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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour: Can Haunter be Shiny?

Haunter is in the spotlight on Oct. 11

A Shiny Haunter, which isn’t very different from a normal Haunter, on the purple grid Pokémon Go background. Shiny Haunter has a blue tongue. Image: Niantic via Polygon

For Oct. 11, 2022, Haunter will be in the spotlight, and you’ll get double Stardust for catching Pokémon. And yes, Haunter can be Shiny in Pokémon Go, but you cannot catch it Shiny!

Haunter can indeed be Shiny in Pokémon Go, but since it’s an evolved form of a Pokémon, it can’t be caught Shiny in the wild. If you want a Shiny Haunter, you’ll either need to get one from raids or you’ll need to evolve a Shiny Gastly.

That said, this Spotlight Hour isn’t a complete wash. You can use it to stock up on tons of Gastly Candy by catching Haunter. Since it’s an evolved form, it rewards more candy per catch. Gengar remains a staple ghost-type attacker for raids and gyms, so it’ll be worth grabbing tons of candy and powering one up.

Shiny Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar with its normal version. Shiny Gastly and Haunter are more blue-tinted, whereas Gengar is a more pale purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic

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.

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