Can Poochyena be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

You can find a Shiny Poochyena in Pokémon GO, but you'll be looking for a while.
You can find a Shiny Poochyena in Pokémon GO, but you'll be looking for a while. | Photo by The Pokémon Company

Can Poochyena be Shiny in Pokémon GO? If you were hunting Poochyena for Spotlight Hours, you might have been running around wondering if Poochyena can be Shiny.

Poochyena can indeed be Shiny. Spotlight Hours feature a specific Pokémon much like Community Day events, but unlike Communty Day your chances of a Shiny are not increased.

Can Poochyena be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Normally, your chance of finding a Shiny Pokémon are one in 450 encounters. You might find more Poochyena, but since Spotlight Hours do not actually increase your chances you're still Shiny hunting the old fashioned way.

To make things harder, Shiny Pokémon do not appear on your overworld map. You have to encounter them first, and once you get to the catch screen you'll see if the Pokémon is Shiny or not. Shiny Poochyena is gold instead of gray. You'll always see a sparkle over the Shiny Pokémon to help differentiate those that have more subtle variations.

Your best bet for finding a Shiny Poochyena is to wait for it to be featured in a proper Community Day, though you'll probably be holding out for a long time as the voting for the next two events are already underway.