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Can Buneary be shiny in Pokémon Go?

Yes, you can find shiny Buneary in Pokémon Go

Shiny Buneary on a purple gradient background Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
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Buneary, the rabbit Pokémon from Sinnoh, can be found in the wild in Pokémon Go. Yes, Buneary can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Shiny Buneary, Lopunny, and Mega Lopunny with its regular forms in Pokémon Go. Both get pink fur when shiny. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Buneary and Lopunny don’t see much use, but Mega Lopunny is actually a pretty good fighting-type attacker as far as Mega Evolutions go, mainly because it can boost fighting-type Pokémon as well as dish out pretty decent damage.

What is the shiny rate for Buneary 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. Buneary is not a confirmed 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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