Can Swinub Be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Swinub can be Shiny in Pokémon GO, and Spotlight Hours is you chance to find one.
Swinub can be Shiny in Pokémon GO, and Spotlight Hours is you chance to find one. / Photos by GAMEFREAK and Niantic Labs

Can Swinub be shiny in Pokémon GO? If you're preparing to go Shiny Hunting during the upcoming Spotlight Hours featuring Swinub, you'll be happy to know that Swinub can be caught as a Shiny in Pokémon GO.

Can Swinub Be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Swinub will be in the Spotlight on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in your local time. For just an hour, you'll be able to encounter Swinub more frequently.

More Swinub is good, but how about the Shiny? Unfortunately, Spotlight Hours do not boost the Shiny encounter rate like Community Day does. You'll still be finding a Shiny Swinub at a rate of about one for every 450 encounters.

Shiny Pokémon won't appear on your map, so you'll have to engage each and every Swinub you find to see if they're Shiny. You'll know you've hit your mark when you see the Shiny Pokémon's signature sparkle both on the Pokémon itself and by its name.

You can't miss Shiny Swinub. It's green instead of brown, and it looks like a walking watermelon. Swinub will eventually evolve into Mamoswine, a heavy hitter in the Master League. It keeps its green coloration, but a Shiny Mamoswine now looks like an aggressive lime. It'll be worth seeking out a Shiny Swinub to get the powerful Mamoswine.