Can Meowth be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

How to get a Shiny Meowth in Pokémon GO.
How to get a Shiny Meowth in Pokémon GO. / Photo by Niantic and GAMEFREAK

Can Meowth be shiny in Pokémon GO? Meowth can indeed be found Shiny in Pokémon GO, but you'll have to be ready for a potentially long hunt.

Can Meowth be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Shiny Pokémon don't appear as Shiny on the map. You'll have to engage each Meowth you see, which can be difficult if you don't go to an area where they're common. Luckily, Meowth can be found in many urban areas. You'll run into a Shiny of a particular Pokémon once in roughly every 450 encounters. If you're hunting during Spotlight Hours, you will not get a boosted rate.

When you've found one, there will be a signature sparkle over the Shiny Pokémon and by its name. Of course, the Pokémon will be a different color as well. A Shiny Meowth is slightly more tan and has maroon accents instead of orange-brown.

What about Meowth's other forms? Meowth has the distinction of having multiple regional forms. Its Alolan Form is available as a Shiny, but its Galarian form isn't. A Shiny Alolan Meowth is dark blue-gray, compared to the original light gray.

You'll want Shiny Meowths for your collection if you're a Shiny hunter, as they don't evolve into a particularly strong Pokémon. Persian, in both forms, have mediocre stats and attacks. They're outclassed by many Normal and Dark-type Pokémon. They have some interesting moves for type coverage, but they're not useful on Persian.