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How to Catch a Shiny Heracross in Pokémon GO

"If you're lucky, you might find a Shiny Heracross!"
"If you're lucky, you might find a Shiny Heracross!" / Photo courtesy of Niantic

How to catch a Shiny Heracross is one of the most common questions trainers are asking at the moment now that the Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space event in Pokémon GO is live.

This is the first time trainers have had the chance to catch Shiny Heracross, which they can do now that it is one of three Pokémon appearing in three-star raids during the Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space event. Here's how to catch a Shiny Heracross in Pokémon GO.

How to Catch a Shiny Heracross in Pokémon GO

First off, it's important to note that Heracross is a regional-exclusive Pokémon that naturally appears only in Central and South America. As a result this might be the only time for trainers elsewhere to catch a regular one, let alone a Shiny variant.

After initially being released in Pokémon GO in February 2017, this is not only the debut of the Shiny Heracross in game, but also the first time that it is available globally in tier-three raids.

From now until Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at 10 a.m. local time, trainers can team up with two to three others to potentially face off against it, with the catch being that its Shiny form only makes an appearance during the capturing phase.

If trainers do happen to run into a Shiny Heracross, it will not be able to run away.

For the Shiny hunters and Pokédex completionists out there, the Johto-region Pokémon has a slight difference among its genders. The Female Heracross has a heart-shaped horn while the Male has a two-pronged one.

Since this sudden window to pick up a Shiny Heracross is so brief, trainers should stock up on as many Premium or Remote Raid Passes as possible and be sure to bring their most powerful Flying-type Pokémon with them.

For more on Pokémon GO, feel free to check out our guide on how to catch Falinks.