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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour: Can Woobat be shiny?

Woobat is in the spotlight on Feb. 14. Happy Valentine’s Day!

A shiny green Woobat on a purple and white background with sparkles Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Sources images: Niantic
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For Feb. 14, 2023, Woobat will be in the spotlight, and you’ll get double Stardust for catching Pokémon. And yes, Woobat can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Shiny and regular Woobat and Swoobat. Shiny Woobat is green and shiny Swoobat and gold and pink Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Sources images: Niantic

Woobat and Swoobat are the perfect Spotlight Hour choices for Valentine’s Day. To evolve the bat Pokémon, you’ll need to set the desired Woobat as your buddy and walk one km with it, so make sure to set the right Woobat. It’ll also cost 50 candy to evolve it, so you can use this Spotlight Hour as an opportunity to stock up on candy.

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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