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Can you catch a shiny Cacnea in Pokémon Go?

How good are your odds of finding a shiny version of this Pokémon?

Cacnea is one of the Pokémon you can encounter in the wild often while playing Pokémon Go. It frequently appears in multiple events and regularly spawns in areas where you can find several Grass-type Pokémon. Cacnea is not a difficult Pokémon to encounter, but for any shiny hunters, this Pokémon has been a problem for quite some time. Can you catch a shiny Cacnea while playing Pokémon Go?

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Does Cacnea have a shiny version in Pokémon Go?

We can confirm that following the arrival of the Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn event, Cacnea now has a shiny version. It’s one of the few Pokémon from the Hoenn region that did not have a shiny version, and now you can encounter this version for the remainder of Pokémon Go. When the Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn event arrives in your area starting on February 25 at 10 AM, shiny Cacnea can spawn, but the chances of encountering it are low.

Related: Should you pick Cacnea, Gulpin, or Surskit for Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn – Chasing Legends Special Research?

The development team will likely be holding this shiny version back for this event. They wanted to save a handful of shiny Pokémon for players to encounter during the Tour: Hoenn event and Cacnea was one of these selected Pokémon. Now, every Pokémon from the Hoenn region has a shiny version, so you’ll need to capture all standard versions of these Pokémon and their rarer shiny counterparts.

When you evolve Cacnea, it becomes Cacturne, a Grass and Dark-type Pokémon. It is not one of the better PvP Pokémon, but it might be a suitable choice if you want to fight in three-star raids or against Team Rocket grunts. Although it might not have good stats, it doesn’t make finding a shiny Cacnea easier. We recommend seeking it out and using a Grassy lure on Poké Stops to help bring it to you or placing incense on your character while you walk around.


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