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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour: Can Wooper be shiny?

Wooper is in the spotlight on Dec. 6

A tiny pink Wooper on a purple and white background Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

For Dec. 6, 2022, Wooper will be in the spotlight, and you’ll get double Stardust for catching Pokémon. And yes, Wooper can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Shiny Wooper and Quagsire with its normal forms. They’re both pink instead of blue, though Quagsire is a darker pink Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Wooper’s shiny form is an adorable pink, making it look more like an axolotl, the real-world creature it’s based off. Quagsire turns a deeper magenta, but it’s still quite cute. Wooper does have a regional form, Paldean Wooper, but there’s no confirmation of when we’ll get it added to Pokémon Go. This Spotlight Hour is for the regular Wooper, from the Johto region introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver.

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.