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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour: Can Spheal be shiny?

Spheal is in the spotlight on Dec. 13

A shiny purple-pink Spheal on a light purple and white background with white sparkles around it Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

For Dec. 13, 2022, Spheal will be in the spotlight, and you’ll get double XP for catching Pokémon. And yes, Spheal can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Shiny Spheal, Sealio, and Walrein with their regular forms. Their Shiny forms are all purple or pink instead of blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Mihoyo

Spheal was actually the focus of a Community Day event many moons ago. It’s not really great as a PvE Pokémon, but Walreign does great in several of the PvP leagues, making it worth investing in (if you like PvP). Otherwise, Spheal and its evolutions are just a great shiny to collect.

Pokémon is about catching ’em all, and in Pokémon Go, that means catching every variant, including rare shiny versions of Pokémon. Every Tuesday in Pokémon Go, players will see a specific Pokémon spawning more frequently during Spotlight Hour, which runs from 6 p.m. to 6:59 p.m. local time. Spotlight Hour is your chance to load up on candy, a chance for high CP Pokémon, and, if you’re lucky, a shiny Pokémon.

Are shiny rates boosted during Spotlight Hour?

Shiny rates do not appear to be boosted during Spotlight Hours, based on data gathered by Pokémon community The Silph Road. However, the sheer number of Pokémon that spawn during the hourlong weekly event will give you an improved chance of clicking on a random shiny. The more Pokémon you click on, the more opportunity you have to catch a shiny Pokémon.

What can I do to attract more shiny Pokémon?

Not much, unfortunately. It appears to be random chance. Shiny Pokémon catch rates are set by developer Niantic, and they are typically only boosted during special events like Community Days or Safari Zones, or in Legendary Raids. There are no consumable items that boost shiny Pokémon rates.

Where can I find a list of available shiny Pokémon?

LeekDuck keeps a list of currently available shiny Pokémon. It’s a helpful visual guide that illustrates what all of the existing shiny Pokémon look like.

For more tips, check out Polygon’s Pokémon Go guides.