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Can Turtwig be Shiny in Pokemon GO?

Trainers want to know if they'll be able to catch a shiny Turtwig during its Spotlight Hour feature today, Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Trainers want to know if they'll be able to catch a shiny Turtwig during its Spotlight Hour feature today, Tuesday, Nov. 16. / The Pokemon Company

Trainers want to know if they'll be able to catch a shiny Turtwig during its Spotlight Hour feature today, Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Turtwig's Spotlight Hour feature has arrived just in time for the release of the Sinnoh region remake releases on Nov. 19. Today, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., trainers will be able to encounter Turtwig in sharply increased numbers. In addition to this feature, a costumed Turtwig will also be available as part of the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl celebration event in Pokemon GO.

Here's what we know about whether or not this grass-type starter can be shiny.

Shiny Turtwig in Pokemon GO

Turtwig's shiny variant is available in Pokemon GO.

While Turtwig, itself, was implemented in Pokemon GO in October 2018, its shiny palette wasn't released until the Pokemon's Community Day on Sept. 19, 2019. Since then it has been featured in several events, including the 2020 Incense Day: Type Shuffle and 2021 Sinnoh Celebration event.

Shiny Turtwig exchanges its pale sage green main color for a sharp turquoise blue. Its yellow-green underbelly, jaw, and feet turn bright lime green. Some trainers claim the sprig on the top of its head becomes slightly desaturated, as well, but reports vary. Its shell remains the same.

Turtwig is also known as the "Tiny Leaf" Pokemon. It is known to be capable of photosynthesis—therefore becoming one of the few species that can actually release oxygen. The sprig on its head will wilt if it becomes thirsty. Its PokeDex number is #387.

Those who participate in the Turtwig Spotlight Hour will benefit from the double the Stardust per catch. Turtwig can be evolved into Grotle and then Torterra by using 25 and 100 candies, respectively.