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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour: Can Pidgey be shiny?

Pidgey is in the spotlight on Feb. 7

Shiny Pidgey on a purple background with sparkles around it Graphics: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
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For Feb. 7, 2023, Pidgey will be in the spotlight in Pokémon Go, and you’ll get double XP for evolving Pokémon. And yes, Pidgey can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Shiny Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, and Mega Pidgeot with their regular forms in Pokemon Go. Each shiny gets a golden tint. Graphics: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Pidgeot, the evolution of Pidgey, has a Mega Evolution — and it’s strong, as one of the strongest flying-type Pokémon in the entire game. This alone makes Pidgey worth hunting down during this Spotlight Hour. Set up your Mega Pidgeot with Gust and Brave Bird for it to do some serious damage. To learn Gust, you’ll need to use an Elite Fast TM, as it’s a legacy move.

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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