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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour, March 7: Can Eevee be shiny?

Who’s your favorite Eeveelution?

A shiny Eevee on a purple background with sparkles around it. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

For March 7, 2023, Eevee will be in the spotlight in Pokémon Go, and you’ll get double candy for transferring Pokémon. And yes, Eevee can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

A comparison between Shiny Eevee and its evolutions to its normal forms. Shiny Eevee is silver, Shiny Vaporeon is purple, Shiny Jolteon is green, Shiny Flareon is brown, Shiny Espeon is neon green, Shiny Umbreon has blue accents, Shiny Leafeon is darker, Shiny Glaceon is lighter, and Shiny Sylveon is blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Eevee and its evolutions are even more complex in Pokémon Go than they are in mainline games. While there are simple evolution methods for the newer Eeveelutions, the original three — Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon — are randomized. You can use a name trick to evolve them once into your desired Eeveelution, guaranteed, but the name trick will not work again after this.

Eevee and its shiny siblings have been around for a while. There was a Community Day event in 2021 and they’ve shown up in special hats and costumes time and time again. Considering that Eevee has become one of the poster children for the Pokémon franchise, it’s not surprising.

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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