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Can Xerneas Be Shiny In Pokémon GO?

Xerneas will soon be available to catch in Pokémon GO. But can you catch a Shiny version of this particular Pokémon?
Can Xerneas Be Shiny In Pokémon GO?

As the Pokémon GO Season of Light continues, developer Niantic is bringing new fresh raids for Trainers to enjoy. In an official blog post on 28th September 2022, Niantic revealed that Xerneas would be coming to Pokémon GO as a 5-star raid once Yveltal leaves the roster. But Trainers wonder if catching a Shiny Xerneas in Pokémon GO is possible?

Will Shiny Xerneas Appear In Pokémon GO?

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Pokémon GO is continuing the Season of Light by adding the Evolving Stars event. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon GO Season of Light features various themed celebrations. Currently, we are in the middle of Fashion Week in Pokémon GO, which allows Trainers to catch a Shiny Yveltal.

When Fashion Week is over, the Evolving Stars event will begin, running from 5th October 2022 at 8 p.m. local time and marking Trainers' ability to evolve their Cosmog into a Cosmoem in Pokémon GO. During this time, Xerneas will also appear as a 5-star raid.

Shiny hunters should rejoice because Xerneas has a chance to appear in its Shiny form. So Trainers could potentially add both Normal and Shiny versions of Xerneas to their Pokémon collection.

But if Trainers want to add a Shiny Xerneas to their collection, they must first defeat it in a 5-star raid battle. As such, it is suggested that Trainers at least form teams with one or two other people to complete this challenge.

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Trainers will have to take down Xerneas in a 5-star raid for a chance to catch a Shiny version of this Pokémon. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Of course, the more people Trainers bring to the raid, the more likely it will be to defeat this Pokémon. That said, Trainers should ensure they get the right type of Pokémon to take on Xerneas in combat.

Xerneas is a pure Fairy-type Pokémon; this means bringing powerful Steel-type or Poison-type Pokémon is suggested for this raid. Once Trainers defeat Xerneas in the raid, they will have the opportunity to catch it.

After the raid, there is a 1 in 25 (or 4%) chance of catching a Shiny Xerneas in Pokémon GO. So Trainers must make sure they are well prepared.

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic / The Pokémon Company.