The 30 BEST Shadow Poliwag Counters (Updated March 2024)

Raid Battles

This guide displays a list of best Shadow Poliwag 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. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

Best Shadow Poliwag Pokémon GO counters are Mega Sceptile, Mega Rayquaza, Kartana, Therian Forme Thundurus, Shadow Zapdos, Shadow Raikou, and Zekrom. These Pokémon perform best with the moves outlined below. We suggest a minimum group size of 1 - 3 Trainers to defeat Shadow Poliwag in a 3-Star Raid.

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          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega SceptileMega Sceptile
          Bullet Seed / Frenzy Plant
          #1
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega RayquazaMega Rayquaza
          Dragon Tail / Dragon Ascent
          #2
          Official artwork of KartanaKartana
          Razor Leaf / Leaf Blade
          #3
          Official artwork of Therian Forme ThundurusTherian Forme Thundurus
          Volt Switch / Wildbolt Storm
          #4
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow ZapdosShadow Zapdos
          Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
          #5
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow RaikouShadow Raikou
          Thunder Shock / Wild Charge
          #6
          Official artwork of ZekromZekrom
          Charge Beam / Fusion Bolt
          #7
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          Name
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          DPS
          TDO
          Faints
          TTW
          Score
          1.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega SceptileMega Pokémon iconMega SceptileGrassBullet Seed GrassFrenzy Plant *61.963196.7170s137.6
          2.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 53.863844.3179s127.9
          3.Thumbnail image of KartanaKartanaGrassRazor Leaf GrassLeaf Blade 59.052190.4176s122.6
          4.Thumbnail image of Therian Forme ThundurusTherian Forme ThundurusElectricVolt Switch ElectricWildbolt Storm *56.142090.1179s116.6
          5.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ZapdosShadow ZapdosElectricThunder Shock *ElectricThunderbolt 55.302141.4180s115.8
          6.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow RaikouShadow RaikouElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 57.611794.6279s115.4
          7.Thumbnail image of ZekromZekromElectricCharge Beam ElectricFusion Bolt *53.502374.0182s115.2
          8.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega VenusaurMega Pokémon iconMega VenusaurGrassVine Whip GrassFrenzy Plant *50.792834.9185s114.7
          9.Thumbnail image of XurkitreeXurkitreeElectricThunder Shock ElectricDischarge 58.691580.2279s114.1
          10.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega ManectricMega Pokémon iconMega ManectricElectricThunder Fang ElectricWild Charge 57.461660.5280s113.4
          11.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ElectivireShadow ElectivireElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 59.771406.5279s113.1
          12.Thumbnail image of ZarudeZarudeGrassVine Whip GrassPower Whip 47.813268.7189s112.5
          13.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow SceptileShadow SceptileGrassBullet Seed GrassFrenzy Plant *53.811926.8283s110.9
          14.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow TangrowthShadow TangrowthGrassVine Whip GrassPower Whip 50.122474.2187s110.3
          15.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow VenusaurShadow VenusaurGrassVine Whip GrassFrenzy Plant *51.631958.4286s107.7
          16.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MagnezoneShadow MagnezoneElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 56.521363.0283s107.5
          17.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow TorterraShadow TorterraGrassRazor Leaf GrassFrenzy Plant *50.292054.3188s106.5
          18.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow Alolan ExeggutorShadow Alolan ExeggutorGrassBullet Seed GrassSolar Beam 48.952255.7189s106.2
          19.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow LuxrayShadow LuxrayElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 55.911324.6384s105.9
          20.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega AmpharosMega Pokémon iconMega AmpharosElectricVolt Switch ElectricZap Cannon 49.382139.5189s105.8
          21.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MewtwoShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut ElectricThunderbolt 51.421814.9287s105.7
          22.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ExeggutorShadow ExeggutorGrassBullet Seed GrassSolar Beam 49.661975.7289s104.6
          23.Thumbnail image of DecidueyeDecidueyeGrassMagical Leaf GrassFrenzy Plant *45.122769.7195s103.9
          24.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega LatiosMega Pokémon iconMega LatiosDragonDragon Breath GrassSolar Beam 45.712507.9194s102.8
          25.Thumbnail image of Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GrassSolar Beam 49.381701.2291s101.0
          26.Thumbnail image of RoseradeRoseradeGrassMagical Leaf GrassGrass Knot 48.451767.5292s100.3
          27.Thumbnail image of Tapu BuluTapu BuluGrassBullet Seed GrassGrass Knot 45.132326.7196s100.2
          28.Thumbnail image of ZapdosZapdosElectricThunder Shock *ElectricThunderbolt 45.882099.9195s99.4
          29.Thumbnail image of RaikouRaikouElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 47.651759.8294s98.9
          30.Thumbnail image of MeowscaradaMeowscaradaGrassLeafage GrassGrass Knot 46.491916.1295s98.6
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          Group size

          You need at least 1 Trainers to defeat a Shadow Poliwag in a 3-Star Raid.

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          • Minimum group size: 1 Trainers
          • Optimal group size: 2 - 3 Trainers
          • Very easy with: 4+ Trainers

          Shadow Poliwag CP range from Raids

          Shadow Poliwag can be caught with the following Combat Power after being defeated in Raids:

          • From 402 CP to 473 CP, with no weather boost
          • From 502 CP to 592 CP with Rain weather boost

          Shadow Poliwag weaknesses

          Shadow Poliwag type chart

          When fighting Shadow Poliwag, keep in mind the that Water-type Pokémon are weak to Electric and Grass type moves. They take reduced damage from Fire, Ice, Steel, and Water type moves.

          Takes increased damage
          ElectricElectric160.0%
          GrassGrass160.0%
          Takes decreased damage
          FireFire62.5%
          IceIce62.5%
          SteelSteel62.5%
          WaterWater62.5%

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

          Best move-types and weather for Shadow Poliwag Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          Grass188.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Electric130.0%
          • rainRain
          Dragon30.0%
          • windyWindy
          Psychic16.0%
          • windyWindy
          Normal10.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          Dark6.0%
          • fogFog
          Flying4.0%
          • windyWindy
          Ground4.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Fairy4.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Bug4.0%
          • rainRain
          Ghost4.0%
          • fogFog

          About our ranking methodology

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

          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 attacks, 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. Reddit

          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.