Pokémon Go: Can Plusle be shiny? Rates and how to get

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Shiny Pokémon are rare versions of Pokémon in Pokémon Go that have modified looks. They are called shiny because they generally add a slight sheen, making them stand out more than the normal versions. For Plusle, the difference is that the shiny version is a bit more vibrant that the normal version.

Shiny Rates

Apart from the Pokémon that don't have shiny versions in the game, every Pokémon has a base shiny rate that tells you how often you'll see its shiny version. Plusle is a standard Pokémon with no shiny rate boost, so it follows the standard shiny rate of 1 in 500 (about 0.20 percent). So, for every 500 Plusle you catch, you'll probably only get one shiny version.

Related: Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour Schedule for January 2022

How to Get

There is no way to force a Shiny version of a Pokémon to appear. Instead, you must simply play the game and hope to run into one. However, players can use a few tricks to make it easier to get one.

  • Play during events that feature Plusle. The upcoming Spotlight Hour that features this Pokémon will be hosted on Jan. 18, 2022. Spotlight Hours don't boost the shiny rate for Pokémon, but they dramatically increase the encounter rate for them in the wild. More Plusle encounters means more chances for one of them to be shiny. Use Lures and Incense to attract even more Plusle to you during the Spotlight Hour.
  • Stock up on berries. You'll want to catch every Plusle you see. The berries don't make it more likely to find the shiny versions, but they make it less likely for a shiny version to get away if you are trying to catch it.
  • Find Plusle Nests. Similar to Spotlight Hours, Nests don't increase the odds of finding a Shiny Plusle, and instead just increase the number of encounters. Spotlight Hours are preferable, but Nests are the next best thing, if there is one nearby. Use The Silph Road's Nest Atlas to find a Plusle nest near your location.


The images below show the normal and shiny versions of Plusle.

That's everything there is to know about how to get a shiny Plusle!

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