How can Elgyem be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

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Elgyem is one of the faces of Pokémon GO’s third Psychic Spectacular. Starting Sept. 6, there are a lot of opportunities to catch this purely psyche-type Pokémon throughout the week-long event. For grinders, this signals the perfect time for shiny hunting. Making its shiny debut into the game at the start of the event, Elgyem’s shiny form is one of the more subtle in the game. Its original teal-gray color appears darker and its green eyes and green spots on its hands are replaced with pink.

Unfortunately, shiny Elgyem has a shiny rate of 0.2%, and there is no certain way to obtain it. However, increasing the number of encounters, raises the chance it will appear. Here are the ways for trainers who want to get their hands on Elgyem, and possiblly its shiny counterpart before the event ends Sept. 12.

How Can Elgyem be Shiny in Pokémon GO? 

Wild encounter: During the event, trainers will inherently encounter more psyche-type Pokémon in the game. There is a higher chance than ever, for Elgyem to randomly appear while exploring in the game.

Timed Research Tasks: For guaranteed, separate, encounters with Elgyem, players can complete the following Field Research tasks:

  • Make 5 Curveball Throws
  • Make 10 Curveball Throws
  • Make 15 Curveball Throws
  • Make 20 Curveball Throws
  • Make 25 Curveball Throws
  • Make 30 Curveball Throws
  • Make 35 Curveball Throws
  • Make 42 Curveball Throws

Field Research tasks: The task of making five Curveball Throws, overlaps with Timed Research Tasks. Completing this will, collectively, only give one encounter with Elgyem.

It is important to capture Elgyem every opportunity you encounter it. This increases the chance a shiny will appear.