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Is Cottonee shiny in Pokémon Go?

Cottonee is in the spotlight May 4

Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

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.

For May 4, 2021, Cottonee will be in the spotlight, and players will earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.

Sadly, Cottonee cannot be shiny in Pokémon Go (yet). Consider this your chance to load up on Cottonee Candy and XP — or grab Grass/Fairy-type Pokémon for any research tasks you’re working on. Cottonee evolves into Whimsicott, if you need one of those.

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, I’m afraid. 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.