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Can Sunkern be shiny in Pokémon Go?

Yes, you can find shiny Sunkern in Pokémon Go

A tiny Shiny Sunkern from Pokémon Go on a purple gradient background Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic
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Sunkern, the seed Pokémon from Johto, can be found in the wild in Pokémon Go. Yes, Sunkern can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Sunkern and Sunflora in Pokémon Go with their shiny forms. Shiny Sunkern is a darker gold color and shiny Sunflora is more of a yellow-green tint. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

The adorable seed Pokémon, Sunkern, and its evolved form, Sunflora, don’t any use in PvE or PvP. You’ll need 50 Sunkern Candy and a Sun Stone to evolve it into Sunflora.

What is the shiny rate for Sunkern in Pokémon Go?

As per old research by the now-defunct website The Silph Road (via Wayback Machine), the shiny rate for Pokémon on a regular day is approximately one in 500. Sunkern is not a Pokémon that gets a “permaboost” (meaning that it’s a rare spawn and thus gets a boosted shiny rate).

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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