Pokémon Go Shadow Shards and Purified Gems explained

Shadow Shards and Purified Gems are important mechanics related to Shadow Raids in Pokémon Go.

If you want to make a Shadow Raid Boss in Pokémon Go easier to defeat, or if it becomes enraged, then you can use a Purified Gem to weaken its defenses. However, you must first collect some shadow fragments.

Below, you’ll learn how to get Shadow Shards and Purified Gems in Pokémon Go, so you can get the upper hand on a Shadow Raid boss.

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How to get shadow fragments in Pokémon Go

You need to obtain Shadows Shards before you can create a purified gem in Pokémon Go.

Shadow Shards can be obtained by defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts, Team Go Rocket Leader, Giovanni, and winning Shadow Raids.

The number of Shadow Shards you receive varies depending on the difficulty of the battle you won. We, for example, earn five Shadow Shards by successfully winning a one-star Shadow Raid, but only one Shadow Shards by defeating a Team Rocket Grunt.

At the time of writing, we don’t know if you receive a different number of Shadow Shards from completing three-star and five-star Shadow Raids.

Meanwhile, defeating a Team Rocket leader will reward you with three Shadow Shards, and defeating Giovanni will earn you four Shadow Shards.

Thanks to rs_xmas and Hazyd from reddit for help with the information above.

How to get purified gems in Pokémon Go

To get a purified gem in Pokémon Go, you must first collect four Shadow Shards.

The first time you accomplish this, you will see a short cutscene with Professor Willow where he will use the Shard Refiner to combine the shards and create a purified gem. From this point on, four Shadow Fragments will automatically combine into a purified gem after you have collected them.

Helpfully, like the Mystery Components, a counter may appear on the screen after earning some Shadow Shards so you know how many you need to create a Purified Gem.

At the time of writing, you carry up to 10 purified gems at a time. You can also find all the Shadow Shards and Purified Gems you currently have in your item storage.

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What are Purified Gems used for in Pokémon Go?

Purified gems are used to calm enraged Pokémon during three- and five-star Shadow Raids in Pokémon Go.

During these particular raids, there is a chance that the Dark Pokémon you are fighting will become enraged, increasing its attack and defense. When this happens, you can use up to five Purified Gems to help lower these stats and, in doing so, make the Shadow Pokémon easier to catch.

An enraged Pokémon in a Shadow Raid.

The effects of purified gems also stack when other trainers use them as well, which is great for fighting five-star Shadow Raid Bosses.

Good luck collecting Shadow Shards and Purified Gems!

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