The shadow legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go is an even rarer sight than its original counterparts. These Pokémon are difficult to capture, they are only available as often. The most common are Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Raikou, Entei and Suicune. Everyone wants to go behind the shadow of Mewtwo, easily one of the toughest Pokémon in the game to fight in the Master League, and join him with the shadow Ho-Oh. The shadow version of Ho-Oh debuts in the special research project Seven Color Shadows and was captured by Giovanni.
Shadow Ho-Oh is a fiery and flying Pokémon. It will be weak against Electric, Rock and Water moves, but is resistant to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground and Steel attacks. Ho-Oh is considered one of the bulkier Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and even in the Master League it can be difficult to beat unless you have created a team that would face him directly.
Like all shadow Pokémon, Ho-Oh’s attack stats will increase by 20%, but his defense will drop by 20%, which is not the worst thing in the world for this Pokémon. Thanks to an even greater offensive power in the Master League, he becomes an impressive opponent. The problem with the shadow Ho-Oh is that anything that can already face the standard Ho-Oh will decimate the shadow version. With reduced defense, he will fight several matches, especially in the fight, Garchomp, Snorlax, Swampert and Regice.
When you place the standard version of Ho-Oh against the shadow version, the two are very similar. If you want to go with a safer choice, the standard version of Ho-Oh can already do exceptionally well in the Master League. For players who want to take risks and prefer to use their shadow Ho-Oh as a more aggressive Closer Pokémon, you want to stick to shadow Ho-Oh. Ordinary Ho-Oh will be much better than a reliable lead Pokémon.
Overall, the shadowy Ho-Oh is as good as the regular version. Due to its reduced defense, you want to be careful when using it and consider your team before throwing it into battle. Shadow Ho-Oh will be a much more aggressive final Pokémon in your roster when you use it in Battle League, but if your opponent is able to face Ho-Oh, there is little you can do to stop them from winning.