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Can Barboach be shiny in Pokémon Go?

Yes, you can find shiny Barboach in Pokémon Go

Shiny Barboach on a purple background Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Game Freak/Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
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Barboach, the whiskers Pokémon from Hoenn, can be found in the wild in Pokémon Go. Yes, Barboach can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Shiny Barboach and Whiscash with their normal forms in Pokémon Go. Shiny Barboach has gold accents, and Whiscash has more orange-pink accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Whiscash sees some use in Great League PvP, but outside of that, Barboach and its evolution don’t have much meta use.

What is the shiny rate for Barboach 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. Barboach 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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