‘Pokémon GO’: Can Chinchou Be Shiny in the Game? What to Know About This Week’s Spotlight Hour

There’s no shortage of events happening in Pokémon GO this November, but players have more to look forward to than holiday celebrations. The game is continuing its usual monthly occurrences, including its weekly Spotlight Hours. This Tuesday, Pokémon GO players will enjoy a Spotlight Hour centered on Chinchou. But can Chinchou be shiny in the game, and what else should trainers know about the hour-long event on Nov. 9?

‘Pokémon GO’ spotlights Chinchou on Nov. 9

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Pokémon GO introduced Spotlight Hour back in February 2020, and the weekly event has given trainers a chance to stock up on candy for one specific Pokémon — as well as hunt for shiny Pokémon. Taking place every Tuesday, the Spotlight Hour happens four to five times per month. And November offers a good mix of starters and more obscure Pokémon to catch.

According to Niantic’s blog post, trainers can expect the following Spotlight Hours over the course of the month:

  • Cacnea: Nov. 2, 2021
  • Chinchou: Nov. 9, 2021
  • Turtwig: Nov. 16, 2021
  • Chimchar: Nov. 23, 2021
  • Piplup: Nov. 30, 2021

Cacnea Spotlight Hour has come and gone, but players can look forward to seeing Chinchou appear more frequently in the wild on Nov. 9. The Water- and Electric-type Pokémon has been in the game for a while, but it does evolve. Those who haven’t snagged a Lanturn in the game will no doubt want to log on for this Tuesday’s event. But what about players looking for shinies?

Can Chinchou be shiny in ‘Pokémon GO’?

Pokémon Go Spotlight Hours give trainers the chance to catch a large volume of one specific Pokémon, but they also make a good time to hunt for shiny Pokémon. Unlike the game’s Community Day events, the Spotlight Hours don’t boost trainers’ chances of encountering a shiny. However, statistically speaking, you’re more likely to come across a shiny if you’re clicking on a lot of Pokémon.

And Chinchou can indeed be shiny in the game. Instead of its usual blue-and-yellow coloring, shiny Chinchou boasts a blue-and-green combination. Its eyes and feelers will be glowing green if you encounter one. And that’s certainly a possibility with all the spawns Chinchou will have on Nov. 9. When should trainers be ready to catch Chinchou?

When does Spotlight Hour start?

Pokémon Go kicks off its Spotlight Hour events at 6 p.m. local time every Tuesday. As the name suggests, the increased spawns and bonuses last for exactly one hour. That means players committed to tracking down a shiny Chinchou will want to take full advantage of that time slot. Using Incense and Lure modules will increase your number of encounters.

Even those who don’t snag a shiny will benefit from the bonuses of Spotlight Hour. These can range from double Catch Candy to double Stardust. The bonus available for Chinchou hour will be double Transfer Candy, so make sure to transfer Pokémon as you catch them!

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