Can Taillow be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

You can find a Shiny Taillow in Pokémon GO if you look hard enough. | Photos by Niantic and GAMEFREAK, Edit by Andrew Lin
You can find a Shiny Taillow in Pokémon GO if you look hard enough. | Photos by Niantic and GAMEFREAK, Edit by Andrew Lin /

Can Taillow be shiny in Pokémon GO? You might be tempted to hunt for a Shiny Taillow during the upcoming Spotlight Hours. You could find a Shiny Taillow, but you'll need to do some digging.

Spotlight Hours take place every Tuesday and feature a different Pokémon. At 6 p.m. local time July 7, you'll be able to find more Taillow than usual. Taillow can be Shiny in Pokémon GO, but the Spotlight Hours won't actually give you an increased chance to find one.

Can Taillow be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Unlike Community Day events that actually increase your chance of finding Shiny Pokémon, you'll have to contend with the normal Shiny encounter rate of one in 450. You'll just encounter more Taillow during the Spotlight Hour, giving you more chances to roll the dice.

Shiny Pokémon don't appear on the map, so you'll have to engage each Taillow you see. A Shiny Taillow is green instead of blue, and has orange accents rather than red. You'll also get a sparkle when you encounter a Shiny Pokémon to confirm that it's special.

Taillow evolves into Swellow, whose Shiny Form keeps the green and orange color scheme. Unfortunately, Swellow isn't viable in competitive play and is outclassed by many other Flying type Pokémon.