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.

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. Cubchoo takes on the base shiny rate, which is about 1 in 500 (about 0.20 percent). So, for every 500 Cubchoo you catch, you’ll probably only get one shiny version.

Related: Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour Schedule for January 2021

How to Get

There is no way to force a Shiny version of a Pokémon to appear. Additionally, Beartic is an extremely rare encounter in the wild, so Shiny Beartic is essentially impossible to encounter. Instead, players must simply play the game and hope to run into a shiny Cubchoo to evolve it.

Here are a few tips you can use to make it more likely that you’ll eventually come across a Shiny Cubchoo.

  • Play during events that feature Cubchoo. The upcoming Spotlight Hour that features this Pokémon will be hosted on Dec. 28, 2021. Spotlight Hours don’t boost the shiny rate for Pokémon, but they greatly increase their spawn rate. It’s possible to cross paths with hundreds of Cubchoo during the Spotlight Hour, so you have a high chance of catching at least one shiny one.
  • Play in the right conditions. Cubchoo is an Ice Pokémon, and will generally only be encountered during the winter months. Snowy weather boosts Cubchoo power, and because of this, you’ll see far more Cubchoo on your map when it’s snowing. The more Cubchoo you encounter, the better the chance that at least one of them will be a Shiny Cubchoo.


The images below show the normal and shiny versions of Cubchoo and its evolution, Beartic.

That’s everything there is to know about the shiny versions of Cubchoo and Beartic!

Be sure to check out our guide for the best Movesets for Cubchoo and Beartic to get your Pokémon in top fighting form!

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