Shadow Raids in Pokemon Go

You’ll need to find a Gym overtaken by Team Go Rocket to participate in a Shadow Raid. Like other Raids, you’ll use Standard Raid Passes to participate, but Shadow Raids are not available remotely.

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You can earn one Raid Pass daily by spinning the Photo Disc at any Gym. Additionally, you can purchase a Premium Raid Pass from the Shop.

That’s everything you need to know about the Shadow Raid bosses in December 2023. Check out our other Pokemon Go coverage below:

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Cassidy graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communication. Her favorite video games include Pokémon Crystal, Genshin Impact, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. You can contact her at cassidy.stephenson@dexerto.com.