Best Shadow Absol counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Shadow Absol 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

          • Fighting45.0%
          • Bug20.0%
          • Fairy16.5%
          • Dragon5.5%
          • Ground3.0%
          • Water2.0%
          • Flying1.5%
          • Electric1.5%
          • Fire1.5%
          • Normal1.0%
          • Steel1.0%
          • Rock0.5%
          • Grass0.5%
          • Ghost0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 63.641435.57266.6s119.4
          2TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *60.991613.63268.0s118.2
          3Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 63.381253.44268.3s115.8
          4Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 60.001520.17269.5s115.2
          5Shadow MachampShadow Pokémon iconShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 61.771138.42370.9s111.2
          6Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 58.171345.85272.6s109.7
          7Shadow HariyamaShadow Pokémon iconShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 58.671156.72373.8s107.1
          8LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 57.751111.14375.3s104.9
          9PheromosaPheromosaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 64.51706.91576.2s104.5
          10Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FairyDazzling Gleam *62.99696.42577.8s102.2
          11ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 52.841287.81279.3s100.7
          12Shadow BlazikenShadow Pokémon iconShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 57.02928.00378.7s100.1
          13Mega PinsirMega Pokémon iconMega PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 55.071010.54379.6s99.1
          14Shadow GardevoirShadow Pokémon iconShadow GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 57.81832.36479.6s99.0
          15Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 52.421195.28380.7s98.5
          16Shadow Sirfetch'dShadow Pokémon iconShadow Sirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 55.13865.66481.9s96.1
          17VolcaronaVolcaronaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 52.051057.51382.8s95.6
          18Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *BugX-Scissor 56.46744.34483.1s95.0
          19MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 50.771113.74383.8s94.7
          20Shadow GranbullShadow Pokémon iconShadow GranbullFairyCharm FairyPlay Rough 53.60875.58483.6s94.2
          21XerneasXerneasFairyGeomancy *FairyMoonblast 46.801444.34286.9s93.6
          22Mega ScizorMega Pokémon iconMega ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 49.051161.34385.8s92.9
          23XurkitreeXurkitreeElectricThunder Shock FairyDazzling Gleam 53.34833.12484.8s92.9
          24CobalionCobalionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *45.171556.08288.9s92.4
          25BuzzwoleBuzzwoleFightingCounter FightingSuperpower 46.771281.66288.2s91.3
          26TogekissTogekissFairyCharm FightingAura Sphere *46.771261.44288.4s91.0
          27VirizionVirizionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *45.631373.54289.4s90.8
          28HariyamaHariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 47.851125.20388.0s90.5
          29Shadow PinsirShadow Pokémon iconShadow PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 54.14693.09587.3s90.5
          30Shadow ScizorShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 52.30781.67487.3s90.2
          31Galarian ZapdosGalarian ZapdosFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 47.521132.29388.5s90.1
          32HawluchaHawluchaFightingLow Kick FightingFlying Press 50.20900.27387.7s89.9
          33BreloomBreloomFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 51.88790.28487.6s89.9
          34Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *43.881486.49291.7s89.4
          35Meloetta (Pirouette)Meloetta (Pirouette)FightingLow Kick FightingClose Combat 45.531249.86290.6s88.9
          36Shadow AlakazamShadow Pokémon iconShadow AlakazamFightingCounter *FairyDazzling Gleam *59.05450.75792.9s88.9
          37Shadow ScytherShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *53.41657.59589.3s88.6
          38Shadow PoliwrathShadow Pokémon iconShadow PoliwrathFightingCounter *FightingDynamic Punch 49.00909.26389.3s88.3
          39Zacian (Hero)Zacian (Hero)NormalQuick Attack FairyPlay Rough 44.331341.88291.9s88.3
          40Shadow UrsaringShadow Pokémon iconShadow UrsaringFightingCounter FairyPlay Rough 52.59682.30589.6s88.2
          41Mega DiancieMega Pokémon iconMega DiancieRockRock Throw FairyMoonblast 46.871052.92390.5s87.8
          42Shadow SawkShadow Pokémon iconShadow SawkFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 50.12788.42490.1s87.4
          43Shadow DragoniteShadow Pokémon iconShadow DragoniteDragonDragon Tail FightingSuperpower 48.02898.08491.0s86.7
          44BlazikenBlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 47.52921.05391.4s86.4
          45Mega SceptileMega Pokémon iconMega SceptileBugFury Cutter GrassFrenzy Plant *49.33795.55491.1s86.4
          46HeracrossHeracrossFightingCounter BugMegahorn 46.001033.36392.2s86.2
          47Primal KyogrePrimal KyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *44.481142.24393.5s85.7
          48RayquazaRayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 46.80927.04392.5s85.5
          49PassimianPassimianFightingCounter FightingSuperpower 44.821068.76393.8s85.0
          50GardevoirGardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 47.50814.41493.5s84.3
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          Shadow Absol type chart

          When fighting Shadow Absol, keep in mind the following that Dark-type Pokémon are weak to Bug, Fairy, and Fighting type moves. They take reduced damage from Dark, Ghost, and Psychic type moves.


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

          About the results

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Shadow Absol in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Shadow Absol 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 Absol counter is Mega Blaziken, followed by Terrakion, Mega Gardevoir, and Mega Rayquaza. The table also includes Shadow Machamp, Keldeo (Ordinary), Shadow Hariyama, and Lucario, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          The most effective move-types to use against Shadow Absol are:

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          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.