Shiny Shieldon and Cranidos are making their Pokémon GO debut. See how to catch them
You'll want to know how to catch a Shiny Shieldon or Cranidos in Pokémon GO when they make their first debut as part of the event Pokémon GO Ultra Unlocks Part 1. Shieldon and Cranidos, the Pokémon fossils from the Sinnoh region, will have their rare variants starting to appear from July 23rd.
Like other events in the past where Shiny Pokémon debuted, players will have multiple ways and chances to encounter these rare Pokémon. These events also proved that the rate at which Trainers encounter Shiny Pokémon is increased for a limited time, giving players more incentive to go out and find a Shieldon and Cranidos.
Here's everything players need to know about Pokémon GO shiny Shieldon and Cranidos and how to capture them.
How to catch Shiny Shieldon and Cranidos in Pokémon GO
Finding Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO is very rare. The community-driven Pokémon GO database, The Silph Road, found that the rate of encountering a Shiny Pokémon is approximately 1 in 500. This rate increases during specific events such as Community Days.
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So what does this mean for Shiny Shieldon and Cranidos? According to The Silph Road's findings, a "medium event" like Ultra Unlock Part 1 will increase Pokémon Spotlight's Shiny rate to 1 in 125. Upon completion of the event, the rate will return to 1 in 500 for Shieldon and Cranidos , then this will be the best time to find the two rare Pokemon.
Fortunately, Niantic is making Shieldon and Cranidos available to capture in a variety of ways…
1. Find them in nature
Cranidos and Shieldon will appear more often in the wild alongside other fossils and man-made Pokemon like Omanyte, Kabuto, Porygon, Baltoy, and more.
Trainers will see Cranidos and Shieldon appear in the game's overworld by simply launching Pokémon GO. When one is found, just tap the Pokemon and see if it's a Shiny.
Trainers can increase the number of Pokémon they encounter by using an incense to lure Cranidos and Shieldon, among others, to them.