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Is Shadow Latios Worth Catching In Pokémon GO?

Defeating Team GO Rocket boss Giovanni and his Shadow Latios may be a tough battle, but is the Legendary Dragon Pokémon worth catching?
Is Shadow Latios Worth Catching In Pokémon GO?

Shadow Latios is a Dragon-type Pokémon Trainers will likely encounter when going up against Team GO Rocket Boss Giovanni. Shadow Latios will be one of three Pokémon in rotation during this boss battle, each varying in difficulty.

The biggest question many Trainers will likely ask is whether Shadow Latios is worth adding to your Pokémon collection. A logical question at best as we explore the Pokémon's rankings across multiple leagues, abilities, movesets, and resistances to determine whether you should save it.

Is it worthwhile catching Shadow Latios in Pokémon GO?

The short answer to this question would be YES, but this depends on how Trainers will best utilize Shadow Latios to get the best results. In Raid Battles, Shadow Latios and Latios have one of the weaker PvE movesets for a Dragon-type; however, it has better potential as a Psychic-type primarily due to notable resistance to Psychic, Fire, and Water types.

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Latios wouldn't serve Trainers well if used during PvE like Raid Battles due to its weaker movesets compared to Dragonite. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Its Mega evolution can be powerful against weaker Dragon and Psychic-types; Mega Rayquaza and Mega Mewtwo Y will surpass it. The Shadow Latios' success rate in PvP is determined by which league you're competing in and its moveset of Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw and Psychic moveset, which deals a high amount of damage and is more agile.

Shadow Latios would fair best against Pokémon like Talonflame, Medicham, and Swampert when competing in Great League. Unfortunately, due to its weaknesses, it will have a tough time against Sableye (Dark/Ghost-type) and Shadow Nidoqueen (Poison-type).

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Once Trainers have defeated Giovanni and have Shadow Latios in their collection, which league would it have more success in? (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

It will be a letdown in the Ultra League as there are stronger Dragon and Fairy-type Pokémon like Giratina. While there is plenty of elemental Pokemon like Venusaur and Talonflame, it can easily have the upper hand; the Ultra League will prove too much for Shadow Latios to handle.

The Master League paints a different picture as the Shadow Latios is ranked #23 overall and possesses a stronger moveset due to the Dragon Breath ability. Being a Legendary Pokémon, Shadow Latios will notch up critical victories against Girantina, Garchomp, and Gyrandos, but where it will not get wins is against Dragonite, Mewtwo, and Dialga.

If you don't have good IVs for the Ultra League, Shadow Latios will serve you better in the Great League. However, if you have adequate IVs or decent overall stats for Shadow Latios, you should find some moderate success running the Pokémon in the Master League.

We want to thank the YouTube channel Poké Daxi for their complete breakdown of whether Shadow Latios is worth catching in Pokémon GO. Please consider subscribing to their channel for more content.

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic /The Pokémon Company.