Can Seel Be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Seel can be Shiny in Pokémon GO, if you have a bit of luck.
Seel can be Shiny in Pokémon GO, if you have a bit of luck. / Photos by GAMEFREAK and Niantic Labs

Can Seel be shiny in Pokémon GO? If you were hunting for a Shiny Seel during Spotlight Hours to no avail, you may be doubting if Seel can be found as a Shiny in Pokémon GO. Shiny Seel is available in the game, but you wouldn't have had any help from the event.

Can Seel Be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Spotlight Hours happen every Tuesday. For one hour at 6 p.m. in your local time, you'll encounter the Spotlight Pokémon more frequently. Unlike Community Day events, you won't get a boost to encountering Shiny Pokémon.

The normal Shiny rate is about once every 450 encounters. Spotlight Hours do not boost this rate, so you'll just be getting more of the Spotlight Pokémon like Seel.

Shiny Pokémon won't appear on your map, so you'll have to engage each and every Seel you find to see if they're Shiny. You'll know you've hit your mark when you see the Shiny Pokémon's trademark sparkle both on the Pokémon itself and by its name. This is helpful, as Seel's Shiny coloration is only slightly more yellow than normal.

Seel evolves into Dewgong, a solid Water and Ice type for the Great League. There are tons of Water types that fulfill a similar role, but Degong's Ice typing puts it ahead. It just doesn't have high enough max CP to work in Ultra or Master League, unfortunately.