Can cake hat Pikachu be shiny in Pokémon Go?

Can cake hat Pikachu be shiny in Pokémon Go?

Pikachu, the mouse Pokémon from Kanto, can be found in the wild in Pokémon Go. Yes, Pikachu (cake hat) can be shiny in Pokémon Go!

Pikachu with a cake hat on next to its shiny variant in Pokémon Go. Pikachu just becomes a slightly darker gold color. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

This event-exclusive costume doesn’t have much use, but Pikachu’s hat at least is somewhat cute! Notably, this event Pikachu cannot evolve.

What is the shiny rate for Pikachu in Pokémon Go?

As per old research by the now-defunct website The Silph Road (via Wayback Machine), the shiny rate for Pokémon on a regular day is approximately one in 500. Pikachu is not a confirmed Pokémon that gets a “permaboost” (meaning that it’s a rare spawn and thus gets a boosted shiny rate).

What can I do to attract more shiny Pokémon?

Not much, unfortunately. It appears to be random chance. Shiny Pokémon catch rates are set by developer Niantic, and they are typically only boosted during special events like Community Days or Safari Zones, or in Legendary Raids. There are no consumable items that boost shiny Pokémon rates.

Where can I find a list of available shiny Pokémon?

LeekDuck keeps a list of currently available shiny Pokémon. It’s a helpful visual guide that illustrates what all of the existing shiny Pokémon look like.

For more tips, check out Polygon’s Pokémon Go guides.