Best Shadow Xatu counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Shadow Xatu counters in Pokémon GO with their Fast Attacks, Charged Attacks, DPS (damage per second), TDO (total damage output), faints, TTW (time to win), and score. The list is sorted by the score, which is calculated based on the DPS and TDO.

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          Best performing move types

          • Dark25.5%
          • Electric23.0%
          • Ghost17.0%
          • Rock16.5%
          • Ice10.5%
          • Dragon2.5%
          • Psychic2.0%
          • Flying1.5%
          • Water0.5%
          • Normal0.5%
          • Poison0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega TyranitarMega Pokémon iconMega TyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 51.293846.03073.9s123.0
          2Shadow TyranitarShadow Pokémon iconShadow TyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 51.632578.03175.3s113.9
          3Mega GengarMega Pokémon iconMega GengarGhostLick *GhostShadow Ball 61.811103.46371.3s110.6
          4Mega DiancieMega Pokémon iconMega DiancieRockRock Throw RockRock Slide 52.781553.52277.5s104.5
          5Shadow RhyperiorShadow Pokémon iconShadow RhyperiorRockSmack Down RockRock Wrecker *49.881728.73280.5s102.1
          6Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 48.841701.56282.2s100.1
          7Mega BanetteMega Pokémon iconMega BanetteGhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Ball 55.88987.85379.0s99.8
          8Shadow WeavileShadow Pokémon iconShadow WeavileDarkSnarl IceAvalanche 51.371344.31280.8s99.3
          9Shadow RaikouShadow Pokémon iconShadow RaikouElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 50.261462.53281.5s99.3
          10XurkitreeXurkitreeElectricThunder Shock ElectricDischarge 51.221286.96281.5s98.2
          11Mega HoundoomMega Pokémon iconMega HoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 47.361718.27284.4s97.9
          12Shadow MagnezoneShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagnezoneElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 48.071619.80283.8s97.9
          13TyranitarTyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 42.862526.18189.7s97.8
          14Shadow ElectivireShadow Pokémon iconShadow ElectivireElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 52.171145.05381.6s97.3
          15Mega ManectricMega Pokémon iconMega ManectricElectricThunder Fang ElectricWild Charge 50.001350.85282.7s97.3
          16ZekromZekromElectricCharge Beam ElectricFusion Bolt *46.601709.25285.7s96.5
          17Shadow ZapdosShadow Pokémon iconShadow ZapdosElectricThunder Shock *ElectricThunderbolt 49.051362.69284.0s96.0
          18Shadow MamoswineShadow Pokémon iconShadow MamoswineIcePowder Snow IceAvalanche 51.021152.19383.1s95.7
          19Mega AerodactylMega Pokémon iconMega AerodactylRockRock Throw RockRock Slide 46.151597.28287.0s94.5
          20HydreigonHydreigonDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing *44.421808.93189.0s94.0
          21Shadow CursolaShadow Pokémon iconShadow CursolaGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 53.34851.56484.4s93.3
          22Mega GyaradosMega Pokémon iconMega GyaradosDarkBite DarkCrunch 41.612189.51193.1s92.8
          23Shadow MewtwoShadow Pokémon iconShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball *48.621131.17386.8s91.8
          24Mega AmpharosMega Pokémon iconMega AmpharosElectricVolt Switch DarkBrutal Swing 44.411589.25290.1s91.5
          25DarkraiDarkraiDarkSnarl GhostShadow Ball 44.451565.71290.2s91.3
          26Shadow LuxrayShadow Pokémon iconShadow LuxrayDarkSnarl ElectricWild Charge 48.831078.88387.1s91.2
          27Mega AbsolMega Pokémon iconMega AbsolDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 47.951121.39387.9s90.6
          28Thundurus (Therian)Thundurus (Therian)ElectricVolt Switch ElectricThunderbolt 46.371240.44289.2s90.1
          29Golem (Alola Shadow)Shadow Pokémon iconGolem (Alola Shadow)RockRollout *ElectricWild Charge 44.661372.66291.1s89.2
          30RampardosRampardosRockSmack Down RockRock Slide 47.321062.36389.6s88.7
          31Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirElectricCharge Beam GhostShadow Ball 45.001290.88291.2s88.7
          32Giratina (Origin Forme)Giratina (Origin Forme)GhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Force *43.071475.50293.3s88.0
          33GholdengoGholdengoGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 43.521403.92293.0s87.8
          34RhyperiorRhyperiorRockSmack Down RockRock Wrecker *41.101691.74296.1s87.2
          35Shadow HonchkrowShadow Pokémon iconShadow HonchkrowDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 46.741016.59391.2s87.0
          36Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball 46.621016.78391.4s86.9
          37Shadow AggronShadow Pokémon iconShadow AggronRockSmack Down RockMeteor Beam 40.801694.27296.7s86.7
          38Shadow HoundoomShadow Pokémon iconShadow HoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 45.661079.49392.2s86.5
          39WeavileWeavileDarkSnarl IceAvalanche 42.561321.84295.5s85.2
          40RaikouRaikouElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 41.571436.36296.6s85.1
          41ChandelureChandelureGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 46.87891.29493.0s84.9
          42Hoopa (Unbound)Hoopa (Unbound)GhostAstonish GhostShadow Ball 42.061340.31296.3s84.7
          43Galarian Standard DarmanitanGalarian Standard DarmanitanIceIce Fang IceAvalanche 45.62957.12394.0s84.3
          44BaxcaliburBaxcaliburIceIce Fang IceAvalanche 42.721233.54295.9s84.3
          45MagnezoneMagnezoneElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 39.901590.65299.3s84.1
          46YveltalYveltalDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 38.631791.582101.2s84.0
          47Shadow ManectricShadow Pokémon iconShadow ManectricElectricThunder Fang ElectricWild Charge 47.36798.36494.1s83.7
          48TyrantrumTyrantrumRockRock Throw RockMeteor Beam 41.351337.02297.8s83.5
          49ElectivireElectivireElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 43.081124.76396.4s83.3
          50Shadow AbsolShadow Pokémon iconShadow AbsolDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 46.25849.18494.8s83.2
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          About the results

