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Can Alolan Meowth be Shiny in Pokemon GO?

With Spotlight Hour less than a day away, Pokemon GO trainers are wondering if Alolan Meowth can be shiny.
With Spotlight Hour less than a day away, Pokemon GO trainers are wondering if Alolan Meowth can be shiny. / Niantic Labs

With Spotlight Hour less than a day away, Pokemon GO trainers are wondering if Alolan Meowth can be shiny.

Alolan Meowth is scheduled to be this week's featured Pokemon for Spotlight Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 28. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., this Pokemon will take over local neighborhoods and overwhelm lures like never before. Those who partake in this event will benefit from double the transfer candy for its duration.

Shiny Alolan Meowth in Pokemon GO

Yes, Alolan Meowth can be shiny in Pokemon GO.

Alolan Meowth was added into Pokemon GO alongside the "Friends" system two years post-launch. It was one of the Pokemon that could be hatched from 7 k.m. eggs—which are exclusive to trainer gifts. It shiny variant debuted the next year as part of the Pokemon GO Three-Year Anniversary celebration.

Shiny Alolan Meowth is extremely easy to tell apart from its typical color palette. Instead of being periwinkle purple with lighter point-markings on its back paws and tail tip, shiny Alolan Meowth is a cobalt blue. Its paws and tail tip are purple. The teal marking on its ears remains the same.

All Meowths are known as the "Scatch Cat" Pokemon and have a PokeDex number of #052. Alolan Meowth, specifically, is not from the Alola regon. It was supposedly brought over from a powerful "royal house" in the distant past. While this does technically make it an invasive species, it seems to have flourished and adapted to its environment over time. It is known to be "selfish and prideful."

Trainers can evolve their Alolan Meowth into an Alolan Persian using 50 candies.