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Shadow Xatu in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Shadow Xatu down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          The top-ranked Shadow Xatu counter is Mega Tyranitar, followed by Shadow Tyranitar, Mega Gengar, and Mega Diancie. The table also includes Shadow Rhyperior, Mega Rayquaza, Mega Banette, and Shadow Weavile, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          Shadow Xatu type chart

          When fighting Shadow Xatu, keep in mind the following that Psychic and Flying-type Pokémon are weak to Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock type moves. They take reduced damage from Grass, Psychic, Fighting, and Ground type moves.


          Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.

          Best move-types and weather for Shadow Xatu Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          • fogFog
          • rainRainy
          • fogFog
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          • snowSnow
          • windyWindy
          • windyWindy
          • windyWindy
          • rainRainy
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          • cloudyCloudy

          About our ranking methodology

          When calculating the best counters for any Pokémon, our simulator takes into account various factors, such as the defender's typing and average DPS against each attacker, the weather's influence, energy left over from using charge moves, Shadow Pokémon attack and defense stat changes, and more. During the initial phase of simulations, we calculate DPS and TDO for each attacker that is currently available in the game, and then we continue to rank them.

          We use a ranking method developed by a Reddit user named /u/Elastic_Space, which is described in detail in this Reddit post. It is a fairly complicated, but very well thought-out mathematical model for predicting simulation results without actually running the simulations. It also correlates with field data almost too well not to be used.

          Our Time to Win (TTW) and Faint numbers are also estimated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we do not account for factors like Friendship and Mega damage boost, they will differ from actual experience in the field.